Vaporware Launches Two New Software Titles
Vapor have been busy during the last few months expanding the range to
include two new, high quality Amiga software products: X-Arc and the
Contact Manager (Contact Manager and X-Arc can also be found within
NetConnect v2). Since the recent release of AmIRC v2.1 these products can
be purchased via latest Vapor registration tool, and soon via the online
Recently included within the Vapor range is the release of Scalos v1.1.
Amiga users can now purchase Scalos keyfiles via the existing Vapor
channel (registration tool or via the online registration form).
X-Arc is a new tool created for managing archives on the Amiga computer.
X-Arc is very similar to the famous WinZip® and Stuff-it® for Windows and
- Thanks to an intuitive and highly configurable interface, it offers
the user an easy way to manage the contents of an archive, by adding,
extracting, renaming, showing and deleting files and directories.
- X-Arc is targetted to both beginners and to expert users: it can
immediately be utilised by everyone, but it offers numerous advanced
features and options for those who like to have every single element of
the program under their control.
- X-Arc is modular: to read
different types of archives it uses "plugins". This provides the user with
a common interface for every format, and offers the possibilty to add
further modules at a later date, making the program more and more
powerful. At present, the modules included with X-Arc v1.2 handle LHA,
LZX and ZIP files, but other modules are under development (TGZ, UUEncode,
...) and will be included in future versions of X-Arc.
- X-Arc is
able to link itself automatically to Scalos, allowing advanced drag & drop
options from/to workbench, making the extraction of files a matter of
- X-Arc has been translated into various languages. It also
includes HTML documentation which can be read internally within the
program, or via an Internet browser, that includes pictures to explain
every single function.
- X-Arc is being distributed by VaporWare,
and it is able to interface itself with all the programs of the VaporWare
suite (Voyager, AmFTP, AmIRC, MimePrefs, Scalos, Vapor Update System, ...)
becoming a tool very powerful and highly integrated into the OS.
The Contact Manager is a diary or system address book which allows you to
store all your favourite user information, web sites, ftp sites and IRC
server/channels. It is designed as a replacement to all the different
bookmarks, addressbooks and similar GUI's that are built into the many
different Amiga Internet and comms programs.
It offers a number of
features not found in many of the internal bookmark/addressbooks:
- You can store a range of different information for one user. In the
user section, for instance, you can include their address, email address,
phone number, fax number, web site, ftp site and so on. All these options
can be utilised by other software. Voyager can use the web information,
Microdot-II can use the email address, STFax Pro can use the fax number
- One GUI, many programs. You can store all the information you
require within one interface. No need to worry about Microdot-II's
addressbook, Voyager's bookmarks, STFax Pro's phonebook, AmFTP's server
- Interacts with other software. Microdot-II, AmIRC,
Voyager, AmFTP, STFax Pro, DOpus Magellan and IBrowse (all available
separately) will all add information to the Contact Manager from
within these programs. For example. find an email address when reading a
mail within Microdot-II? Just click 'add to addressbook' and the email
address will be added to the Contact Manager. Some of these programs
will use the Contact Manager in additional ways. For instance Microdot
will call the Contact Manager when you press to: or cc: when writing a new
- Textinput (the built in Vapor text editor that ships with
Microdot-II, Voyager, AmIRC, STFax Pro amongst others) now supports the
ability to insert Contact Manager information into any document. For
instance, say you were writing a message with Microdot-II, you could
insert a name, email address, phone number or any other Contact Manager
field, directly into that document. You will never have to remember a
friends email address ever again!
- Groups and sub-groups. The
Contact Manager allows you to create groups for different kinds of
users/addresses. AmFTP, for instance, does not allow you to create groups
or sub-groups within its server list, however this can be achieved via the
- Multi-user support. If you are using Genesis as
your TCP/IP stack, the Contact Manager will support and allow multiple
users within one interface. If there are more than one user in your house
(family members), each user can have their own configurations (with
password) so that their information remains private.
- Plugin links.
AmIRC (from v2.1) now ships with an internal Contact Manager plugin. This
allows you to add users to the Contact Manager from within AmIRC (based on
the current userlist), add interesting channels to your Contact Manager
channel list and even search for entries within Contact Manager from
Scalos is a 100% Workbench replacement with all functions working like the
WB ones. Some of the features include:
- 64bit arithmetics for harddisk sizes
- Full multitasking, every window has its own task, while loading icons
any window function (e.g. Drag&Drop) is available
- All icon
imagetypes are supported such as backfill or complement, configurable
- Icon datatype system. NewIcon datatype
included. If you have the knowledge and will to write a datatype for Mac
or even Windows icons please contact the author.
- Icon dragging is
far less flickery on graphics cards, whilst dragged icons are displayed
with their text and they become transparent over anything where they can
be dropped. MUI-alike transparency on low color screens. Real transparency
if running at 15+ Bit.
- Cybergraphics and 24bit datatypes support.
- Unlimited number of window patterns, configurable via tooltypes.
- Optimised background patterns. Routine patterns can be tiled, centred
or even scaled to fit into the windows. With the use of render.library you
can achieve full control over the dithering and pen usage of your
- Live updating of window scrolling, even via the
- Drawer/folder windows can be iconified.
- Menu preferences are fully configurable. Includes ToolsDaemon and Parm
import and support for context sensitive Pop-Up-Menus.
Application interface (internal API), anything is possible from outside.
- Custom palette and pattern preferences program, no penlocker
- Nearly all WB-preferences will be used, install
and uninstall is very easy.
- Plugin system to exchange or add
- Scalos enhances the Workbench to make it more
configurable: Iconborders (nice looking), Icontext variations (normal,
shadowed, outlined), Screen title text.
For further information about these products, please check the Vapor web