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Software News   Software News : Introducing MultiViewer & MultiViewerNG
   posted by amigakit on 3-Jun-2015 11:02:31 (8058 reads)


Introducing MultiViewer & MultiViewerNG
The ultimate Classic & Next-Generation AmigaOS file viewer
Cardiff 3rd June 2015

A-EON Technology Ltd is pleased announce the imminent release of MultiViewer and MultiViewerNG, its advanced file viewer utility for Classic and Next-Generation AmigaOS systems.

As part of our ongoing commitment to developing quality software content for Classic and Next-Generation AmigaOS systems we contracted freelance AmigaOS developer Andy Broad and set him the challenge of creating the ultimate AmigaOS file viewer utility. We gave him outline specifications and the freedom to build the programme from the ground-up. Our only stipulation were that the software must integrate with our other A-EON Technology applications such as Personal Paint & ImageFX and to make sure that, wherever possible, the Classic version had most of the features of Next-Generation version.

We are please to report that Andy has exceeded all of our expectations and the result is MultiViewer a flexible application for viewing any type of file supported by the datatypes system. Two versions are being released: MultiViewer for the Classic AmigaOS and MultiViewerNG for the latest AmigaOS 4.1 systems.







Both of these programs provide the AmigaOS with many additional features, such as a tool bar, image scaling, slideshow mode together with file and image editing hotlinks to programs such as NotePad ,Personal Paint, etc. Both versions of MultiViewer may be run from the Workbench or from the shell. The programs behaviour is controlled by a range of options which may be defined as Tooltypes or command line switches. Default settings are loaded from the tooltypes in the main programs icon. A powerful ARexx interface and Scripting menu provides even more options. The default settings can be modified by the tooltypes in the projects icon or the switches and options provided on the command line. Additional tooltypes allow the defining of external editors and scripts which may be executed from a custom script menu. Once MultiViewer is running, additional features may be controlled via the tool bar, menu and keyboard shortcuts and multiple files. Full Ringhio support is also included and the NG version also includes multiple Tabs and the ability to view AMIStore screenshots.

We asked Andy to comment on his six months MultiViewer development effort. "It's been an interesting challenge exploring both the potential and limitations of the datatypes system in order to bring the original concept of MultiView up to date in MultiViewer. An additional challenge was exploiting the significant advances in the AmigaOS 4 Reaction GUI system whilst providing as much functionality in the relatively limited 3.X version as possible."

MultiViewer and MultiViewerNG will be available shortly from AMIStore & Amistore.net

MultiViewer to the future

Special thanks to Mason for the icons and the beta testers PJS, Severin and others for their work on finding bugs and providing feedback.

www.a-eon.com
    

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If only has search for AmigaGuide, it will be nice.

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@AmigaKit
Always nice to see new software congrats!

As for this comment "An additional challenge was exploiting the significant advances in the AmigaOS 4 Reaction GUI system whilst providing as much functionality in the relatively limited 3.X version as
possible."
Isn't it possible to port as much of AmigaOS 4.x to the 3.1 OS? Why not start we've reaction? (known as ClassAct for 3.x systems)
I'm pretty sure that an updated 3.x OS for 68k would sell more than 4.x for PPC. This way it'll be easier to follow your strategy to bring software for the so called Classic and NG.

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I though ReAction was part of OS3.9

The Only think ports had to change was the IExec->Function access for OS4

OK some classes may need updating..


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AOS4's Reaction have had many updates since the time of ClassAct.

AOS4 simply has many function and featues that ClassAct don't have..

so its not that easy to have all advanced features from AOS4 in AOS3 becoarse of the limited gui.

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@RWO

Indeed BOOPSI classes on AmigaOS4 have gone through enormous improvements since 3.9, many thanks to yourself, Simon Archer, Massimo Tantignone and I'm sure quite a few others for their hard work on that over the years.


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Isn't it possible to port as much of AmigaOS 4.x to the 3.1 OS?


In theory perhaps, but I think you'll find that Hyperion own AmigaOS4 not A-EON so you should negotiate with them (Hyperion) over that.

