February 25th, 2021

Direct Connect PostScript Printer Driver

Hugh Hood on comp.sys.apple2:

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Direct Connect PostScript Printer Driver
– For the Apple IIgs running GS/OS –
Official Release – February, 2021
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Direct Connect PostScript Printer Driver – What is It?
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The Direct Connect PostScript Printer Driver [DCPPD] is a moderately
patched version of Apple’s GS/OS System 6.0.1 LaserWriter Printer Driver
that allows a user of Apple IIgs GS/OS Desktop software to print
directly to any PostScript-capable printer, and unlike Apple’s Driver,
requires NONE of the following:

(i) that the IIgs have AppleTalk networking installed and enabled;

(ii) that the PostScript-capable printer understand the AppleTalk
protocol;

(iii) that the PostScript-capable printer have an AppleTalk /
EtherTalk speaking networking port and be attached to an
AppleTalk network that is connected to the LocalTalk port
on the IIgs;

(iv) that the PostScript-capable printer be recognized and selected
in the Net Printer Control Panel; and,

(v) that the connection path between the IIgs and the printer
support bi-directional communications.

A PostScript printer can now be connected to the Apple IIgs via either
built-in serial port (Printer or Modem), via a parallel printer card, or
via an Uthernet TCP/IP card. The latter is important because while not
many modern printers still include a serial or parallel interface,
almost all modern network printers have an Ethernet TCP/IP connection.

In addition, the patches include changes to the generated PostScript
code to provide better compatibility with Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3
PostScript printers, with printers utilizing automatic emulation
switching (e.g. receiving and discriminating between both PostScript and
PCL jobs), and with printers from manufacturers other than Apple, whose
variant or emulation of the PostScript language may differ from Apple’s.

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For complete details, including full documentation and screen shots of
the Direct Connect PostScript Printer Driver in operation please visit:

<http://www.apple2works.com/directconnectpostscriptdriver>

January 11th, 2021

WOzFest 18 Announcement

From the europlus zone blog:

I’m very happy to announce the date for the next WOzFest: WOzFest 18 will be held on Saturday 20 March 2021, starting at midday Sydney time (UTC+11:00).

The theme for WOzFest 18 is “Community Service” – I’m asking attendees to bring something to upload to the Internet, to update an online resource, to do some Applesauce imaging on the night, to do some scanning, to interview a luminary via Skype…anything which contributes back to the retrocomputing community (it doesn’t even have to be Apple ][-related!). These services would need to be performed during WOzFest 18.

Many WOzFest attendees already do these things, both outside of and during WOzFests – I just think it would be nice to have that as a theme of a specific WOzFest, and that everyone find some way to participate.

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

December 24th, 2020

Juiced.GS Volume 25, Issue 4 (#100) now available

Juiced.GS Volume 25, Issue 4 (December 2020)Volume 25, Issue 4 (December 2020) of Juiced.GS, the longest-running Apple II publication in print, has now shipped.

This is Juiced.GS‘s 100th issue, with a whopping 28 pages of awesome articles! Read Ivan Drucker’s reviews of 14 different Apple II emulators; Evan Koblentz’s tutorial for connecting the Apple II to LEGO bricks; a guide for streaming from your Apple II to Twitch.tv and an interview with popular streamer LadyAiluros; another interview with Lee Fastenau, who’s porting Tetris from the Game Boy to the Apple II; a celebration of the podcast Eaten By A Grue‘s completion of its original mission; a look behind the scenes of Kay Savetz’s Apple II Twitter bot; a reflection on 25 years of Juiced.GS; original cover art by Krishna Sadasivam of PC Weenies — and much, much more!

This is Juiced.GS‘s fourth quarterly issue of 2020, its twenty-fifth year in print. Subscriptions for 2021 are available for $20 each for United States customers, $25 for readers in Canada and Mexico, and $28 for international customers.

December 12th, 2020

Nox Archaist has officially been released!

The 6502 Workshop team is pleased to announce that Nox Archaist has been released!

Now Archaist Group Small

Journey back in time to the 1980s and experience an adventure inspired by classics like Ultima and Bard’s Tale.

Lord British himself has traveled to Vali, the world of Nox Archaist, to help thee on thy quest.

Game Trailer

6502 Workshop would love to put a collector’s edition box in your hands, featuring cover art by Denis Loubet, or set you up with the Digital Edition. Click here to order!

December 12th, 2020

R.I.P. S.I.S – Long live Webber

Webber is a powerful web browser for the IIgs, that lets you surf the web and download files. Webber requires Marinetti to be installed.
Webber is the successor to the now discontinued SIS. It uses the same interface as SIS, but there the similarity ends. Unlike SIS, Webber is a stand-alone application, compatible with System 6.0.1 through 6.0.4, and can download any web page that is accessible from an http:// connection. It does not handle https:// secure connections, scripts, or style sheets.
Check out what Webber can do for you:
  • View web pages
  • Send the results of interactive Forms
  • Download linked files
  • Load and display HTML files from disk
  • Keeps up to 256 Cached pages in a navigation Stack
  • Editable History list
  • Bookmarks
  • Keep & View optional transcript Logs
  • Supports Proxy connections
  • Supports password protected web pages
  • Print pages

 

Originally intended to be released for KFest as an example of what you can now do with the updated HTMLTool, for a number of reasons, it just was not ready to be released then. I thererfore spent a great deal more time with it, and it has now been expanded into a full featured web browser, which I hope will be a worthy successor to Geoff’s S.I.S.

