CoolWriter 3.1 Word Processor for IIGS

January 31, 2019

I came across this nifty word processor in //Alive Magazine from 1996. Very flexible and really small footprint. I created a 2mg file as original was a shrinkitGS which some folks may have issues with.


CFFA3000 Drive on IIGS plus Large Volume GSOS Installation Kit

December 19, 2018

I just got around to installing my CFFA3000 Card in my IIGS Rom03 as I also just received my new TransWarpGS from ReactiveMicro (separate blog post). The focus of this post is the Large Volume Installation Kit. You really “Level Up” dramatically with this kit. It’s worth every penny.

The link to the CFFA site:

The link to large volume installation kit which describes it’s contents and features in detail. Below the link is a snapshot of that page.

This kit is worth every cent. With the included CF Card, the USB drive and the USB Cable you’re all set. No hunting around for things.

Once you increase the number of SmartPort Assignments (just a menu change) you’ll see the HFS Drives, and be able to assign the other images. Here are a few pictures of that effort. Most of the images are from Alex Lee’s IIGS site. But a couple are images I made in my Virtual II Emulator.

The Santa Trashcan icon is on the System.Addons image on Alex’s site.

Here is the OMNIDISK image I made in my Virtual II Emulator. You’ll see all the AppleWorks versions. I copied these over to one of the CF card “hard drives”.

Below are pictures from the Kits Setup and Installation Guides.

AppleWorks 2.0 with Pinpoint Accessories in Virtual IIe

October 27, 2018

Updated October 27, 2018

I created a 32MB Hard Drive image of AppleWorks II w/PinPoint installed in Virtual IIe Emulator . It boots directly to AppleWorks. There’s nothing exotic. Just AppleWorks and Pinpoint. I was working through the Spell Checker, for the most part.

The link to the image is below:

Plus some screen shots:

A video of Spell Checker running:

Original post below. From June 2017:

These were a favourite of mine back in the late 80’s. Link to manuals and disk images is below:

Booting after installing.

Running it all on UniDisk 3.5″ Drive attached to Liron card in IIe.

Solid-Apple-P pulls up Applications.

Entries to Calendar. I had to scroll down with arrow key to get to 1990, which is the equivalent to 2018.

Some screenshots from the manual.

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.

For earlier versions, some that run on G4’s, see link at bottom of this page.

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.

For earlier versions that run on Mac OS 10.4 on G4s Check here. I have an earlier version running on my iMac G4 “flower pot” computer.

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.