Reactopn / BOOPSI is quite integrated into the OS (intuition / gfx lib / layers etc) so a piecemeal backport might not be as easy as you think.


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It's been an interesting 4 months and a lot of work, but I'm very pleased with the end result.

The design enables you to work in various ways at the users choice, tabbed or non tabbed, using the filelist to browse collections of files, or hiding it away for a more conventional approach. Saving collections of files as a reloadable list, the possibilty to create smart filelists using an arexx based save format, to watch directories or files and display the contants dynamically as they update.

I look forward to hearing the user feedback and seeing what other devs and more advanced might do with the arexx interface.


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Really nice to see this up to date, and I hope it doesnt fall into the trap that gedit does of checking file type, checking magic number, then throwing a paddy and refusing to display Anything because it isnt the way its supposed to be. At the very least, if a file type is totally unknown, can a buffer segment, say the first meg if a multimeg file, be opened automatically using Type HEX or equivalent, with maybe preview windows of various decode attempts, each with sanity, system load and timeout checks?

With Datatype support and IFF implementation, from what I remember, a given IFF chunk is to be ignored by any en/decoder that doesnt support it, which given signed 32 bit values for size, means negative sized values are available for meta, enhanced decode, such as extending to 62 bits, or even through the IFF file concantenation method, a negative CAT size could possibly give size of file, or stream, in sub CATs, therby giving a 32 bit compatible 64/62 bit effective file, stream size?

How difficult will it be to extend, rewrite AOS graphics drivers to go from the current maximum (OS3?) of 16k*16k, to support Gigapixel superpan and deep space telescope imaging files of at least 32k in each direction, or multidisplay support given in Japan, there are 8k displays?


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Really nice to see this up to date, and I hope it doesnt fall into the trap that gedit does of checking file type, checking magic number, then throwing a paddy and refusing to display Anything because it isnt the way its supposed to be. At the very least, if a file type is totally unknown, can a buffer segment, say the first meg if a multimeg file, be opened automatically using Type HEX or equivalent, with maybe preview windows of various decode attempts, each with sanity, system load and timeout checks?


IT uses the datatypes system to identify and load files, you you want to load a arbitrary binary file as hex install a binary.datatype class (there are a few out there).


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Assuming datatypes are the first ones to use the second core of AOS4 systems, this seems like test program for that.

Anyway, nice to read about new stuff!!


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Assuming datatypes are the first ones to use the second core of AOS4 systems, this seems like test program for that.

Interestng assumption, I'm not aware that anyone has suggested this is the case...


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@Andy
Is marking of text by mouse (to do a copy via ctrl+c for example) didn't works for amiga guide files the same in your app as in multiview ? Probably it will not (sadly) as problem is in the os4's multiview datatype itself :(

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Excellent! An update to the veeeery limited old Multiview


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I know that there is not yet a standardised way to implement the imagery and position of the close gadget for tabs and that it is application specific : but I think that a square with AmigaOS4 default colour is better than white and red cross in circle (like OWB from Joerg Strohmayer).

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Here's a little teaser video showing the 'drawer watching' feature.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsPaPd2pF4I

Some more complete tutorial videos to follow...

(still processing as I post this link so come back in 5 if it's not available yet).


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@Kas1e

Amigaguide.datatype limitations still apply, but as a work arround if you need to do that, RAmiga C copy whole displayed page, RAmiga T open new tab, RMAmiga V paste, mark and copy the section you need.

Unfortunatly amigaguide is pretty much a black box and short of a complete reimplmentation, improvements can only come from updating amigaguide.library and amigaguide.datatype


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@ShadowSun

That was the most appropriate image in AISS, you can always replace TBIMAGES:listviewcancel with a prefered image if you want.

Ideally there would be a sysiclass image for tabs but there isn't yet...


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A MultiView with tabs, it looks nice, bravo !

Waiting for it...


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Let's hope the datatypes system will get some kind of upgrade sooner or later...
Btw, a tabbed "MultiView" looks great!


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Very nice !!!

What is CodePad in the background of video?

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