September 22nd, 2016

A2Central on hiatus

There have been some interesting new developments in the Apple II community recently. You may have noticed we haven’t reported on them. I apologize for that, but my time has been constrained with family, work and other responsibilities and obligations that have left me with precious little time for my Apple II hobby.

Effective immediately, A2Central (as least where I’m concerned) is going on hiatus until I can get past a few major projects at work. I don’t know yet how long the hiatus will last. I appreciate your patience and understanding during this break in A2Central’s operations.

There are several other people who have the capability to post stories on A2Central, and I hope they’ll continue to do so while I take some needed time away.

Apple II Forever!

September 7th, 2016

VNCView GS updated to v1.0

Stephen Heumann has updated VNCView GS to v1.0. The update includes optimized raw pixel decoding routines, meaning raw pixels can be decoded and displayed incrementally while receiving data and there is now an added option to tune Marinetti for high throughput.

This software allows an Apple IIgs to connect over a network to any computer providing VNC services, to display and interact with that computer’s graphical desktop environment.

August 26th, 2016

ByteBoosters adds new Transwarp GS enhancements to product line

ByteBoosters is now selling via eBay, two new Transwarp GS enhancements.

High-speed 32KB DarkCache Card to replace the standard 8KB cache piggyback on the Transwarp GS. It uses the fastest SRAMS (8ns) available.


$44.44 USD plus shipping – click picture for eBay listing.

Complete GAL ICs replacement set, same high using the latest hardware revision and highest speed from Lattice (7ns).


$39.99 USD plus shipping- click picture for eBay listing.

August 26th, 2016

Manila Gear introduces the Apple IIGS VGA Adapter

Mountain View, CA, August 26, 2016 – Manila Gear, makers of the 4soniq quadraphonic sound card for the Apple IIGS, today announced the Apple IIGS VGA Adapter. The adapter lets you connect your Apple IIGS to a VGA monitor that supports 15 kHz. It consists of a DA-15 to DE-15 adapter with an integrated sync separator.


This is a great solution for those of us who have aging AppleColor RGB Monitors, or are still looking for a simpler and better VGA solution.

The adapter has been tested and confirmed to work with a few Benq and Samsung monitors. It can also be used with monitors that do not support 15 kHz, by using the adapter in conjunction with a frequency upscaler such as the Gonbes GBS-8200. A list of supported monitors is maintained here.

The Apple IIGS VGA Adapter retails for $30, and is now available for purchase at

August 18th, 2016

Pics from Apple II Festival France 2016

Thanks to Stephane Briancourt, we can see pictures from France’s premier Apple II retro-computing event. Check out the gallery here:

August 18th, 2016

Another prototype in the works from Fabrice Montupet, TI D-VDP9929A graphics card

Remember the Dual Mockingboard card we posted earlier and now want so badly? Check out the latest from Fabrice Montupet! New video modes! Sprites! Colors galore!


August 11th, 2016

Happy 66th Birthday Woz!

It’s Steve Wozniak’s Birthday today!

July 29th, 2016

A2Heaven announces availability of Apple II Midi card (Passport clone)

a2h_passport’s Apple II Midi Passport clone card, only USD $80. Click pic for more info.

July 28th, 2016

Ian Kim’s SD-MIDI Passport compatible card


Ian Kim is a card building machine. Click the pic for more information.

July 27th, 2016 releases new 8MB IIGS RAM card


Run your Apple IIGS with 8MB Battery Backup RAM or using a ROM Disk and ROM Tools? Yes, it’s now possible!

The WhiteRAM 8MB will be available very soon now on for the low introductory price of USD $89.99 including shipping to anywhere in the solar system.

Unique features are:

  • Lowest power consumption (<0.8W max when active) on any 8MB board ever.
  • Smallest size 8MB expansion board ever!
  • Battery Backup 8MB RAM.
  • 512K ROM add on BOARD with ROM disk driver and Memory Test Program.
  • Built-in ROM Tools and Debugger software.
  • Quality support provided by the team.


  • 8MB RAM using Static RAM chip
  • 512KB ROM for ROMDisk or ROM-based tools
  • Fast RAM – 70ns
  • White PCB with status LEDs
  • Gold contact fingers ensuring high reliability.

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