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Doug Clark:

--- Quote from: ivan on September 14, 2023, 10:30:19 pm ---Sorry I can't help with CorelDRAW 2.0 for OS/2 but I do have a working copy of CorelDRAW 2.5 for OS/2 for OS/2 v 2.0

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I purchased a copy of CorelDraw 2.0 for OS/2 when I first came out.  Actually it may be v 2.01.  I have the manual, font list, plastic template for measuring font sizes, reference card, two character reference cards and the typeface3 reference chart.   I may even have the original floppy disks in the basement (shudder).  It was a nice package.  I don't know if it runs on AOS, but it certainly ran on OS/2 2.0  Let me know what you want pics of.

Alex Taylor:

--- Quote from: Man42 on September 20, 2023, 07:29:22 pm ---
--- Quote from: Alex Taylor on September 15, 2023, 02:13:59 pm ---If it helps, here's a photo of an old OS/2 Extended Edition v1.1 package and contents...
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1C0yBgvHFxTijPEa2xu77qRih2p7sU7jM/view?usp=drive_link

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My library doesn't have good information about this either. Could you take a few more photos?
I'm interested in photos of the following components (with legible text):
–Back side of the box
– Photos of the disk label (P/N information is important to me)

Ideally, I would like to see disk images so that I can make a file-by-file comparison to see if there are any differences with the UK version.
But not all participants have the opportunity/desire to provide disk images, therefore, I will not insist on this request.
However, if you have a copy of the files, I can describe a file-by-file comparison algorithm that does not require effort and painstaking work.

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Unfortunately it's no longer in my possession.  I might still have a backup of the files somewhere; let me know about this comparison algorithm of yours and I'll see if I do anything.

Man42:

--- Quote from: Doug Clark on September 20, 2023, 10:29:15 pm ---
I purchased a copy of CorelDraw 2.0 for OS/2 when I first came out.  Actually it may be v 2.01.  I have the manual, font list, plastic template for measuring font sizes, reference card, two character reference cards and the typeface3 reference chart.   I may even have the original floppy disks in the basement (shudder).  It was a nice package.  I don't know if it runs on AOS, but it certainly ran on OS/2 2.0  Let me know what you want pics of.

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As I found out, CorelDRAW 2.0 for OS/2 PM was released in the summer of 1991 (may be at september 1991).
The package received bad reviews due to bugs and was very expensive.
It was a ported Windows version without significant modifications.
From what I heard, it had a particularly large number of printing errors. Probably, it really was version 2.01 (Windows version 2.01 was popular at that time, it is not surprising that it was this version that was ported).

I'd like to see a photo of the entire package, as well as photos of the covers, manuals, and box (if there is one).
If you can find the floppy disks, photos of them would be valuable.
And if you manage to read and run the floppy disks, please take screenshots.

Man42:

--- Quote from: Alex Taylor on September 21, 2023, 02:21:29 am ---let me know about this comparison algorithm of yours and I'll see if I do anything.

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For comparison, you will need two free utilities: WinMerge and 7-zip.
The comparison algorithm is as follows:
1) Prepare two directories for comparison (for example COMP1 and COMP2).
2) Transfer disk images to each directory; it is advisable to give the corresponding disks identical file names.
 3) Using 7-zip, select all disk images. Set the command "Unpack in this directory".
4) If there are conflicts between files of the same name, set the “Rename all” command.
5) Open the WinMerge utility, set the COMP1 and COMP2 directories for comparison.
6) In the comparison results window, add the columns “Date on the left”, “Date on the right”, “Size on the left”, “Size on the right” (if these columns do not already exist).
7) Using the "Report" menu, output the comparison results to a file (preferably CSV or HTML).

If your disk images were taken correctly, then some (or all) of the disk images may be identical.
Note: Sometimes differences in files mean that the file is damaged (for example, the floppy disk was poorly read).
Ideally, after a general comparison, you need to carry out a second comparison, in which each disk is extracted into a separate directory (for this, obviously, the corresponding disks must have the same names). 7-zip also has a command for extracting each file into a separate directory.
7-zip can only work with RAW images.

Doug Clark:
What I have is Corel version 2.0.  Turns out it does run - mostly - on AOS.  I had saved a zip of a previous installation and tried to get that to run - no luck.  But when I installed off of the original floppies it did install, and run.  However it demands to be installed from drive a:  It is amazing to me that 30 year old floppies still work, but most of them do.

I have attached a zip file with pics of most of the docs.

The date on the files is 07/24/1991.  CorelDrw.exe is  an OS/2 v 1.3 program.  CorelTrc, Mosaic, and Wfnboss are windows programs. And, interestingly enough, the windows programs will not start from their program objects in the folder - they do start if you click on the executable in the directory.

The manual is for the DOS and Windows versions.  There is no mention of OS/2.  There are no install instructions for OS/2 - at least that I have left and/or could find.  The install program doesn't touch any of the 4 diskettes with clip art.  It also doesn't install a mysterious disk labeled WLO, which contains a number of DLLS and a command line program that copies them to C:\OS2\DLL

Since CorelDrw is a OS/2 v 1.3 program it expects a control panel - there is an option for it in the File menu.  And it doesn't go through the normal printer setup. Plus it thinks my postcript printer is a non-postscript printer - which is probably why the trumpet printed in black and white.

Anything else you need to know about CorelDraw 2.0?

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