April 7th, 2014

Sweet16 3.0.3 released

Eric “Sheppy” Shepherd has released Sweet16 3.0.3. The key changes in this release are a new About box—the first portion of Sweet16 to be rewritten as Cocoa code—and the following two key bug fixes:

  • Fixed a memory leak in full-screen mode that would fairly quickly eat up a lot of free memory the longer you stayed in full-screen mode.
  • The internal tools used to implement the ability to drag files in and out of the emulator were not built correctly to support Intel Core Duo processors. These are the earliest processors supported by Sweet16, and were not working with this feature. Now they are.

There are a few other changes as well, so be sure to review the release notes.

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Sheppy says he’s especially excited about the new About box, because it’s the first step on the road to gradually converting Sweet16 into a modern Cocoa application, which will make it easier to develop and maintain in the future. He hopes to tackle the Disks window next.

April 2nd, 2014

RetroConnector releases mini DISK II USB SD card reader


It’s cute AND functional. For only $50 and shipping, you can have your own in traditional Apple beige or Bell and Howell black. It comes with a sheet of 6 adhesive ‘floppy’ stickers to put on your SD cards.

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March 27th, 2014

Juiced.GS Volume 19, Issue 1 now available

Juiced.GS Volume 19, Issue 1 (Mar 2014)Volume 19, Issue 1 (March 2014) of Juiced.GS, the longest-running Apple II publication in print, has been mailed to all subscribers. This issue features an interview with Al Lowe of Leisure Suit Larry; reviews of Option8′s RetroConnector joystick adapters; a behind-the-scenes look at the development of Brian Picchi’s Retro Fever game; musings on why the Mac’s recent 30th anniversary matters to the Apple II; and much, much more!

This is Juiced.GS‘s first quarterly issue of 2014. Subscriptions are available at $19 for United States customers, $24 for readers in Canada and Mexico, and $27 for international customers, with several free sample issues available as PDFs.

March 17th, 2014

Willegal reproduction SwyftCards said to look good, work great


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Get the scoop here.

March 14th, 2014

Andrew Webber making another run of TDX stereo cards

While it’s certainly not essential, a stereo card can add ‘flavor’ to your Apple IIGS experience. It’s also important to consider carefully which stereo card you use (if you can even find one), because reliability and sound fidelity can vary from brand to brand. That’s why we’re happy to see ‘Drew’ Webber is producing a second round of his high quality TDX ][ stereo cards. They’re reasonably priced, and offer GREAT stereo sound output from your Apple IIGS. I expect the estimated run of 25 to 50 boards to sell briskly, so get on the waiting list NOW or you might miss out.

February 28th, 2014

Nishida Radio working on Apple IIc VGA adapter

Koichi Nishida has Apple //c users on Facebook excited about the VGA adapter he is designing. Since the extremely limited run of Gregory Estrade’s Guimauve 2000, the Apple IIc has been without a viable VGA adapter option.


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Thank you Koichi — we will be following your progress with enthusiasm!

February 24th, 2014

Ultimate Apple2 officially reopens — Apple2Pi card now available for sale


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The day is finally here! Ultimate Apple2 reopens today with exciting new products and carrying old favorites from ReactiveMicro and James Littlejohn. Available NOW: the Apple2Pi 4.4 for $59.99. Also available, A2Pi Accessory Pack for beginners or anyone wanting to get started with their A2Pi quickly.

You’ll also find previously sold out and hard to find products are now back in stock: LittlePower GS, 32K cache card and high-speed GAL kits for Transwarp GS, the cloned EDD4+ card and MicroDrives!

January 30th, 2014

Uthernet II progress report

Glenn Jones reports that he and Oliver Schmidt are working on the next revision of the highly successful Uthernet card. The appropriately named ‘Uthernet II’ will be based on the Wiznet W5100 chip, which will require a new packet driver and support software. Key developers Oliver Schmidt (Contiki driver), Jonno Downes (IP65 W5100 support), David Schmidt (ADTPro) and Ewen Wannop (Marinneti/Spectrum) are reported to have already added or promised support for the new card. Alpha/Beta boards are anticipated to be sent out to a few testers sometime in February.


