kolli wrote:But it was easy to expand those systems and didn't cost much! Tons of graphic adapters, I/O-cards, sound cards, this and that...
I agree in what you wrote about WIN 3.11 and WIN 95. But one has to admit that besides from MacOS those where the key to integrated desktops like those we still use today.
Microsoft was almost 10 years late!
Because Microsoft was unable to make good enough GUI OS, entire planet suffer!
Thanks we had Atari, Amiga and Mac so software developers did not need to wait on Microsoft to deliver working GUI OS so many application that we use today start they life on TOS, Workbench or Mac OS: PhotoShop, Excel, CuBase, Logic, Cinema 4D, 3D Max, Maya, Premier, After Effect, Illustrator, ArchiCad... (I open thread with list: viewtopic.php?t=22856)
Beside, there is one much bigger problem with GUI OSs that we use today!
This is entire separate topic but I will try to get you interested so you can explore on yourself:
all OSes take Xerox as inspiration but non of them really copy Xerox system beyond surface look!
Xerox system works much as Douglas Englebart NLS. Smaltalk on Xerox did not have application to work on separate data files, but you have object and entire system works around them! Alan Kay still today use this kind of system in his talks when he presents something. Take a look at this video and you will see how it is different from todays computers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AnrlSqtpOkw
What Apple, Microsoft and others did: they made system, not around object and data, but central stuff is how to print something on paper: they made modern typewrites of computer. Computer are much more capable than this but yet, still today, after 40 years we still put information in form of A4 (or letter) format.
kolli wrote:They totally neglected that Ataris where widely used as business machines in the beginning of the 90ies! For example Papyrus is as good as any later word processor for PC operating systems. But the TT lacked hires color graphics (without expensive graphics adapters) and the Falcon was a home computer, as you allready said!
I still use Papyrus today!!! It is not only "as good as any later word processor for PC" it is FAR BETTER than anything on market today!
When I show to people how to use Papyrus database, how to make reports... and when people _understand_ that data should be separated from "paper form" they start to use Papyrus on amazing ways! Papyrus is what Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and Access) should be - integrated in one, and so easy to master that any secretary can learn it!
Beside Papyrus, there is also brilliant, but yet unknown program: it is Quantrix from NextStep (was called Improv - they "invent" pivot tables, or more precise: Pivot tables are natural to it). Quantrix is what Excel should be. I urge you to try it, it works completely different from Excel and similar and it is far, far more powerfull!
Regarding Atari: yes, Atari should release 68020 computer in 1988. and so on... instead they were making TT for 5 years (Shiraz Shivji left Atari and Roy Good take his role to finish TT).
kolli wrote:To me all that DSP stuff did not make any sense. I had no use for it. Did no hard disk recording or so.
Without DSP you could not watch JPEG fast, or watch videos... both get popular in mid 90s. I also have fun with fractals... I think DSP was really good decision in Falcon!