August 29th, 2021

Bill Palmer: a new point and click adventure game for the Apple IIgs

August 2021 – Will you save the world by finding the fetish stolen by Professor X to take over the modern world?
Join Bill Palmer, hero of modern day adventurer heroes.
The game is available in French and English versions.
May 5th, 2021

Pre-order your copy of Attack of the Petscii Robots

You can pre-order up to four different editions of Attack of the Petscii Robots, the new Apple II arcade style game by the 8-bit Guy and his team at http://www.the8bitguy.com/product/petscii-robots-for-apple/

Attack of the petscii robots

A IIgs specific version will be available in a couple of months.

April 8th, 2021

Welcome to Full Metal Planet for the Apple IIgs

8th/Apr/2021 – Brainstorm Software and Brutal Deluxe Software are proud to announce the release of Full Metal Planet for all Apple IIgs users.
That great strategy game is now available in English @ http://www.brutaldeluxe.fr/products/thirdparties/fmp/ – You can play against the computer, or against other persons through an AppleTalk network with players running an Apple IIgs or a Macintosh computer (with the Mac version of FMP).
Hundreds of hours of game play await you!
Full Metal Planet picture
Apple II forever!
April 8th, 2021

Apple II demos for Revision Online 2021

For once, three demos were presented during the Revision Online 2021 party. Two for the 8-bit Apple IIs, and one for the Apple IIgs.

Watch them online:

Congratulations to you!

February 25th, 2021

Direct Connect PostScript Printer Driver

Hugh Hood on comp.sys.apple2:


Direct Connect PostScript Printer Driver
– For the Apple IIgs running GS/OS –
Official Release – February, 2021


Direct Connect PostScript Printer Driver – What is It?

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:

  1. that the IIgs have AppleTalk networking installed and enabled;
  2. that the PostScript-capable printer understand the AppleTalk protocol;
  3. 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;
  4. that the PostScript-capable printer be recognized and selected in the Net Printer Control Panel; and,
  5. 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.

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

https://www.apple2works.com/directconnectpostscriptdriver

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

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 16th, 2019

Marinetti 3.0b11 is now available

A new version of Marinetti, the implementation of TCP/IP for the Apple IIgs, is now publicly available.

The previous public announcement of a release of Marinetti was 3.0b9 in July 2018. Since then there have been several bug fix versions that have not been made widely available. This release includes fixes for the following issues:

– TCPIPSendIPDatagram was not using the correct Direct Page and looks like it never worked correctly.
– TCPIPReadLineTCP now returns the correct error code and TCP error code to the caller. This would have resulted in strange behaviour for applications that use this call.
– There was an issue with TCPIPReadLine returning strange data when used after TCPIPReadLineTCP. This would have resulted in strange behaviour for applications that use this call combination.
– The TCP stack would erroneously reset a connection in response to an unclaimed packet that is not part of that connection. This would have resulted in strange behaviour for applications.
– The MSS Option has been added to TCP Headers which tells hosts that they can send larger packets to Marinetti. This may improve performance e.g. with file transfers.

For more information on the above issues, refer to the ChangeLog included in the release for the ticket number and then refer to the related ticket on Sourceforge.

While this software is still officially classed as ‘beta’ software, it has been extensively tested. It is highly recommended that existing users of 3.0b3 and 3.0b9 upgrade to this version.

Marinetti 3.0b11 can be downloaded from the Marinetti homepage as a Shrinkit archive, or soon from the a2RetroSystems website where it will be available as a disk image that can be mounted in an emulator or a disk emulation device like the CFFA. The disk image includes the original Marinetti 3.0b1 installer for new installations if necessary and a replacement Init which contains the latest changes. Ewen Wannop’s latest Uthernet link layers are also provided.

Marinetti was originally written by Richard Bennett in 1996 and was subsequently released as an open-source project. It is now maintained by members of the Marinetti Open Source Project, which is hosted on SourceForge.

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