The Amiga was originally supported by such prestigious software titles as WordPerfect, Electronic Arts' Deluxe Paint, and Lattice C. Newtek's Video Toaster, one of the first all-in-one graphics and video editing packages, began on the Amiga. The Video Toaster was one of the few accessories for the "big box" Amigas (2000, 3000 and 4000) that used the video slot, and enabled users to turn their Amiga into the heart of an entire TV production suite. The later addition of the Video Flyer by Newtek made possible the first non-linear video editing program for the Amiga. The Amiga made 3D raytracing graphics available for the masses with Sculpt 3D (before the Amiga, raytracing was only available for dedicated graphic workstations). Other raytracing software also included TurboSilver. The Amiga was well known for its 3D rendering capability, with many titles being added to the mix as the years went by. Some titles were later ported to Microsoft Windows and continue to thrive there, such as the rendering software Cinema 4D from Maxon, and LightWave from Newtek, which was originally part of the Video Toaster. The Video Toaster itself has even been ported to the Windows platform. Most budget CGI relied on LightWave during the early 1990s, Babylon 5 being a notable TV-series rendered using LightWave. Even Microsoft produced software for use on the Amiga. AmigaBASIC, an advanced BASIC software development environment, complete with an integrated development environment (IDE), was written by Microsoft under contract.
Word processing and page layoutEdit
While desktop video proved to be a major market for the Amiga, a surge of word processing, page layout and graphic software filled out the professional needs starting from the first Amiga text program Textcraft which was a mix between a real word processor and an advanced text editor, but capable to change page layouts, fonts, enlarge or reduce their width, change their colors and add even color images to the text.
Notable word processing programs for Amiga included the then-standard WordPerfect up to version 4.1, Shakespeare, Excellence, Final Writer, Amiga Writer, Scribble!, ProWrite, Wordworth and the little Personal Write by Cloanto.
The page layout software included Page Setter and Professional Page from Gold Disk, and PageStream by Soft-Logik, known today as Grasshopper LLC). Only PageStream was ported to other platforms and continues to be developed and supported by the developers. Graphic software included vector drawing applications like Art Expression from Soft-Logik, ProVector by Taliesin, Draw Studio, and Professional Draw from Gold Disk.
Amiga lacked an office suite as the term is meant now, but integrated software was available. Pen Pal was a word processor integrated with a database and a form editor. Scribble!, Analyze! and Organize! were bundled together as the Works! suite combining a word processor, spreadsheet and database. Despite the similarity in name, it had no connection to Microsoft Works.
The page layout language LaTex was available in two ports: AmigaTeX, that is no longer available (the first LaTeX which can be edited with a front end program), and PasTEX, available on Aminet repository.
Most advanced Text editors available on Amiga are Vim, Emacs and MicroEMACS, Cygnus Editor also known as CED, and GoldED, which then evolved in 2006 into Cubic IDE. The UNIX ne editor was initially developed on the Amiga.
Development of Text editors never stopped in Amiga. In MorphOS since 2001 is available a limited edition version of GoldEd called MorphEd, and starting from 2008 are available Cinnamon Writer and NoWin ED, a universal editor which runs on any Amiga-like platform. Cinnamon Writer is increasing new features at any new release and aspires to became a full-featured WordProcessor.
Database and SpreadsheetsEdit
In the first age of Amiga (1986-1989) there were cross-platform spreadsheet available for it, like MaxiPlan, which was available also for MS-DOS and Macintosh. Logistix (real name LoGisTiX) was one of the first spreadsheets for Amiga, Microfiche Filer Plus was a database which gave the user the experience of exploring data as using microfilms. SuperBase was one of the finest programs available for C64. It was then ported on Atari, Amiga, and later on PC. But it was on Amiga that become a standard reference. Available in two versions Superbase Personal and SuperBase Professional It could handle SQL databases and had a query internal language like BASIC. It was capable to create forms and masks on records and was capable of handling multimedia files into its records years before than Microsoft Access. Superbase also featured VCR control style buttons to browse into records of any database. Softwood File II was another simple multimedia database which then evolved into Final Data good database available for Amiga from Softwood Inc. From the same firm there was Final Calc spreadsheet which evolved from TurboCalc that Softwood bought from another software manufacturer. ProChart was a tool to draw flow charts and diagrams. Analyze! was a fairly full featured (for the time) spreadsheet developed for the Amiga. Organize! was a flat file database package. Gnumeric spreadsheet has also been ported on Amiga through an X11 engine called AmiCygnix.
