//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..


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.

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%. 

Sensible Speller for Apple IIe (ProDOS version)

July 2, 2017

I became curious about Sensible Speller and how it would operate as a non integrated program.  Here are some screen captures of the Bootup, Spell Check, Dictionary selection and creation, and handling of the “suspect” words as they call them. I performed the initial run on a pfs:Write file and then an AppleWorks file. When the screen pics below go amber color that’s the part on collecting the suspect words, putting them in a custom dictionary, and then verifying the custom dictionary works. 

Boot Screen

Main Menu

Select Dictionary: Only one dictionary can be used at a time. But it asks after each run if you want to try another dictionary. Here, dictionary 1 and 2.

Loading the pfs:Write file. You need to type complete path name.

If provides you the option to print the lists. You can see the words below have mostly ordinated since the 1990s.

Listing the “suspect” words.

Working the suspect words. I am still trying to figure out which word it’s referencing as many are highlighted.

AppleWorks:  Switching to Check another word processor type requires running a Speller setup program. It is no available from the boot menu. You must run it by some other means.   I used Super Selector as seen below.

Running the Setup.Speller.

Customize Spell and Quick Setups

Selected AppleWorks.

Type full path name.

Creating a new dictionary to house the words you want to save.

First you need to go back to the Setup Menu to Create a Dictionary disk. Here I call it NewDict.
Then you have to actually Create a blank or empty Dictionary on the Dictionary Disk. Again type the full path name.

I need to pull a screen capture of Adding Words to Old Dictionary. Based on the following it was confusing how to pull the “Old” custom dictionary. However, it let’s you create the dictionary file on the fly. Here I called it “Old2” and below is example of process, including saving the new words to “Old2” and using it.

AppleWorks 2.0 with Pinpoint Desktop Accessories 

June 24, 2017

These were a favourite of mine back in the late 80’s. Link to manuals and disk images: 


Some screenshots from the manual.

ProDOS32 MB Image Loaded with Stuff

June 16, 2017

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I downloaded the PRODOSMASTER32.2mg hard drive image created by John M. Holmes Jr. and posted on his DropBox site via the FaceBook Apple II Enthusiasts Forums (search on ProDOS32). The image is a ProDOS image and boots to ProDOS 2.4.1. The disk contains AppleWorks 4 and 5, many Utilities and many many Games.

I loaded it into to Virtual II and proceeded to exercise the various launchers, utilities, plus games like Beer Run, Moon Patrol and Donkey Kong. In running AppleWorks 5.1 I had to reset all the Directory specifications. This included the AW.Inits, TimeOut Applications and the Data Disk directory. The best and really only way to accomplish this is through the Other Activities menu item in AppleWorks 5. In AppleWorks 2 or 3 this only allowed you to set the Data Disk path.

In AppleWorks 4 and 5 you can set numerous paths. In this case: /PRODOSMASTER2MG/APPLEWORKS/AW5/Data or TimeOut or AW.Inits/

Other Activities

Select Standard Settings for AppleWorks

Options – for entering proper path

Also, if you exercise the print Name and Address Macro from within AppleWorks 5.1 you see John’s address printed out. I could not find a way to update this NAME.ADDRESS.bin file from with the AppleWorks 5.1 program or TimeOut options. So I replaced the file with my copy of the file from another disk image. It worked fine. The NAME.ADDRESS is created when you actually install AppleWorks 5.

In the Games Directory I just figured out I can jump to the proper game alphabetically by typing the first letter of its name, e.g. P for Pacman. There are so many games this is handy on each reboot. With the PacMan.Atari game it is best to select Joystick and then set the Virtual II emulator to used Arrows as Joystick.

SoftDisk #146 Star Trek Crossword Puzzles

June 3, 2017

The SoftDisks for Apple IIs starting around number 73 had themed crossword puzzles. One of my favorites is the Star Trek crossword puzzles here on SoftDisk number 146. It’s too bad the SoftDisks are not in the Public Domain.

I think I have #1 Across figured out.😀