April 8th, 2021

Welcome to Full Metal Planet for the Apple IIgs

8th/Apr/2021 – Brainstorm Software and Brutal Deluxe Software are proud to announce the release of Full Metal Planet for all Apple IIgs users.
That great strategy game is now available in English @ http://www.brutaldeluxe.fr/products/thirdparties/fmp/ – You can play against the computer, or against other persons through an AppleTalk network with players running an Apple IIgs or a Macintosh computer (with the Mac version of FMP).
Hundreds of hours of game play await you!
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Apple II forever!
April 8th, 2021

Apple II demos for Revision Online 2021

For once, three demos were presented during the Revision Online 2021 party. Two for the 8-bit Apple IIs, and one for the Apple IIgs.

Watch them online:

Congratulations to you!

March 29th, 2021

WOzFest 19 Announcement

From the europlus zone blog:

Hot on the heels of WOzFest 18 I’m very happy to announce the date for the next WOzFest: WOzFest 19 will be held on Saturday 1 May 2021, starting at midday Sydney time (UTC+10:00).

The theme for WOzFest 19 is “Freedom” – a good friend and frequent WOzFest attendee retires the day before, so I thought what better way to celebrate than to get together with Apple ][ enthusiasts?! I’ll leave it to attendees to interpret the theme as they see fit.

Further details on the announcement post, and updates will be posted under the europlus zone’s WOzFest tag.

March 28th, 2021

Apple ][/][+ Motherboard Test Sheets

From the europlus zone blog:

[I’m happy to announce] four test sheets covering the major revisions of Apple ][ and ][+ motherboards:
WOzFest Labs Apple II Motherboard Test Sheet – Revision 0
WOzFest Labs Apple II Motherboard Test Sheet – Revision 1-4
WOzFest Labs Apple II Motherboard Test Sheet – Revision 7
WOzFest Labs Apple II Motherboard Test Sheet – Revision RFI
The sheets show most major components, including product codes, which motherboard product codes are relevant for that revision, areas to record info like case and PSU serial numbers and notes, and an area to record the dates of test sessions and progress through the board.

Further details and download links in the announcement post.

March 23rd, 2021

Juiced.GS Volume 26, Issue 1 now available

Juiced.GS Volume 26, Issue 1 (March 2021)Volume 26, Issue 1 (March 2021) of Juiced.GS, the longest-running Apple II publication in print, has now shipped.

This issue features reviews of the long-awaited fantasy RPG Nox Archaist, the Web browser Webber, and the text-adventure Tristam Island; an interview with Pascal Anquentin, developer of the 1985 game Les Conspirateurs de l’Ombre; a behind-the-scenes look at Hugh Hood’s Direct Connect PostScript Printer Driver; and much, much more!

This is Juiced.GS‘s first quarterly issue of 2021, its twenty-sixth year in print. Subscriptions for 2021 are available for $20 each for United States customers, $25 for readers in Canada and Mexico, and $28 for international customers.

February 25th, 2021

Direct Connect PostScript Printer Driver

Hugh Hood on comp.sys.apple2:


Direct Connect PostScript Printer Driver
– For the Apple IIgs running GS/OS –
Official Release – February, 2021


Direct Connect PostScript Printer Driver – What is It?

The Direct Connect PostScript Printer Driver [DCPPD] is a moderately patched version of Apple’s GS/OS System 6.0.1 LaserWriter Printer Driver that allows a user of Apple IIgs GS/OS Desktop software to print directly to any PostScript-capable printer, and unlike Apple’s Driver, requires NONE of the following:

  1. that the IIgs have AppleTalk networking installed and enabled;
  2. that the PostScript-capable printer understand the AppleTalk protocol;
  3. that the PostScript-capable printer have an AppleTalk / EtherTalk speaking networking port and be attached to an AppleTalk network that is connected to the LocalTalk port on the IIgs;
  4. that the PostScript-capable printer be recognized and selected in the Net Printer Control Panel; and,
  5. that the connection path between the IIgs and the printer support bi-directional communications.

A PostScript printer can now be connected to the Apple IIgs via either built-in serial port (Printer or Modem), via a parallel printer card, or via an Uthernet TCP/IP card. The latter is important because while not many modern printers still include a serial or parallel interface, almost all modern network printers have an Ethernet TCP/IP connection.

