Users Guide Workbench 3.0

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Ref: P/N: 368914-01  1992

Commodore named their Amiga computer's first operating system Workbench 1.0 and continued with the Workbench name until version 3.1, when it was changed to AmigaOS, prompted by Apple renaming their propriety OS from "System" to "MacOS". Subsequently the Amiga computer used the name Workbench to refer only to the native graphical interface file manager and application launcher of the Amiga's operating system typically presented to users upon booting the Amiga. In that regard the Workbench GUI component was not required to boot the Amiga or run other applications, but was a standalone application listed in the startup-sequence script.

The Amiga Workbench used the metaphor of a workbench rather than the now standard desktop for exposing file management and application launching functionality. The Workbench application appeared similar to other consumer Operating Systems of the era by utilizing a trash can, menu bar, and icons to represent files, folder and volumes (filesystem devices). The underlying AmigaOS was much more advanced allowing the Workbench to launch multiple applications that could execute at the same time and communicate with each other. The Amiga used a two button mouse for left click and right menu.

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