Breakfast started a half hour late today, at 8 AM. It wasn’t particularly good, but it got the job done. Then we had a bit of a break until Syndicomm demonstrated some software at 9:15 (more like 9:30 really).Syndicomm’s demo consisted of showing off its new Mac OS X word processor for kids, OK-Writer, as well as a work-in-progress version of Shrink II 2.0 for Mac OS X, which provides the ability to manipulate ShrinkIt files on the Mac. No release date was announced.

Syndicomm also demonstrated a few interesting features of Mac OS X, including the popular GarageBand application.

After another break, Hans Franke presented information about the newly redone design of the AnyCard USB/VGA/Memory card for the Apple II series of computers. Blank cards were received this week, and the first prototypes should be built within the next month. Cards will then be provided to select developers that have volunteered to help with driver design. We’ll have a feature article about the new AnyCard soon.

This fascinating presentation was followed by lunch and the HackFest judging, then by the awarding of the HackFest prizes, which is covered in a separate story.

The vendor fair and swap meet followed, with Apple II developers and users selling their wares.

The last official event of KansasFest is the Saturday night dinner at K.C. Masterpiece. In an interesting change from past years, the group was put into a private banquet room at one long table, which certainly added something new to the experience. The food was very tasty, as usual.

As I write this, a large group has just left to head out to a late meal at Denny’s. As for me, the long, sleepless nights have caught up with me and I’m going to attempt to rest before hopping on a plane tomorrow to head home, and back to my normal life.

KansasFest was a blast, as usual, with fun and weird activities interspersed among genuinely useful and educational presentations.

Syndicomm will be making DVDs of sessions and other KansasFest events available later this summer. Nearly 30 hours of video were captured on tape; as soon as we can edit that down into something palatable, we’ll let you know!.