July 18th, 2016

CH Systems releases ByteBoosters DarkRAM-8MB for Apple IIGS only $99 USD

Ready just in time for KFest …

Maximizing your Apple IIGS RAM to 8MB finally becomes affordable with a quality RAM Expansion board from the ByteBoosters – The D(ark)RAM-8MB

The DarkRAM-8MB will be available this week on eBay for a low introductory price of USD $99.99 including world-wide express shipping (shipping time to the USA is usually 5 business days)


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Unique features are:

  • Lowest power consumption (<1.8W max when active) on any 8MB board ever
  • Smallest size 8MB expansion board ever
  • Providing 3.3V supply to other projects via aux-connector

Specifcations:

  • 8MB RAM using 16Mbit DRAM chips (4Mbit x 4)
  • Optimized using only four 16MBit chips to reach 4MB
  • Fast RAM -60ns
  • 4MB out of 8MB are fully DMA compatible like any other >4MB card
  • Black PCB with blue Power Indicator LED
  • Gold contact fingers ensuring high reliability

This totals the memory of your ROM 3 IIGS to 8.125MB (8320KB)!

All boards come fully tested (stock and TWGS speed) on ROM01 and ROM03 machines with a 5 years warranty and 30 days money back guarantee (less shipping).

June 30th, 2016

KABOOM! v1.03 released

Just in time for the American 4th of July (Independence Day) Holiday, Jesse Blue of NinjaForce has released KABOOM! v1.03. KABOOM! was recently updated to support the 4play Joystick Card by Alex Lukacz and the 4soniq 4-Channel Stereo Card by Jon Christopher Co and John Valdezco.

June 30th, 2016

Wear your Apple II pride

Javier Rivera has opened a store to offer fashion-conscious Apple II enthusiasts an array of Apple II-themed t-shirts (and coffee mugs). Check them out at the Apple II FAQ Store”.


Apple IIc shirt

June 17th, 2016

Juiced.GS Volume 21, Issue 2 now available

Juiced.GS Volume 21, Issue 2 (June 2016)Volume 21, Issue 2 (Jun 2016) of Juiced.GS, the longest-running Apple II publication in print, has now shipped. This issue features coverage of WOzFest ///, where the 4play and 4soniq cards were revealed alongside an updated version of KABOOM!; reviews of the 1983 game Dino Eggs and its 2016 sequel, Dino Eggs: Rebirth; a review of Tulip House’s VGA Adapter for Apple IIGS ROM 3; David Schmenk’s tutorial on creating an auto-updating chat client using PLASMA and Python; Charles Mangin’s detailed analysis of mice bearing the M0100 model number; and much, much more!

This is Juiced.GS‘s second quarterly issue of 2016, its twenty-first year in print. Subscriptions for 2016 are available at $19 each for United States customers, $24 for readers in Canada and Mexico, and $27 for international customers.

June 10th, 2016

RAMWorks IIII v1.0 kits now available from UltimateMicro

Hello Everyone! A quick update that we have some new items now listed in the UA2 Store – The RAMWorks IIII Kit v1.0.

This Kit is mainly designed and meant for the SolderFEST part of KFEST to help add to the show. We will however ship to users since there is a demand for the board and a fun “kit” project for the Apple II.

KFEST Delivered Kit: https://goo.gl/SH6NUZ
Shipped Kit:https://goo.gl/nc86dZ

All details and pics are listed on the item’s page in the Store. I’ll be posting a facebook announcement tomorrow for the above items being active in the Store.


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June 8th, 2016

Genius Episode 1 “Into the Toy Warehouses” now available

It’s mid-2016 and a new Apple II game has been published called GENIUS, Ep.1 “Into the Toy Warehouses” by Daniele Liverani. Billed as a strategic, fast-action high-res arcade game, you must help GENIUS save an imprisoned prince by tackling 80 levels of obstacles, puzzles and enemies.

The first copy of the game is up for auction on eBay.

GENIUS requires at least an Apple II Plus with 48KB RAM. Mockingboard support (via slot 4) is also supported.

