September 28th, 2010

New from krüe: TreeHugger, a GS/OS Printer Port Driver

TreeHugger is a GS/OS Printer Port driver which supports the AppSocket/JetDirect protocol. Essentially, this means you can print to any networked printer that supports the JetDirect (AppSocket) Protocol, that a native mode IIgs Printer Driver exists for. With Harmonie and Independence that means an awful lot of printers out there have the potential to work as PCL is the de-facto standard among the major printer manufactures. Like Postscript®, that was Apple’s choice for raster image printing starting with the Apple LaserWriter, and natively supported by the Apple IIgs, PCL was HP’s answer to PostScript®. With the introduction of the Harmonie and Independence printer support packages, PCL support and a lot more choices for printers were suddenly available to Apple IIgs users. But network printing was still mostly out of reach unless you used LocalTalk and an Apple LaserWriter or compatible printer. Until now, that is.

Announced with a surprise comment in A2Central’s IRC channel this evening, krüe says, “Please test. Remember that I have no idea what I’m doing…” and almost instantly met with enthusiasm and praise, this is the first release, and as such it is set with a version # of ‘0.0’. I can’t say I’ve seen that before. :)

TreeHugger requires Marinetti to work, and while the 2.0.1 features were used, testing was done with 3.0b3 and an Uthernet card, using the Harmonie LaserJet III 300×300 dpi driver with a LaserJet 6p connected via a software based print server, p910nd. Currently other aspect ratios do not work and there are various issues with the page setup dialog and crashes that are being worked out. as krüe says, “ probably doesn’t work for anyone else but me..” he does expect to be working on it more, but for now input on what works and what does not would probably go a long way.

TreeHugger is available at

August 30th, 2010

KFest 2011 – Go Back in Time

The Original Time Master ][ Revealed at KFest 2010

We made Contact. Come to Kansas City next July and Make 2011 become 20][ – Experience a Blast from the Past! – You never know what you’ll see.

KansasFest 2011 – You’ve got ][ Be there! – 19-24, July – 2011 – Rockhurst University, Kansas City.

April 3rd, 2010

Shareware Solutions II – In Memorium

On behalf of the Estate of Joe Kohn, the Lost Classics Project brings you the entire collection of Shareware Solutions II.

SSII was published bi-monthly in newsletter form, with each issue packed full of tips, resources, tutorials and more, SSII is an invaluable reference for the new and experienced Apple II user alike, and now it is available in electronic form. Discover the Apple II like you never knew before, experience the legacy that started as a regular feature in the Apple IIgs Buyer’s Guide and continued on for three years as a feature in inCider/A+ when the IIgs Buyer’s Guide ceased publication.

While the content in the pages of these issues may contain contact information to vendors or individuals, it should be expected that the great majority of this is outdated, and presented purely for historical reference and completeness. These issues are presented here in platform independent native PDF format. They are 100% searchable and printable. The whole collection comes in at just under 6 megabytes.

22 issues of SSII were published from 1993 through 1998, each issue focuses on a theme but also builds on past issues.

Shareware Solutions II was created, edited and published entirely on the Apple IIgs primarily using AppleWorks GS. In doing so, Joe probably made AppleWorks GS do things in ways that the original programmers never thought about. Bringing SSII to you electronically and preserving it’s original look and feel was a bit of a challenge, more so than I thought it would be. I’m sorry it took significantly longer than I anticipated. It was worth every second spent on it, and the least I could do to ensure Joe’s legacy lives on and showcases each issue in the very best possible way for every new reader and discover new things about the Apple II. So, come join us on An Exciting Apple II Journey Into The Future.

Shareware Solutions II is available from the Lost Classics Project right now at

April 18th, 2009

The Lost Classics Project returns

It’s been a wild ride, with lots of diversions and obstacles. But without further ado…

The Lost Classic Project was originally established May of 1992 in the A2 RoundTable on the GEnie Online Service. After a 17-year hiatus, the LCP returns, bigger and stronger than ever.

We plan on adding more titles in the coming weeks, but there’s already a large collection of Apple II gems that should bring back memories, and of course, our feature presentation; the reopening of the LCP site marks the availability of InTrec Software’s award-winning telecommunications application, the standard-setting ProTERM 3.1 for the Apple II. The long-standing king of them all is now available for download.

So what are you waiting for? Get click’n!

