August 11th, 2008

ADTPro now native on Apple ///

David Schmidt announced via comp.sys.apple2 that ADTPro is now running natively on the Apple /// sans a few glitches he is requesting help with. Check out David’s post (attached) and help out if you can.

David deserves a lot of kudos for making ADTPro easy to use, and especially for bringing people (new and old) into the Apple II community. I can’t tell you how many e-mails we’ve received at A2Central, from people who are looking for a boot disk. They’ve either lost their diskettes in a move, or the disks have gone bad. Sometimes it’s a curious hacker picking up an Apple II at a garage sale. ADTPro makes creating a needed boot disk hassle free.

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May 8th, 2008

Sara Apple III emulator 0.5.0 released, now OS X app (updated 5/23/08)

Chris Smolinski of Black Cat Systems has released Sara 0.5.0, the only known Apple III emulator in existence. The BCS site contains a link to the required ROM and a collection of disk images to get you going.

The Apple III was supposed to be the successor to the Apple II, but bad marketing decisions, engineering flaws and continued strong sales of the Apple II eventually doomed the Apple III line. It does have limited Apple II compatibility, so it wasn’t all bad. The Apple III, and III Plus did find their niche in some places, and even today, enjoy a dedicated retro-computing following. Apple III collectors love their machines.

This release is a Universal Binary for Mac OS X.

Update: Sara 0.5.1 released 05/23/08.

August 6th, 2007

Washington Apple Pi offering Apple /// Legacy DVD

We got the heads up on this press release via Bruce Damer’s DigiBarn Computer Museum newsletter (which by the way, is one of our favorite retro-computing sites on the net and highly recommended).

The Washington Apple Pi User Group (WAP) has collected a huge array (4GB!) of legacy Apple /// manuals, information, disk-imaged software and placed it all on DVD! The Apple /// Legacy DVD is available for $35 USD + shipping, which goes to help the Washington Apple Pi.

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July 26th, 2007

IDEfile ProFile emulator boards to be ordered

Patrick Schaefer has posted to comp.sys.apple2 that he’s preparing to order the next batch of IDEfile pc boards, and that if anyone wants one, they should contact him. The IDEfile is an Apple ProFile emulator (FAQ) for the Apple III and Lisa series that utilizes an IDE hard drive to replace the original device.

No info on if the IDEfile can be used with an Apple II equipped with a ProFile controller, does anyone know?

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