DAISY CHAIN- The ability to link
parts of your machine to other parts, such as the disk drive to
DATABASE- A program that stores records of
DATATYPE- An object-orientated system that
comes as standard with Workbench 3+. This allows any datatype aware
program to load any format as long as a datatype is available. This
has been especially useful with the development of the PNG format-
datatype-aware software that may be 2-3 years old can load this
format without an upgrade.
DE-ARCHIVE- Uncompressing a file to its
DEBUG- The act of removing "bugs" or errors
DEFAULT TOOL- When a picture, text file, or any
other project is saved it will also save information on the path of
the file that created it. When the file is double-clicked the Amiga
will launch the suitable program to view the file. The default tool
can be altered by highlighting the icon and selecting "Information"
in the Tools menu.
DELETE- To remove unwanted files or parts of a
DEPTH GADGET- A button in the drag bar which
allows you to move a window or screen to the front or back of the
DENISE- One of the Amiga's custom chips that
handles video output, mose input and some timings.
DEVICE- All the drives in your Amiga are
devices, eg CD drive, disk drive or hard drive. These are referred
to under names such as DF0: (internal disk drive), CD0: (CD drive)
DH0: -The most common name for the boot hard
drive partition on the Amiga. Many users favour it's similarity to
the name for the floppy drive, DF0: The letters stand for Drive
DIG- Display Independent Graphics. A
programming concept that a program does not need to care what it is
being displayed on as the monitor driver will take care of it.
Similar to RTG.
DIGITAL CONVERGENCE- Amiga users first heard of
digital convergence at the World of Amiga show 1998. Like
Multimedia, Digital Convergence is little more than a buzzword that
refers to certain characteristics. People use multimedia to
describe a PC that can display graphics and play sound. So why
isn't the C64 or Spectrum capable of multimedia? Similarly Digital
Convergence is a buzzword that could have been used to describe the
DIGITISER- A device that grabs images or
animations from a chosen source, such as a TV or video and imports
them into the computer.
DIRECTORY- A drawer which can hold files
inside, making your hard/disk drive appear more organised.
DISKCOPY- The AmigaDOS command for copying
DISKDOCTOR- A program included with earlier
versions of Workbench that attempted to recover data on a disk. It
did not work that well and prompted hundreds of virus scares by
renaming the disk "Lazarus."
DISK DRIVE- A device that comes as standard
with all Amiga computers. Most Amigas use the Double-Density
variety which store 880K of information.
DISKSALV- A drive recovery program that could
validate, undelete, and generally get back your precious data. A
vast improvement on DiskDoctor.
DITHERING- The Mixing of colours to appear that
there are more colours displayed than are actually present.
DMA- Direct Memory Access.
DOS- Disk Operating System.
DOT MATRIX PRINTER- These work by a group of
pins which strike the paper through an inked ribbon.
DOUBLE-CLICK- As the name suggests, this is the
click of the mouse button twice. This can be used to launch
DOUBLESCAN- The display is "doubled" to show
twice as many pixels. Amiga users are more familiar with it as
DOWNLOAD- The copying of a file from another
machine to your own.
DPA- Data Protection Act.
DPI- Dots Per Inch. This measures the quality
of the printers resolution by the number of dots per inch that it
DRAG- The process of moving an onscreen object.
used in conjunction with the term "drag and drop."
DRAG BAR- The area of a window or screen that
is used to resize or move the display.
DRAM- Dynamic Random Access Memory.
DRAWER- The Amiga's name for a directory.
DRIVER- A software file that contains
information of how to use a particular device, such as a printer or
DSP- Digital Sound Processor.
D-to-A- Digital to Analogue
DTP- Desk Top Publishing.