CiderPress – Creating Disk Images from BXY Files

December 22, 2017

I downloaded a number of BXY files (filename.bxy) that contained Christmas art for Apple II Programs. In the example below I used PublishIt4 to import the individual pictures.

Anyway, the bxy files contained 24 pictures each but only 8 can fit on a 5.25 disk image. Here is a picture in CiderPress. You can also create a .2mg file containing all 24 files if you want. I created all 24 on a 800k.po file and then converted it to the 2mg. Works perfectly fine in the Virtual II Emulator as long as you configure Virtual II with SCSI drives. See earlier blog post on doing this. I think you can search on OmniDisk.

I used File, Open dropdown to view contents. Then, I selected the pictures I wanted. Next, go to Actions, Convert to disk archive. Following usual CiderPress actions, Name the volume, click OK, and then save file, use same name or different name. This gives you a filename.po image which I loaded to my Virtual IIe Emulator. Below is a snapshot of PublishIt4 printout of some of the pictures.

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FASTChip //e for Apple IIe – Accelerator Card

November 20, 2017

Just installed my FASTChip //e In italics are the notes from the a2heaven.com website.

The FASTChip //e accelerates the Apple //e™ by replacing the on-board microprocessor with a much faster one. Because the memory on the Apple //e™ can only run at a 1 MHz speed maximum, faster memory (SRAM) must be provided to increase performance and allow the 65C02/65C816 CPU to run at full speed. To do this, the FASTChip //e contains 512KB/1024KB of fast SRAM memory. The clever design allows the acceleration of programs running in both main and auxiliary memory. The additional FASTChip //e memory can emulate both 192/448 KB fast RamWorks  compatible RAM and 256/512 KB fast RamFactor (slinky) compatible RAM.

FASTChip //e features

  • Easy to install card, installable in slot 1-7 of the Apple //e™, or Enhanced //e.
  • Does not mechanically interfere with the 80 column card in slot 3.
  • 65C02/65C816 microprocessor running at a clock rate of more than 16 MHz .
  • External Hardware Control Panel with controls and LED display.
  • CPU frequency can be changed real-time via rotary knob (0.2Mhz to 16.6Mhz).
  • Stop/Pause and Status buttons for easy control.
  • 4 digits x 7 segment LED display.
  • Built in 192/448 KB fast RamWorks compatible RAM.
  • Built in 256/512 KB fast RamFactor (Slinky) compatible RAM.
  • Low power design for cool operation.
  • Acceleration of programs running in both main and auxiliary memory.
  • Compatible with most interface and expansion cards for the Apple II/IIe.
  • Transparent operation with all Apple II software.
  • An easily accessed built-in software control panel lets you control processor speed, memory, joystick, speaker sound quality and many other options.

My actual //e Setup with FastChip//e, RamWorks8M card and SDFloppy II installed.

FastChip//e videos of PublishIT version 4 at 10 Mhz. A program essentially unusable on a IIe at 1 MHz.

[Note: I’m running PublishIt from a SCSI drive, not a floppy, unidisk 3.5, or SDFloppy, although programs ran fine from all three devices. But obviously SCSI is the fastest ] : unless you have a CFFA or MicroDrive Turbo.

https://youtu.be/njtTLMxZF-E

https://youtu.be/E0hqbxmvMJ4

http://www.a2heaven.com/webshop/index.php?rt=product/product&product_id=147

http://www.a2heaven.com/webshop/resources/pdf_document/18/82/c.pdf


GraphicWriter III for Apple IIGS

October 9, 2017

GraphicWriter III for the IIGS

October 15, 2017
UPDATE.  I was running GW3 v1.1 in the previous examples.   Below are the pictures of GW3 v2.0, which I added to the
GSHarddrive image today.    GW3v2 is in a separate folder on the GSHarddrive. I updated the previous word processing file, which is illustrated

GW3 V2.0Updated file.Older v1.1 The PDF.

Main Text:

This is a nice program for the IIGS. You can download this program from the link below. The download includes a number of files and versions of the program including some  picture disks. You can also grab the manual which is very extensive. The program disks are 2mg files. The manual says you can load the program to the hard drive which I did and it works perfectly fine. I use it under a subdirectory GW3 on my main 32 MB hard drive. The program seems to come with the graphical and pseudo-graphical program features of this era. You have the font and formatting capabilities with multiple columns for text. and the ability to draw or have some type of image on the screen. A couple key things that I did, which I liked, was the ability to import AppleWorks files and also Bank Street Writer files. As you can see in the examples below I did both. [ I wonder if I ran the Spell Check in GW3. I’ll need to verify. ]

http://whatisthe2gs.apple2.org.za/graphic-writer-iii/

This one picture of v2.1 was taken from the Internet.

