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AppleIIWorks Envoy for Mac OS X Announced

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By Hugh Hood (CSA2)

AppleIIWorks Envoy is a ‘faceless’ application for Mac OS X (10.4.x Tiger
through 10.8.x Mountain Lion) with a two-fold purpose.

First, it provides for Mac OS X Finder recognition of Apple II AppleWorks
Files, presenting both a custom Mac Finder icon as well as a custom ‘Kind’
description for AppleWorks Word Processor (AWP), Database (ADB) and
Spreadsheet (ASP) files.

Second, the application implements a Spotlight metadata importer for
AppleWorks Word Processor (ProDOS type ‘AWP/$1A’) files that not only
indexes the text content of these files, but also sets (2) ProDOS-related
custom metadata attributes that display in the ‘More Info’ portion of the
Mac Finder ‘Get Info’ window.

For more information on AppleIIWorks Envoy, including some screen shots, and
to download, visit:

<http://home.earthlink.net/~hughhood/appleiiworksenvoy/>

AppleIIWorks Envoy is compiled as a 4-way Universal Binary for both PPC and
Intel, 32-bit and 64-bit, and runs under Mac OS X 10.4.x (Tiger) through Mac
OS X 10.8.x (Mountain Lion).

Brutal Deluxe Software Introduces Apple IIgs Bechmark Tool

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Paris, September 1st, 2013 – Brutal Deluxe Software is proud to introduce BenchmarkeD to the Apple II community.
BenchmarkeD is a benchmark utility for the Apple IIgs. It allows you to calculate the average throughput in reading and writing files and sequential disk blocks of your ProDOS volumes. BenchmarkeD uses standard GS/OS routines to perform its tests.

Until now, there were no such utilities for the Apple IIgs. Nowadays, disk devices are USB sticks or Compact Flash cards, physical devices such as hard disk drives or 3.5″ drives are no longer used. It is time to determine the fastest device to get the best experience with modern storage devices.

Download BenchmarkeD at http://www.brutaldeluxe.fr/products/apple2gs/benchmarked.html and share your results with us!

Antoine Vignau & Olivier Zardini
Brutal Deluxe Software
http://www.brutaldeluxe.fr/

A2Command Version 1.1 Released

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A2Command, the Norton Commander style file manager for the Apple ][ series computer has been updated.  Version 1.1 was releaved by author Peyton Byrd with the following updates and changes:

  • This new release features several bugfixes and some improvements including:
  • Added support for the new cc65 functions for listing devices.
  • Fixed viewer to avoid crashing when many spaces are present in one line.
  • Corrected the single file selection when copying.
  • Lowercase and uppercase commands are now active.
  • Date and time are kept when copying files.
  • Fixed some glitches when scrolling through long file lists.

the source code for the program is available and all items related to A2Command are free downloads. For more information or to download A2Command, go to the A2Command website at:

https://a2command.codeplex.com/

65xx Programmers Reference for iOS updated

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Dagen Brock has updated his recently released 65xx Programmers Reference for iOS.  This App is a great reference for programmers of the 65xx series CPU’s such as those found in the Apple II series computers.

The latest version of the program has complete CPU separation allowing those who are programming a specific CPU to only see the commands for that particular CPU.

According to his posting on CSA2, there are more updates to the application coming soon.

The reference is currently a free download on the Apple App Store and is available at:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/recre8/id674806938?mt=8

Ewen Wannop releases ChewBagger for the IIgs

Ewen Wannop has released an upgrade to his original ByteBagger hex editor program. It is now called ChewBagger and it is a stand-alone file viewer, editor and disassembler.

ChewBagger lets you view the raw data of either the data or resource fork of a file, search for target strings within that fork, using either Hex or ASCII data, and optionally allows you to edit the data, and write the changed data back to the file. You can also load an OMF file into memory, or examine a section of memory.

In addition, you can disassemble, print, or dump to file, a selection or range of data from the viewing screens.

Get ChewBagger

Electronic Image of Zephyr Available From Brutal Deluxe Software

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Brutal Deluxe Software, the Apple II game software manufacturer, has announced that the recently released Apple II series game Zephyr will now be available in electronic disk image format.  The software which was released earlier this year on Floppy Disk is now being sold for a single Euro per copy.  According to the Brutal Deluxe Software website, “Now, get one disk image copy made available to you. Purchase it and you will get a double-sided floppy disk image (French and US versions) ”

Zephyr  runs on the Apple //c, the Apple //e, and the Apple IIgs with either a ROM 01 or a ROM 3.  The game requires at least 128K. The website also warns users, “as Zephyr is a software package from 1987, it may not run on your Apple IIgs ROM 3 configuration.”

To purchase the game, check the Brutal Deluxe Software Store at:

http://www.brutaldeluxe.fr/store/

Silvern Castle Website Moves

The website for the Apple II series based fantasy RPG, Silvern Castle, has moved.  Jeff Fink, the owner and author of the game announced the relocation was due to changes with the Google Groups. He also mentioned server speed being a factor in the change.  The new website for the Silvern Castle is now at:

http://finkjsc.a2hq.com/silverncastle/

Latest in the Apple II World

What’s been going on in the Apple II world these past few days? Let’s take a look:

 

1.) Steven Weyhrich is asking about the Applesoft Firmware card in comp.sys.apple2 for his upcoming Apple II history book.

2.) The Daily Apple blog has been keeping up with daily updates. Currently we are working on Pascal and BASIC programming, and trying to use the Apple IIc as a command-line terminal.

3.) Wade Clarke has started a new web site called Wade-Memoir where he is telling the story of Apple II games that he programmed in his youth, complete with playable disk images of these games.

4.) David Schmenk is busy at work interfacing a Raspberry-Pi with the Apple, and posting YouTube videos of his handiwork.

5.) Everyone is getting excited about this years’ KansasFest which should have a larger crowd of people compared to years past.

First Full-Fledged Weather App with Crowdsourced Data Released

Known for providing detailed minute-by-minute forecasts, as well as traditional daily to 7-day forecasts, the SkyMotion 4.0 app now also ensures maximum accuracy by relying on one of the largest weather crowdsourcing platforms in the world. SkyMotion is now the only full-fledged weather app that gathers and integrates validated ground-level observations, allowing users to actually influence forecasts. The free application, now available worldwide for all iOS devices, is also the only mobile weather app to offer both nowcasts (precipitation forecasts down to the exact minute) and traditional forecasts.

While weather radars have been traditionally relied upon by weather apps to track precipitation clouds, they provide little insight as to whether precipitation will reach the ground. Equipping SkyMotion users with a crowdsourcing platform circumvents this technological limitation, offering them an unprecedented level of accuracy.

SkyMotion’s patented nowcasting technology tells users the exact minute they can expect precipitation. It does so by translating data from hundreds of Doppler radars, every 5 minutes, into a unique forecast for every 0.6 square mile. That’s roughly 16 million zones simultaneously, every 5 minutes.

SkyMotion 4.0 is free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Weather category. Customer care is available 7 days a week in English, Spanish, French, and Italian. A free web app is equally available at SkyMotion online.

Visit the SkyMotion site

Apple Releases iOS 6.1.4

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Apple has updated iOS to version 6.1.4.  The latest version of the software is intended to address issues related to the audio profile for speakerphone.  It is specifically targeted to the iPhone 5 as no other platforms currently have this issue.

iOS can be updated through the General tab on your Settings for your iPhone.  For more information about this update, check:

http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1652