June 29th, 2015

Big Mess ‘o Wires adds Apple II Smartport compatibility to Floppy Emu board



Steve Chamberlin at Big Mess’o Wires has successfully added Smartport compatibility to his Floppy Emu product. With the latest update, it now can read and write to most of the common disk image formats used to emulate 5.25, 3.5 and larger drives.

Compatible with the Apple IIGS and Apple //c, IIc Plus, the Floppy Emu is $89 USD plus shipping, and has additional options available (extension cable, case).

June 27th, 2015

Juiced.GS Volume 20, Issue 2 now available

Juiced.GS Volume 20, Issue 2 (Jun 2015)Volume 20, Issue 2 (Jun 2015) of Juiced.GS, the longest-running Apple II publication in print, is now arriving in subscribers’ mailboxes. This issue features reviews of Ninjaforce’s KABOOM and GGLABS’ RAMGS card; coverage of Oz KFest; a breakdown of how ProDOS formats disks and stores and manages files; a deepening mystery with Det. Pomme and Col. Hexings; reflections on the Apple II community’s best years from its developers, publishers, and artists; and much, much more!

This is Juiced.GS‘s second quarterly issue of 2015, its twentieth year in print. Subscriptions for 2015 are also available at $19 each for United States customers, $24 for readers in Canada and Mexico, and $27 for international customers, with several free sample issues available as PDFs.

June 20th, 2015

Tecnowarp 7MHz 512KB accelerator for Apple II, II+ //e available soon


tecnowarp

Tecnobytes has released a new demo video of their upcoming Tecnowarp accelerator card. It’s rated at 7MHz and has 512KB cache which puts it on par with the very rare Transwarp II card (which only had 256KB cache). Things we haven’t seen yet are adjustable slot configurations, diagnostics, adjustable speed settings, i.e. some of the standard features that were part of the Transwarp II and competing ZipChip products. We’re hoping to get our hands on a Tecnowarp as soon as they become available so we can test it out. In the meantime, here’s the video. The acceleration is impressive.


June 16th, 2015

UltimateMicro to open new store Wednesday, June 17th 2015


UltimateMicro

Anthony Martino and Henry Courbis will be opening their new, updated UltimateMicro storefront on Wednesday, June 17th. You can expect to see many of their innovative new products showcased, such as the MicroDrive Turbo, 2MB RAMWorks Expander, the improved No-Slot-Clock and the new Switchable Oscillator along with ROM, RAM and miscellaneous upgrades. Something for everyone!

June 12th, 2015

Wade Clarke releases old text adventures

Wade Clark (author of horror survival adventure Leadlight) has dug up some of his prior adventure games dating back 25 years. If you like text adventures, you should check them out.

June 11th, 2015

Original The Bard’s Tale series to live on with The Bard’s Tale IV

inXile Entertainment is currently running a Kickstarter to fund development for The Bards Tale IV. Yesterday, it was announced that backers at the $20 or higher level would receive free digital copies of the original The Bard’s Tale, The Bard’s Tale II: Destiny Knight and The Bard’s Tale III: Thief of Fate along with a deluxe double album soundtrack.

These games are available now via emulation, but the experience isn’t as seamless as it should be. Not to worry, because inXile Entertainment has partnered with the original The Bard’s Tale III programmer Rebecca “Burger” Heineman and her company Olde Sküül to make the games run natively on Macintosh and PC. That’s great news but the coolest bit is that the re-releases will be based on the Apple IIGS versions of the games (not the PC, or the Amiga… THE APPLE IIGS!) and will also include updated artwork.

I believe I can predict with some certainty that this Kickstarter will be a major topic of interest at this year’s KansasFest, where Rebecca Heineman happens be our very distinguished keynote speaker.


BardsTaleIV
COUNT ME IN! BACKED!

June 8th, 2015

Tecnobytes Classic Computers releases new Tecnowarp 8 bit accelerator demo



Definitely faster than the prior demo.

May 31st, 2015

Ewen Wannop releases updates to Spectrum, SAM2 and a bonus

SPECCIE’S PRESS RELEASE

I have today updated a few items on my website, and released a blast-from-the-past…

SAM2 goes to v2.0.5. This is a very minor bug fix.

Spectrum goes to v2.5.4. A bug was fixed, and a couple of minor adjustments were made. More importantly, Spectrum is now released as a stand-alone bootable 2mg disk image, that can be booted and used “as is”. A new Installer is provided on the disk, which allows Spectrum to be installed wherever you like, and for the required System files to be installed on any bootable device, not only to the current boot disk.

The three original Spectrum PDF manuals have now been bundled together as one zipped file, available as a legacy download, and the three manuals have now been reworked, so they are no longer split into before v2.5.3, and after sections.

Finally, I have delved into my archives, and resurrected an 8-bit telecommunications program that was commercially sold in the UK back in 1987. You can download both Gazelle, its PDF manual, and the updates listed above, from my website: http://www.speccie.co.uk

May 25th, 2015

NinjaForce releases Ninjatracker

The programming ninjas at NinjaForce are certainly active lately. Today they released Ninjatracker, a “vastly modified version of the SoundSmith player” for the Apple IIGS along with the programs source code. You can read how to use it and download it directly from NinjaForce’s Ninjatracker web page.


Ninjatracker

May 7th, 2015

UNISDISK Air used for cross development



Courtesy Arnaud Cocquière

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