- Amiga productivity software
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Amiga softwareand refers to any productivity software that run on Amigaline of computers.
See also related articles
Amiga Internet and communications softwareand Amiga support and maintenance softwarefor other information regarding software that run on Amiga.
Amigawas originally supported by such prestigious software titles as " WordPerfect", Electronic Arts' " Deluxe Paint", and " Lattice C". Newtek's " Video Toaster" - one of the first all-in-one graphics and video editing packages, began on the Amiga. The "Video Toaster" was one of the few accessories for the "big box" Amigas (2000, 3000 and 4000) that used the video slot, and enabled users to turn their Amiga into the heart of an entire TV Production suite. The later addition of the "Video Flyer" by Newtek made possible the first non-linear video editing program for the Amiga. The Amiga made 3D raytracing graphics available for the masses with " Sculpt 3D" (before the Amiga, raytracing was only available for dedicated graphic workstations). Other raytracing software also included TurboSilver. The Amiga was well known for its 3D rendering capability, with many titles being added to the mix as the years went by. Some titles were later ported to Microsoft Windowsand continue to thrive there, such as the rendering software " Cinema 4D" from Maxon, and " LightWave" from Newtek, which was originally part of the "Video Toaster". The "Video Toaster" itself has even been ported to the Windows platform. Even Microsoftproduced software for use on the Amiga. " AmigaBASIC", an advanced BASIC software development environment, complete with an Interactive Development Environment (IDE), was written by Microsoft under contract. Most budget CGI relied on "LightWave" during the early 1990s, " Babylon 5" being a notable TV-series rendered using "LightWave".
Graphics, video, design and CAD software
There exists a tremendous amount of graphic manipulation software for the Amiga. Some include;
Graphicraft, Deluxe Paint, Photon Paint, Newtek TV Paint, Brilliance! (a program made upon the suggestion by the artist Jim Sachs), Aegis Image, ArtEffects Personal Paintfrom Cloanto, Photogenics, Express Paint, Digi Paint, Perfect Paint.
There is also a wide range of animation and video authoring software;
Aegis Animator, Lights!Camera!Action!, DeLuxe Video, Disney Animation Studio, versions later than 3 of Deluxe Paint, The Director (a BASIC-like language oriented to animation), Scala, Amiga Vision from Commodore itself, VisualFXfrom ClassX, AdorageMulti Effect program from Pro DAD, Millennium from Nova Design. ImageFX, and Art Department Pro.
3D rendering and animation software includes
Sculpt 3D, TurboSilver, Aladdin 4D, Videoscape 3D, Caligari, Maxon Cinema4D, Imagine, LightWavefrom Newtek, Vista Proand World Construction Set3D terrain rendering programs.
There were also various CAD programs available for Amiga, such as
X-CAD, IntelliCAD, DynaCaDD, MaxonCAD, IntroCAD, and even programs to design and test electronic circuits, such as ElektroCAD.
There were videoediting programs for
desktop videowith both linear and non linear editing with 4.2.2 capabilities as the ones from Newtek available with VideoToaster Flyer external module for Video Toasterand just called NLE!(Non Linear Editing), Amiga MainActor, Broadcaster Elite, MovieShopfor the expansion Amiga cards PAR, VLab Motion, and VLab Pro. Comic Setterwas an interesting tools to create printed comics by arranging brushes representing comic characters, joining it with background images and superimposing it the right frames and "ballons" with their own text speech and captions. It could then print in color the comics that were created.
There were many graphic utilities with peculiar features created in order to support main graphic programs. There are utilities for matte images, like
Cinematte. Cinematte utility allow the user to easily make complex photo-realistic composites of subjects that are photographed against a " bluescreen", or green screen background. It uses the same sophisticated techniques used worldwide in motion picture technology for precise bluescreen compositing. CineMorphit is a program to automatically create morphing effects between two given original images, and create a compound third image, or even all the animation movie associated with the morphing effect. Morph Plusperformed same effects as Cinemorph. Impact!created Physics Simulationin 3D scenes. Essence was a texture maker to apply textures on 3D surfaces of objects created by 3D tracing programs. Amiga Magic Lanternwas a true color animation compressor and player for the Amiga, Pixel 3D Proutility it was used to create models for 3D objects and save it in various 3D formats, or to transform any model object from a 3D file format to another one.
