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GeoWorks (PC/GEOS) Version 1.2|
GeoWorks (PC/GEOS) Version 1.2
This is the GeoWorks welcome screen. GeoWorks is the desktop software
that runs on top of the PC/GEOS operating system which runs on top of DOS.
This is a very interesting user interface that differs from most because
it actually has three different user interface modes each designed for
a different level of user: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced.
The beginner mode starts off with a group of buttons listing all available
Clicking on a button opens the application in full screen. "Exit" and
"Help" buttons are located in the corners where they are easy to find and
click on. There are no drop-down menus in the "Beginner" applications.
The applications that produce documents always open to the same document
each time and do not allow opening a different one.
Intermediate mode starts off in the "File Cabinet" where files and
folders are displayed as icons. Here you are presented with all of your
GeoWorks documents, you can create new documents and manage your files.
Unlike the beginner mode you can create multiple separate documents.
Geoworks and its applications support long file names, but this only
seems to work with documents that are stored in the Geoworks document folder.
The applications run from here are the same as the advanced mode (they
have menus and other advanced features), but they open up maximized to
fill the screen.
Advanced mode starts off with the GeoManager. At first it looks like
the File Cabinet utility, but it can do much more.
In this mode applications are opened in windows that can be resized
or minimized to an icon.
Advanced versions of the programs have drop-down menus that can be detached.
Menus can be made to float in their own window by clicking on the thumbtack
This version of GeoWorks comes bundled with America Online Version 1.2
and its icon is prominently displayed in the GeoManager window. I guess
Bill Gates wasn't the first one to place advertising on the desktop!
Unlike the File Cabinet utility used in Intermediate mode the GeoManager
can browse the entire hard drive. Folders may open in separate windows
and can be viewed as large icons, small icons, or a detail view.
The GeoManager can also view the drive as a directory tree.
The preferences program lets you change various setting such as the
This version of GeoWorks has support for a large number of video cards
(from the time) with resolutions up to 800*600 but it seems to be limited
to a maximum of 16 colors. It also has drivers for many different printers.
A couple of games included with GeoWorks: Solitaire and Tetris.
Finally a screen shot of the AOL Version 1.2 client software that is
included with this version of GeoWorks.