In the recent times MUIBase was born and mainly cross-platform MySQL database language becomes a reference on Amiga also. SQLite, that is a self-contained, embeddable, zero-configuration SQL database engine can also be found available on AmigaOS 4.0/4.1.
Science, entertainment and special use programsEdit
Maple V is one of the best general purpose mathematic software (a.k.a. Mathematic-CAD) that were ever made. It was available for Amiga also, and appreciated by many scientists using Amiga at its age. Distant Suns, Galileo, Digital Almanac and Amiga Digital Universe (from Bill Eaves for the OS4) were stellar sky exploring program and astronomic calculators. During the age of CDTV were available historic, science, and art CDs like Timetable of Science, Innovation, Timetable of Business, Politics, Grolier's Encyclopedia, Guinness Disk of Records, Video Creator, American Heritage Dictionary, Illustrated Holy Bible, Illustrated Works of Shakespeare, etc.
For Amiga there were literally hundreds of entertainment software. Amongst those available for kids and learning, it is possible to mention: Adventures in Math series of floppy disks, from Free Spirit Software, Animal Kingdom series of disks from Unicorn Software, Art School all the series of Barney Bear software, the Discovery series, including Discovery trivia, Donald's Alphabet Chase, Mickey's 123's and Mickey's ABC's by Disney Software, the Electric Crayon and Ferngully series of educational coloring book software (Ferngully was taken from the animation movie), Fun School series of disks, Kid Pix set of disks from the well known Broderbund Software house, which was famous in the nineties, Miracle Piano Teaching System to teach music to kids, various tales of Mother Goose, and World Atlas by Centaur Software.
Fractals, Virtual Reality, Artificial IntelligenceEdit
One of the best fractal experience programs ever made on any platform is the incredible ZoneXplorer from Elena Novaretti. In 1989 were created the X-Specs 3D Glasses from Haitex Resources, one of the first interactive 3D solutions for home computers. On Amiga were created the multimedia interactive TV non immersive Virtual reality exploring software Mandala from Vivid Group Inc.Template:Ref label, and the Virtuality System Virtuality 1000 CS 3D VRML all-immersive simulator from W-Industries (then Virtuality Inc.)Template:Ref label, for game entertainment in big arcade installations and theme parks, that was based on A3000.
Magellan v.1.1 (Artificial Intelligence Software), not to be confused with Directory Opus Magellan, was a program to emulate Artificial intelligence responses on Amiga, by creating heuristic programmed rules based on machine learning in its form of supervised learning. The user will choose into decision trees and decision tables system of AI featured by the Magellan program, in which to input objects, and desired outputs and describe all associate conditions and rules which the machine should follow in order to output pseudo-intelligent solutions to given problems.
AmiATLAS v.6, it is a complete Route planner tool for Amiga computers. It provides worldwide interactive maps and find optimal routes for traveling from one place to another. It features also multiple map loading, and integrated CityGuide-System with information to interesting towns, places or regions, some even with pictures, and information about many parks and points of interest.
Personal Organizer, Notebook, Diary softwareEdit
Personal Budget, Home Banking, AccountsEdit
Software for special purposesEdit
AVT (Amiga Video Transceiver), was a software and hardware Slow-scan television system originally developed by "Black Belt Systems" (USA) around 1990 for the Amiga home computer popular all over the world before the IBM PC family gained sufficient audio quality with the help of special sound cards.
Richmond Sound Design (RSD) created both show control (a.k.a. MSC or "MIDI Show Control") and theatre sound design software which was used extensively in the theatre, theme park, display, exhibit, stage managing, show and themed entertainment industries in the 1980s and 1990s and at one point in the mid 90s, there were many high profile shows at major theme parks around the world being controlled by Amigas through software simply called Stage Manager which then evolved into its Microsoft Windows version called ShowMan. There were dozens at Walt Disney World alone and more at all other Disney, Universal Studios, Six Flags and Madame Tussauds properties as well as in many venues in Las Vegas including The Mirage hotel Volcano and Siegfried and Roy show, the MGM Grand EFX show, Broadway theatre, London's West End, the Royal Shakespeare Company's many venues, most of Branson, Missouri's theatres, and scores of theatres on cruise ships, amongst hundreds of others. RSD purchased used Amigas on the web and reconditioned them to provide enough systems for all the shows that specified them and only stopped providing new Amiga installations in 2000. There are still an unknown number of shows on cruise ships and in themed venues being run by Amigas.