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SoftPC for NeXTStep

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SoftPC_4.0_NeXTStep.tgz (16.13 MB)
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Guides on emulating older applications

SoftPC gave you the power to run DOS and Windows programs under NEXTSTEP to increase your personal productivity, maximize your investment and move gracefully to NEXTSTEP without missing a step. SoftPC provided excellent performance, compatibility with PC programs, and full integration within the NEXTSTEP environment.
A demonstration version of Soft PC shipped with NeXTStep Release 3.2.

• Includes MS-DOS 5.0 and Microsoft Windows 3.1 pre-installed and ready to run. Optimized to run Windows 3.1 under NEXTSTEP.
• Supports native CPU for optimum performance. No CPU emulation is required.
• Runs 8-bit in real mode, 16-bit and 32-bit DPMI compliant DOS and Windows programs under NEXTSTEP. Windows-Enhanced Mode not supported.
• DDE and OLE supports between Windows program within a SoftPC/Windows session.
• Supports Novell IPX for compatibility with Novell NetWare.
• Supports DOS TCP/IP for compatibility with Novell LAN Workplace.
• Supports full screen VGA graphics, allowing users to "hot key" between windowed and full screen mode, depending on graphics card available.
• Supports standard PC sound.
• Full support of printing through UNIX lpr.
• Supports PostScript printers and includes HP Laser Jet emulation. LPT1 and LPT2 supported.
• Output to serial ports (COM1 and COM2) supported.
• Allows running of multiple PC sessions at the same time.
• Supports copying and pasting text and graphics between DOS/Windows and NEXTSTEP applications.
• Allows access to the DOS partition or "schizo" drive as the D: drive.
• Microsoft CD-ROM extensions are included with data-only support.
• Read and write PC formatted floppy disks.
• Supports both Real mode and Protected mode PC programs under NEXTSTEP.
• Provides access to both the NEXTSTEP file system and the mounted DOS partition.
• Includes on-line help.

Version history:
2.0 (1991)
3.0 (1993)
4.1 (11 December 1995)

The 1st download is version 2.0.
The 2nd download is version 3.0.
The 3rd download is version 4.0.

See also: SoftPC 1.3 & 2.5 | AccessPC | SoftPC Pro 3.0 | SoftPC Pro 3.1 | SoftPC Pro 3.1 w/ Windows | SoftAT | MacPC

Architecture: 68k

68030/040 processor or Intel 486 processor and higher

NeXTStep 3.1 and higher or OpenStep 4.0 and higher
Intel 486 processor and higher


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by Jatoba - 2020, May 18 - 4:15pm

I see what happened now: the removal was likely accidental, as it seems "x86 (Intel)" used to be a checkbox option for the architecture section, but that option has since been removed and split/replaced by "x86 (Intel:Mac)" and "x86 (Windows)", thus not covering this use case anymore.

When @Fortuna Wave added the "See also" links (which are relevant), because the old checkbox option doesn't exist anymore, it got automatically marked off.

What a funny situation.

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by IIGS_User - 2020, May 16 - 6:02pm

User Jatoba is true, x86 belongs to this entry.

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by Jatoba - 2020, May 16 - 9:21am

@Fortuna Wave Why the removal of x86 as one of the architectures? The description in the page at least says it's compatible with Intel-based NeXTStep machines.