Amiga in the past had a stronger attitude for graphics than other PCs due to its peculiar hardware, and its multimedia chipset. The graphical chip Agnus could access directly
RAMand pilot it with DMA (Direct Memory Access) privileges, and featured Bit Blitterand Copper circuits capable to move ranges of pixels on the screen and deal directly with the electronic beam of the TV set. Even if new Amigas have no embedded multimedia chipset, these computers could gain more power and perform graphics at high speed (More than original chipset of Amiga) because these new machine could use AGPgraphic cards, have embedded audio AC'97soundsystem anc could mount PCIaudio cards, even some professional models. AmigaONE and PegasosII motherboards had inherited the same capabilities of AmigaOS in their new operating systems. The AmigaOS main features are small footprint, no resource consuming and no CPU stress. Also the subset of libraries dealing with graphics inherited from Amiga it is small in dimension, lightweight and performs graphics at high speed. These benefits allows the attitude of classic Amiga in graphics continuing on new machines. A new generation of graphic software was born for new Amiga machines. Hollywood is a multimedia and presentation program available for all Amigas (AmigaOS classic, AmigaOS4.0, MorphOS, AROS). It is able to load ancient Scala projects and Microsoft Powerpoint". PPT" files. Its module Hollywood Designeris a modern multimedia authoring software which creates complete Amiga programs through a Visual approach at programming design, and saves executables in various formats for AmigaOS classic up to version 3.9 for 68000and 68xxx machines, WarpUPfor AmigaOS classic equipped with PPC expansion cards, AmigaOS4.0 and MorphOS ELF for PPC processors, and also IntelX86 code for AROS. TV Paint is still a valid program and continues being used despite of its age. Programs like Candy Factoryfor AOS 4.0 are designed to create special effects on images, brushes and fonts to create gorgeous internet objects and buttons used in designing web pages. Pixel image editor, formerly Pixel32is available for MorphOS. Blender 3D is one of the best Open Sourcecross platform software. It is available also for MorphOS, and a first pre-release is running on AmigaOS 4.0 (available for AOS 4.0 developers only). Also a first pre-release of GIMPis available on AmigaOS 4.0 through the Cygnix X11graphic engine.
Common widely used format for vector graphics in Amiga are EPS and IFF DR2D.It originated from the fact that Amiga was the first platform on which ran
GhostScriptnatively, and also IFF DR2D was the original standard for vector graphics generated by Amiga Professional Draw.
Foremost used Amiga drawing and vector graphics utilities are
Aegis Draw, ProDraw ( Professional Draw) from Gold Disk Inc., DrawStudio, Art Expression, Pro Vector, and for some basic vector graphics, also the tools of Professional Pageand PageStreamare useful. The most modern vector graphics program on Amiga is actually MindSpace1.1, which is aimed mainly at design flowcharts, mindtables, UML and diagrams. SWFToolsis a collection of command line programs to convert and save various raster(bitmap) image formats from and to Flash SWFvector animation format.
On AmigaOS are available the widely used free distributable vector to graphics conversion facilities
Autotrace, Potrace, XTracewhich can run also in AROSAmiga Open Source clone OS and MorphOSAmiga-Like system.
The Desktop Publishing software
PageStreamhas a tracing utility as bundled software.
Various programs can read
DXF(almost all Amiga CAD programs), EMF, SVG, CGM, GEM, WMF, an example of converting tool that reads many formats and output DR2D is the Amiga program MetaView.It exists also a SVGDatatype to support directly in the OS, on any program, the feature of loading and saving files in SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) format.
