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Breadbox Ensemble
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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.

Breadbox Ensemble statup screen
Overall, Breadbox Ensemble has some significant improvements over NDO 3.2a.

Visually, a few noticeable differences are:

  • New 256 color icons
  • More themes
  • Gradient title bars
Breadbox Ensemble also includes a number of new applications including:
  • GeoZip
  • Macro recorder
  • An FTP client
  • An AIM compatible instant messenger.
  • A significantly improved web browser.
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.

Start menu
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 windows.

Preferences has been reorganized so there are fewer buttons with some related options merged together.

productivity apps
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 in Office!

Banker 3.0
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 layout.

Breadbox Ensemble features a number of multimedia capabilities including sound support, and a CD player.

fractial screensaver
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 are:

  • Amateur Night
  • Black Jack
  • Crossword
  • Hearts
  • MineSweeper
  • Poker
  • Pyramid (another card game)
  • Sokoban (a 2-d maze game)
  • Solitaire
  • Taipei Mahjongg
  • Uki (a Reversi clone)
Amateur Night
Amateur Night is a weird clone of the classic Missile Command. Instead of defending cities from missiles, you are defending bad comics from rotten vegetables!

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.

Ensemble high-res
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.

Breadbox viewing slashdot
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 fast!

Breadbox Ensemble also included Kid Guard, a web-filtering applet for Webmagic.

internet applications
Other related applications include a graphical FTP program and GeoZip, a Zip file uncompressor.

HTML editor
Breadbox Ensemble even includes an HTML editor, WebBox. It has many features although it is non-WYSIWYG.

exiting Breadbox Ensemble.
Finally, exiting Breadbox Ensemble.