June 16, 2017
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/
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.
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.😀
May 19, 2017
I’ve been trying to figure out how to print from the IIGS Sweet16 emulator for a while now. I went through the user guide and finally figured out all the little pieces I need to have in place. The following are a few graphics of the pieces. Many of the snapshots are taken directly from the user guide. I have included the link to the user guide for your reference.
—– In short when you print from the IIGS Sweet16 emulator it actually creates a PDF file and calls the macOS Preview app on your main macOS computer and creates a PDF. You’ll see it run as it’s converting a postscript. http://www.sheppyware.net/downloads/downloads-mac/files/Sweet16%20User%20Guide.pdf
The first snapshot is all things in place as finished product: 1) IIGS Emulator ruining AppleWorksGS 2) the same document in PDF format in The macOS Preview App 3) the Sweet16 Disks box which tells you what disks are loaded in the IIGS.
The example below is an AppleWorks 5.1 file imported into AppleWorksGS. My MacBook Pro is running macOS Sierra.
Getting there: here are some extracts from the manual. The Sweet16Tools is a Dropdown from Setup on the Sweet16 Menu Bar. Now, open the ReadMeFirst, as I believe it has the most succinct set of instructions on how to get things correctly installed.
Sweet16 Tools Version 3.0.1 Copyright 2006-2013 Eric Shepherd & F.E. Systems
The files on this disk image, once used properly, enable special features inside Sweet16.
- To install, you need to drag the SweetPrinter file to the System:System.Setup folder on your IIGS boot disk
- Install the LaserWriter driver from the System 6.0.1 disks. Usually System Tools disk #2
- Now, run the SweetLWPatch utility. When asked, select the “LaserWriter” driver file from your boot disk’s System:Drivers folder and click the Open button. This utility creates a copy of the LaserWriter driver with certain patches needed to support Sweet16’s printing capabilities.
- Save the driver with a new name (SweetPrinter is recommended, but it doesn’t matter). Once you’ve done so and have returned to the Finder or whatever program launcher you use,
- Restart your emulated Apple IIgs.
- Once you’ve done so, you can use the DC Printer control panel, assuming you’ve put it in the cdevs folder, to select the “SweetPrinter” driver. Future printing will be done using this driver, and will result in opening the print job in the macOS Preview app, from which you can print the file or save it in PDF format.
By the way, after completing the install and reboot I opened the ReadMeFirst file in Teach and was able to print it to a PDF in Preview.
LaserWriter driver copied from System Tools Disk#2 to the Drivers Folder.
Direct Connect control panel in CDevs.
LaserWriter driver and the created SweetPrinter driver after running SweetLWPatch program.
The Menu to actually print through to the Preview App.
Below are some of the snapshots from the manual.
May 6, 2017
I acquired some thirty plus original SoftDiskGS 3.5″ disks. On Disk 64 was this calendar template for AppleWorksGS. It worked nicely but took forever to load, even on my TransWarpGS. However, once loaded it would recalculate quickly for the month and year you enter. These are the two variable entries at the top of the page. Here are some pictures and printout from my LaserWriter II. It took 10-15 minutes to print one month.
I use the manilaGear.com IIGS VGA adapter on my Rom01 IIGS.
March 17, 2017
I’ve been a long time user of CiderPress for Windows to manage images for my Apple II computers. But, it required me to run Parallels for macOS. [ since I haven’t permitted Windows computers among family members since 2005; I got tired of fixing everyone’s issues ]. So, when this popped up I jumped at it. Straight download, app lands on desktop and off you go. So far, it’s down everything I’ve needed. I’m running macOS Sierra in case you need that for reference.
February 13, 2017
The 1988 Wheel of Fortune. ProDOS 8 version running on my IIGS Rom3. It runs from a 3.5″ Disk. This version makes use of the mouse for everything. Pretty nice version overall. The DVI Adapter is from Nishida Radio.
A different mono version.