February 20th, 2007

Andy McFadden updates Ciderpress v2.4.6, NufxLib/NuLib2 v2.2.0

Andy McFadden’s must-have CiderPress for Windows has just been updated to v2.4.6 which includes a few minor enhancements (see site for details).

Andy has also announced a minor update to NufxLib/NuLib2, the command-line utility that provides access to ShrinkIt archives, from Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and other operating systems.

February 15th, 2007

Dave Schmenk’s “Escape From the Homebrew Computer Club”

Dave Schmenk has posted an interesting new 3D maze adventure game for the Apple II called “Homebrew 3D” or “Escape From the Homebrew Computer Club”. You can get the zipped DSK image here. See the rest of the story for Dave’s announcement, screenshots and system requirements.

UPDATE: The game has been updated to 1.1, story links updated.

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February 15th, 2007

February 2007 edition of The Lamp! available

Lyle Syverson has published the February 2007 edition of The Lamp!, a monthly collection of postings and news from A2Central’s message areas. Our FTP server contains text, Appleworks and Hypercard versions of The Lamp! for your convenience.

February 12th, 2007

Virtual ][ for Mac OS X updated to version 5.7

Gerard Putter has updated his awesome OS X 8-bit Apple II emulator, Virtual ][, to version 5.7.

What’s new in version 5.7

  • Added a “search all disk images” feature to the program that presents all disk images found on the system, and allows fast searching for an Apple II file.
  • The emulated diskette drives now allow inserting a diskette image in gzipped form.
  • The Spotlight search module now also scans gzipped diskettes.
  • Solved an issue that caused the emulated game paddle button #1 to “stick” when controlled with the right mouse button or the alt key.
  • The previous version (5.6) had introduced a problem with USB game pads on Intel Macs. This issue has been solved.
  • Solved an issue that prevented the use of reset (ctrl-F12) in full-screen mode.
  • Solved a ProDOS compatibility issue concerning the Thunderclock card.
  • Solved an issue that could cause the Inspector to show a wrong memory bank in the slot 3 memory space on an Apple //e.
February 9th, 2007

Juiced.GS looking for writers

Juiced.GS, the only Apple II publication still in print, is looking for writers to contribute one or more articles to its quarterly journal. We have more articles to publish than we have time or people to write them all. If you’ve ever wanted an opportunity to contribute to the Apple II community, consider writing for Juiced.GS!

We’re open to any and all suggestions for topics. We additionally have many articles that have already been requested to be written, as listed below. Many are programming-oriented; others call for critique of software, hardware, or literature; people willing to conduct interviews are also welcome.

If you can knowledgably write on any one of these or other areas, please drop a line to Editor-in-Chief Ken Gagne at kgagne@juiced.gs

  • An insider’s perspective on the development of a specific piece of software you have written
  • Porting software to the Apple II: an overview
  • A TCP/IP programming primer
  • Serial interfacing: getting today’s peripherals working with yesterday’s computer
  • A guide to user interface design
  • Introduction to the Monitor (not the display device)
  • How to transfer files to and from an Apple II and other computers
  • Historical look at Apple II publications
  • Historical look at Apple II online services
  • HyperCard: Apple IIgs software bargain of the century
  • A disk image primer
  • A walkthrough of building a Replica 1
  • A review of the final Apple-1 product
  • A review of the book Back to the Garage
  • An interview with an Apple-1 luminary, Apple Computer Inc. former employee, or any number of other notable figures
  • Any other article you think would be interesting to read or write!

[Note: strikethroughs indicate articles that have been written since this news post was first published. Thank you for the contributions!]

February 4th, 2007

A2Unplugged show #0008 released

Ryan Suenaga presents A2Unplugged, show #0008. In this podcast, Ryan, Eric “Sheppy” Shepherd and Ken Gagne (Editor-in-Chief of Juiced.GS Magazine) get together to recap 2006 in the Apple II community, and make their predictions for 2007. Tune in and get unplugged.