RamWorks8M from A2Heaven.com for Apple IIe

August 13, 2017

I bought this 8 MB RamWorks8M card from A2Heaven.com to max out the memory in my IIe. My IIe was using both a RamWorks 1 and an Apple 1 MB cards taking up the Aux Slot and another Slot. With the RamWorks8M card I could eliminate the Apple 1MB card and open a slot, as well as reducing electrical draw. The following pictures include shots from both my actual IIe and the Virtual II Emulator. The Emulator provides better clarity of image since I need to reduce resolution so much with real pictures to save space.

The card is little bigger than a credit card. Note the pointing finger and keyboard image on the card to illustrate direction of Install.

http://a2heaven.com/webshop/index.php?rt=product%2Fproduct&product_id=138

The RamWorks8M installed.


RamBoard Test disk.
8 MB testing. 87th pass on actual IIe.

Super Desktop Expander v5.3.1 with Partition and ProDrive programs. The ProDrive Doc is good. Must read.

SDE5.3.1 Main Menu
ProDrive Menu
Partitioning Program. I did not use the AppleWorks option. I’ll try that later.
Selection of partition size
2 MB Selected for System leaving  6 MB for Ram Disk.
Updating the ProDrive.bin so it starts up this way.
Installed

Cataloging Ram
Available Drives
Running PublishIT4 on 3.5 UniDisk via my Liron Card in the IIe.
Updated my Journal of Activity and saving to Ram Drive.

Preview in PublishIT4 program.

https://archive.org/details/Super_Desktop_Expander_Utility_v5.3.1_side_A

https://mirrors.apple2.org.za/ftp.apple.asimov.net/images/productivity/integrated/appleworks/

http://mirrors.apple2.org.za/ftp.apple.asimov.net/images/hardware/storage/memory/


//Write v1.01 Graphical Word Processor for Apple IIe

July 30, 2017

Here is the link (2 dsk images) and a bunch of pictures. Pretty straight forward.

Correction to the “Import File” note in the examples below. I was able to import AppleWorks files. It gives you an error message but you ignore it and everything seems to import fine with the exception of style/format features. Examples added at the bottom of this article..

http://www.brutaldeluxe.fr/public/iiwrite/

Here’s the screen appearance using the Script font.

Boot up.

Main screen.

Open file screen on Drive 1.

Open file on Drive 2 after I created the file.
Screen appearance in regular type font.
Saving file a separate ProDOS formatted disk.

Selecting printer configuration. Mine is actually ImageWriter II and Apple Serial Card.

The printouts to PDF in Emulator.



Importing AppleWorks files.


Importing some of the standard AppleWorks data disk files.


Saving the imported file to my //Write DATA disk in Drive 2.

In the Drop down menu below you see //Spell but I don’t know if they ever created the Spell Checker. I’m searching but I haven’t found it yet.


Bank Street Writer Plus – Printer Option Examples – Apple IIe

July 30, 2017

This is an extension of my Bank Street Writer Plus post of February 22, 2017. It focuses on experimenting with the printer setup controls and the respective outputs. These were done on my Virtual II Emulator.

This printout is an example of the UltraCondensed printer setting giving you 17 characters per inch (CPI). You’ll also see the font type changes in the first paragraph. The 2nd image illustrates the controls on the screen for this document. Also I’ve changed the lines per inch from 6 LPI to 8 LPI. [ please forgive the typos…I should have spell checked —fixed on last picture on this page.]

Here is the Setup menu accessed by hitting the escape key on bootup.

Here are the printer commands. You can find these in the ImageWriter II manual. The program comes with the ImageWriter command set included but only A-F Setup. I Setup G-P. Later versions of AppleWorks and other word processors had these included and selectable.

Option-P brings up the menu when in the program. 

Here’s an example of the default 65 CPI and how the printing appears as you change items. Note: the paragraph start with “Notes from July 13” is actually a cut & paste from AppleWorks. This includes extra carriage returns which gives you the jagged look until you remove them.

I noticed when I changed to ultracondensed giving 17 CPI and also with 8 LPI it would only use 2/3 of the page since default was 66 lines. See below: 


You can see the end of page line above. I switched the top and bottom settings along with the lines per page to make it better.


Newton MessagePad 120 with Keyboard

July 20, 2017

I plugged in the Newton Keyboard. Works nicely. Good feel to it. I added events, notes, and names. But my two calculator apps would not recognize it.


