Photo above shows XWorkplace 0.95 Notebook opened on @Macarlo's Warp 4.5+FP14 Desktop
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I just tested on my OS/2 Client Warp 4.5 + FixPak14 the new release (version 0.95) of this fantastic piece of software that is XWorkplace, the successor of the legendary XFolder. With this fine release the German developer Ulrich Moeller becomes definitely in the Nirvana! I'm using XFolder since the first beta that Ulrich put available on the Net and really here is a soft that I recommend enthusiastically. If you are OS/2 user and your Warp have not yet XFolder, now XWorkplace, sorry...but you are not an authentic OS/2 user! I will not write here about XFolder/XWorkplace capabilities because I reviewed this soft dozen times and all OS/2 users know it very good. At this new version Ulrich, now working on NetLabs, was included several improvements.
XWorkplace rated 5 Butterflies
I installed XWorkplace 0.95 on my Desktop using Warpin 0.94 in few seconds (you can see here two screenshots of the Install process by Warpin on my Desktop) and have not any problem! Note that my OS/2 Warp 4.5+FP14 have a WPS really overloaded by hundreds (I said hundreds...) of applications. I'm using secure ALL the most important OS/2 shareware available on the Net (I'm registered user of 212 - I purchased licenses, several of them in BMT Micro, Inc., that I recommend for secure transactions wit credit cards - and I've anothers shareware that the developers sent me as a gift and these I'm not including in my list of 212).
I use XFolder/XWorkplace because with this enhancement my Warp runs much more efficient and fast. Currently my principal web site updated everyday, including weekends and holidays, have above 7,000 (I said seven thousand) items - 4,000 pages and 3,000 images - and I need extreme efficiency to edit and update it several times at each day. At the currently version I'm making pages over templates generated originally in NT Platform; I work on Warp 4.5+FP14 using Boxer by David Hammel as a web editor, because this one runs fine and have a syntax highlighting that I judge the ideal; but Boxer unfortunately can't access the OS/2 clipboard directly and I use various recourses for do it and this task force me to have many tool at the click of my mouse. Here is the point where Workplace is fundamental for me: with a simple click at the XFolder pop-menu I solve all problems I encounter here! To read my reviews about XFolder simply enter <XFolder> in the Searchbox in the head of this page.
Photo above shows XWorkplace 0.95 Setup Properties Notebook displayed on @Macarlo's Warp 4.5+FP14
Introduction. XWorkplace is the successor to the developer popular XFolder V0.85 package. It is the most feature-rich freeware Workplace Shell enhancer available, and even better, it's OpenSource.
While XFolder was OpenSource already (being released under the GNU General Public Licence, GPL), it was still largely developed by the developer alone. This has changed now. XWorkplace is an open project on the Netlabs CVS server and is currently under heavy development. Other developers can join and contribute features by themselves.
If you'd like to contribute to XWorkplace, you are very welcome to do so. There's plenty of things to do still. If you know WPS programming, you are very welcome to help, but even if you've never done that, it's not that difficult to start, and XWorkplace makes a lot of WPS programming issues a lot easier. There's also plenty of code in XWorkplace which has nothing to do with XWorkplace, so you can even contribute if you don't want to get into WPS programming. Please see the "Contact" section below.
If you want to find out more about XWorkplace and WPS programming, go visit Warpstock USA or Warpstock Europe this year. I'll be at both of them and tell you more about WarpIN, XWorkplace, and WPS programming.
For a list of features and screenhots, see this separate page.
Of course, XWorkplace will remain Freeware–even better, it will remain OpenSource under the GPL, and since it will be on the Netlabs CVS server, it will be much more open to new developers than XFolder.
This is the last developer release of XWorkplace. I am planning to release V1.0.0 as the next version, since I believe XWorkplace is reasonably stable now.
Downloads. The binaries are
The binary archives each include English National Language Support (NLS). Do not attempt to run XWorkplace with XFolder NLS packages!!
These are the mailing lists:
Photo above shows XWorkplace 0.95 folder openede on @Macarlo's Warp 4.5+FP14
How XWorkplace Works
XWorkplace is a complex set of replacement classes for the
OS/2 Workplace Shell to enhance the WPS's behavior in many
ways. It now also contains a PM hook (a la NPSWPS) to enhance
mouse and keyboard operations. As opposed to other PM hooks,
all configuration is done via true WPS settings notebooks.
the WPS upgrade IBM should have released with
OS/2 Warp 4. XWorkplace is the successor to XFolder V0.85 and
contains all of it, except the bugs.
can add features to pretty much all parts of the
system, such as generic object features, folder enhancements,
replacement icons, CONFIG.SYS settings, keyboard and mouse
operation, and much, much more.
ABOUT THIS RELEASE
is mainly another bugfix release compared
to previous versions. While V0.9.4 was pretty stable
already, this version fixes two major bugs:
The XShutdown INI problems appear to be
finally solved for good.
