Tandy DeskMate is a desktop environment that integrates with a number of useful bundled applications. DeskMate was sold by Tandy / Radio Shack and developed primarily for their TRS-80s and Tandy 1000 PC compatibles. Download Tandy DeskMate v.3.69 .
The first versions used text mode only and were available for various models of TRS-80 computers.
DeskMate Version 2 and 3 were graphical and ran on the Tandy 1000 series PC. Several models of Tandy 1000s even included DeskMate 2 in ROM. Early versions were Tandy 1000 specific and would not run properly on other brands of PC compatible computers, however later versions did.
DeskMate runs on top of MS/PC-DOS and is approximately on the same level with GEM, Visi-On, or Windows 2.0.
Early on when it was first released around 1984, DeskMate was not very popular but it gained popularity sometime after DeskMate 2 was released. A significant number of third party applications were made available for DeskMate, after it became more popular.
The DeskMate desktop contains various "menus", as DeskMate refers to them, that can be hidden, shown, moved or customized.
"Menus" may include "quick load" file selection menus for specific applications, buttons to launch applications, a calendar, a to-do list, a phone list, and a tutorial.
The text-based origins of DeskMate are apparent in the design of the desktop. Most of the applications use the same screen font, everything aligns to a grid, there is no drag-and-drop, and the graphics are sparse. As a result DeskMate has a bit of an "awkward" feel to it and very often, is not user friendly.
Items on the desktop can be moved around, added or removed using the "desktop" menu.
Remember how the Mac came with a slide puzzle? Well, in DeskMate the entire desktop is a slide puzzle. Desktop items can be moved around but they cannot overlap.
File lists in the quick load menus can be managed using the file options from the menu. This is rather limited as it is not possible to work with subdirectories here and all quick load menus only look in the current directory.
This is the DeskMate tree/file view. It displays a list of drives and an expanded tree of all directories on the drive from which you can view the files. The files are managed in the same way as shown above.
This is the DeskMate options setup. There are more advanced options under the "options" menu for communications, colors, mouse, data and time, printers, and a screen saver (screen blanker actually).
One of the more notable features about Tandy DeskMate is the built in tutorial. It will walk you through a fully animated demonstration of each included application.