Workbench Release 3.0, version 39.29 (Kickstart version 39.106)
Release date: September 1992 New ROM (512KB) and software exclusively for Amiga 1200s and 4000s
Shipped with: Amiga 1200 and 4000 exclusively
Major enhancements:
  • Black-on-white menus.
  • 3D look added to menu bar (bottom black line).
  • New-look scrollbars and arrow gadgets (PROPNEWLOOK).
  • Support for the AGA chipset.
  • First official inclusion of the 68040.library (v37.10) in Workbench (included in the Libs drawer of the "Install Disk").
  • A revised Amiga Early Startup Control (boot menu) with disabling/enabling caches, and added diagnostic features.
  • Datatypes, MultiView.
  • Color remapping.

Click here for the official list of changes in 3.0.


Visible in this screenshot are:

  1. The new DOSDrivers (showing PIPE:) and Datatype drawers.
  2. The New-look style scroll bars and arrow gadgets.
  3. The WB3 Palette Preferences, including the new ColorWheel and GradientSlider gadget classes.
  4. The PC1:???? disk icon for the included CrossDOS, indicating an invalid MS-DOS disk.
  5. Background images, instead of the (rather vile) patterns of Workbench 2.04.
  6. The multi-talented MultiView, showing an AmigaGuide document, a picture and a sound sample.
  7. The icon for the Intellifont program which manages scalable fonts. This is identical to Workbench 2.04's Fountain program, although—providing this recollection is correct—one Amiga magazine stated it was better.
  8. The icons for the new Prefs editors (first added in WB 2.1): Locale, PrinterPS and Sound.
  9. The whole screenshot is also a rather good demonstration of Workbench 3's palette-sharing features.

Kickstart ScreenAmiga Early
Startup Control
Boot Options
Display OptionsExpansion Board
Release 3
Compat. Logo
Hidden messages:

With less than 16 tasks running, the following message appears in an AutoRequest on the Workbench screen, if "About..." is selected from the "Workbench" menu several times (without closing the existing requesters) while Ctrl, both Alt and both Shift keys are pressed:

Media information:
Descriptions and Part Numbers
Six (FFS) DS/DD diskettes
Install Disk
Version 3.0
PN: 370126(-02)
Amiga Workbench
Version 3.0
PN: 370127(-02)
Amiga Extras
Version 3.0
PN: 370128(-01)
Version 3.0
PN: 370129(-01)
Version 3.0
PN: 370150(-01)
Amiga Fonts
Version 3.0
PNs: 370192(-01)
  1. Michael Sinz was the author of the 68040.library. He notes: "I even made Enforcer work with it (obviously) but I don't remember the version number. However, the 37.30 is the last one I did in the 37 series. There was a bump to 42.1 but I don't know if that ever shipped. I can't remember the version, but I did a 68040.library that added support for the 68060 processor. It was done after I had left Commodore but under contract with a company that needed it." [Asked about the name of the company he contracted for]: "I am unfortunately unable to remember—this was 24 years ago or so (it was after I got married, [and the day Commodore declared bankruptcy] I know that—but not much after, so my guess is 24 years or so.) The company was from the Seattle area and was doing fancy ultrasound imaging work for medical equipment—they were using Amiga systems as the main computer plus their own hardware." [Apparently this was the TekMagic / QuikPak 4060/60MHz (w/SCSI). The Big Book of Amiga Hardware notes: "This is not the typical GVP/QuikPak 4060 sold to consumers. It is a special board sold for a medical ultrasound system that used an Amiga 4000T as the central processor for the machine."]
  2. There are at least six versions of Commodore's 68040.library that were available to licensed developers and/or 68040 end-users:
    • v36.2 (07/25/91) 840 bytes (source: PP&SMercury.dms). The earliest known version; no FPU emulation.
    • v37.2 (10/11/91) 41,568 bytes (source: GForce3040.dms).
    • v37.4 (06/10/92) 41,672 bytes (source: PPS_040.dms). Commodore gave this version to GVP and Progressive Peripherals & Software.
    • v37.10 (08/26/92) 43,428 bytes (source: GigaMem v3.0.adf).
    • v37.30 (01/18/93) 43,888 bytes (source(s): GigaMem v3.12.adf; OS 3.1 Install disk; A4000T (HD floppy) companion disk; MacroSystem US's WarpEngine install disk, and both A4091-4014.dms and A4091-4002.dms).
    • v42.1 (07/26/93) ? bytes (source: Olaf Barthel) Was a minor bump from 37.30. Unlikely to have ever shipped. "No release notes are available, and the diff between 37.30 were very minor—some instruction adjustments to value compares in a register vs. a less efficient register+memory access." Olaf Barthel
  3. Bernardo Innocenti reports that on some older OS 3.0 Fonts disks, the Intellifonts files were deleted but still recoverable using the undelete function of most disk repair tools.
  4. The Trashcan was removed from the Workbench disks.
  5. Beta 3.0 apparently used a reduced-gadget Shell window on startup.
  6. 3.0 ROM Part Numbers for A1200: 39.106 - 391524-01 (ROM 0), 391523-01 (ROM 1).
  7. 3.0 ROM Part Numbers for A4000: 39.106 - 319513-02 (ROM 1 D0-D15), 319514-02 (ROM 0 D16-D31).