August 30th, 2008

AppleCommander now available

John Matthews has posted a new release candidate of AppleCommander, the Apple II disk image utility written in Java. Several new features and bug fixes have been announced:

  • Handle multiple disks on command-line for -i, -ls, -l, -ll.
  • Added lock, unlock and volume rename options.
  • Fixed broken links in web site; added guide to release candidate.
  • Fixed a bug in which 2IMG disks with optional comments were being misread.
  • Fixed a bug in which DosFormatDisk.getFiles() was iterating tracks instead of sectors.
  • Fix a bug in which file and volume names were truncated.
  • Added MS DOS script example to command line guide.

You can download the current release candidate, at:

You can check out the latest sources from CVS, at:

For more information, visit the AppleCommander home page on SourceForge.

August 30th, 2008

ADTPro 1.1.0 released

David Schmidt announced the release of ADTPro 1.1.0 today on comp.sys.apple2.

New functionality:

  • [Client] Client software comes on a combined “dual boot” ProDOS/SOS disk for both Apple II and Apple /// computers
  • [Client] Formatter now recognizes ProFile drives

Bug fixes:

  • [Client] Reorganized the entire client code base in order to single-source ProDOS and SOS versions – probably leading to several new bugs in the ProDOS client
  • [Client] Fixed formatter volume name input routine to correctly handle special characters
  • [Client] Fixed a fiddly problem with the IIgs and Uthernet where hitting a key while waiting for a response from the host would make it ignore the esc key from then on
  • [Client] Shortened UDP timeout for waiting for packet responses so things don’t appear to “hang” when a response isn’t received
  • [Client] Re-integrated Bird’s Better Bye (which was inexplicably removed) for our Apple II and II+ friends
  • [Server] Improved batch logic for cleaning up after aborted image transfers
August 27th, 2008

Diversi-Dial communities are still out there

Back in 01/07, we posted a story about Late Night BBS, a telnet-accessible Diversi-Dial system running on a Apple //e. Sadly, we’ve learned that Late Night BBS is no longer online.

Adam wrote in to let us know that Diversi-Dial lives on (in emulation at least), on two systems. Check out Adam’s Cult of the Old School site. CotOS is dedicated to pre-web technology, old and new BBS systems and other telcommunications mediums. On the CotOS site, there is a Diversi-Dial section, which lists a couple of active DDial systems.

Check out Savage Frontier (DDial #28) and DigitalDial (DDial #100). Both of these systems are running on emulated Apple II+ systems hosted on Linux. I logged on to the DigitalDial board and was immediately greeted and offered a pass on the system. If you’ve never used a DDial before (it had been 20+ years for me), connect to the system and hit return to get in as a guest. Use /? to see the available commands.

August 25th, 2008

AppleWin 1.15.0 Beta available UPDATED

Tom Charlesworth has announced on comp.emulators.apple2 that AppleWin 1.15.0 Beta is now available for testing. This build provides beta support for a CP/M SoftCard in slot 5. You can download it here.

UPDATE: AppleWin has been announced.

August 25th, 2008

ByteCellar: Abaton Transform

Blake has a post on ByteCellar about the Abaton Transform, an interface card with a secret, that promised to translate Apple II software so that it would run on the Macintosh. Did it work? Apparently so.

August 18th, 2008

KansasFest 2009 announced, celebrating 20th year

KansasFest 2009 has been scheduled for Tuesday, July 21st through Sunday, July 26th 2009 and will once again be held at Rockhurst University, Kansas City Missouri. This will mark the 20th year for the largest annual gathering of Apple II enthusiasts in the world so plan on joining us, and compute like it’s 1979 (or 1989 if you’re an Apple IIGS user).

August 13th, 2008

Damn Technology assembles, tests component video adapter for IIGS

Our Australian friends are experiencing (albeit more seriously) the same shortage of decent RGB monitors as we are and have been busy looking into alternatives. John Co wrote in to share his latest project using a low cost, DIY component video adapter published in Silicon Chip Magazine. John’s blog post has before and after pictures, and they look pretty good. I’d like to see more… as in, I want one of these boxes hooked up to my TV right now for additional testing.

August 11th, 2008

Apple II Quickies (08-11-08) Happy Birthday Woz!

Jeff Blakeney wanted to make sure everyone knew that episodes 112 and 113 of Earl Evans’ RetroBits Podcast are focused on the Apple II Plus and IIe. We love it when Earl gives our Apple II some love. Steve Weyhrich told us about this whimsical print available on t-shirt, from Oh, and let’s not forget… today is Steve Wozniak’s Birthday. Happy Birthday Woz!

August 11th, 2008

ADTPro now native on Apple ///

David Schmidt announced via comp.sys.apple2 that ADTPro is now running natively on the Apple /// sans a few glitches he is requesting help with. Check out David’s post (attached) and help out if you can.

David deserves a lot of kudos for making ADTPro easy to use, and especially for bringing people (new and old) into the Apple II community. I can’t tell you how many e-mails we’ve received at A2Central, from people who are looking for a boot disk. They’ve either lost their diskettes in a move, or the disks have gone bad. Sometimes it’s a curious hacker picking up an Apple II at a garage sale. ADTPro makes creating a needed boot disk hassle free.

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August 11th, 2008

A.P.P.L.E. founder Val J. Golding (1931-2008)

Bill Martens wrote in with the sad news that A.P.P.L.E. founder and Apple II pioneer Val J. Golding has passed away. Our condolences go out to his family and friends.

For those of you who knew Val J. Golding, the founder of A.P.P.L.E., it is with great sadness that I must announce his passing. He died of complications from cancer this past month. Val was 77 years old. He will be missed by many in the computing world, the educational world, and the railroad community. He touched many lives and was a wonderful resource of information and a great french horn musician.

A.P.P.L.E. will be releasing an issue of Call-A.P.P.L.E. this coming week dedicated to Val and his legacy. Anyone who knew him or worked with him is welcome to send messages to the webmaster at callapple dot org or to me. We will print as many of them as we can in the issue.

Val J. Golding, on behalf of a grateful community of Apple users, we thank you. Rest in peace.

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