While desktop video proved to be a major market for the Amiga, a surge of word processing, page layout and graphic software filled out the professional needs starting from the first Amiga text program
Textcraftwhich was a mix between a real word processor and an advanced text editor, but capable to change page layouts, fonts, enlarge or reduce their width, change their colors and add even color images to the text.
Notable word processing programs for Amiga included the then-standard
WordPerfectup to version 4.1, Shakespeare, Excellence, Final Writer, Amiga Writer, Scribble!, ProWrite, Wordworthand the little Personal Writeby Cloanto.
The page layout software included
Page Setterand Professional Pagefrom Gold Disk, and PageStreamby Soft-Logik, known today as Grasshopper LLC). Only PageStream was ported to other platforms and continues to be developed and supported by the developers. Graphic software included vector drawing applications like Art Expressionfrom Soft-Logik, ProVectorby Taliesin, Draw Studio, and Professional Drawfrom Gold Disk.
Amiga lacked of an
office suiteas the term is meant now, but integrated softwarewas available. Pen Palwas a word processor integrated with a database and a form editor. Scribble!, Analyze!and Organize!were bundled together as the Works!suite combining a word processor, spreadsheet and database. Despite the similarity in name, it had no connection to Microsoft Works.
The page layout language
LaTexwas available in two ports: AmigaTeX, that is no longer available (the first LaTeX which can be edited with a front end program), and PasTEX, available on Aminetrepository.
AbiWordis available today on AmigaOS4.0through the X11graphical engine, and Papyrus Officepre-release is available for MorphOS.
Database and Spreadsheets
In the first age of Amiga (1986-1989) there were cross-platform spreadsheet available for it, like
MaxiPlan, which was available also for MS-DOSand Macintosh. Logistix(real name LoGisTiX) was one of the first spreadsheets for Amiga, Microfiche Filer Pluswas a database which gave the user the experience of exploring data as using microfilms. SuperBase was one of the finest programs available for C64. It was then ported on Atari, Amiga, and later on PC. But it was on Amiga that become a standard reference. Available in two versions Superbase Personaland SuperBase ProfessionalIt could handle SQLdatabases and had a query internal language like BASIC. It was capable to create forms and masks on records and was capable of handling multimedia files into its records years before than Microsoft Access. Superbase also featured VCRcontrol style buttons to browse into records of any database. Softwood File IIwas another simple multimedia database which then evolved into Final Datagood database available for Amiga from Softwood Inc.From the same firm there was Final Calcspreadsheet which evolved from TurboCalcthat Softwood bought from another software manufacturer. ProChartwas a tool to draw flow charts and diagrams. Analyze!was a fairly full featured (for the time) spreadsheet developed for the Amiga. Organize!was a flat file database package. Gnumericspreadsheet has also been ported on Amiga through an X11engine called Cygnix.
In the recent times
MUIBasewas born and mainly cross-platform MySQLdatabase language becomes a reference on Amiga also.
cience, entertainment and special use programs
Maple V is one of the best general purpose mathematic software (a.k.a. Mathematic-CAD) that were ever made. It was available for Amiga also, and appreciated by many scientists using Amiga at its age.
Distant Suns, Galileo, Digital Almanacand Amiga Digital Universe(from Bill Eavesfor the OS4) were stellar sky exploring program and astronomic calculators. During the age of CDTVwere available historic, science, and art CDs like Timetable of Science, Innovation, Timetable of Business, Politics, Grolier's Encyclopedia, Guinness Disk of Records, Video Creator, American Heritage Dictionary, Illustrated Holy Bible, Illustrated Works of Shakespeare, etc.
