Kris' Favorite OS/2 Applications

All theStardock Systems' products(with the exception of Star Emperor, IMHO ;-))

Install Object Desktop to get many of the features that IBM should have put in Warp in the first place. When you are done with that, stick in your CD of Galactic Civilizations 2 and prepare to curse the Drengin Empire as you spend days glued to your computer. Galactic Civilizations 2 is currently undergoing evaluation by the FDA for classification as a Class II controlled substance. Yes, it really is that addictive. ;-) [A demo version is available from the Stardock web page linked above.]

Xit 2.4

Are your titlebars uncluttered? Are you dying for a program to give you a million and one extra little features? Grab a copy of Xit and help make Michael Shillingford rich enough to buy a real computer. ;-) For an excellent overview of Xit's features, visit

PMMail 1.9

Forget that mailer that comes with Warp(the one who's name everyone is loath to mention in polite company). If you are on the Internet(and who reading this is not?), you need a good mail program. For me, PMMail 1.53 fits the bill admirably, with a clean user interface and all the important features I need to keep up with sixty+ messages a day.

You can read all about the features of PMMail 1.9, as well as some of BoB and Icon's future projects on their web page at Note that PMMail also includes hooks to allow you to painlessly utilize PGP encryption for your messages.

PartitionMagic 3.0

PartitionMagic should be a standard component of every advanced user's toolchest. PartitionMagic 3.0 allows you to create, resize, and delete FAT, FAT32, HPFS, and NTFS partitions under OS/2, DOS, Windows 95, and Windows NT.

The Graham Utilities

The Graham Utilities are my replacements for the Norton Utilities in the OS/2 world. Though their chief competitor(The GammaTech Utilities) may be a little more polished in terms of looks, you cannot beat the functionality offered in these tools.


The old saying goes, "Pick two: good, fast, or cheap." Well, with this wonderful piece of IBM Employee Written Software(EWS), cheap drops out of the list of choices(it's free!). Good and fast both continue to apply. ;-)

SPG's ColorWorks v2 and v1+

This is an excellent example of the power and convenience that native OS/2 applications can provide. Please consider visiting their web page to download working demos of ColorWorks v2 or ColorWorks v1+. Their web site also contains information and sample code for developing your own plug-ins to ColorWorks. Highly recommended.

Lotus Domino 4.5(e.g. Notes 4.5)

Ray Ozzie went forth from his lofty tower with Notes in his arms. Yeh, though the media and the pundits cried "The Internet will kill Notes!" and "Wait for Exchange! Please!", Ray was not to be content. And Ray begat Notes 4, despite the 800-pound gorilla sitting in the corner muttering "Don't mind me." And lo, it was good. Wait, who are we kidding? It was more than good--it was Notes.

With the release of Domino 4.5, Lotus has firmly integrated Notes into a WWW server and kick-ass Internet platform.

Get thee to a Domino demonstration!

EPM 6.03a (roughly EPM*.*)

This distribution of EPM is also included with the OpenDoc 1.0 distribution. Mere ASCII text on a monitor cannot do justice to the power and flexibility of this program. Click here to grab the source for a free HTML editing addon to EPM. I use this in conjunction with EPM to create and maintain all my web pages.

DragText 2.0

It is difficult for me to summarize all the neat little features of DragText in a couple of sentences. At its most basic level, DragText allows you to drag and drop highlighted text between almost any type of OS/2 application. You can download a copy from the link above, or by visiting Rick Walsh's web page at

Dual Module Player 1.09

In the "Not Everything Good Costs Money" genre is Julien Pierre's port of the popular DMP MOD player. If you have any MOD, NST, STM, S3M, 669, FAR, MTM, or AMF files sitting around that you want to play under OS/2, this is the application for you. Yes, there are also several other good MOD players for OS/2, but for some reason I really like this one.

DMP is also available as a plugin for Netscape for OS/2 Warp.

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