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%% Review: DirWork 2                                By:  Jason Compton  %%
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Please, indulge me in a bit of storytelling.

Back when I first became an Amiga user, years ago, my BBS handle was "The
Diskmaster."  After a few months with a 500, I found out about a program
named "DiskMaster".  Cute...so I finally saw a copy running.  Yeah, it
was nice, but nothing I really needed on my 500/1 meg...so I left it at
that.

As I added memory and a hard drive, it began to look like a nice idea. So,
I checked out a ShareWare offering called DirWork.  Rather nice and
configurable.  So I used it.

Eventually, Chris Hames, (author of other favorites like PC-Task and
Degrader) went commercial with DirWork, Version 2.0.

To say that I'm pleased is a bit too easy, but I'll say it.

I'm pleased.

DirWork 2 comes in a fairly unassuming grey box, with a spiral-bound
manual and the DirWork goods on disk.  Run the standard Installer,
pick whether or not you want ARexx and optional configurations and the
like, and you're jammin'.

At its heart, it's still DirWork as you knew it...on the surface.
However, to say that it is much more configurable would be like saying
that a Warp Engine is faster than a 1000.

Hames provides a pack of configurations, ranging from a modern DirWork
look, to the DirWork 1.62 look, to a DiskMaster look (named Tall, but I
know better)...to a clown.

Yep, and there's more.  Examples are included to illustrate how DW can be
used as a dock-station or a simple information tool or a Genlock
controller.  an

Oh yes, DirWork is nice.  Hames has also thrown in a MOD player for good
measure, meaning DW is that much closer to "Ultimate-Stand-Alone-Utility"
status.

But nothing's perfect.

DW has retained built-in recognition of PowerPacked files, but for some
reason has not extended that to XPK-compression, which is disappointing.
Basically, that means I'm sticking with MultiPlayer for my mods.

My second concern is with the configuration editor...Hames has done a
very good job of simplifying what was once a rather intimidating config
editor and turned it into something that's simply overwhelming.  However,
this is greatly tempered by the included sample configurations, so anybody
serious about messing with DW's look can get a good feel for the system
by examining the provided examples.

I'm happy.  DW has been and will remain an important part of assembling
Amiga Report, in keeping my files and notes organized and in ready reach.
It's a worthy offering from a wonderfully prolific Amigan.