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SystemCommodore 128
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Commodore 128

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Release Date: 1/1/1985
Manufacturer: Commodore
Jane 128 was a GUI-based integrated software package for the Commodore 128 personal computer developed by Arktronics and released by Commodore International in 1985. Somewhat typically for "user-friendly" software of the era, it utilized a literal desktop metaphor with the interface consisting of an onscreen graphic of a desktop with associated business tools - a typewriter represented the word processor component, a filing cabinet the database and so on. It was designed to be controlled by either a joystick or a mouse. It was not a success in the marketplace but represented an early example of a graphical interface on an 8-bit computer. Arktronics was a software development company in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Jane was originally intended to be a package not only for the Commodore line, but also for the Apple, Atari, and others. This transportability was engineered by a combination of higher level systems written in the C language and machine specific drivers written in the assembly language for each machine. Jane was originally developed for the Commodore 64 within the Commodore line.
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