BeagleWriteGS 3.2 formerly MultiScribeGS for IIGS

March 31, 2019

I started playing with BeagleWriteGS 3.2 and found it very interesting. To start, I opened an AppleWorks 5 file with BWGS. It handled the import flawlessly. The document is 15 pages, so I was expecting some surprises.

One of the first things I tried was the Load Picture feature. I was able to load numerous pictures. I only saved two pictures within the document, as you’ll notice in the first picture. You can resize the pictures. But you can not word wrap.

BeagleWriteGS was created from the former MultiScribeGS.

I do like the Load Picture feature. It handles a number of formats. You can resize the images. However, there is no word wrap.

The Spell Check feature operates just like the other IIGS Word Processors of this ilk. However, there was a bug. Although you can run BeagleWriteGS from the Hard Drive, the Spell Check will not function without the program disk in a 3.5″ Drive.

I copied the files from the Hard Drive to a new 3.5″ disk. Disk is named bwgs.

Once you do this the spell checking runs flawlessly. However, it appears the add word to the User.Dictionary does not work, nor the Edit User Dictionary. I even started the program from the 3.5 and it did not work. If you try to spell check without the 3.5 disk the program will either crash (on making changes) or go into a loop, from which you can not break out. You’ll need to reboot.

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The BeagleWriteGS is found on the Hard Drive image.

http://www.whatisthe2gs.apple2.org.za/files/Productivity_and_Graphics.zip

The last two pictures are from Alex Lee’s website:

http://www.whatisthe2gs.apple2.org.za/

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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.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/c6cbmvxd8vjx6nk/CoolWriter31.2mg?dl=0


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:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/wwih4e2s75o2aa7/APPLEWORKS.2mg?dl=0

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.

http://apple2online.com/index.php?p=1_69_Pinpoint-Publishing-Products






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. http://virtualii.com/

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.

ftp://ftp.apple.asimov.net/pub/apple_II/emulators/virtual_II/


Meiji 5.25” Half-Height Drive for Apple IIs and Clones

June 14, 2018

Recently acquired this half-height Drive. I performed some simple tests, with System Utilities 3, List Volumes, catalog, then finally format disk. It’s a very quiet drive and light weight. Then I moved on to using it as my /DATA disk for pfs:Write program. I like using pfs:Write for tests on 5.25″ drives on my various Apple IIs and clones. The read and write lights work. But let me say, the Spell Checking on the 1 MHz setup versus the FastChip/lle at 16.6 MHz leaves a lot to be desired. See my blog entry of a few days ago.


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.


GraphicWriter III for Apple IIGS with Graphics Inserted

October 9, 2017

Updated April 27, 2018

Here is a printout of the current page 1 done on my ImageWriter II. Note: The blur outs are intentional.

Updated March 15, 2018 Pi-Day

One Pi is font, the other image cut and paste from other document.

Updated March 12, 2018

More screen shots. Color and b&w pictures. [ Picture quality lacking as I got my iPhone to close to the LCD TV. I’m using the Scart Converter with special RGB Adapter cable. See other blog entry for details. ]

This picture is more representative.

Graphics I clipped from other programs using SHR screen capture NDA and then using SuperConvert4 or Platinum Paint 2 to clip.

October 15, 2017
UPDATE.  I was running GW3 v1.1 in the previous examples.   Below are the pictures of GW3 v2.0, which I added to the
GSHarddrive image today.    GW3v2 is in a separate folder on the GSHarddrive. I updated the previous word processing file, which is illustrated.

GW3 V2.0Updated file.Older v1.1 The PDF.

Main Text:

This is a nice program for the IIGS. You can download this program from the link below. The download includes a number of files and versions of the program including some  picture disks. You can also grab the manual which is very extensive. The program disks are 2mg files. The manual says you can load the program to the hard drive which I did and it works perfectly fine. I use it under a subdirectory GW3 on my main 32 MB hard drive. The program seems to come with the graphical and pseudo-graphical program features of this era. You have the font and formatting capabilities with multiple columns for text. and the ability to draw or have some type of image on the screen. A couple key things that I did, which I liked, was the ability to import AppleWorks files and also Bank Street Writer files. As you can see in the examples below I did both. [ I wonder if I ran the Spell Check in GW3. I’ll need to verify. ]

http://whatisthe2gs.apple2.org.za/graphic-writer-iii/

This one picture of v2.1 was taken from the Internet.

Import file options screen.
Below is a picture of the screen where I imported the AppleWorks file. This is actually the National AppleWorks User Group file that was on one of the disks I had. The funny thing that occurred is I enhanced the title of the page as you can see with the shadows around the letters but when you try to print that to a PDF out of the Sweet16 IIGS Emulator the shadow font does not translate and you get nothing but a big black space at the top of the very first page. I confirmed this by changing the font back to something more natural and it output the PDF just fine.
Here is a example of importing the Bank Street Writer Plus file from my disk. I try to keep mini-journals in all the different word processors I have, and their versions. This Bank Street Writer Plus file shows the embedded text formatting controls.

Spell Check


Here’s an example of importing one of the picture images that came on the disks with the program. As you can see I set the text to wrap around the image completely.
Lastly, here is a group shot of all four pages that printed including the header where I changed the font to not be shadow font, included the logo, the AppleWorks file, and the Bank Street Writer file.