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DRWAPS Updated to Version 1.3.2

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Dont Run With A Plasma Sword, the runner game by XperimentalZ Games has been updated. DRWAPS includes 5 levels of difficulty in both a challenge mode as well as an endless arcade style mode.  Each level of the challenge mode concludes with a Boss fight which allows the user to continue to the next level upon completion. The Endless mode includes a variety of objectives, some of which upon completion, unlock the next level of the Endless Mode.  The lastest version of DRWAPS , 1.3.2, includes a host of updates and fixes including:

- Increased XP gains
- Lowered Price on some items
- Increased Daily XP Bonuses
- Fixed a bug which could result in being stuck in endless objectives
- Updated 3rd Party libraries
- Other Minor fixes

The game has been also updated to a free download and is now iOS 7.0 compatible.  For more information or to download DRWAPS, check out the DRWAPS webpage at:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/dont-run-with-a-plasma-sword/id479907900

WITA2GS Adds New Educational Titles to Their Library

The What is the Apple IIgs Website (WITA2GS) has added a host of new educational titles to their website.  The new titles, archived by the website’s curator, Alex Lee, while on a trip to California offer an ever expanding glimpse into the world of Apple II education.  There are over 20 new titles on the website in Alex’s push in completing his collection of Apple IIgs software and Apple II 8-bit software which was issued on 3.5 inch floppy disks.

For more information about the new titles, check out the WITA2GS website at:

http://www.whatisthe2gs.apple2.org.za/educational-software-updates-via-california/

Chewbagger Byte Editor and SNAP NNTP Client Updates Released

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Ewen Wannop has released two software updates this week.  The first is to his Apple IIgs Byte Editor, Chewbagger.   The second update is to his NNTP client, SNAP.   According to the press release in CSA2, “

Version 1.1.5 of ChewBagger and 1.1.5 of SNAP are now available from my website: http://www.wannop.info/speccie
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This is an update of ChewBagger, and amongst many small bug fixes and  cosmetic changes, has two new features:

  • Optionally display the ASCII field with the high bits cleared.
  • Compare two files for differences.
  • The files are displayed in a ‘split’  window, and on opening, the first difference is found and selected. 
  • You can then work through the two files, finding further differences,  and setting an ‘offset’ between the displays if necessary..

Please read the Manual and ‘Changes’ files for more details on how these  new features work.

ChewBagger is a stand alone IIgs application for editing files at byte  level, working with both data and resource forks.

  • Find and Replace either Hex or ASCII data. Compare two files, and find
  • and replace data as required.
  • View and disassemble the relocated segments of an OMF file.
  • Load a P8 application at an optional address for disassembly.
  • Examine a range of IIgs memory and optionally disassemble.
  • Disassembles both 6502 and 65816 code, with optional tool call labels.
  • Dump to file or printer, either the hex and ASCII fields, or the disassembled code.


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This is a minor update of SNAP, mainly to fix bugs, but with one major addition, in that you can now optionally choose to read New messages  first.

Please read the Manual and ‘Change.List’ files for more details.

 

  • SNAP is an online NNTP News Client for the IIgs
  • SNAP accesses Usenet and NNTP news servers, right from your IIgs desktop.
  • SNAP gives you multiple server configurations, with custom Group lists,  allowing you to easily tailor your daily news fix.
  • SNAP lets you Post messages, or Followup existing messages.
  • SNAP will optionally Forward or Reply to a message through a normal SMTP  mail account.
  • SNAP is ideal for accessing the A2Central, or CSA2 news Forums.
  • SNAP requires a IIgs running Marinetti 3.0b3 or later.
  • SNAP works best with a direct connection to the Net, such as that from an Ethernet card.

 

 

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/