May 25th, 2014

ADTPro 2.0.0 released

David Schmidt has announced ADTPro has reached version 2.0.0

It is time for the Wide protocol to see the light of day. Version 2.0.0 has been released, and it’s a doozy (at least from the internals point of view). Many of the underlying subsystems were ripped-and-replaced, from the basic block transport to the Apple ///’s screen I/O. All with an eye towards improved performance and… finally, a file picker that lets you choose a file from whatever the host is serving.

This is a “point-oh” release in every sense of the word, so if you’re daring… go ahead and get on the bleeding edge.

New functionality:

  • New protocol (code-named “Wide”) that makes transport more reliable and significantly faster with tunable payload lengths
  • [Client] Arrow-and-Return interface for choosing a file to receive
  • [Client] Arrow-and-Return interface for the main menu
  • [Client] Directory listing allows for wildcard filtering of files, paging forward and backward
  • [SOS Client] Slow driver-based screen I/O subsystem replaced with custom code, significantly speeding up display
  • Separated ProDOS and SOS boot disks for ADTPro client; VDRIVE boot disk remains common to both

Bug fixes:

  • When the server decides to abort, the new protocol will not react to the “spray of commands” when the client (re-)sends data that isn’t supposed to be commands
  • [SOS Client] Keyboard interaction works correctly
  • [SOS Client, SOS VSDrive] Changing serial connected-ness to the Apple /// no longer causes fatal SOS $02 errors
  • [SOS Client] Bare-metal bootstrap more reliable with timeout logic borrowed from Speediboot and made prettier with a logo and better display management
  • [Client] Hitting the escape key on the configuration screen truly aborts changes; this prevents DHCP from requesting a new IP address, for example
  • [Build] Re-architected ‘Ant’ build system to be completely dependency-driven; allows complete granularity of build targets
May 2nd, 2014

Woz recounts writing Integer BASIC

BASIC, that simple language that was an integral part of the Apple II experience for so many fans, turns 50 this month and to help celebrate, Woz has contributed a nice little memoir about how he wrote Integer BASIC from scratch.

 



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.


Sweet16 about box

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.

February 15th, 2014

Krüe releases stitch, a 4 channel 1-bit music tracker for the Apple II


stitch

Get it here.

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 21st, 2014

Penguin/Polarware Software library now available on Apple2Online.com

Via Applefritter

Dr. Kenneth Buchholz is pleased to announce the addition of a new product library dedicated to Penguin / Polarware Software for the Apple II series of computers on www.Apple2Online.com. Working with Mark Pelczarski, founder & President of Penguin Software, the entire product line has been located, archived and made available on A2OL. Mark was able to provide non-copy protected versions of some of the earlier copy-protected offerings from Penguin, along with a never-released game (Poof!) which was the precursor for the Spy’s Demise.

In addition to the software library, we have also produced a high quality, searchable PDF of Mark’s book, Graphically Speaking. Mark was also able to provide disk listings of all of the program code appearing in the book, and it is now also available for download!

We have several of the boxes and inserts available in PDF format, and are searching missing titles so if you have any and are willing to contribute, please contact Ken.

January 20th, 2014

Andy McFadden releases CiderPress v3.0.2d1

It’s been 5 long years since the last update, but CiderPress (for Windows) finally gets some love that includes a few new features and bug fixes. In case you don’t know, CiderPress is the essential utility for working with Apple II disk images on Windows-based PCs. It supports ShrinkIt (NuFX) files, and disk images with DOS, ProDOS, Pascal, CP/M and RDOS filesystems. It can also work with .gz and .zip files. In short, it’s the Swiss Army Knife of disk image manipulation.

You can get the new version from: http://sourceforge.net/projects/ciderpress/files/CiderPress%20Executable/3.0.2/

Please note that while this is the latest release, Andy has said this is a ‘development version’ that will need to be thoroughly tested. For now, CiderPress 3.0.1 is still the ‘official’ build.

Tip o’ the hat to Bill Buckels via CSA2.

January 20th, 2014

Ivan Drucker releases updated A2Server, A2Cloud apps

From CSA2:

So much for my hiatus. I’ve snuck out a couple of updates. If you haven’t been keeping score since the above announcement:

A2CLOUD 1.6.2 supports PC ANSI color and graphic text using Spectrum’s ANSI online display; has better VT-100 emulation for non-ASCII characters in ProTERM and Z-Link; provides ttytter for Apple II tweeting; adds sciibin and unblu for dealing with BinSCII and Binary II files; enables 300 baud support for you Micromodem nostalgists; and adds telnet (which I hadn’t realized wasn’t in default Raspbian) for online BBS access. Update with “a2cloud-setup”.

A2SERVER 1.1.4 fixes a bug preventing network boot from working if set up with version 1.1.3 while A2CLOUD was also installed. Update with “a2server-setup”.

If you’re starting fresh, Raspple II 1.0.5 includes both of the above: http://ivanx.com/rasppleii

Thanks to Alistair, Daniel, Stephen, and others for the suggestions and bug reports that prompted the above releases.

If you want to know about future updates in real time, you should probably follow me on Twitter at @II_tweets, since that seems to be the only place I’ve been consistently announcing them.

Enjoy,
Ivan.

January 15th, 2014

Codename: Tokenizer

Arnaud Cocquière, webmaster of Ctrl-Pomme-Reset.fr and Apple II enthusiast, announced today the release of Tokenizer.


Tokenizer

This new Windows 32 utility translates an AppleSoft source file written on a modern machine, to a AppleSoft-tokenized binary file which can be later integrated onto a disk image file with Apple Commander or Cadius.

As Arnaud states in his announcement, Tokenizer‘s code comes from Andy McFadden’s Ciderpress. Adapting the code from C++ to standard C will allow others port it to Linux or Mac OSX operating systems.

Download Tokenizer @ http://www.ctrl-pomme-reset.fr/2014/01/15/nom-de-code-tokenizer/

January 13th, 2014

SNAP updated to v1.1.6

Ewen Wannop has updated SNAP usenet reader to v1.1.6 to resolve a bug with the Marinetti 3.0b3 system init. You can get the latest SNAP and the rest of Ewen’s superbly useful software from http://www.wannop.info/speccie/Site/Speccies_Home_Pages.html

In addition, Ewen has been given the go ahead to also include the latest Marinetti 3.0b7 system init with his software, even though it’s not yet available on SourceForge.

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