Read all about how GENIUS went from concept to software in a ziplock baggie HERE.

May 31st, 2016

4soniq now open for pre-order from Manila Gear

The recently announced (and demonstrated) 4soniq 4-channel sound card from Manila Gear is now available for pre-order at the introductory price of $99 (regularly $119).

Product Description

The 4soniq gives you four separate channels of sound for your Apple IIgs, instead of the usual one.

Each of the 32 oscillators available in the Apple IIgs’ Ensoniq Digital Oscillator Chip (DOC) can be assigned to play on any one of 8 output channels. One 4soniq card unlocks 4 of those channels. Pair it with a second 4soniq card to unlock all 8!

To enjoy four channel sound with the 4soniq, you will need four powered speakers (e.g. two sets of 2.1 computer speakers setup up as Front Left, Front Right, Back Left and Back Right), and the appropriate software.

Four channel sound is now supported in Ninjaforce’s Kaboom! and has been tested successfully on modified versions of Ninjaforce’s NinjaTracker * and Sheppyware’s AmperSound GS.

For software that does not support four channel sound yet, the 4soniq functions equally well as a two channel stereo card.

Features:

  • 4 Channel Output (via 2x 3.5mm stereo jacks)
  • Single Channel Input (via 1x 3.5mm mono jack)
  • Ability to pair with another 4soniq to get 8 Channel Output **
  • Ability to power externally for slotless operation ***

What’s In The Box:

  • 1x 4soniq
  • 1x 4soniq-to-J-25 Connector Cable
  • 1x Backplate and Cable Assembly

* Requires appropriately modded .SSM sound files
** Requires a 4soniq-to-4soniq connector cable, sold separately
*** May require longer cables, +5/-5VDC power supply sold separately
**** Photos are of original prototypes and do not depict final product

May 23rd, 2016

ByteBoosters introduces new 4MB/XLP IIGS RAM card

Alexander Krauss writes:

After the successful introduction of our first 4MB Apple IIgs Memory Expansion the ByteBoosters are happy to announce an improved revised version – the 4MB XLP (eXtreme Low Power) Expansion board. The first batch of boards is for sale on eBay for USD $59. Worldwide shipping for less than USD $10.

Unique features are:

  • Lowest power consumption (<0.9W max when active) on any 4MB board ever
  • Optimized using only two 16MBit chips to reach 4MB
  • Smallest size 4MB expansion board ever
  • Providing 3.3V supply to other projects via aux-connector

Specifcations:

  • 4MB (4096kB) DRAM using 16Mbit DRAM chips (4Mbit x 4)
  • 100% DMA compatible
  • Fast RAM -60ns
  • Power Indicator LED
  • Gold contact fingers ensuring high reliability

All boards come fully tested on ROM01 and ROM03 machines with a 5 years warranty and 30 days money back guarantee (less shipping).

May 23rd, 2016

Nox Archaist developers announce graphics tile contest

Hey Guys,

We would like to offer a chance for members of the retro gaming community to participate in the design of Nox Archaist while hopefully improving the final result and getting the game into your hands more quickly.

Starting today we are running a tile graphics contest!

The top three submitted tiles will be determined on 7-31-2016 and the winners will receive the benefits below:

  • One custom in-game NPC named and based on input from the winner
  • Copy of the initial release of Nox Archaist on 5.25” floppy disks
  • Pre-release digital copy of Nox Archaist
  • Printed manual
  • Name mentioned in Nox Archaist game credits
  • Announcement of winners on our blog and in this forum
  • Any other goodies we can come up with

To participate, just send us one or more tile designs using the criteria provided at the link below. Submissions can be sent via email to contest@6502workshop.com

CLICK HERE for contest rules and details.

May 12th, 2016

Brutal Deluxe updates i’m fEDD up

Brutal Deluxe Software offers a maintenance release to their 5.25″ and 3.5″ preservation software. Now at v2.1, i’m fEDD up fixes two bugs and better supports available blocks on the volume where the different disk images are saved.

imfeddup

You can download it at http://www.brutaldeluxe.fr/products/apple2/imfEDDup/

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