For Amiga there were literally hundreds of entertainment software. Amongst those available for kids and learning, it is possible to mention:
Adventures in Mathseries of floppy disks, from Free Spirit Software, Animal Kingdomseries of disks from Unicorn Software, Art Schoolall the series of Barney Bearsoftware, the Discovery series, including Discovery trivia, Donald's Alphabet Chase, Mickey's 123'sand Mickey's ABC'sby Disney Software, the Electric Crayonand Ferngullyseries of educational coloring book software (Ferngully was taken from the animation movie), Fun Schoolseries of disks, Kid Pixset of disks from the well known Broderbund Softwarehouse, which was famous in the nineties, Miracle Piano Teaching Systemto teach music to kids, various tales of Mother Goose, and World Atlasby Centaur Software.
Fractals, Virtual Reality, Artificial Intelligence
One of the best
fractalexperience programs ever made on any platform is the incredible ZoneXplorerfrom Elena Novaretti. In 1989 were created the X-Specs 3D Glassesfrom Haitex Resources, one of the first interactive 3D solutions for home computers. On Amiga were created the multimedia interactive TV non immersive Virtual realityexploring software Mandala from Vivid GroupInc.ref num|Vivid Group|1, and the Virtuality System Virtuality 1000 CS 3D VRML all-immersive simulator from W-Industries (then Virtuality Inc.)ref num|Virtuality Systems|2, for game entertainment in big arcade installations and theme parks, that was based on A3000. Magellan v.1.1(Artificial Intelligence Software), not to be confused with Directory Opus Magellan, was a program to emulate Artificial intelligenceresponses on Amiga, by creating heuristic programmed rules based on machine learningin its form of supervised learning. The user will choose into decision trees and decision tablessystem of AI featured by the Magellan program, in which to input objects, and desired outputs and describe all associate conditions and rules which the machine should follow in order to output pseudo-intelligent solutions to given problems.
AmiATLASv.6, it is a complete Route plannertool for Amiga computers. It provides worldwide interactive maps and find optimal routes for traveling from one place to another. It features also multiple map loading, and integrated CityGuide-System with information to interesting towns, places or regions, some even with pictures, and information about many parks and points of interest.
Personal Organizer, Notebook, Diary software
Digita Organizerv.1.1 from Digita Internationalit the best Amiga program to let the user to note about dates, meetings, remember expiry dates, etcetera. [http://polymere.free.fr/orga_en.html PolyOrg] for MorphOSby Frédéric Rignault.
Personal Budget, Home Banking, Accounts
Easy Banker, Home Accounts, Small Business Accounts, Small Business Manager, Account Master, Accountant, AmigaMoney, Banca Base III, HomeBank, CashMaster, etc.
oftware for special purposes
AVT (Amiga Video Transceiver), was a software and hardware
Slow-scan televisionsystem originally developed by "Black Belt Systems" (USA) around 1990 for the Amiga home computer popular all over the world before the IBM PC family gained sufficient audio quality with the help of special sound cards. Richmond Sound Design(RSD) created both show control(a.k.a. MSC or " MIDI Show Control") and theatre sound designsoftware which was used extensively in the theatre, theme park, display, exhibit, stage managing, show and themed entertainment industries in the 1980s and 1990s and at one point in the mid 90s, there were many high profile shows at major theme parks around the world being controlled by Amigas through software simply called Stage Managerwhich then evolved into its Microsoft Windows version called ShowMan. There were dozens at Walt Disney Worldalone and more at all other Disney, Universal Studios, Six Flagsand Madame Tussaudsproperties as well as in many venues in Las Vegas including The Miragehotel Volcano and Siegfried and Royshow, the MGM GrandEFX show, Broadway theatre, London's West End, the Royal Shakespeare Company's many venues, most of Branson, Missouri's theatres, and scores of theatres on cruise ships, amongst hundreds of others. RSD purchased used Amigas on the web and reconditioned them to provide enough systems for all the shows that specified them and only stopped providing new Amiga installations in 2000. There are still an unknown number of shows on cruise ships and in themed venues being run by Amigas.
# Info on Virtuality at [http://www.amiga-hardware.com/showhardware.cgi?HARDID=56 Amiga Hardware site]
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