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Thanks to Daniel Nesbitt for these screen shots!
In 2002 New Deal Office / GeoWorks was sold to Breadbox
Computer Company LLC and became "Breadbox Ensemble". The name "Ensemble"
comes from GeoWorks Ensemble (GeoWorks with the office suite). At present,
they only sell Breadbox Ensemble to educational institutions, although
reportedly it could be purchased through various distributors.
There is, however, a free demo version for download, called Ensemble
Lite. The lite version lacks most of the applications of the commercial
version and does not include internet dial up.
Overall, Breadbox Ensemble has some significant improvements over NDO
Visually, a few noticeable differences are:
Breadbox Ensemble also includes a number of new applications including:
New 256 color icons
Gradient title bars
Surprisingly, despite all of these new features, Breadbox Ensemble is close
to the same size as NDO 3.2a and still performs well even on old 386 systems.
An FTP client
An AIM compatible instant messenger.
A significantly improved web browser.
In Breadbox Ensemble, the programs in the Express menu are now organized
in to groups.
The file manger has not changed too much. The menu items have been
reorganized, it now shows the folder location, a button is available to
navigate to the parent folder, and folders can optionally open in existing
Preferences has been reorganized so there are fewer buttons with some
related options merged together.
Breadbox ensemble includes slightly enhanced versions of the productivity
applications that came with NewDeal.
This screen shot shows Artist (formerly NewDraw), Spreadsheet (formerly
NewCalc), and Writer (formerly NewWrite).
It is interesting to note that the gradient feature was introduced
way back in GeoWorks Ensemble 2.0, way before Microsoft offered that feature
Banker 3.0 has been significantly enhanced and it's stability vastly
improved over that of NewBanker.
HomeBase is a fast, highly customizable card file application that
can act as a very simple database.
GeoFile, part of the included office suite, is a feature rich graphical
database application. Features include a graphical forms builder, calculated
fields with a graphical expression builder, and multiple (continuous) record
Breadbox Ensemble features a number of multimedia capabilities including
sound support, and a CD player.
Screen savers were also included with NewDeal Office 3.2a, but Breadbox
Ensemble appears to include a few additional ones.
Breadbox Ensemble bundles some small fun games. The games it includes
Pyramid (another card game)
Sokoban (a 2-d maze game)
Uki (a Reversi clone)
Amateur Night is a weird clone of the classic Missile Command. Instead
of defending cities from missiles, you are defending bad comics from rotten
From the help file:
"You are the Master of Ceremonies at Chuck's Chuckle House -- famous
in these parts for its rough and raunchy audiences. Tonight is Amateur
night at Chuck's and the regulars know it; they will be right on time,
arms loaded with some locally grown rotten vegetables.
But you are not worried. You've installed two VeggieBlaster XT-2000TM
anti-vegetable pellet launchers on either side of the stage, which you
load up before each act with as many pellets as you can. To counter attacks
from the audience, you pick off incoming vegetables before they pick off
your comics. Easy enough for the first couple of acts, but wait until the
crowd gets really worked up!
Good luck, and, uh, break a leg."
Breadbox Ensemble also includes the GeoManager shell as an alternative
to the regular desktop.
This screen shot shows off Ensemble in high res (1024x768) with the
theme support and gradient title bars.
The preferences still have intermediate and advanced user modes.
And of course, the obligatory screenshot of Slashdot!
The WebMagick 3.0 web browser has significantly improved rendering ability
over NDO Skipper. It is still incredibly responsive, light weight, and
Breadbox Ensemble also included Kid Guard, a web-filtering applet for
Other related applications include a graphical FTP program and GeoZip,
a Zip file uncompressor.
Breadbox Ensemble even includes an HTML editor, WebBox. It has many
features although it is non-WYSIWYG.
Finally, exiting Breadbox Ensemble.