GraphicWriter 3 for Apple IIGS

October 9, 2017

GraphicWriter 3.0 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.

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SheepShaver Emulator- MacOS 9 on MacBook Pro

September 28, 2017

SheepShaver – The following link is to a fully operational preconfigured OS9 version that runs on Intel Macs. This version is complete, ready to run. The rom and all the hard drives on the screen are included. The instructions are pretty easy. I’ve posted some screen snaps below to illustrate some Setup pieces.

https://archive.org/details/COIClassicOnIntelV4.0.1ChubbyBunny

This blog has this great write up on how to modify defaults. 

https://happymacs.wordpress.com/2015/05/15/sheepshavers-and-chubby-bunnies-the-weird-and-wonderful-world-of-classic-on-intel/

Here is the Mac OS 9 desktop

The picture below is CalrisWorks 4 with the text I imported from a text file I saved from AppleWorks [ you actually have to print the AppleWorks file to text, there is no save as text option ] on my Virtual IIe Emulator. The first paragraph tells you how I did it. The beginning text is all related to Beagle Brothers SuperFonts in AppleWorks.


Other pages:      http://www.emaculation.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=20&t=7360

Below is a conversation on the FaceBook forum after an issue with it when I upgraded to Sierra on my MacBook Pro.

SheepShaver Emulator: I just upgraded my MacBook Pro to Sierra and SheepShaver boots to OS9 just fine but as soon as I click in the window it crashes. Any thoughts?


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.


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. You can see the Ram Drive has almost 6 meg of space available 5947k.

Preview in Publish.It4 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/


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.


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.