November 26th, 2012

Apple-1 sells for € 500,000

The Apple-1 to most recently hit the auction block went for a record € 500,000 (nearly $650,000 USD).  Read all about it here.

 (HT: Mike Willegal)

November 19th, 2012

Brutal Deluxe Software releases Window Capture

*Paris, Nov. 19, 2012*

Brutal Deluxe Software releases WindowCapture. It is a utility focused on screen capture. It has been designed to help in Graphic Resources catching (backgrounds, sprites, animations, palettes…) from games running under emulators.

Unlike Windows native Screenshot functionality (PrintScreen key), WindowCapture captures only the content of a window (not the whole screen) and save the results as image files on disk (file name is auto incremented). No need to enter a graphic program anymore to paste and save.

WindowCapture can grab only a small area of the window (remove unwanted borders). Based on the number of colors available in the picture, it will save the image as GIF (256 or less) or BMP (True Colors).

WindowCapture can take One Shot or Record the screen and take pictures on a regular timing (up to 100 pictures / second). This latest feature is useful to get all the sprites used for an character animation.

WindowCapture is part of the Brutal Deluxe’s Cross Developpement Tools Project, a full set of utilities available on Windows (and other) platforms to enable the creation of new Apple IIgs software: 65c816 Assembler, 65c816 Disassembler, 65c816 Simulator, Graphic File Converter, Resource Catcher…

WindowCapture is Windows only and can be found at http://www.brutaldeluxe.fr/products/crossdevtools/windowcapture/

Antoine Vignau & Olivier Zardini
Brutal Deluxe Software
http://www.brutaldeluxe.fr/

November 13th, 2012

What might have been: a trip through the Eamon IIGS tech demo

In September, the Eamon Adventurer’s Guild Online blog took a look at Whit Crowley’s attempt to port Eamon to the Apple IIGS using HyperCard.  The project was ultimately abandoned, as was Darrel Raines’ non-HyperCard porting effort, for which he produced a “tech demo” of what he envisioned for the final product.  Today, the EAGO blog gives us a trip through that demo.

November 12th, 2012

Open Apple podcast #21 (November 2012) now available

This month on Open Apple, Mike Maginnis invites guest co-host Geoff Weiss to discuss Spectrum Internet Suite and debut some new Classic Desk Accessories for the IIGS, based on his KansasFest 2012 presentation. Mike and Geoff review recent Apple II news, such as Brutal Deluxe’s latest software offering, a missing time capsule, a visit to the Russian Apple Museum in Moscow, and Woz’s Ask Me Anything on Slashdot, as well as Apple II-related movie and TV items.

Find the show at the Open Apple Web site or in the iTunes and Zune podcast directories.

November 8th, 2012

Eamon #255 announced

An announcement has been made over at the Eamon Adventurer’s Guild Online blog regarding Eamon Adventure #255: Tenement of the Damned:

I’m very happy to announce that Eamon #255 “Tenement of the Damned” has been completed.  Frank Black was able to recover the entirety of the French program and I, in turn, translated it into English using the 6.2 Dungeon Designer Diskette. (“Maudit” is Version 6 and I felt that the English version ought to approximate the French experience as much as possible.) Finally, a menu was put in giving players the option of playing the game in either French or in English.

An official disk image is being prepared and will be made available for download “soon” and a lengthy review is planned for an upcoming issue of the Eamon Deluxe Newsletter.  In the meantime, you can stop by the Guild blog and read all about it.

 

November 7th, 2012

Karateka remake official trailer

Jordan Mechner’s Karateka, first released for the Apple II back in 1985, has been rebooted. The revamped game adds new characters and combat actions while maintaining much of the original’s premise. Fun trivia fact: the original Apple II gear in the video was provided by Apple II guru Tony Diaz.




Currently available for the XBox 360, versions for PS3, PC (via Steam) and iOS (Apple App Store) are to be released soon. No word on a OS X version. Apparently a OS X version will also be released. Sweet.

NEW! Secret extended director’s cut version, with more Apple II. ALWAYS PUNCH THE HAWK!



November 7th, 2012

KansasFest 2013 announced, 25th year celebration

Apple II Forever! Mark your calendars and plan to attend KansasFest 2013, July 23-28, 2013 at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri. This will be the event’s 25th annual meeting and the largest gathering of Apple II fanatics in one place from all over the world. It’s sure to be a party and an experience no one will forget. Be there, or regret it forever.

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