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Are you interested in getting your hands on a new Uthernet II card when they start shipping? Send Glenn an e-mail and get on the waiting list!

January 27th, 2014

Brian Picchi releases Retro Fever

Brian Picchi (and friend Brandon Bogle) have released a new game for the Apple II series, Retro Fever. The game’s premise should be a familiar one – you’re an Apple II collector trying to obtain more items for your collection while overcoming obstacles and baddies.

Brian’s announcement is attached.

Introducing a new hi-res arcade game for your favorite old school computer. For this game I teamed up with programmer and friend Brandon Bogle of retroswitch.com (some of you may know him as the creator of the Flyer Internet Modem for the 8-bit Commodore line).

In the game you play as an Apple II enthusiast trying to add to their collection. Objectives include collecting the computers from a recycling center, fixing them in a repair shop, and protecting them from the yellowing effects of the sun! Standing in your way is an evil businessman who only wants the computers to resell on ebay for inflated prices. You’ll also need to avoid reckless drivers, overgrown lab rats, and your angry wife who wants you to sell your “junk”. This game has it all!

The disk image is 100% free so please try it out (and report any bugs!), but I’m also making a physical version available for purchase that includes the 5.25″ disk, a quality manual, and a genuine zip lock baggy. You can obtain it here: http://tanrunomad.com/official-games/

Game play video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZsnV1BGMSfY

Retro Fever will run on any Apple II with 64k memory. Keyboard and Joystick both supported. Enjoy!

January 24th, 2014

News from UltimateApple2

Anthony Martino dropped us an update on their re-opening and future plans.

What is up with the Apple2Pi…..

It’s been some time since any news about our new card, the Apple2Pi (or A2Pi for short) for your beloved Apple2 has been announced. We wanted to thank everyone for their support and encouragement. We are happy to announce that we have due to be delivered to the UltimateApple2.com office in New York on or around February 15th, 2014 the final production boards.

We originally wanted to launch in January, but the reason for our delay is two part. One is that we have made a few slight changes on our proto boards here and wanted to be sure that all of these improvements were successful and passing with flying colors! The second part for the delay outside of our regular lives as this isn’t our full time jobs is that China has their new year celebrations this week and next. This shutdown effects any of our orders and are forced to wait until they reopen and resume their daily regular working activities.

So that being said, if they do arrive on our office doorstep, we will immediately test our items that we received. If everything is perfect which is expect to be the case since every design since we started this project has been working fine, we can expect to open the “2store” immediately which should be around February 16th, 2014. Set your calendar reminders!! If our order is processed quicker than they projected for us to receive, then expect this date to be moved up. If we can get these back any sooner and release them any sooner, we will.

Some other re-release announcements….

On the same day as the A2Pi gets released, we will once again open up ordering for two other items that we had for sale a few years back. One will be the EDD4+ card and the other will be the DB19 crimp connectors. These are VERY limited supply so act fast!

Collaboration projects for 2014….

As for some collaboration work with our trusted partner company ReactiveMicro, we are expecting them to get up and running sometime soon. As of now, we are not totally sure when, but we do expect them to be back online in some way, shape, or form and offering some of those very hard to find items. There has been some discussions as how this will launch and it is finally starting to take shape. Stay tuned to both websites and most importantly here at A2Central for more information.

Looking ahead for the rest of 2014…..

As we mentioned ReactiveMicro already, even though their online store is not open at this time, this doesn’t mean that they are not actively working behind the scenes. We are working closely with them to bring to market two great items this year. We would hate to give a time table, but, if things progress the way they have been progressing, expect to see two great projects released we hope around Kfest2014…again, if everything stays on track…we are keeping our fingers crossed!

Will we attend Kfest 2014…..

We are always hopeful that we will be able to attend Kfest. It is always a great escape from the East Coast during some of the hottest days in the summer! This year, if we can attend, we already said that we would try to host a hands-on workshop. We haven’t worked out these details yet as we are not even 100% sure that we can attend. We will announce on UltimateApple2.com once we have a better idea about our availability.

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