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.


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.  


IIGS Sweet16 Emulator for macOS – How to Print

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. 

Printing Support

  1. To install, you need to drag the SweetPrinter file to the System:System.Setup folder on your IIGS boot disk
  2. Install the LaserWriter driver from the System 6.0.1 disks. Usually System Tools disk #2
  3. 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. 
  4. 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, 
  5. Restart your emulated Apple IIgs.
  6. 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.