Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 23rd Oct 2009 22:33 UTC
Amiga & AROS Yes, we are continuing our new-found fascination with the Amiga platform, by reporting to you straight from the floors of AmiWest and Pianeta Amiga. Chris Handley consolidated all the information from these two Amiga shows into one handy post, and the future of the AmigaOS looks bright indeed! Update: More planned features have emerged. Read on for the update.
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Spatial filemanager and snapshotting
by trezzer on Sat 24th Oct 2009 13:02 UTC
trezzer
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2006-01-05

Hi Thom.

Good to hear you still have the machine. You might want to give the file manager and snapshotting of applications a second look.

Generally AmigaOS has one of the most powerful (but also slower) handling of window setups of any platform. However, once it's configured it keeps working like that till you change it.

First of all for MUI applications you need to snapshot via MUI (this includes a lot of common applications like YAM, SimpleMail, IBrowse etc.). The easiest way to do that is start MUI and enable the small icon that adds a drop-down menu to all MUI windows. This lets you snapshot to your heart's content.

The OS itself has the snapshot function, and despite what you wrote in the comments to your review, it DOES work. I've tested it on a 4.1 machine myself. What may have seemed like a malfunction could be this, however: If you show hidden files, these are not snapshot'ed, as they are not generally visible. You can add icons or even thumbnails if it's e.g. pictures and then you can snapshot these as much as you want. You could argue it's impractical, but it's a design decision just like many others.

Generally, however, snapshotting works everywhere. Sometimes it's through MUI, but most applications that are not MUI-based just have their own snapshot-functionality.

You're of course excused for not having found this, and it's clearly something that should be improved and more coherent for new users, but the functionality is there, and it's in a sense more powerful than even MacOS 9 (which had a different icon-centric mentality). It is, however, slightly less consistant than on MacOS due to the number of toolkits on Amiga.

I hope this helps you enjoy the OS even more.

Edited 2009-10-24 13:12 UTC

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