Newton Message Pad 120 Syncing with Mac Performa 

July 16, 2017

I’ve had this Newton Message Pad 120 for a couple years. I pulled it out to see if I could remember, without the manual, how to back it up to the Mac, transfer “packages” to the Newton. I’d made a fair number of calendar, notes, and names additions to the Newton so a backup was prudent.   Link to manual.    http://www.newted.org/download/manuals/0307258ANEWTONMP.PDF

I hooked up the serial ADB cable to the modem port on the Mac and the port on the side of the Newton. Then, I started up the Newton and the Newton Connevtions Utility program on the Mac. The Newton will ask you to establish a connection. Mine is serial via the modem port on the Mac. Baud rate is 9600. I remember when that was fast.        Here is the Main screen with the Connection icon in the upper right corner. Tap it and start connection process. You have to start up the Newton Connection Utility program also.      [ I have a few more images to add to illustrate some actions and steps. ]  Link to programs site: http://www.unna.org/


When you tap connection you choose type. Mine is serial. Here is the link to Specs:    http://tim.id.au/laptops/apple/misc/messagepad_100.110.120.130.pdf

Once handshake is complete here’s the screen.   Link to version 2 of the OS:    https://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/1000/MA1493/en_US/0307843ANOS2FTURS.PDF


Once handshake is complete the screen icons on the Mac go from grayed out to black. I always start the process I want from the Mac…Backup or Install, or Export for example.

Below is ChessClock package I transferred.    I have a 4 MB Card and after I transfer the programs I move them the Card. This is done by holding stylus on the program icon until the Newton beeps. Then you select the file folder icon at the bottom of the display and selecting Card. It’s easy to fill up the main internal memory.



I need to clean up behind the computer. Been awhile.


ThunderClock, Apple IIe, MouseDesk, UniDisk 3.5 and SCSI Drive 

July 11, 2017

ProDOS version of ThunderClock Installed on UniDisk 3.5″ Disk/Drive. I wanted to run the ThunderClock Setup from ProDOS but only had the DOS version. I found I had saved a number of their dsk’s on a 3.5 Floppy and assumed the Thunder2P.DSK was the ProDOS version. I created a 5.25 floppy from it using Asimov on my IIGS and then copied the actual programs to ProDOS 3.5″ disk. Ran the Setup and it worked fine. Now I can install it on the SCSI hard drive.  I like to copy as many Utilities to the SCSI drive as I can. There’s a few other pictures of the Setup operation I want to add.

The ThunderClock programs now on 3.5 disk. Running Set to set date and time. Note the keys used.

Run Clock.  The analog version. The DOS version has a digital clock too. I didn’t see it on the ProDOS version.     The Super Selector launcher with time date display.

Showing the Volumes of the DRIVES on the system. ThunderClock is in UniDisk 3.5 in Slot 6 Drive 1.   Copying files from ThunderClock disk to hard drive.

ThunderClock Directory on H1 partition.     MouseDesk now in UniDisk 3.5 Drive.

Launching MouseDesk from the 3.5 disk.           Everything looks ok.

Creating MouseDesk Directory on H1 partition.     Using CopyII+ v9.1 to copy MouseDesk files from 3.5 disk to hard disk.

Going to MouseDesk on SCSI drive to launch it from there.

Launched.     Inserted 3.5 disk in UniDisk that contains the new ProDOS 2.4.1 and all it’s other Utilities. 

Running AppleWorks 3 via MouseDesk.

Saving the AppleWorks changes to make sure the save process is ok.

MouseDesk displaying the Christoph2 file with today’s date, except for the year. 

The. ThunderClock Plus card.

MouseDesk seeing opening the drives/partitions. The LCD is the small Night Owl LCD. Since the IIe doesn’t have a black & white vs color control I turned the LCD’s color down to 10%. 


TIVO – Perform Show Transfers to MacBook via Elgato Video Capture

July 7, 2017

I bought the Elgato Video capture package a few years ago to convert my home movie VHS tapes to digital. It worked great. But, today my Tivo Transfer App on my MacBook was having issues. It would only transfer 10% of each file. I had four files I tried. So, in searching the Internet I ran across a forum entry where they attached the Elgato to the composite output of the Tivo, just like a VCR or a video camera and captured the program file that way. It worked very nicely. It converts the file on the fly so you have a iPhone, iPad, ATV file without having to perform a separate conversion from Tivo format. [ These are not my screen captures. These are from the Internet. I forgot to take pictures along the way. Bad scientific methodology, I know.]   The Elgato and similar brands are readily available on the net.  One note: if it’s a 30 minute show it takes 30 minutes, unlike a file transfer in 5-10 minutes. But as I mentioned, it converts to compatible format on the fly.