January 3rd, 2009

ProTERM v3.1 reclassified as Freeware

After a nearly 23 year run as the premier Apple II Communications package and after collecting accolades, including two Awards of Excellence for the “Best Apple II Software”, of which ProTERM won this award twice and no other Apple II software ever took the trophy, and the best now gets even better!

Starting with the release of the Terminal program that set standards and took the Apple II community by storm in 1987 when Greg Schaefer of GBBS fame brought us ProTERM 1.0, ProTERM continued to set standards with constant releases through version 2.1. In the Spring of 1990, ProTERM changed publishers to InSync Software, they were “in-sync” with what Apple II users demanded when they delivered an improved ProTERM 2.2. Many asked why 2.2, and not 3.0? Well, this was just a teaser of things to come. In the Fall of 1991 after an intense 18 month development, InSync proved once again that the best can be made better and ProTERM 3.0 was released to rave reviews.

It didn’t stop there. After yet another 15 months of fine tuning, and after InSync became InTrec, ProTERM 3.1 was released to keep up with then current technology. InTrec and Greg may have outdone themselves with that release as it lasted all these years and was able to adapt to all the modem changes over the years.

Today, with the warmest regards to the entire Apple II community of both then and now, from InTrec Software, Jerry Cline, Greg Schaefer, Tony Diaz, Dave Miller, that we bring you ProTERM A2 version 3.1, for your everlasting enjoyment.

ProTERM has enjoyed tremendous support from the community throughout it’s entire existence. It was even said that Nine out of Ten Pirates preferred ProTERM. So while ‘Talk is Cheap’, ProTERM is now Free. ProCOMM? No, ProTERM is the real Pro. So quit MouseTalk’in around, click on over and discover the end all, get all, premier Apple II Telecommunications package today!

ProTERM will be available soon via the newly returning Apple II Lost Classics Project repository. An online support forum has been created at

Along with the application itself, the 340 page users manual is being converted to PDF, and is still a work-in-progress, to be released alongside ProTERM.

With the change of status to (C) Freeware, please realize that InTrec can not give one on one support for ProTERM any longer and that support has now been transferred to the community at large.

I am proud to have been able to arrange for, and prepare ProTERM 3.1 and its 23 years of history for release to the Apple II Community. Please enjoy it.

Tony Diaz/16 Sector

ProTERM 3.1 is (C) 1991-1993 Greg Schaefer, and the ProTERM package and documentation are (C) 1991-2009 InTrec Software.

December 30th, 2008

Apple II Family Fonts Available as TrueType

Now you can sprinkle a little Apple II in everything you do:

Rebecca Gabriella Bettencourt brings what are billed as the “World’s most complete Apple II text font, in TrueType format”

In addition to the standard 40/80 column Apple II screen text, a TrueType version of the Apple IIgs system font, Shaston has also been released. Shaston is available in 320 and 640 mode aspect ratios in keeping with the text screen font being available in both 40 and 80 column modes.

The web page has a lot more about the font sets than I can begin to describe.

While this is not the first release over the years of an Apple II system font, this one is the most complete set. Some many years back I desired to have the KFest materials printed with some Apple II highlights and set out to create enough of a character set to do that after finding one that only worked on the screen. Creating fonts requires painstaking attention to detail and that shows with this release.

This release works where ever TrueType fonts are supported. Imagine using the Apple II screen font on the IIgs with Pointless. Oh, the irony … ironed out, finally!

July 30th, 2006

Lunar Productions site relocates

A few years ago I placed Foundation, our IIgs resource editor, into the public domain. The entire package including full source code, is available. There’s no warranty, no support (unless you catch me in a weak moment), no anything… just free stuff from the past that someone may find useful.

June 20th, 2006

Understanding the Apple II available for download

A.P.P.L.E. announced today that it has made available the Apple II book Understanding the Apple II available for free download in PDF format.

Update: Site registration is required to access the file.

February 26th, 2006

Silvern Castle version 9.2 released

Silvern Castle v9.2 has been released. This update fixes the moat teleport trap bug introduced in v9.1, and no longer disbands the party when entering the Adventurer’s Guild, plus other minor changes.

January 17th, 2006

Apple II preshifted shape utility released

A utility to capture preshifted shapes from the HGR screen has been released. Written in 6502 assembly and Applesoft BASIC by Richard Jackson. You can try it online as well.

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