IIGS Desktop with TransWarpGS Art

April 22, 2019

I wanted to reflect the TransWarpGS on my Desktop in some way. I’ve created a variety of desktops with TransWarpGS and IIGS pictures. I’ve copied the variations on to a 2mg 800k disk image you can download from my Dropbox site.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/j193irloayls5fx/IIGSGREEN.2mg?dl=0

FYI: I used the Deskmaker IIGS Desktop Accessory to move my images to the desktop.

These pictures are from my Scart and HDMI Toshiba Monitor 📺. The actual pictures show considerably better than the iPhone pictures below. Maybe I’ll do some screen snapshots from Sweet16 Emulator and Post those too.

My TransWarpGS 16MHz now has wings (April24, 2019) 😀.

Most of my Graphical work was done using Platinum Paint application.

Also, there’s a nice Desktop Accessory called ShowMe that you can use to view many image types without opening a program. You can review the files on the IIGSGREEN Image one after another. It and Deskmaker can both be found on the Systems Add-Ons hdv Image On Alex Lee’s site:

http://www.whatisthe2gs.apple2.org.za/

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SuperConvert4 for IIGS – Convert Graphics

March 1, 2019

I use GraphicWriter3 for publishing on the Apple IIGS. It allows you to use graphics and control their placement, wrap-around functions very nicely. However, it requires a 640×200 image. Since many (most) of the early Apple ll images are 320×200 you need to convert. Here are some screen shots. Set one is converting PrintShop B&W images. Set two is higher-res llGS pictures from various sources. This first picture is page one of my journal. It’s 19 pages. Helps to have a TransWarpGS to make this move along.

The SuperConvert4 app and GraphicWriter3 app can be found on Alex Lee’s site. Productivity’s and Visually Creative Image.

http://www.whatisthe2gs.apple2.org.za/

I’ll be adding more details but wanted to publish this is for now.

Select picture to convert.

Set Two

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FloppyEmu with New 16 MHz TransWarpGS v1.1 and CFFA3000

December 23, 2018

Just expanding on my TransWarpGS post from 4 days ago.

Having a little fun. I plugged my FloppyEMU into the IIGS that runs via the new TransWarpGS v1.1 and boots from CFFA3000. Icons on left are the FloppyEMU.


CFFA3000 Drive on IIGS plus Large Volume GSOS Installation Kit

December 19, 2018

I just got around to installing my CFFA3000 Card in my IIGS Rom03 as I also just received my new TransWarpGS from ReactiveMicro (separate blog post). The focus of this post is the Large Volume Installation Kit. You really “Level Up” dramatically with this kit. It’s worth every penny.

The link to the CFFA site:

http://dreher.net/?s=projects/CFforAppleII&c=projects/CFforAppleII/main.php

The link to large volume installation kit which describes it’s contents and features in detail. Below the link is a snapshot of that page.

https://www.ebluejay.com/ads/item/5548729

This kit is worth every cent. With the included CF Card, the USB drive and the USB Cable you’re all set. No hunting around for things.

Once you increase the number of SmartPort Assignments (just a menu change) you’ll see the HFS Drives, and be able to assign the other images. Here are a few pictures of that effort. Most of the images are from Alex Lee’s IIGS site. But a couple are images I made in my Virtual II Emulator.

http://www.whatisthe2gs.apple2.org.za/

The Santa Trashcan icon is on the System.Addons image on Alex’s site.

Here is the OMNIDISK image I made in my Virtual II Emulator. You’ll see all the AppleWorks versions. I copied these over to one of the CF card “hard drives”.

Below are pictures from the Kits Setup and Installation Guides.


New TransWarpGS 16 MHz from ReactiveMicro

December 19, 2018

The new 16 MHz TransWarpGS finally arrived in time for Christmas. I pre-ordered it back in May. It is amazingly fast, to say the least. Those games that require lots of graphics (Jack Nicklaus Golf), and publishing (GraphicWriter3) really snap. Also need to mention HyperStudio and HyperCard. Wow. The first picture shows TWGS Reporter details. Note: this IIGS uses the Scart HDMI connector on my Toshiba LCD. i have other blog entries on setting the Scart and Cable.

Here’s the product picture.

https://www.reactivemicro.com/shop/

Here’s the old cpu before removal.

I used two different length flat head screwdrivers to wedge it out. The long one working from the front of the IIGS and the short one from within the machine. I used the eraser as Lever support with the short screwdriver to help avoid slipping and hitting the motherboard. It worked amazingly well.

Here are the manual photos for plugging in the fan.

Turned it on, ran the self tests. That was it. Referenced the manual from ReactiveMicro wiki site throughout.

Removed the fan temporarily to see the oscillator.

It inserted quite readily.

Diversi-Tune playing.

Here is the setup, including the new CFFA3000 Card and the GGLABS Memory Card.

I discuss the CFFA installation and fun in the next blog entry (coming soon).

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More MouseDesk 2 – Apple IIGS this time

November 26, 2018

My previous post for MouseDesk 2 dealt with the IIe and Laser. This post has some pictures and details on my experience on the Apple IIGS. The previous post was on April 1, 2018.

The IIGS is a Rom01 with a TransWarpGS, and for this experience a 3.5 with a FloppyEmu attached. In the final couple pictures I boot GSOS from the SCSI Drive and then invoke MouseDesk 2. [ It’s really rather redundant, but fun to see ].

Above I tried to run AppleWorks with Pinpoint Accessories but pathname was too long for AppleWorks / Pinpoint to deal with.

So,

Here I started PublishIT4 and ran with no issues.

Below, I booted from the SCSI Drive. It’s partitions are Geek1 and Geek2.

The FloppyEmu partitions are all the other disk icons. Note, they are represented by 3.5″ floppy images. I suppose since the FloppyEmu boots off the SmartPort.

From the desktop I drilled down in GSharddrive and started up the GSOS App called Write Away. When I exited Write Away back to the GSOS Desktop. I was able to SAVE the document I created in Write Away.


Jack Nicklaus Golf for Apple IIGS,

August 23, 2018

Publishing this now. I thought I published this ages ago.

http://www.whatisthe2gs.apple2.org.za/jack-nicklaus-greatest-18-holes-of-major-championship-golf

You really need a TransWarpGS or ZipGSX to play this because the screen draws are horribly slow. Plus a hard drive like today’s equivalents, MicroDrive Turbo or CFFA. How Accolade could have put this out is beyond me. Of course, with today’s emulators it can be fun.

There’s a reason they call them Championship Courses. They are very difficult. Lots of out of bounds and the greens can be incredibly difficult. What makes the greens tough is you can’t see the slope of the green after the hole itself. The game tells you degree of break and up hill or downhill to the hole, but that’s all. I’ve missed more than one hole by less than a foot and have the ball roll 10-15 feet by or even off the green. And they tend to have the pins in the center of multiple slopes. Try it!

These pictures were taking on my Toshiba Monitor with HDMI connection via Scart adapter. That is why they are widescreen shots.

Here’s regular screen dimensions.