Software

SHELL*SHOCK Tank Battle Game Released for the Apple ][

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Virtual Apple ][ has published a new Apple ][ game.  SHELL*SHOCK is a high paced action tank battle game for the Apple ][ computer.   Originally written in 1985 by Peter Blum, Alan Burkle, and Jonathan Dunaisky, the game has been largely unseen until this month when it was resurrected by the original authors and sent to Virtual Apple ][.

SHELL*SHOCK is unique in the Apple ][ gaming realm as it allows users to battle each other in two player mode over the modem.  While this feature is something that is long lost to the annuls of computing history, in 1985 it was a feature that was not really available in games of the time.

SHELL*SHOCK runs on any Apple II series computer with at least 64K of memory.  The game comes complete with a full 40 page instruction manual, two disks and is freely downloadable from the Virtual Apple ][ website at:

 http://www.virtualapple.org/shellshockdisk.html

A trio of reviews

The first is more of an update than a review. Ubuntu 13.4 is out. For those into running Linux this has been a fairly successful update. Although I haven’t tried it there does not appear to be many complaints. Mint 15 (derived from this version of Ubuntu) should be out toward the end of May.

The second is a program called Simutrans found at http://freecode.com. Alternatively it is available in the repositories if there is access to a Debian based system (such as Ubuntu). It is an open source simulation similar to Transport Tycoon. It is also cross-platform with source code provided. This means it should run on just about any computer. I haven’t played the original game so I can’t say how close it is to the original. The program runs well on my Linux system. I don’t know much about game play but it appears to be doing what it is supposed to do. The other thing to be aware of is a graphics pack will need to be downloaded. Two are downloaded via the repositories but adding others should be simple.

Third is a free Minecraft server called Craftbukkit (or Bukkit for short). There are plenty of videos on Youtube and links in Google to give people an idea of what it can do. They have recently updated to version 1.5.1 to match the Minecraft client and Mojangs Vanilla server. The main advantage to running Bukkit as opposed to Vanilla is the features. There are more things which can be done out of the box. Plugins (server modifications) are incredibly easy. Plus Bukkit is quite a bit more stable. Again it is cross-platform and will run on Windows, OS X, and Linux. My preference is to run it in a bare bones text mode Linux virtual machine for speed. Installing it is as simple as downloading a single file, unpacking it, running the binary once (assuming this is the first time) to set things up, then run it again to run the server. I have set up a series of scripts to make life easier. Connecting to the internet requires some router magic but there are plenty of references to help out. If anyone is into creating their own plugins or running a world, this is the way to go.

ADTPro 1.2.7 Released

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David Schmidt has released an update to the ADTPro program.   According to the posting on CSA2, the update includes:
New functionality:

* [VDrive] Added the ability to bootstrap into ProDOS with
VSDrive active

* [Server] Added a command-line invoker for AppleCommander

Bug fixes:

* [Server] Start the numerical part of batch name at 1, not
0; reset the counter when a batch name changes

* [Server] 5-1/4″ disk images with unrecognized filesystems
are always written with DOS-ordered physical interleaving

You can download the latest information and get usage instructions and video from the ADTPro website at:

http://adtpro.sourceforge.net

Famous Faces of Sports Quiz for iOS

McLean, Virginia – ICON, LLC has introduced Famous Faces of Sports Quiz 1.0, its new sports app developed for iOS devices. Famous Faces of Sports Quiz is an amazingly addictive and fun trivia game that will put your knowledge to the ultimate test. Famous Faces of Sports Quiz features beautiful photos of the most famous sports players of Basketball, Football, Soccer and Hockey.

Famous Faces of Sports Quiz is free for limited time. What are you waiting for? Each photo of the top athletes is processed individually to obscure it for added challenge.

Retake the quiz and improve your scores. Climb yourself up the eight leaderboards of Famous Faces of Sports Quiz on Game Center. Beware you are timed against the clock. The game also includes global leaderboards with Apple Game Center that adds competitive edge. Famous Faces of Sports Quiz is a universal app designed for iPhone, iPod touch and plays in HD on the iPad. Famous Faces of Sports Quiz is optimized for and looks awesome on the new iPhone 5.

