Virtual II Emulator v8.6 – my upgrade from 7.4

August 11, 2018

I finally upgraded from Virtual II v7.4 to 8.6. It seemed to reach that critical mass of new features and fixes. I downloaded the new app, moved the old app version out of its directory and copied the new app in its place.

From there I just began starting my saved Virtual II sessions. Here are a few in the list:

Prodos32 ✔️, OmniDisk Hard Drive versions of AppleWorks, Copy II+

Fishies ✔️, AleClock, ✔️ MouseDesk2 ✔️, GEOWrite ✔️, GEOPublish, ✔️ pfs:Write, ✔️PublishIT4, and many others.

There were some instances of crashing but once I rebooted the session everything thereafter was fine.

Here are some pictures:

[ Note: check out the comments for Todd Holcomb’s follow-up on bug with the Devices not being displayed in – you just need to go to drop down in top menu and select show devices ]

The screen below illustrates the variety of saved sessions I play with.

One significant difference I noticed was in the increase print quality of GeoWrite and GeoPublish apps. Here are the afters and before pictures:

This is the whole 1st page which I just updated. I did NOT bold the entry of August 11, 2018 so you can see difference.


CPM WordStar in Apple IIe – Formatting

June 1, 2018

Here’s another entry as I play with WordStar. I’m setting margins, bold, underline, etc and spacing. You can read my notes in the PDF printout below done via Virtual II. It’s funny as character formatting control commands show on the page but margin and justification do not. Probably cause they’re self evident. Although this is done in Virtual II, it played as nice on my real IIe and DuoDisk.

I never could get the characters per inch (CPI) work.

The control-O gets you the format screen.

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. ]

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

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

ScrapBook v2.0 NDA for Apple IIGS (a multi-item clipboard)

March 18, 2018

ScrapBook v2.0 is in the NDA folder in the Systems.Addons 32MB image from Alex Lee’s site (link below). It is terrific for copying numerous items to clipboard and being able to retrieve. I was looking for an NDA that would allow me to cut images out of screen shots using Platinum Paint v2.0 and paste them into GraphicWriter 3 without exiting in and out pasting one at a time.

I copied numerous screenshots to the clipboard and into the scrapbook and pasted to GraphicWriter3. Also, did the same with text. Here’s a picture of Calendar NDA image on screen and in the Scrapbook. Directions for using ScrapBook pop up at launch.

One note: ScrapBook 2.0 stores the items within the NDA itself, not in a separate file. The NDA increased in size from 44k to 64k with 4 images and a couple text items added.


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. ]

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.


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.

FASTChip //e for Apple IIe – Accelerator Card

December 17, 2017

Just installed my FASTChip //e In italics are the notes from the website. Links to website and my videos are below.

Update May 31, 2018: I recently found my 5.25 pfs:Write disks and thought I’d try it with the FastChip//e and the DuoDisk drive. Interesting to watch.

May 31, 2018  I updated the file again today and then ran Spell Check or ‘Proofing’ as pfs:Write calls it. With the FastChip//e set to 8.3 MHz (random speed selection) the Dictionary disk never stopping spinning in drive one. Data disk in drive two. The document was over five pages long and the spell checking flew. The disks and screen never really stopped and barely slowed down as it flew through the document addressing probably over 1000 words. There were proofs required along the way since there were some misspellings, but also terms, like FastChip//e. Many of these needed to be added to the Personal Dictionary. It was fun to perform this check. Lastly, the word replacement special effect of pfs:write where it erases the word from right to left and types in the new word, was nearly instantaneous. 

November 22, 2017

I’ve been running a tests of PublishIt v4 startup time on the Apple //e with the FastChip//e.

*With the FastChip//e set at 10 MHz and running PublishIt from the SCSI drive it took 8 seconds to load.

*With the FastChip//e running at 1.0 MHz running from the SCSI drive it took 25 seconds.

*With the FastChip//e running at 1.0 MHz and PublishIt v4 running from a UniDisk 3.5 disk connected the Liron Controller Card in the //e it took 53 seconds to load. [ Note: The Apple //e has a RamWorks8M card made from a2Heaven. This card uses current day technology so it must provide some additional advantage when loading the fonts, et al into memory upon startup. The only way to see the difference would be for me to uninstall the RamWorks8M and reinstall the 1986 RamWorks 1M card by Applied Engineering. At the end of this post are links to YouTube videos of the above.

From the a2heaven 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.

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.