January 3rd, 2018

Virtual ][ v8.0 goes 64-bit

Thanks to a message posted by David Finnigan on comp.emulators.apple2, please note that Gerard Putter has just released v8.0 of his Apple II emulator for Mac OS.

 

For more information, please visit virtualii.com
 

This version contains extensive behind-the-scenes updates and rewrites to remain compatible with new versions of macOS, forming a basis for further future development.
For example, the application was still 32-bit; as of this release it is a 64-bit app, making it compatible with modern Mac APIs, improved memory management, etc.

Although I tested the app thoroughly, I might have inadvertently introduced new bugs due to the extensive changes. If you find any, let me know.

Furthermore:

  • A disk image file can now be double-clicked in the Finder to start a virtual machine with that disk inserted.
  • Added the feature to speak the text on the Apple II screen, using the Mac voice synthesizer.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause a new virtual machine window to appear with a very small size.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the Inspector’s disassembly to show empty lines when scrolled.
  • Rewrote the “movie making” feature to use the AVFoundation framework. When running macOS 10.13 (High Sierra) or later, the movie is written using the HEVC codec. Older system use the H264 codec.
  • Clarified the section in the Help file on game controller setup.
  • Removed the option to select a folder where the ROM files are located. This feature often caused confusion, and led to some tricky problems. You can however still select a specific ROM file for a virtual machine. If you don’t specify such a file, the app will search for a matching ROM file in one of the standard locations.
  • The app now submits crashes or similar app issues to the developer. These reports are fully anonymous, and help improving the app. If you wish you can disable it in the application preferences.
December 24th, 2017

Open Apple #75 (October 2017) – Seth Sternberger, Class Apples, GS Graphics

We’re baaaack! Sorry for the unscheduled hiatus folks, but your intrepid hosts had some family matters to attend to. This month on Open Apple, we sit down with Seth Steinberger of 8-bit Weapon. We talk about their new album Class Apples, which was made entirely on an Apple II. Yes, every sound on the album is generated by real Apple II hardware with no add-on cards. Apple IIs can make good sound with the right software and in the hands of a talented musician.

After the amazement of Class Apples wears off, we get into Seth’s background with Apple IIs, how he got interested in electronic music, how 8-bit Weapon came to be, and where they’re headed next. We touch a little bit on his work as the main artist on the upcoming RPG Lawless Legends, and Seth explains how much better keyboards are as compared to proms. Furthermore, we all agree that the primary value of the internet is to find pictures of Devo. Michelle wasn’t able to be on the show, but you won’t want to miss the story of how she got to work with Mark Mothersbaugh.

Mike and Quinn then get into augmented reality, alternative operating systems, and of course Richard Garriot. Can’t have an Apple II show without mentioning Richard Garriot. Stay tuned to hear about accelerator control, new magazines, and making your own memory cards.

Lastly, Quinn goes deep on how to program fast graphics on the notoriously “crippled” Apple IIgs. Yes, you can do big beautiful sprites at high frame rates. Learn all about the deep dark secrets that the best games and demos used.

Help keep the Garage Giveaway running at KansasFest! Donate here to keep it a thing. It’s one of the greatest services the Apple II community has, and we’re going to lose it this year if we don’t get donations.

December 23rd, 2017

Juiced.GS Volume 22, Issue 4 now available

Juiced.GS Volume 22, Issue 4 (Dec 2017)Volume 22, Issue 4 (Dec 2017) of Juiced.GS, the longest-running Apple II publication in print, has now shipped.

This issue features reviews of a2heaven’s FASTChip //e accelerator card, the Game Port Interface Board, and the book Break Out; tutorials for expanding Applesoft BASIC by creating your own ampersand commands, and for activating the Apple III’s "Satan Mode"; a look at how Kelvin Sherlock ported the ProLine BBS software to a cloud-based telnet service; and much, much more!

This is Juiced.GS‘s fourth quarterly issue of 2017, its twenty-second year in print. The complete 2017 volume is now available as a bundle for only $16. Subscriptions for 2018 are now being accepted and are $19 each for United States customers, $24 for readers in Canada and Mexico, and $27 for international customers.