Object hotkeys should work now without
hanging the system when assigning them.
refer to the "XWorkplace User Guide" after
unpacking the files. To extract the documentation only,
see "2. INSTALLATION" below.
is planned to be the last developer's
release of XWorkplace before V1.0.0 comes out.
XWorkplace must be installed using WarpIN.
Note: Use WarpIN
V0.9.3 or higher to install this archive.
Older versions will not be able to create the XWorkplace
WPS objects and will probably fail when upgrading XWorkplace
from a previous version.
If you are
still unsure whether you should use XWorkplace at
this point, you can have WarpIN unpack the XWorkplace files
on your hard disk only without registering and replacing
Workplace Shell classes. This will not alter your system's
To do this,
disable the "Register WPS classes" flag on the
respective page which WarpIN will show you after you press
the "Next" button a few times. Until the WPS classes are
registered, XWorkplace will do NOTHING on your system.
This way can
then read through XWorkplace's documentation
first and decide then whether to actually register
XWorkplace's classes. To do this later, simply double-click
on XWorkplace's WarpIN (.WPI) archive again.
---> NOTE: In any case, before installing, MAKE A WPS BACKUP.
Upgrading from XWorkplace
With the latest
WarpIN, you will get a notification message
that XWPDAEMN.EXE is running. Have WarpIN kill that program
(which is the XWorkplace Daemon), and you can overwrite your
doesn't work, have WarpIN remove the installed
XWorkplace version first, restart the WPS, and install the
new version then.
Upgrading from XFolder
is the successor to XFolder (the last XFolder
version was V0.85).
and XFolder cannot coexist, since XWorkplace
provides all the features of XFolder 0.85 plus many bugfixes
and even more features.
As a result,
if XFolder is installed, XWorkplace will
disable your XFolder installation.
install XWorkplace to a directory OTHER than
your existing XFolder directory to make sure no file
conflicts occur. Several people have reported that
installing to the same directory can hang your WPS.
can take over your existing XFolder 0.85 settings,
if present. You will be prompted for that during the first
WPS restart after installation. However, many new settings
have arrived, so many will be initially disabled.
If you prefer
to go back to your existing XFolder installation
later (after all, this is a developer's release), have WarpIN
de-install XWorkplace and install XFolder again, using
INSTALL.CMD in your XFolder directory. Your old XFolder
settings remain untouched by XWorkplace.
NATIONAL LANGUAGE SUPPORT
This archive contains XWorkplace National Language Support
(NLS) for English only. Even though XWorkplace is prepared
for supporting additional languages, there are no other
NLS packages available yet. These will be added to a later
Photo above shows XWorkplace 0.95 Class List feature displayed on @Macarlo's Warp 4.5+FP14
In any case, after installation, open the new "XWorkplace Setup"
object first and go to the "Features" page. This is the most
central place to enable XWorkplace features. Press the "Help"
button there to get more information.
This version has known bugs, even though I have fixed dozens
with this release.
the BUGS and FEATURES files in this package also
before reporting bugs or suggesting features. Thank you.
to what XFLDR001.INF might be saying, the following
does not work:
Langanke's Animated Mouse Pointers for OS/2 are
not yet included. This is still in the works and will be
added to a later release.
you have Christian's old package installed, you can keep
it running, it causes no problems.
AMPTR sources are now on the Netlabs CVS server in the
XWorkplace archives and compile with the rest of XWorkplace,
but there's still some work left. If anybody finds the time
to do the remaining integration work, any help is welcome.
"Extended associations" is enabled in XWPSetup, the new
"File types" page in "Workplace Shell" is working, but
XFldDataFile doesn't support the enhanced file type icons yet.
You'll see the proper icons and associations in the "Open"
submenu, but clicking on them will not open the proper
though I've fixed many PageMage bugs with V0.9.4,
there are still a number of problems left. PageMage doesn't
shouldn't hang system any more, but it has problems tracking
windows at times. PageMage 0.9.5 is essentially unchanged
are problems with WPS restarts and FP13/14. This has
little to do with XWorkplace.
time to time, creating folders from templates (using the
context menu items) can solidly crash the system with a black
screen. Some people never get this, but I do from time to time.
I think I have found the problem, but solving it requires some
more debugging and a major redesign of the developer folder object
initialization. This problem has been reported for all XFolder
and XWorkplace versions.
you have never had problems with "Create another", don't
worry, nothing has changed.
if, after using "Create another", the system freezes
and the hard disk rattles like crazy, press Ctrl+Alt+Del
IMMEDIATELY to avoid the black screen. This is a symptom of
the swap file growing constantly until the swap disk is full,
which will then cause a trap somewhere.
is still experimental. Drag'n'drop and confirmations
don't work. XWPString will be replaced with a different
implementation in the future, so don't count on it.
WarpIN and XWorkplace are Netlabs projects,
released under the GNU
General Public Licence. The source code is available on the Netlabs
CVS server. See www.netlabs.org/nosa and Ulrich Moeller's home page for details.
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