||System Essentials - Part 3|
This issue we finish off the system essentials mini-series with a few more must-have utilities that enhance the operating system and increase the efficiency of everyday Amiga use. As always, this software has been tested and determined to be system friendly through extended periods of use.
And so... multi-function commodities were born. This is not a complete solution, because a particular multi-function program may not include all the functions you want. But, it certainly can cut down on wasted memory.
Several of these all-in-one programs are available. Among the best is Martin Berndt's MultiCX (Aminet: util/cdity/MCX280.lha) which currently has more than 50 functions, including: screen and mouse blanking, window and screen cycling, opaque windows, window auto-activation, public screen selection and activation, drive protection, trackdisk.device parameters, popcli, ASCII enter, memory flush, advanced string gadget editing, and much more.
In addition to starting workbench applications, ToolManager can start shell commands/scripts, execute ARexx programs, trigger another program's hotkeys or open/close its own docks. It will even play back external sounds to give you that instant feedback... "Yes Master, I comply", "Starting Directory Opus" or "Beep! Honk!".
Denis Gounelle's ACalc (Aminet: misc/math/acalc.lha) provides very basic mathematical operations and 10 storage memory locations. It is a commodity and can be assigned a hotkey for quick access, opening its window on the current screen. Programmers will appreciate modes for working in decimal and hexadecimal to perform base conversions and bitwise operations. Current results are automatically copied to the clipboard or to an environment variable.
If you need something more scientific, Luca Carminati's TotalCalc (Aminet: misc/math/TotalCalc1_23.lha) adds functions for: roots, logarithms, powers, reciprocals, factorials, trigonometrics and percents. It also has a handy memory viewer for quick recall.
Miklós Árpád's ColdReboot (Aminet: util/boot/ColdReboot.lha) is a very small utility that causes the Amiga to perform a cold reboot, resetting to a power-up state. Note that system resources such as RAD: will not survive a cold reboot.
One of the earliest of these utilities is Werner Günther's XOper (Aminet: util/moni/Xoper28.lha) which provides information in response to various keyboard commands. If you want something with a gadget interface, more functions and network support, try Richard Körber's Scout (Aminet: util/moni/Scout.lha).