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OS/2 Resources

OS/2 Software

Internet | Java | Productivity | Graphics | Utilities | Games | Sources | ISVs

Internet and Communications

Browsers

E-mail

  • Innoval PostRoad Mailer (OS/2 native). Innoval's OS/2 software has been discontinued, but their mail and web utilities are available at no charge. You will need the license code "31571728" posted there to unlock PostRoad Mailer 3.
  • PMMail/2 (PMMail for OS/2). VOICE has purchased both the source code and all the rights to PMMail/2. You must be a VOICE member to get a registration code.
  • MR/2 ICE - Internet Cruiser Edition for OS/2.
  • Hobbes contains a listing of OS/2 e-mail programs.

Other

  • InJoy Firewall is a complete Internet gateway and firewall security system in one.
  • Hilgraeve KopyKat, HyperACCESS Pro for OS/2 with HyperHost and HyperACCESS/5. (OS/2 products are available upon request. There is no support provided for these products.)
  • Internet Connection Phone (ICPhone) from IBM.

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Java Applications

Java is Native to OS/2. OS/2 Warp 4 was the first commercial operating system that natively incorporated Java—that is, OS/2 didn't require a browser or other program to interface between a Java program and the operating system.

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Productivity and Office Applications

Adobe Reader for OS/2

Some information downloads, particularly for eComStation, require that you have Adobe Reader installed and are marked with (PDF).

  • Adobe® Reader® 3 for OS/2: Search for aro2e30.exe on Hobbes.
  • Adobe® Reader® 3 for OS/2 is no longer available on the Adobe site.

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Graphics

  • PMView 2000 is an excellent graphics browser and image converter. Cost is US$49.95 which includes all version 2 upgrades.
  • PMJPEG (shareware - $20).
  • Hobbes contains an aging list of OS/2 graphics apps and support programs. Perhaps the more interesting are those currently being ported to OS/2.

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Utilities

  • Dennis Bareis has a bunch of freeware utilities that include REXX compilers, archive tools, pre-processors, patches and too much to list here.
  • Trevor Hemsley's Time Tracker allows you to track your time on various projects or by client. This is email-ware — no charge for individual use (not corporate use). You need to e-mail for a registration code within 30 days (see the readme.txt in the downloaded zip file).
  • Power Quest Partition Magic (V.3 includes OS/2 , DOS, Windows 3.1x, Windows 95, and Windows NT support) and DriveCopy. You need to use a DOS partition or boot from diskettes to use more recent versions. Partition Magic is now owned by Symantec.
  • DragText v3.3 basic features are free but the extended features are shareware and available for only 6 weeks. By registering DragText you encourage the author to improve this program.

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Games

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Ported Applications

  • Greg Boyko's OS/2 Petition Page gives you a chance to ask for OS/2 native versions of the current Windows 95 applications that you'd like to own. If you can't find an OS/2 program to do what you want, sign Greg's petition and e-mail the vendor requesting the OS/2 version. If enough of us request and buy ported products with current features other vendors will respond in kind.
  • The XFree86 Project includes the free and optimized X11R6 implementation to OS/2 - an entire window management environment that usually runs in Unix and Linux environments. This page references version 4.3.0 but doesn't directly report on OS/2. Major OS/2 support updates are noted in the OS support update section.
  • Odin is a Windows 32-bit API library which is comparable with WINE on Linux. It allows you to run 32-bit Windows programs on OS/2 and eComStation. PE2LX converts binaries (EXE and DLL files) but on-the-fly conversion (via PE.EXE loader) is much more powerful.
  • WarpIN is intended to become the new general-purpose installer for OS/2 to overcome the current lack of a both flexible and user-friendly installer. Alternative WarpIN site.

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Other Sources

OS/2 Vendors

Shareware & Freeware Archives

  • Hobbes OS/2 Archive. This is one of the most comprehensive sites for downloading software.
  • BMT Micro is a front-end for developers of shareware utilities and Internet software and a place where you can register or purchase these products with your credit card.
  • Norloff's OS/2 Shareware BBS straddles the old BBS world and the newer Internet world. An excellent site.

Other OS/2 Software Lists

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OS/2 ISVs

OS/2 had a significant number of Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) developing for it over the years considering the number of users compared to Windows.

I think a large part of this has been the recognition of the superiority of the operating system and the sophisticated end-user. While there seems to be increasingly an abandonment of shrink-wrap product this is a trend that isn't limited to OS/2.

The ease of electronic commerce on the Web offers cheaper delivery systems with more profit remaining in the hands of the developer, making it easier to justify developing for an ever decreasing market. Support these ISVs with your dollars. Their enthusiasm can only go so far.

Your best bet might be cross-platform and open source programs:

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Updated: August 12, 2017