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Applications OS/2 Needs
« on: October 20, 2017, 04:44:03 am »
After browsing through my existing repretoire of OS/2 applications (which isn't that great) and trying out some ported things, I haven't been able to find good substitutes for some things I do on other OSes on a daily basis.

That would be:

#1 A good audio player with playlists and generous file support. It should be able to play: .MP3, .OGG, .FLAC, .IT, .S3M, .MOD, .XM--basically something that could be a distant shadow to xmplay (which there isn't even anything quite like it on Linux, but it can run in WINE). Or maybe I'm just too used to XMplay :p

#2 A decent quick image editing program--like Pinta or Paint.NET

#3 Audio editing, like Audacity but for OS/2

#4 Advanced text editor with the ability to change the colours--like Notepad++ or any other common editors out there
The ability to play common audio formats in playlists, and also the ability to run tracker files is the most wanted thing I'm looking for at the moment.

If anyone wanted to provide me some pointers where I should start out with? Unfortunately I don't have the official IBM compiler for OS/2 so... I'd be up for any offers if anyone has a copy.

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Re: Applications OS/2 Needs
« Reply #1 on: October 20, 2017, 05:46:23 am »
For the official IBM compiler, punch this into your favourite search engine (tested with duckduckgo), "VisualAge C++ for OS/2"

For an audio player, check out Note that yo will have to collect command line programs to actually play your files, most are available on Hobbes. eg for mod players You might have to fall back on FFmpeg or rather FFplay for some of the more exotic files, audiocenter should be able to drive FFplay.

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Re: Applications OS/2 Needs
« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2017, 06:17:58 am »
My choices:

1) PM123

2) PMView Not free though.

3) Sorry, not  one of my things...

4) eFTE In fact, I rarely use any editor, other than E (really EA), that is the default OS/2 text editor, but eFTE has a lot of customization options, as well as prepackaged configurations.


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Re: Applications OS/2 Needs
« Reply #3 on: October 20, 2017, 03:15:51 pm »
Depending on how much image editing you want to do there are two simple editors that do what your examples do - Embellish and Phototiger.  Both are now freeware.

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Re: Applications OS/2 Needs
« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2017, 05:08:00 pm »
Hi Devon

These are my suggesstions:

#1: We have VLC ported.

#2: To freely draw images, I don't like what we have. My wishlist is to have a port of "InkScape" someday. SketchIt is open source but requires a lot of development to be something similar to Inkscape.

#3: I don't know much about it, but having an Audacity port will be great someday.

#4: I also use a Qt app called: STE (Sintegrial Text Editor)

If you want to do development on OS/2 remember that we have the "Classic way" using the OS/2 API with compilers that are not supported anymore, and we also have the "Open API" which are some libc, cairo, sdl and Qt APIs so you can use with the GCC compiler.  I prefer to give it a try to the "open compilers" first and use the discontinued software only when it is necessary and you can not find an open replacement.

I don't do development by I have tried to document little things like:
- Compiling "OS/2 Presentation Manager Programming" Samples on 2016
If I had better skills and more time I would really like to learn some Qt compiling and development.

« Last Edit: October 20, 2017, 05:11:18 pm by Martin Iturbide »
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