Front Ends section
Front end and program launcher programs for the QL and compatibles.
Dev Manager (168K) - program execution utility. Store a list of your favourite programs, complete with DEV, SUB, etc settings for older less straightforward programs like Quill. Pointer driven. (D. Jones) [19/10/04]
Dock - a small docking station program from Wolfgang Lenerz. Pops up when you move the pointer down to the bottom of the screen. Needs a high colour GD2/SMSQ-E system. (W. Lenerz) (14K) [21/05/16]
EASE - Also known as Giga-Desk,
E.A.S.E. (or Easily Applicable System Environment) is a user interface
for the QL, it supports a desktop environment, described by the
original publisher as being "similar to GEM". It includes pulldown
menus, icons, really scrollable windows, a calculator and a game. This
program enables the user to have access to all system functions in an
easy manner. Can be used with the Giga Soft Mouse originally sold by
ABC Elektronic. Now freeware, EASE is from the same authors as the
Giga-Basic package available on the Programming page. (André
Claaßen and Gerd-Uwe Neukamp) (66K)
EASE manual - scanned PDF file (178K)
I have scanned a couple of reviews from QL World magazine to provide background information.
Review from QL World May 1986, PDF file (323K)
Review from QL World December 1986, PDF file (398K)
or Graphics Access Manager is a simple graphical front end for the QL
computers, which builds upon the QDOS system's core functionality while
providing easy to use pointer driven environment. It is intended for
all unexpanded pre-SMS QLs - should run OK on 128K systems. This is
version 3.1 updated by Tomas Kral from original author Thomas Much's
1987 version 2.3.
Tomas has updated the code to compile with Turbo, added serial mouse
support and some extra functionality. (Tomas Kral) (22K) [05/02/15]
Tomas has provided a short manual as a PDF file - click here to download it. (53K)
go.zip - Go! version 1.02 is a simple to use program launching front end. Text based, no GUI's here. Build menus and sub-menus with lists of the programs on your system and any special settings needed to run them (e.g. Go! can set DATA_USE, PROG_USE, DEV settings etc). Pointer driven, needs Window Manager 2 which means SMSQ/E version 3 or later, or QDOS with pointer environment version 2 or later. Expanded memory and Toolkit 2 also needed. (D. Jones) (61K) [29.08.07]
- Job Application Manager is a front end desk-top manager program using
an icon environment. Has its own internal dynamic ramdisk and job
scheduler, plus notepad, calendar and calculator. Originally a
commercial program, the authors
have now given permission for it to be released as freeware. (M. Adler
and K. Bahar) (21K) [20/06/16]
Manual - PDF file, German only (4MB).
Review - PDF file of a review from QL World magazine Spetember 1987. (272K)
Screen shot - a sample screen shot from the program (43K)
Launchpad - a program launcher and general GUI for QDOS and SMSQ/E operating systems. Launchpad is now freeware, along with its accessory programs, available here.
Qascade - v1.13 lets you set up program starting menus akin to something like a Windows Start menu, but with QL-specific features. Requires pointer environment. (Jonathan Hudson) (56K) [19/10/06]
Qascade - v1s14 is an enhanced version of Qascade, allowing use of System Palette colours and adding support for the "home directory" Thing. Needs pointer environment and Window Manager 2. (updated by Marcel Kilgus) (71K) [19/10/06]QATS - QATS v3.04, otherwise known as the QL Application Traffic Supervisor, is a formerly commercial program from Cope, which was made shareware. It's a utility designed to reduce the number of keystrokes needed to perform housekeeping and task control on your QL. QATS is menu driven, and the menus can be tailored to your QL setup and way of working to maximise your productivity. Includes facilities for controlling the Psion programs and other executables, swoppers and Basic programs, wildcard filename processing file and job management facilities. Works best with JS or Minerva QL ROMs, some facilities may not work on earlier ROM versions. Several Quill _doc files included. Shareware - some facilities disabled by the author in this shareware version. (Gordon Henson) (139K) [18/02/14]
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