Recommend some 16-bit Windows/Win16 apps

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Recommend some 16-bit Windows/Win16 apps

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If your Windows journey started from Windows 95 like mine did, or even some whose first was Windows XP, and missed out on some of the best or great 16-bit/Win16 API software, what are some of these must-try/must-have/must-own old Windows apps? They can be games, or productivity software, or educational/reference titles, The BetaArchive FTP is full of these amazing apps. I could not find any list anywhere on the web, so let's make a topic? Will be ok even if you post/list 1 great app with its screenshot. :D There are dozens of them on the FTP but there must be a few top apps.

Let me start. My favorite Win16 apps are the Microsoft Entertainment Pack games and a chess game called Software Toolworks Star Wars Chess and others from the same company - Battle Chess and Chessmaster. Also was another program suite for WAV and MIDI music called Willow Pond Audio.

And of course, the entire Microsoft Home series of programs/titles were amazing.

So what are your favorite Win16 apps or hybrid Win32-Win16 apps? (but not pure Win32 or DOS applications)
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There's all the cool afterdark themes and screensavers
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Had no idea until I googled and found its Wikipedia article. Cool.
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These are the ones that I used:
  • Aldus PhotoStyler was a favorite. The way it handled big photos (> 2MB) was great. I spent a lot of time learning how to use it before it was bought and killed by Adobe.
  • Paint Shop Pro, it was a great photo editor with no complications.
  • HP Dashboard was a great Program Manager replacement. It gave you 3 virtual desktops to organize your windows and many shortcuts to make everything faster and your desktop clutter free.
  • Locoscript was a great word processor with a very clean interface, nice fonts for screen and printer and great WYSIWYG.
  • There was an utility that let you use any animated screensaver as a wallpaper. It was fantastic having an animation in the background while you were typing a letter or something. I don't have the name but I will look for it and report back.
  • Visual Basic 1. It is a nice way to make little programs with native windows.
  • Civilization 1 for Windows. It has taken many hours of my life. I still play it from time to time. It is simple, fast and hard to master.
Note: you can play many Win16 apps in the archive.org website: https://archive.org/details/softwarelibrary_win3
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Nice! I know Visual Basic, Paint Shop Pro and Aldus apps (many of which became Adobe apps) since all these continued into the Win32 era. Have only heard of Civilization game when I first saw a demo of Age of Empires. Rest are new to me. That archive.org link also contains lots of goodies.
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Calmira and Mask98. Those two combined make a very Windows 95-like shell.
And if you add win32s you will get 32 bit app support.
Try switching the windows 3.0 ega driver with windows 1.01’s. it will be fun.

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Johnny Castaway Screen Antics for sure is a must have as a screen saver, if you did know him / forgot :)

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Had no idea of this either. Will check it out. Thanks. I am installing these as an experiment under WineVDM/OTVDM to see if these gold 16-bit titles run on 64-bit Windows. The project is actively being developed and compatibility with a LOT of titles has improved in last few months.
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Sure my favorite 16bit Windows app is Sheep screenmate,U can found it on laurascelebration.com with many other screenmates,most of them is 32bit,but Sheep is 16bit & is the best.
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& my favorite 16bit DOS app is Windows 3.11 .
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Hello,

Microsoft access 2 with the development kit.
Foxpro 2.6 database creation
Borland Delphi 2
Norton and pctools software (50% dos and 50% windows)
the games were under back.

Bye

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