Import file options screen.
Below is a picture of the screen where I imported the AppleWorks file. This is actually the National AppleWorks User Group file that was on one of the disks I had. The funny thing that occurred is I enhanced the title of the page as you can see with the shadows around the letters but when you try to print that to a PDF out of the Sweet16 IIGS Emulator the shadow font does not translate and you get nothing but a big black space at the top of the very first page. I confirmed this by changing the font back to something more natural and it output the PDF just fine.
Here is a example of importing the Bank Street Writer Plus file from my disk. I try to keep mini-journals in all the different word processors I have, and their versions. This Bank Street Writer Plus file shows the embedded text formatting controls.

Spell Check


Here’s an example of importing one of the picture images that came on the disks with the program. As you can see I set the text to wrap around the image completely.
Lastly, here is a group shot of all four pages that printed including the header where I changed the font to not be shadow font, included the logo, the AppleWorks file, and the Bank Street Writer file.


MultiScribe 3.01c for Apple II ProDOS 8

September 7, 2017

Here is the MultiScribe program that became BeagleWrite. I didn’t have a MultiScribe Desk Accessory disk image so I just inserted the BeagleWrite Desk Accessory version and worked like a charm.

Some of the programs on the 32MB OmniDisk.Selecting file.inserted fonts disk.selecting fonts with spacebar.The GRIMM font.Using the BeagleWrite Desk Accessory disk BBW.Catalog of the subdirectory.

Lots of fun font play and different justifications. The justifications are controlled by inserting rulers.


BeagleWrite for Apple II – ProDOS 8

September 6, 2017

BeagleWrite was formerly MultiScribe. I’m giving this version 3.3 a try out. I downloaded the zip file (see link below) and started playing with it here in Virtual II Emulator. I tested the actual program disk, etc and then copied it to a subdirectory on the OmniDisk 32MB .2mg drive which I use as home base for many programs. [ note: I convert the .po files to .2mg and .do so they’ll run in the Emulator. I use the Wine version of CiderPress to do that on my MacBook ]. I have AppleWorks v2,3,4,5, PublishIt4, Copy II+ v9.1, Apple System Utilities 2.1 and 3 plus others (picture of them at bottom). 

BeagleWrite ran fine from the OmniDisk “hard drive”. But I had to put the Accessories.dsk in the Floppy drive for them to work. I couldn’t find a option to change the path to the hard drive for them. Data disk path change was relatively straight forward. Enough here…more notes with the screen shots.

ftp://ftp.apple.asimov.net/pub/apple_II/images/productivity/word_processing/beagle_write/

About 8 fonts. You adjust pretty readily.

There are rulers you can use which allow you to change justification.
Accessories 

Running the Spell Check accessory.

Setting the pathnames for the dictionaries.
Spell Checking

When spell checking it doesn’t give you intuitive corrections for misspelled words. Example: I spelled Spetember and it began making suggestions at “Sp”. Once you realize this things went very well. Nice Dictionary. 
Calendar.

For some reason it starts the calendar at September 1918. You can quickly correct by grabbing the scroll down button.

Italicised date tells you it has a note.

Entered a note.
Clock good.

Calculator good.

Printer options. I always use ImageWriter and Super serial while using the Virtual II emulator.

This is an actual screen shot on my MacBook of the PDF Virtual II creates.

Programs on the OmniDisk. 

This is before I added BeagleWrite and MultiScribe.


Publish It Easy v2.1.9 on Macintosh PowerBook 165c

September 1, 2017

In addition to my Apple II Collection, which comprises nearly all my posts, I have a few PowerBooks and iBooks. Here is my PowerBook 165c running Publish It Easy. It’s made by Timeworks who produced the PublishIt series for the Apple II. The PowerBook version is much more powerful, which you’d expect. The Spell Checker is super fast.

Here’s a link to download it.  http://macintoshgarden.org/apps/publish-it-easy-v219

Standard two column mode with text wrapping around some imported graphics.


Selected 4 column mode; imported ms-word file; adjusted font type and size. Basic stuff.

Overlaying picture, actually a screen snapshot. Different fonts.

Spell Checking.

Graphic overlay. Automatic word wrap.

Manuals.


SuperFonts for AppleWorks from Beagle Brothers 

May 25, 2017

Running on Virtual IIe Emulator in AppleWorks 3 and AppleWorks 5.1.

Using PickFonts to insert in the AppleWorks document. Venice.14.

Actual PDF output from Virtual IIe.

Font disks.

These are Printing to Screen output.