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Software News   Software News : Introducing MultiViewer & MultiViewerNG
   posted by amigakit on 3-Jun-2015 11:02:31 (9573 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.

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tommysammy 
Re: Introducing MultiViewer & MultiViewerNG
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Very good news


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Looks very nice! Thanks for Classic version as well!

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Always nice to see new software congrats!


The main credit rightly should go to Andy who suffered my barrage of emails and ideas to him for nearly 6 months! He produced a wonderful application and we are so pleased with the outcome. It is amazing that since 1994, this is type of application has not had significant development so we very much hope that Andy's great work is well received by Amigans and serves as an indispensable tool for many years to come.


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@broadblues

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improvements can only come from updating amigaguide.library and amigaguide.datatype

Or even better - from developing an ebook datatype masterclass of which AmigaGuide will be a subclass.


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@Trixie

Amigaguide.library is still a very unppreciated tool in Amiga OS to make dynamic help for Amiga programs.

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Looks good!

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GREAT NEWS!!! finally we are getting some much needed software & updates that we can use with all the new hardware

looking forward to updating my classic and NG miggies this weekend


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Looks good, well done Andy


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interesting but to me, it really looks like "DirMeUp" tool from Glames, except for the tab.

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Yes, I'd say it's a nice mix between two excellent softwares already available : DirMeUp and FastView.

It's great to see new programs but it's not the one I'm waiiting for since it only reinvents the wheel (sorry to be kinda direct on this topic) whereas we are waiting for other tools not yet available.


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interesting but to me, it really looks like "DirMeUp" tool from Glames, except for the tab.


I just tried the DirMeUp demo to see what you meant and they aren't remotely similar in usage or function, in fact you would use MultiViewer *from* DirMeUp as the configurable file viewer. Or possibly better the examplae script MultiViewer:Rexx/NewTab.rexx


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Wow - very nice for a first release!

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Looks great! Will certainly buy.

Any screenshot of the OS 3.x version?

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On the subject of datatypes, any development proposed on AmigaGuide would be wholeheartedly better spent on a HTML datatype - or is that just pointing out the obvious?

Clearly AmigaGuide has had its day and the current implementation is still fit for purpose.


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Would it be feasible to build an html datatype upon webkit/owb engine? Just asking...


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I was wondering if DataTypes for Ghostscript, Postscript and PDF would be feasable and usable with MultiViewer in a way we could then drop AmiGS/AmiPDF?

 
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I'm afraid this would entail implementing an entire browser within the datatypes framework.


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It looks very nice. :)


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Ghostscript...

Search Aminet. There were already postscript.datatypes, hypertext superclass datatypes (with Guide as a subclass), html.datatypes etc. In principle all those could be modernized and updated ... but who should do that?


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