In addition, the patches include changes to the generated PostScript code to provide better compatibility with Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 PostScript printers, with printers utilizing automatic emulation switching (e.g. receiving and discriminating between both PostScript and PCL jobs), and with printers from manufacturers other than Apple, whose variant or emulation of the PostScript language may differ from Apple’s.

For complete details, including full documentation and screen shots of the Direct Connect PostScript Printer Driver in operation please visit:

https://www.apple2works.com/directconnectpostscriptdriver

January 11th, 2021

WOzFest 18 Announcement

From the europlus zone blog:

I’m very happy to announce the date for the next WOzFest: WOzFest 18 will be held on Saturday 20 March 2021, starting at midday Sydney time (UTC+11:00).

The theme for WOzFest 18 is “Community Service” – I’m asking attendees to bring something to upload to the Internet, to update an online resource, to do some Applesauce imaging on the night, to do some scanning, to interview a luminary via Skype…anything which contributes back to the retrocomputing community (it doesn’t even have to be Apple ][-related!). These services would need to be performed during WOzFest 18.

Many WOzFest attendees already do these things, both outside of and during WOzFests – I just think it would be nice to have that as a theme of a specific WOzFest, and that everyone find some way to participate.

Further details on the announcement post, and updates will be posted under the europlus zone’s WOzFest tag.

December 24th, 2020

Juiced.GS Volume 25, Issue 4 (#100) now available

Juiced.GS Volume 25, Issue 4 (December 2020)Volume 25, Issue 4 (December 2020) of Juiced.GS, the longest-running Apple II publication in print, has now shipped.

This is Juiced.GS‘s 100th issue, with a whopping 28 pages of awesome articles! Read Ivan Drucker’s reviews of 14 different Apple II emulators; Evan Koblentz’s tutorial for connecting the Apple II to LEGO bricks; a guide for streaming from your Apple II to Twitch.tv and an interview with popular streamer LadyAiluros; an interview with Lee Fastenau, who’s porting Tetris from the Game Boy to the Apple II; a celebration of the podcast Eaten By A Grue‘s completion of its original mission; a look behind the scenes of Kay Savetz’s Apple II Twitter bot; a reflection on 25 years of Juiced.GS; original cover art by Krishna Sadasivam of PC Weenies — and much, much more!

This is Juiced.GS‘s fourth quarterly issue of 2020, its twenty-fifth year in print. Subscriptions for 2021 are available for $20 each for United States customers, $25 for readers in Canada and Mexico, and $28 for international customers.

December 12th, 2020

Nox Archaist has officially been released!

The 6502 Workshop team is pleased to announce that Nox Archaist has been released!

Now Archaist Group Small

Journey back in time to the 1980s and experience an adventure inspired by classics like Ultima and Bard’s Tale.

Lord British himself has traveled to Vali, the world of Nox Archaist, to help thee on thy quest.

Game Trailer

6502 Workshop would love to put a collector’s edition box in your hands, featuring cover art by Denis Loubet, or set you up with the Digital Edition. Click here to order!

December 12th, 2020

R.I.P. S.I.S – Long live Webber

Webber is a powerful web browser for the IIgs, that lets you surf the web and download files. Webber requires Marinetti to be installed.
Webber is the successor to the now discontinued SIS. It uses the same interface as SIS, but there the similarity ends. Unlike SIS, Webber is a stand-alone application, compatible with System 6.0.1 through 6.0.4, and can download any web page that is accessible from an http:// connection. It does not handle https:// secure connections, scripts, or style sheets.
Check out what Webber can do for you:
  • View web pages
  • Send the results of interactive Forms
  • Download linked files
  • Load and display HTML files from disk
  • Keeps up to 256 Cached pages in a navigation Stack
  • Editable History list
  • Bookmarks
  • Keep & View optional transcript Logs
  • Supports Proxy connections
  • Supports password protected web pages
  • Print pages

 

Originally intended to be released for KFest as an example of what you can now do with the updated HTMLTool, for a number of reasons, it just was not ready to be released then. I thererfore spent a great deal more time with it, and it has now been expanded into a full featured web browser, which I hope will be a worthy successor to Geoff’s S.I.S.

Unlike S.I.S, Webber is a stand-alone application, and will run on Systems 6.0.1 through 6.0.4.
Take a look for yourselves at:  https://speccie.uk/software/webber/
My thanks go to Chris Vavruska, and Antoine Vignau, for their extensive help in getting Webber into being. Just don’t tell Antoine about the mess Google makes of French accents… :-)
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