There really isn´t a lot to say about FreeBack. Its just a very simple
tool to be used as the backdrop application with Newtons running OS2.0 or
higher. It has been to designed to use only minimal heap: approx. 1.1K
of heap is used
(standard apps often use more than 10K)
Usign FreeBack as backdrop instead of a full-featured app has two advantages
- Since the backdrop is always open it always occupies heap. FreeBack
is (nearly) the most simple Newton app possible consequently it uses only
very little heap. This results in significant increase of free heap.
- A backdrop app has to stick in the back. So there is no way to bring
it in front of other open apps (apart from closing all other apps - that´s
wast the OS does when you try opening a backdrop app). With FreeBack as
backdrop there is no such handicaped application anymore.
To save as much heap as possible, I included only minimal functionallity
into FreeBack: It consists of a blank screen with an i-button which offers
a minimal help and about info. The app isn´t configurable since every
option has to be set at run-time (=uses heap). The main reason for including
the i-button is that you can use it in conjuction with i++
to launch packages, rotate the screen, ...
Price and Registration
FreeBack is freeware
so can use it without registering it.
The files are compressed and binhexed using StuffIt from Aladdin
. So you need their (free) StuffIt Expander which is available
for Mac and Windows. If you use a Windows-PC please check that you
have set the cross platform preference to NEVER.
Download English version (V1.00e)
(there isn´t a German version since the package itself has nearly no
text at all so a translation would only be different for the ReadMe)
In case of any questions feel free to contact me.