eComStation: go to the Homepage This website in english Versione Italiano Deze pagina's in het nederlands Diese Webseiten auf Deutsch

Customer login
Username:

Password:


Register as a new customer


eCS Newscast
With this mailinglist, you will find out about eCS related news stories and rumors as they happen.

E-Mail Address:



© 2003-2007 Serenity Systems, Inc. 2003-2013 Mensys BV. All rights reserved.

This site is running on eComStation

Software
Software Email this page to a friend Email this page

'The Connecting Platform'

In contrast to the general opinion about eComStation, you can use it for a wide range of different tasks. Because of the high availability it is used frequently for a dedicated mission critical task. In various large companies OS/2 is already successfully used for years as a stable multifunctional server system. Furthermore eComStation becomes used more and more by home users as well as the medium and small businesses because of the low license costs, its reliability and its resistance to Windows viruses. eComStation can be widely used for various applications, like office, internet, multi-media, etc.
The multi platform support within OS/2 and eComStation is also valued highly by its users.

Multi platform support

Java

eComStation comes with excellent support for Java. The Java implementation for eCS is not coming directly from Sun though. Apart from the standard IBM Java versions 1.1.8 and 1.3.1 also a (SUN based) version 1.4_02 from Innotek (http://www.innotek.de) is included with eComStation.

DOS

eComStation has standard a 'Virtual DOS Machine' (VDM) which allows you to run all DOS programs in a full screen session as well as in a window on the desktop. Multiple DOS programs can be executed simultaneously in multiple Virtual DOS machines. The Virtual DOS Machine can be configured separately via a graphical interface for each program, by which it can be adjusted perfectly to the program it should run, and to provide an optimal performance.

eCS indeed offers 'a better DOS than DOS'.

Windows 3.x

Besides the perfect support for DOS, eComStation also delivers a very good Windows 3.x emulation. With this it is possible to use all classic 16 bit Windows applications, again in a window on the desktop or in a full screen session.

Windows

With the use of Odin (http://odin.netlabs.org), a Windows 32 bit API library which is comparable with Wine on Linux, you can use programs on OS/2 and eComStation that would otherwise only run on Windows. Odin is a very complex program, which is still actively developed, so it might not be give a perfect compatibility with Windows yet. Nevertheless, you can already use some very interesting programs with Odin, like Adobe Acrobat, RealPlayer, etc.

X

With XFree86/2 eComStation also offers the opportunity to run Unix programs. This can be done by using the included Hoblink X11 in a window on the desktop, or with XFree86/2 in a full screen session. A popular X-application is The Gimp, a graphical application which can take up the challenge with for instance Photoshop. XFree86/2 is a free, open source implementation of the X-Window system. A lot of information can be found at http://www.os2world.com/os2files/xfree86/general.html.

Office

The lack of 100% compatibility with Microsoft Office is not only a big problem for eCS, but actually for each operating system that tries to be an alternative for Windows. This may not apply to the MacOS, as Microsoft Office is also available for that platform.

However the situation isn't that dramatical for OS/2 and eComStation as you might think. There are for instance different office suites available for eComStation which can compete on functionality with Microsoft Office and which offer perfect data compatibility.

OpenOffice.org
The popular 'open-source' brother of StarOffice from Sun is now also available for eComStation, by which the often mentioned criticism about not having a 'serious' package of office applications for the OS/2 platform is finally solved. OpenOffice.org for OS/2 and eComStation is an excellent program package with an almost perfect exchangeability for data files with MS Office.

With OpenOffice.org almost everything is possible. Creating a PDF file from a document in OpenOffice or Word format is done in a wink, and also exporting a "Microsoft Power-Point" presentation to "Shock Wave Flash" belongs to the possibilities. So even on OS/2 and eComStation it is no longer a problem to open complex MS Word and Excel files anymore.


(Click for larger image)

Lotus SmartSuite
This is a complete suite of office applications with a word processor, spreadsheet, database and presentation application. The most appreciated component of SmartSuite is its word processor 'WordPro'. Lotus SmartSuite is available as a bundled purchase with eComStation 1.2.

