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Re: top20 DOS utils/tools

Postby clueless1 » 2019-5-03 @ 09:53

Some of my favorite DOS utilities are SETMUL, SPEEDSYS, UNIVBE, and S3VBE20
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Re: top20 DOS utils/tools

Postby oeuvre » 2019-5-03 @ 13:09

don't forget ACIDWARP.EXE
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Re: top20 DOS utils/tools

Postby Dominus » 2019-5-03 @ 13:13

WfW 3.11
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Re: top20 DOS utils/tools

Postby retardware » 2019-5-03 @ 13:46

elianda wrote:COPYWRITE / LOCKSMITH

Don't forget VGACOPY... it worked when the programs above failed to copy the copy protection...

Dominus wrote:WfW 3.11

Doesn't run on 8088.
TopView was amazing at its time, needed no more than 8088/640k.
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Re: top20 DOS utils/tools

Postby Dominus » 2019-5-03 @ 14:11

Who cares about 8088?
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Re: top20 DOS utils/tools

Postby Cobra42898 » 2019-5-03 @ 14:22

Disk manager.
Searching for Epson Actiontower 3000 486 PC.
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Re: top20 DOS utils/tools

Postby retropol » 2019-5-06 @ 05:28

any well equipped hw info tool? dealing well with different configs and having details of hw? do you have any propositions?
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Re: top20 DOS utils/tools

Postby Kcil » 2019-5-06 @ 07:31

Direct Access 5.1
Norton Utilities
Lotus 1-2-3
Print Shop Deluxe / Instant Artist, and the kinds
SEA for image viewer
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Re: top20 DOS utils/tools

Postby appiah4 » 2019-5-06 @ 07:41

retropol wrote:any well equipped hw info tool? dealing well with different configs and having details of hw? do you have any propositions?


Norton SysInfo was best I ever had..
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Re: top20 DOS utils/tools

Postby retropol » 2019-5-06 @ 17:56

thanks appiah4,

Kcil - lotus package - that was something ;)
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Re: top20 DOS utils/tools

Postby oeuvre » 2019-5-07 @ 13:32

NSSI is also nice for hardware info
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Re: top20 DOS utils/tools

Postby retropol » 2019-5-12 @ 08:32

thanks... good to know - navratils is still supported/enhanced? if yes, I am impressed....
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Re: top20 DOS utils/tools

Postby retropol » 2019-8-25 @ 05:40

Finally found the best pic viewer I had in 1993/94.

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Re: top20 DOS utils/tools

Postby jaZz_KCS » 2019-8-25 @ 10:18

I am surprised that FileMaven wasn't listed yet. It is the ultimate file-manager with integrated Host/Client functions over parallel and serial.
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Re: top20 DOS utils/tools

Postby Jo22 » 2019-8-25 @ 17:37

zyga64 wrote:Speaking about image viewers I remember SEA was best in terms of convenience. Can be found here.

"Animator Pro a.k.a Autodesk Animator is a 256 colour paint and animation program. Opensource"

Wait, good old Autodesk Animator became Open Source ? That's great news! ^_^

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jaZz_KCS wrote:I am surprised that FileMaven wasn't listed yet. It is the ultimate file-manager with integrated Host/Client functions over parallel and serial.

Well, I mentioned it a few times in other threads (and some of my video clips).. But yeah, I agree that it needs to be mentioned more often. :)
FM is really useful for copying data over to older laptops with faulty floppy drives, too. Or getting data on/off XT class machines with MFM/RLL type hard disks / without 3,5" floppy drives.
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Re: top20 DOS utils/tools

Postby retropol » 2019-8-25 @ 20:43

norton commander does not have this pc-pc transfer function?

or volcov or dos-navigator?
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Re: top20 DOS utils/tools

Postby Jo22 » 2019-8-25 @ 20:50

retropol wrote:norton commander does not have this pc-pc transfer function? [..]

Not sure, never really tried any Norton Commander past v2 (still favour v1 by Norton Computing).
That -uhm- "more complex" v5 from that Symantec (?) company may has one, or so I heard. ;)
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Re: top20 DOS utils/tools

Postby elianda » 2019-8-26 @ 07:55

Additionally to the integrated file transfer function in NC NC4 brings TERM90 and NC5 TERM95 which are terminal programs. These can also be used to transfer programs to another computer.
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Re: top20 DOS utils/tools

Postby HanJammer » 2019-8-27 @ 22:11

NC5 is horrible.
NC4 is way better.
Also Volkov (Not Volcov!) Commander is pretty cool - uses way less memory and it supports copying/moving of multiple highlighted directories which NC4 doesn't have.
I never liked DOS Navigator.

Back in the day I've been finding both - the transfer over serial connection and TERM90 very useful (first for copying lot of stuff from friend's computer to mine, second for BBSs :) )

Norton Utilities also has some very useful DOS tools.

I liked the FrameWork 3 /4 software suite (text editor, spreadsheet, database) I also liked MiniTAG text editor.

I used NeoPaint and NeoShow heavly. I also liked Envision Publisher for printing stuff as it offered near-inkjet quality on 9-dot matrix printer.

When it comes to diagnostic software CheckIt 3.0 is my favourite for legacy stuff and NSSI 0.6 for more recent stuff. But I like PC Doctor 1.5 as well.
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Re: top20 DOS utils/tools

Postby appiah4 » 2019-8-28 @ 05:00

Add me to the Volkov Commander converts.
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