September 9th, 2006

Syndicomm to refocus on product development and sales

Syndicomm announced today, following A2Central.com’s announcement that it would be opening free Apple II related forums, that it will be closing the Syndicomm Online online service in order to focus its efforts on product development and sales for Apple II and Macintosh computers. The closure will take effect at midnight Eastern Standard Time on December 1, 2006.Customers that have business web site accounts with Syndicomm will be able to continue to have their sites hosted with Syndicomm.

Eric “Sheppy” Shepherd, the owner of Syndicomm, said, “With A2Central.com in Sean’s capable hands, I feel confident that he can pick up the banner of providing the ultimate online home for Apple II users. Since Syndicomm Online is almost all Apple II users anyway, I felt it was time to close the online service so my time could be better used elsewhere.”

Shepherd added, “The online service has been being supported by the sale of software products since its inception, while at the same time keeping me too busy to develop new products. I feel that my best purpose in the Apple II world is to develop software, and closing the Syndicomm Online service will allow me to spend more time doing just that.”

“Sheppy and I realized that the best way to serve the Apple II world was for A2Central.com to provide chat, message boards, and similar services, and to let Sheppy — that is, Syndicomm — write code,” Fahey said. “I look forward to continuing the legacy of support, comeraderie, and exchange of ideas and software that’s always been the legacy of the Apple II forums operated by Syndicomm.”

August 30th, 2006

Sweet16 1.7.2 Apple IIgs emulator for Mac OS X released

Eric Shepherd has released Sweet16 1.7.2, the latest version of the Apple IIgs emulator for Mac OS X. The new version fixes a bug that prevented writing to 5.25″ disk images, and lets you mount multiple disks at a time by dragging a number of images at once into the Disks window.

August 26th, 2006

Syndicomm carrying two Nibble products for limited time

Syndicomm has two Nibble Magazine products available for purchase in its online store for a limited time. The first, Nibble: The Full 12 1/2 Years is a DVD-ROM product containing scanned PDFs of every single issue of Nibble ever published. Nibble: 16 Volume Books Collection contains 16 themed Nibble books all on one CD-ROM.

August 26th, 2006

Syndicomm posts GS+ Volume 2 and 3 CDs on online store

Syndicomm has finally added The Definitive GS+: Volume Two and The Definitive GS+: Volume Three to its online store, after releasing both products at KansasFest. These two products contain the second and third years, respectively, of GS+ Magazine in painstakingly-reproduced, searchable, PDF format.

August 19th, 2006

Sweet16 emulator updated to version 1.7.1

Eric Shepherd tonight released version 1.7.1 of Sweet16, the recently-released Apple IIgs emulator for Mac OS X. The new feature includes a couple of modest new features and fixes a slough of bugs. A complete list of the fixes is available on the Sweet16 web page.

August 14th, 2006

Sweet16 version 1.7 released

Sweet16, the new Apple IIgs emulator for Mac OS X, has been updated again, this time to version 1.7. The new version has a bunch of changes, including fixes for some (but admittedly not all) of the most-reported issues. Performance on PowerPC systems is also much improved.A complete list of the changes follows:

  • Added support for Unicode path and filenames, which improves compatibility with non-US systems.
  • Removed erroneous explanation of how to register Sweet16 from the documentation — Sweet16 is freeware.
  • Fixed the speed control checkbox in the preference window to actually work.
  • Added a preference that lets you disable the mouse when in text modes.
  • Appropriate sound effects now play when ejecting floppy disk images.
  • The text in the online disks window is now in the font Lucida Grande.
  • Optimized the PowerPC code to run up to 30% faster than in previous versions of Sweet16.
  • Improved compatibility with DiskCopy 4.2 images.
August 12th, 2006

Softdisk Supreme and Simply Softdisk G-S prices reduced

Syndicomm tonight quietly removed the printed indices from the Softdisk Supreme and Simply Softdisk G-S compilation CDs, reducing the price of each by $5 to $45. Each compilation still contains its index on the disc.

August 4th, 2006

Sean Fahey taking over A2Central.com

Syndicomm announced this morning that over the next few weeks, management of A2Central.com, the popular Apple II portal web site, will be transferred to Sean Fahey. Initially, A2Central.com will continue to be running on Syndicomm’s system, but it will likely be relocated at some point in the future to complete the separation.Eric “Sheppy” Shepherd, the owner of Syndicomm, indicated his enthusiasm for the transfer. “Syndicomm’s role in the Apple II world has grown so much since I first founded A2Central.com in the summer of 2000 that I just don’t have time to keep up with everything anymore. It was time to give something up, and A2Central.com is the easiest thing to separate from the whole. I’m thrilled that someone with Sean’s enthusiasm, integrity, and passion for the Apple II is taking the reins.”

“I’ve always wanted to run an Apple II portal,” Fahey said when asked why he was taking over A2Central.com. “When Sheppy indicated that he was looking for someone to take A2Central.com forward, I jumped at the chance. I’m excited for the opportunity to find new and engaging ways to improve the services offered by A2Central.com, too.”

This ownership change for A2Central.com does not affect the Syndicomm Online online service or the Syndicomm online store and other products.

August 1st, 2006

Sweet16 1.6.1 released

Eric Shepherd posted Sweet16 1.6.1 today. The new version of the Apple IIgs emulator for Mac OS X fixes a few minor bugs and may slightly improve performance on some systems. Shepherd indicates that another update will be coming soon with more significant bug fixes and improvements.

August 1st, 2006

July issue of Apple II News and Notes posted

Howard Katz has posted the July, 2006 issue of Apple II News & Notes, the freely-redistributable monthly newsletter covering the goings-on in the Apple II world.

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