December 30th, 2005

AppleWin emulator version released

Version of the popular AppleWin Apple II emulator for Windows has been released.The new version has numerous improvements.

  • Fixed support for the Apple ][+ ROM (the IRQ vector was pointing to the wrong place).
  • Added three new command-line switches that allow you to select full screen mode and to mount disk images in drives.
  • Extended the 6502 debugger with new commands to select memory windows, display zero-page memory, and perform extended memory dumps to dump SY6522/AY8910 registers.
  • Added support for ACME symbol files.
  • Now emulates the Applied Engineering Phasor sound card. It defaults to Mockingboard mode, and can be used in slot 4 or 5.
  • The display now updates at approximately 60 Hz instead of 20 Hz.
  • Emulation is now broken into one millisecond units instead of into video frame time units.
  • The CPU emulator is now internal, instead of being in a DLL. The DLLs are going to be phased out.
December 20th, 2005

Woz on This Week in Tech

This Week in Tech (also known as TWiT), a weekly podcast on technology in a roundtable format, has a special guest this week: Steve Wozniak, inventor of the Apple-1 and Apple II computers and co-founder of Apple Computer, Inc.

December 15th, 2005

December issue of The Lamp! posted

The December, 2005 issue of Lyle Syverson’s long-running monthly newsletter is ready for viewing. The Lamp! summarizes interesting content from the Apple II Forum.

December 13th, 2005

P84Ever and Applelet: two Apple II Java emulators

P84Ever is an Apple II emulator written in Java and available as both an applet and a MIDlet for mobile phones. You can try out Mario Bros. or Snake right from the author’s web page.

Steven Hugg’s Applelet is not available in compiled form, but you can download the source code from his site.

December 13th, 2005

8BitBaby prototyping port ships

The 8BitBaby prototyping board, which has slot edge connectors for the Apple II, as well as for the Commodore 64, VIC-20, and C-16, C-116, and Plus-4 computers. The card costs just 7.90 Euro, which at the time of this announcement was about USD $9.40.

December 11th, 2005

CiderPress v2.3.1 disk image utility released

Andy McFadden has updated his excellent Windows Apple II disk image and file utility, CiderPress, to version 2.3.1. The new version supports importing Applesoft BASIC programs from text files, resulting in a “BAS” file. Also, the File menu now has a Reopen command, to tell CiderPress to detect changes to a disk image caued by other software.In addition, three bugs have been fixed. An assertion failure when trying to display damaged BASIC programs as text has been fixed. The “overwrite all/none” behavior while extracting files has also been corrected. And filename handling issues while pasting files with certain characteristics have been repaired as well.

December 10th, 2005

Syndicomm reduces price of ORCA/M assembler

The Syndicomm Online Store has reduced the price of the ORCA/M assembler for the Apple IIgs to US $35. Syndicomm has run out of the original bound manuals and is now selling reformatted copies printed on 8.5″x11″ three-hole-punched paper.

December 6th, 2005

November issue of Apple II News and Notes posted

Howard Katz has released, a little late due to some communication problems, the November issue of Apple II News & Notes, the freely-redistributable monthly newsletter covering the news of the Apple II world.

December 5th, 2005

Princeton Apple Users Group to meet on December 9th

Join PAUG on Friday, December 9th, at the usual time in Dave Ciotti’s basement for the final meeting of the year! As is the tradition, the meeting will include a holiday party, so please bring along a cake or cookie dish to share with the members. Dave will supply soda, coffee, and apple cider. A number of Mac demos are planned, including Apple’s new Photo Booth program, Imaginator, Teleport, and ExhibitionX, but Apple II users are always welcome!