December 13th, 2017

Oz KFest 2017 Recap

From the europlus zone:

As I’ve previously alluded to, there was an Oz KFest this year, held on Bribie Island, which is an hour’s drive north of Brisbane, Queensland. I didn’t spend the time blogging from the event as I had originally intended to (those following my Retrochallenge entries will know where my intentions sometimes end up), so rather than a series of shorter blog posts, this will be a long post covering the whole event.

Read the full recap here.

December 12th, 2017

Andy McFadden releases CiderPress v4.0.3

Andy McFadden announced today, on comp.sys.apple2, the release of version 4.0.3 of CiderPress, his (more than) disk image utility for Windows.

If you want to know more about the update, click the second link!

 

CiderPress v4.0.3 has been released.  This is functionally the same as v4.0.3-a3, but with the version number changed to make it “official”.

http://a2ciderpress.com/

https://github.com/fadden/ciderpress/releases/tag/v4.0.3

October 28th, 2017

WOzFest 8-bit Announced for 18 November 2017

From the europlus zone blog:

I’m very happy to finally announce the date for the next WOzFest, WOzFest 8-bit – Saturday 18 November 2017, starting around midday Sydney time (UTC+11:00).

The theme for WOzFest Slot 7: Your Card was the Apple IIgs, Apple’s only non-8-bit Apple ][. It therefore seemed appropriate to set the theme for WOzFest 8-bit to all the other Apple ][s (which were 8-bit)…and the Apple-1, Apple /// and Apple ///+.

Further details on the announcement post, and updates will be posted under the europlus blog’s WOzFest tag.

October 10th, 2017

Orca/C, Linker & library source released on GitHub

Mike Westerfield of The Byte Works recently announced on the Facebook Apple II Enthusiasts group that he had made the source code to Orca/C, the Linker and the OrcaLib library available on GitHub.

Mike retains copyright of the code and rights to distribution, but is making it available on GitHub to accept contributions of fixes from the community.

September 23rd, 2017

Juiced.GS Volume 22, Issue 3 now available

Juiced.GS Volume 22, Issue 3 (Sep 2017)Volume 22, Issue 3 (Sep 2017) of Juiced.GS, the longest-running Apple II publication in print, has now shipped.

This issue features Charles Mangin’s coverage of KansasFest 2017; an interview with Sean Fahey of the Garage Giveaway; an overview of ampersand programming packages for Applesoft BASIC; reviews of Alien Downpour and Cyber Jack; a behind-the-scenes look at Fujirun, Rob McMullen’s winning HackFest entry; and much, much more!

This is Juiced.GS‘s third quarterly issue of 2017, its twenty-second year in print. Subscriptions for 2017 and 2018 are available at $19 each for United States customers, $24 for readers in Canada and Mexico, and $27 for international customers.

September 19th, 2017

Nox Archaist Kickstarter is Live!

6502 Workshop announced today that their Kickstarter Campaign for Nox Archaist has been launched!

Nox Archaist’s Kickstarter Collector’s Edition recaptures the immersive 8-bit RPG experience of the 1980s with its full color game box stuffed with feelies including fabric map, printed manual, and game artifacts – all with custom, professional artwork.

Listen to this episode of the Open Apple podcast, or watch this Assembly Lines video interview on YouTube to learn more and click here to back Nox Archaist today and help make this project a reality!

September 19th, 2017

Open Apple #74 (September 2017) – Mark Lemmert, Nox Archaist Kickstarter, Fake Quinn, and Softalk #5

This month on Open Apple, the part of Quinn Dunki is played by RCR Podcast co-host Carrington “Fake Quinn” Vanston. A post-KansasFest Mark Lemmert of 6502 Workshop returns to the show to promote the new Nox Archaist Kickstarter. You should contribute because it’s awesome to support those still developing for the Apple II and not just because you get cool stuff when you do (though that’s a thing that happens too!).

There’s lots of news to cover and Carrington has opinions on all of it. Only on Open Apple can you hear him trash clones, accelerators, ProDOS, retro BBSes, and a random assortment of other topics! Fun for the whole family! We also chat about Apple II music and there’s general confusion about Australian Apple II conferences (when is there not on Open Apple?)

eBay isn’t talked about (because we don’t talk about eBay) and we deconstruct Softalk #5.

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