WORKBENCH +3e



DESCRIPTION

Workbench + 3e is a graphical user interface for ZX Spectrum designed for easy access to your programs stored on the your hard disk.

You can organize the installed software in a logical and orderly manner and load it from the simple and intuitive environment.

The +3e ROMS provide powerful commands for using IDE drives however because of thedesign limitations inherent it leads to an absence of subdirectories and the short filename can make the process of storing and executing software both complexand arduous.

With Workbench +3e just have to boot your computer and select the LOADER option and you will have a graphical environment that lets you access your programs clearlyand easily where you can then load them with a few simple clicks of the mouse. You can also use Workbench +3e to browse through the contents of your hard drives.

Workbench +3e also Includes utilities for copying files and managing hard disk backups plus you can also use it when restoring your backups at a later date.

Workbench +3e automatically detects whether it is running on a ZX-UNO and will take advantage of the CPU’s turbo modes and increase the execution speed of the environment without affecting its compatibility with games and programs.

REQUIREMENTS
  • ZX Spectrum +2a/+3 or ZX-UNO.
  • +3e Project ROMS.
  • Storage interface supported by +3e ROMS (Divide, DivMMC, ZX-MMC.....).
  • Kempston Mouse or Sinclair Joystick interface.
INPUT

Workbench +3e can be controlled by mouse or joystick.
  • Mouse: Compatible with interfaces that meets Kempston Mouse protocol.
  • Joystick: Compatible with Sinclair joystick interface. Connect the joystick in port 1.
CURRENT VERSION
  • v.2.0a:

Version 2.0a corrects failure when booting application with english language selected from initial 2.0 version.

Input mode: The alternative version of input by keyboard is eliminated and control of the mouse pointer by joystick is enabled.
Output window: New button ASIG to visualize files of the related partition and add them to folder.
Folder editor: The "File type" field is deleted. Now the system automatically recognizes file type.
Desktop: New SYSTEM window that includes drives exploration functionalities:
- DRIVES icon: File explorer for IDE 0, IDE 1 and RAM drives.
- INFO icon: Informacion sobre el espacio disponible en unidades IDE instaladas
ZX-UNO: Program automatically detects if it runs on a ZX-UNO to accelerate processes using turbo CPU modes.
Languaje: Configurable in Spanish and English.
Screen Saver: Integrated on desktop to avoid classic monitors damages.
Setup: The installation program is now called SETUP and displays texts in Spanish or English. Includes the language configuration, the default control method and the number of intalled IDE units.
User manual: User manual available in Spanish and English.
OLDER VERSIONS
  • v.1.1:
Generalized execution speed improvement. Code rewritten and 100% compiled.
Same features of the previous version except the UNITS window that lacks functionality.
Presented at Retromadrid 2018.
  • v.1.0:
First functional version. Fully developed in pure BASIC.
Presented at RUN ZX 2018 in Madrid.

DONWLOADS

  • v.2.0 -> v2.0a Patch (07/10/18): [DSK]

INSTALLATION

  • [HDF] version: HDF images provided are configured to run directly in Spanish, with control by mouse and a single IDE unit installed. To modify the initial configuration, restart your computer and run "SETUP" program that you will find in the "system" partition of the hard disk. The configuration program will give you the option to select the default control type of the program, define the number of IDE units connected to the system and select the default language of the entire application. This version contains a good amount of installed software.
  • [HDF empty] version: Same as  HDF version but without any software included, so you can start your own compilation.
  • [DSK version]: Insert the disk in drive A, select option +3 BASIC. Set A as default unit with LOAD "a:" and run LOAD "setup". Installation program will perform all necessary operations and guide you through the process. Caution: All data on IDE unit 0 will be deleted.

RELATED DOWNLOADS

  • 3e v.0.5 alpha + StrowSaw: File manager for +3e IDEDOS drives. Allows transfer files between PC and Spectrum. Works with IDE physical drives and disk images.
  • Drive Image 1.07: Program to transfer HDF disk images to physical disks or vice versa.
  • ROMS +3e para ZX-UNO: .TAP files to load +3e ROMS (v.1.43) on ZX UNO and run Workbench +3e.

RELATED LINKS

  • ZX Spectrum +3e Homepage: +3e project main page with all the documentation and downloads.
  • Fuse: Emulator with good support for +3e ROMS and IDE units. Perfect for running under emulation Workbench + 3e.
  • ForoFPGA about MYST: Detailed information Informacion detallada and all the necessary software to use Workbenck +3e in a MYST (created by desUBIKado).
CREDITS
  • Code: Jorge del Llano (Forsaken)
  • Gráphics: David Mochales (Workbench)
  • Mouse Driver: Chris Cowley
  • Joystick Driver: Radastan
  • Screen saver: Jose Daniel Muñiz
  • Translation and testing: D. Rimron-Soutter
  • Testing: Abraham (RetroAlba)
THANKS
  • Antonio Villena for give us a ZX-UNO for development and testing.




"In memory of Pumu that accompanied me throughout the creation process of  this program but could not get to see it finished"

Forever with you, comrade!





















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