September 30th, 2005

September 2005 issue of Apple II News and Notes posted

Howard Katz has posted the September 2005 issue of Apple II News & Notes, the freely-redistributable newsletter for Apple II users.

September 25th, 2005

2nd run of Uthernet cards available

Glenn Jones’ Uthernet cards are available once again. This ethernet card for the Apple II costs $89US. Visit his website for more info.

September 22nd, 2005

MindCraft Assembler and MacroSoft available again

Nibble Magazine’s Mike Harvey has re-released the MindCraft Assembler and MacroSoft BASIC-like macro package. These excellent developer tools make it easy for non-assembly-language programmers to write fast programs for the Apple II.

September 22nd, 2005

"Music Video" done on an Apple II

Check out this unsolicited music video done for the song “Beautiful Ground” by the band Grandaddy. The video was created using an Apple ][+.

September 22nd, 2005

Rich Dreher’s CFFA card nearing 4th production run

Rich Dreher confirmed for A2Central that he has enough interested people signed up to proceed with a 4th production run of his popular CFFA Card. Rich is shooting for a December 2005 availability timeframe.The CFFA is an IDE interface that is primarily used to interface a compact flash module or Microdrive to the Apple II, which can then use it as a nearly instant-on hard drive.

This production run will probably be a v2.0 card. While it will be very similar to the previous version, Rich is busy integrating fixes and improvements that will make it even more flexible. Thanks Rich!

September 20th, 2005

Michael Mahon releases standalone version of RT.SYNTH

Practically everyone in the Apple II community knows about Michael Mahon’s NadaNet and Applecrate Projects. Now he’s released RT.SYNTH, the Real-Time Single-Voice Music Synthesizer. Michael’s announcement follows:

After getting the 8-voice CrateSynth working, it became clear that running only on an AppleCrate severely limited its potential users.

So I’ve developed RT.SYNTH, a real-time single-voice music synthesizer for stand-alone Apple II machines. (Actually, it is for Apple //e’s and later, since it requires the “Any Key Down” keyboard sensing capability to sense the amount of time a note is played.)

It allows the user to select from up to 8 instrument voices, which can be played directly from the Apple keyboard. It is also possible to record and play back performances, and recorded performances can be saved to disk and reloaded.

I’ve included ten voices on the disk, and a program for configuring the set of voices available in RT.SYNTH.

If you’re curious about music synthesis on 8-bit Apples, download it and check it out!

September 20th, 2005

SDDApple 0.06 released

SDDApple 0.06 is an Apple II Plus emulator written using Simple DirectMedia Layer (SDL).According to the author, SDDApple at this time is very limited. The disk routines are only working properly for NIB images so you may want to crack out that old copy of em2emu. Like apl2em, the emulator expects its disk images to be disk6a.dsk and disk6b.dsk.

The emulation is of an Apple ][+ with 64K RAM. Seems to crash upon accessing a nonexistant disk. The disk code needs some major reworking.

Hi-res graphics are black and white. But it works. Still, there’s a reason for the low version number – try it at your own risk.

September 17th, 2005

Rumors that Washington Apple Pi is ditching Apple II, /// false

A2Central.com has received word from Washington Apple Pi that the rumors that have been going around that they are ditching their Apple II and Apple /// support are false. They are simply clearing out a room full of donated equipment and software they no longer have room for. Their support for the Apple II and Apple /// continues.

September 15th, 2005

September issue of The Lamp! posted

Lyle Syverson has posted the September, 2005 issue of The Lamp!, the monthly newsletter covering the most interesting articles from the Syndicomm Apple II forum.

September 14th, 2005

Washington Apple Pi user group downsizing inventory

WAP is having to downsize its inventory to reduce the amount of storage space needed. If you’d like to rescue some of this stuff before it goes into a dumpster, read on.I went through the boxes tonight and it is literally quite a
haul–there are about forty (40) copier-paper boxes of Apple II
software, hardware and manuals.

Many of the software titles and hardware cards are with the manuals in
the original box. Several copier-paper boxes are full of Apple II
cards including Super Serial Cards, parallel printer cards (Orange
Micro and others), sound cards (Echo), mouse cards and memory cards as
well as some SCSI and TransWarp cards. There were also some unsual
hardware items, like a kit with a card and interface board to allow an
Apple II to interface to general hardware devices like servos. I
recommend going tomorrow (Thursday) for best selection because the SCSI
and TransWarp cards will go fast.

The storage area will be open for access tomorrow, Thursday, from
around noon until 6:00 PM and again on Saturday morning from 9:00 AM
until we’re done loading boxes of stuff for transport to the recycling
center. Feel free to call the office (301-984-0300) and confirm that
WAP is definitely open before driving there if you wish.

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