Sundial Systems

Although the company Sundial Systems doesn't deliver a real office suite, they do deliver some separate programs for tasks like word processing (ClearLook), spreadsheets (Mesa 2), relational databases (DBExpert) and personal information management (Relish). The Sundial Systems applications, especially Mesa 2, are a nice example of how the powerful WorkPlace Shell from OS/2 and eCS can give extra value to applications which know how to take full usage of the special capabilities of the WPS.

For professional Desktop Publishing on eComStation and OS/2 the ideal program is Maul Publisher from Peter Koller (http://www.manglais.com). Although DTP programs easily take about 100MB disk space under Windows , Maul Publisher is satisfied with just about 20 MB already.
Maul is especially useful for making leaflets, posters, magazines and richly illustrated documents in any format. Maul is loaded with a large number of accurate techniques which are specifically meant for usage in the graphical market, like text comparison, printing booklets (leaflets and periodics on A5), add colour separation, exact scaling of bitmaps, etc.
Because Maul is designed to work with printer coordinates a far higher accuracy is achieved then with a word processor. You will be surprised by the printing quality of the created documents with Maul.

Here are some real life examples for which Maul can be used, for instance:

  • Creating company logos. Text following a flowed line is something that Maul can do with ease.
  • Creating high resolution PDF documents. Maul has a special setting for creating PDF documents. For this the free ePDF program is used ((http://www.subsys.de/ePDF)
  • Creating graphs and "flow diagrams". The possibility that Maul can print text vertically is very handy in this case.

Internet

With its standard powerful TCP/IP environment, FTP and Telnet servers and Internet-integration into the graphical Desktop, OS/2 has everything on board to serve as a great Internet platform.

Web browser

Mozilla is the best web browser for eComStation available at this moment (and some think that this is even true for every platform). Mozilla is an 'open-source' project and the program is completely free. This browser has been specifically designed to be as compatible with the international HTML and Internet standards as it can be and can be downloaded from http://ftp.mozilla.org/pub/mozilla.org/mozilla/releases

Firewall

eComStation includes a standard firewall, which guarantees the necessary security when your machine is connected to the Internet. This firewall comes from IBM's own AIX Unix operating system and is of excellent quality.

File Sharing

Sharing files over so called peer-to-peer networks like Gnutella or OpenNap is very popular. Unfortunately there are currently no native eCS and OS/2 applications available for this kind of work. But Java applications like Xnap (http://xnap.sourceforge.net) or LimeWire (http://www.limewire.com) run perfectly under eCS and are a good alternative. Gathering MP3 files and movies and having nothing to fear for viruses and Trojan horses is pure luxury these days. This luxury is offered by the operating system eCS.

Multimedia

eComStation is mainly looked at as a "business" operating system, but it has nevertheless very acceptable multimedia capabilities. There is a limited offering in useful multimedia applications, but most games are outdated, so this platform might not be for you when you are a gamer. Thanks to the great DOS capabilities many DOS games can be played very well.

Audio

About all digital audio formats are, close to standard, supported by eComStation: WAV, MOD, MIDI, MP3, OGG, etc. There are various programs or 'media players' available by which you can play these audio files. One of the funniest abilities of eCS is that audio files, like MP3s, can be seamlessly integrated into the Desktop and therefore you don't even need a separate program to play the files or modify them.


(Click for larger image)

With the diverse "Z" player you can play audio files in MP3, OGG and WAV-format, and it even supports streaming audio (Internet radio). The program contains an equalizer, favourites, id3 editor and it can convert WAV files into MP3 format. The disk space it takes is just 260 Kb! (dink.org/z)

Video - DVD

With eComStation you can view the most current digital video formats. The popular DivX format is supported and also DVD movies are happily played. At the moment the best 'media player' on eCS to play video and DVD is WarpVision.. This 'donation ware' program supports streaming video and supports skins, with which you can adjust the appearance to your own liking.


(Click for larger image)

» This document is also available as PDF version

Product Information Support Community Developers Downloads Where to buy About us Sitemap