Unlike S.I.S, Webber is a stand-alone application, and will run on Systems 6.0.1 through 6.0.4.
Take a look for yourselves at:  https://speccie.uk/software/webber/
My thanks go to Chris Vavruska, and Antoine Vignau, for their extensive help in getting Webber into being. Just don’t tell Antoine about the mess Google makes of French accents… :-)
November 15th, 2020

Another MMXLVIII game for the Apple II

Ikigai Software presents 2048 for the Apple II with DHGR features. Written by Eric Donadieu, the full game, manual, and disk label can be found at https://www.ericdonadieu.fr/2048/

 

2048 by Eric Donadieu

September 24th, 2020

Juiced.GS Volume 25, Issue 3 now available

Juiced.GS Volume 25, Issue 3 (September 2020)Volume 25, Issue 3 (September 2020) of Juiced.GS, the longest-running Apple II publication in print, has now shipped.

This issue features coverage of KansasFest 2020; an interview with the KansasFest committee about how they transitioned this storied event to an online format; a behind-the-scenes look at the winning HackFest 2020 entry; an introduction to using modern 3D printers to print Apple II parts; an interview with Michael Carasik of Davka Software; and much, much more!

This is Juiced.GS‘s third quarterly issue of 2020, its twenty-fifth year in print. Subscriptions for 2021 are available for $20 each for United States customers, $25 for readers in Canada and Mexico, and $28 for international customers.

September 16th, 2020

WOzFest 17 Oct/QFest 17 Announcement

From the europlus zone blog:

I’m very happy to announce the date for the next WOzFest: WOzFest 17 Oct will be held on Saturday 17 October 2020, starting at midday Sydney time (UTC+11:00). An easy date to remember! And Steve in Brisbane has confirmed QFest 17 will be held at the same time – double the Apple ][ goodness!

The theme for WOzFest 17 Oct is, as it was for WOzFest SWEET16, “Community” – having supportive communities is important at the best of times, but especially so at the moment, so I’ve decided to extend the theme to cover WOzFest 17 Oct. The camaraderie involved in events like WOzFest certainly help me feel lucky in these trying times. So come and join my community for a few hours, no matter where you are in the world.

As per recent WOzFests, WOzFest 17 Oct will be streamed on Twitch via WOzFest TV for the whole duration. I’ll be aiming to do some productive work to stream, and will have some Skype calls as well.

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

August 21st, 2020

emai//er email suite released for Apple //e with Uthernet II

Bobbi Manners has been hard at work over the last several months creating a suite of programs to send, receive and edit email on an enhanced Apple //e or Apple IIgs equipped with an Uthernet II.

emai//er 1.0 has been announced and includes programs to download, read, edit, and send emails including attachments. The suite takes advantage of RamWorks-style memory if available and can deal with messages and attachments of up to 16MB in size (the maximum ProDOS file size).

Bobbi has created a webpage to introduce her projects to the world including links to downloads and github for source code.

July 25th, 2020

Juiced.GS to publish in 2021; more back issues as PDFs

Juiced.GS logoJuiced.GS, the longest-running Apple II publication in print, is continuing its KansasFest tradition of announcing that Juiced.GS will continue publishing for another year! Subscribers can look forward to another four issues of exclusive news, reviews, interviews, and how-tos in 2021.

Existing subscriptions will automatically renew on January 1, 2021, at the same rates as this year: $20 in the United States, $25 in Canada & Mexico, and $28 everywhere else. Subscription status can be confirmed by logging into your account in the Juiced.GS online store.

Not yet a subscriber? Sign up for 2020 and be immediately be mailed this year’s issues; or choose to start a new subscription in 2021.

But wait — there’s more: for the first time ever, Juiced.GS has made volumes 11–20 available as PDFs! For over a decade, these forty issues from 2006–2015 have been available in hardcopy only. Now you can read 832 pages of Apple II content, with covers and interior photos all upgraded to full color, digitally for only $80 — that’s $2 per issue! Or get the print editions for $120, or both print and PDF for just $150. Individual volumes are also available as PDF — normally $12 per year, now on sale through July 31 for just $10 each.

Juiced.GS has also combined two previous bundles, the “Early Years” and “Middle Years”, into one streamlined collection of volumes 1–10. That’s yet another forty issues and 876 pages from 1996–2005 at the same prices: $80 for PDF, $120 for print, or $150 for both! Also for the first time ever, individual volumes 1–10 can be purchased as a print & PDF bundle for $20 each.

Sophistication & SimplicityIn case you missed it, Steve Weyhrich’s book, Sophistication & Simplicity: The Life and Times of the Apple II Computer, is on sale for another 48 hours. Get an autographed hardcover for just $10 — or, for the first time ever, download the ebook for $15.

And before you check out, add the completely free Esprit de Apple Corps to your cart! This two-disc collection contains tens of thousands of MOD music tracks, Apple II graphics and animations, games, utilities, and more. Download it today, or get it as two CDs for just $10.

Juiced.GS and its publisher, Gamebits, are excited to grow the ways and years in which it serves the Apple II community. Have any questions or suggestions? Drop them a line!

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