MouseDesk 2.0 for Apple II

April 1, 2018

This version, downloaded from Apple Users Group Sydney is surprisingly good. Here it is running in my Virtual II Emulator. I even ran a basic program by double clicking on the icon and after I quit it and received the basic prompt ] I typed “bye” and it took me back to the GUI interface. You can see one of the disk images is 32mb. I was pleased you could drive down through the folders without issue. [ April 13, 2017: added a short video of booting ] [April 14, 2014 Added some pics of it running on my Laser128EX] [April 30, 2017 You’ll see I run it on Speed setting #2 in Virtual II. When set on #3 the mouse double-clicked open folder is not recognized. ]

http://www.cvxmelody.net/AppleUsersGroupSydneyAppleIIDiskCollection.htm

http://www.cvxmelody.net/Mouse%20Desk%202.2mg

Play the video to see the boot process.

Using drag and drop to copy AppleWorks 3 folder from one Drive to another.

Created a physical 3.5″ disk using ADTPro from my MacBook to IIGS. Then booted on Laser128EX.

Mouse Desk makes itself RAM resident so almost all the functions can be
completed if you remove the MouseDesk disk.

I was able to copy a AppleWorks 3 folder from one hard drive image to another with
the folder containing 100 files. I was also able to format another 3.5 disk in the
same slot where I removed the MouseDesk disk.

I did latter on a Laser128EX after I made a physical 3.5″ disk of the MouseDesk 2
image. I ended up making a couple back ups of the disk.

MouseDesk 2 was even smart enough to get you back to the booting image after
you quit a program. I double clicked on a basic program to run it and when I quit it,
arriving back at a basic prompt [ I typed “bye”. It returned me right back to
MouseDesk.

April 27, 2018 -Some additional Accessories for MouseDesk or Apple Desktop

https://github.com/inexorabletash/a2d/releases

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TimeTrax II for Apple IIe [ Time-Trax II ]

January 1, 2018

I’ll outline Setup process. Then there are a series of pictures on step by step. It’s running in Virtual II Emulator. Below is the location of the TimeTrax.dsk.

[ To Setup: the key thing is you need to have a workable Data Disk created for this program. So, 1) put a disk in drive 2 and format it with the Utilities part of the TimeTrax program, then 2) you have to make an actual Data File. The program does not create one on the fly like AppleWorks. The funny thing is you need to Save the Data File before you can Add it to the Desktop, and then you can Work it. You Save it from the Main Menu. You’re essentially creating a blank database file which can then work with. If you use the Catalog function from the disk activities option you’ll note the new blank file is 4k or 5k in size. ]

ftp://ftp.apple.asimov.net/pub/apple_II/images/hardware/clock/

Boot Screen

ProDOS 2.4.1 : I replaced the original ProDOS to allow for better date/time control, I think. I also renamed the default clock.system file so it would not be used and allow ProDOS to read date/time from ThunderClock card in the configuration. See picture below. I’m not sure why the program chose 1996. The Monday January 1st works, but it’s a leap year and 2018 is not.

After you have created a data disk and working file, as mentioned above, you can set it to pull a default schedule. Here it’s looking for A2018 but the data disk is in D6S2 and I needed to change current disk to read S6D2 in this screen shot.

Changing the current disk.

Marking the file I want.

Selecting Work with Schedule.

Schedule is displayed with today’s entries.

Looking at individual appointments.

Print Menu process.

You can print a number of days.

Types of entries to print.

Adding a Personal Holiday. It does not show up on the calendar with the Apple icon like an appointment.

Searching.

Catalog of Disk with new ProDOS 2.4.1 and clock.system renamed. Clock.system tries to read the Computer Peripherals clock. It’s not an option in Virtual II.

I tried using No-Slot-Clock but carries forward today’s date/time from the MacBook but as 1918, not 2018. So I went to using the Thunderclock. Works well. It reads Jan 1, 1996 which has January 1st as a Monday. Only issue is 1996 is a leap year so I lose continuity next month. I have no idea why 1996 is being used.

Here’s the original catalog.

Here’s the configuration.


Diversi-Tune for Apple IIGS

December 24, 2017

I downloaded the Diversi-Tune Program and Archive from Alex Lee’s site, plus the two cover pictures. Link is below. I was unable to make it work my Sweet16 Emulator. It would freeze trying to play the music. So I loaded it on to my FloppyEmu, plugged into my IIGS Rom3 and it ran perfectly. See link to my YouTube video below.

http://whatisthe2gs.apple2.org.za/diversi-tune-v1-1/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70vsLXP_ml4&feature=share

My pictures:

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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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VisiCalc v1.37 and v2.08 for Apple ll

November 10, 2017

I’ve been experimenting with VisiCalc on the Apple IIe and Franklin Ace500. I also ran it (v2.08) on the IIGS, the TransWarpGS, from the floppy. VisiCalc was the first really super Spreadsheet program for desktop platforms. It came out in 1979 developed by Dan Bricklin. It has a very interesting command structure as every row/column action or save/load action begins with a ” / “. The trickiest thing was learning how to control the movement up/down and right/left until I found the Reference Guide. You need to tap the space bar each time you want to switch between x and y axis. Also, you still use the ß à arrows whether going sideways or up down. Here is a link to the program and reference card.

http://apple2online.com/index.php?p=1_29_Software-T-Z

Below: version 2.08 running on Virtual ][ Emulator. You can see the VC-208 in entry line.


This is a template I picked up with a few other Apple IIe templates. 


AceCalc v2.0 by Franklin on Apple lle

November 7, 2017

I’m playing with AceCalc by Franklin from 1983. Operates in a similar fashion to VisiCalc. Here’s a link to the download and manuals.

http://apple2online.com/index.php?p=1_24_Software-A-C

I’ll post some additional pictures later today.

These are screenshots using Virtuall ][ emulating Apple //e.    Notice the mouse text characters.   If you know how to configure the Virtual //e to not display these let me know.


GraphicWriter III for Apple IIGS with Graphics Inserted

October 9, 2017

Updated April 27, 2018

Here is a printout of the current page 1 done on my ImageWriter II. Note: The blur outs are intentional.

Updated March 15, 2018 Pi-Day

One Pi is font, the other image cut and paste from other document.

Updated March 12, 2018

More screen shots. Color and b&w pictures. [ Picture quality lacking as I got my iPhone to close to the LCD TV. I’m using the Scart Converter with special RGB Adapter cable. See other blog entry for details. ]

This picture is more representative.

Graphics I clipped from other programs using SHR screen capture NDA and then using SuperConvert4 or Platinum Paint 2 to clip.

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.