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

November 20, 2017

Just installed my FASTChip //e In italics are the notes from the a2heaven.com 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.

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.


About 8 fonts. You adjust pretty readily.

There are rulers you can use which allow you to change justification.

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. 

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.

Publish It Easy v2.1.9 on Macintosh PowerBook 165c

September 1, 2017

In addition to my Apple II Collection, which comprises nearly all my posts, I have a few PowerBooks and iBooks. Here is my PowerBook 165c running Publish It Easy. It’s made by Timeworks who produced the PublishIt series for the Apple II. The PowerBook version is much more powerful, which you’d expect. The Spell Checker is super fast.

Here’s a link to download it.  http://macintoshgarden.org/apps/publish-it-easy-v219

Standard two column mode with text wrapping around some imported graphics.

Selected 4 column mode; imported ms-word file; adjusted font type and size. Basic stuff.

Overlaying picture, actually a screen snapshot. Different fonts.

Spell Checking.

Graphic overlay. Automatic word wrap.


//Write v1.01 Graphical Word Processor for Apple IIe

July 30, 2017

Here is the link (2 dsk images) and a bunch of pictures. Pretty straight forward.

Correction to the “Import File” note in the examples below. I was able to import AppleWorks files. It gives you an error message but you ignore it and everything seems to import fine with the exception of style/format features. Examples added at the bottom of this article..


Here’s the screen appearance using the Script font.

Boot up.

Main screen.

Open file screen on Drive 1.

Open file on Drive 2 after I created the file.
Screen appearance in regular type font.
Saving file a separate ProDOS formatted disk.

Selecting printer configuration. Mine is actually ImageWriter II and Apple Serial Card.

The printouts to PDF in Emulator.

Importing AppleWorks files.

Importing some of the standard AppleWorks data disk files.

Saving the imported file to my //Write DATA disk in Drive 2.

In the Drop down menu below you see //Spell but I don’t know if they ever created the Spell Checker. I’m searching but I haven’t found it yet.

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.