Famous Faces of Sports Quiz 1.0 is free for a limited time, exclusively through the App Store in the Game and Sports categories. Take advantage of the free launch special and download the new Famous Faces of Sports Quiz.

Find out more about this App

Captions that take photos further with Typic Pro

Medelln, Colombia – Hi Mom S.A.S is thrilled to announce the release of Typic Pro 1.1, their new photo captioning app for iPhone, and iPod touch. After Typic’s huge success, the company decided to offer their users a lot more than what they expected with a Pro version.

typicWords can take your photos further, and Typic Pro is the best tool to take them even further than you ever imagined. People love to take and share photos, and by adding captions and unique designs to them, they can express themselves even more and take their creations beyond. It’s never been so easy for everyone and anyone to create outstanding posts that purely express their feelings.

Typic Pro has great filters, 28 fantastic fonts, 21 colors, and additionally it offers 36 super cool design elements carefully created to decorate your photos and turn them into great design pieces. You can also have two different captions, so you can play around with different fonts, colors, shadow, opacity and sizes, with full control and accuracy compared to other similar apps. Its user interface stands out from others for its simple sleek design, making the app super easy to work with.

Typic Pro 1.1 is $1.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Photo & Video category. There is a free version available.

Find out more about Typic

Eamon Deluxe Newsletter Posted

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The Eamon Deluxe Newsletter for March 2013 has been posted on the Eamon Adventurers Guild Online website at www.eamonag.org.   Eamon Deluxe is the creation of master Eamon adventure writer Frank Black.  He recently released Eamon Deluxe 5.0 for multiple platforms and this month talks about the possibility that Don Brown and Jon Walker could be one and the same person.  For more, check out the newsletter at:

http://eamonag.org/newsletters/acrobat/Eamon_DeluXe_NewsletterV3n01_03-2013.pdf

Intuiware Releases Changes Meter Update for Mac OS X

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Intuiware has released an update for Changes Meter, the URL change checking software.  Change Meter Version 1.80 includes a host of fixes including improved Growl support, basic support for proxies,and they have  fixed the problem of the program incorrectly reporting URL changes.

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Some of the addition changes within the program include:

  • Added option to hide unchanged URLs in the menubar icon menu
  • Added full support for Growl 2.0
  • Added basic support for http and https proxies, using the settings stored in the System Preferences
  • Added option to display either the URL or page title in a Growl notification
  • Now sends a Growl notification when a check is complete
  • Fixed encoding recognition, in particular Asian encoding are now handled correctly and page changes are now reported correctly
  • Unreachable URLs are now reported correctly with full support for OpenDNS users

Changes Meter allows you to enter the URLs of your favorite websites and the program runs in the task bar checking on changes in websites.  The checks are performed in a time set by the end user, and displays the amount of changes in a small pie chart with green area set for changes and red area set for sites that are offline.

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Intuiware is a one man software company in Italy which also produces Hot Plan and Rotate Files apps for Mac OS X.  The company is run by developer Massimilano Origgi.  For more about Intuiware or to download their software, go to:

http://www.intuiware.com

Brutal Deluxe Software Releases Zephyr for the Apple ][

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France, March 22nd 2013 – Brutal Deluxe Software, in partnership with Jean-Louis Le Breton (CEO of Froggy Software) and Richard Soberka (programmer, author of Pleins gaz), is happy to announce the relase of the arcade game Zéphyr for the Apple II.

This monochrome DHGR arcade game had to be released by Froggy Software in 1987. As the company shut its doors, the game has never been released nor distributed by its author.

Together, in 2013, we have decided to release the game and release as software were distributed during the golden years of the Apple II: zip lock bag, manual, sticker and floppy disk with label.

We auction the first three issues, one after the other. Those were signed by Jean-Louis Le Breton (http://www.jeanlouislebreton.com/) and Richard Soberka (http://www.soberka.com/).

Find the first auction @ http://www.ebay.com/itm/200908966058
Get more information @ http://www.brutaldeluxe.fr/2013/

Free shipping worldwide, the 77 next issues will be sold @ brutaldeluxe.fr

Share this vintage moment with us. Apple II forever!

Jean-Louis Le Breton,
Richard Soberka,
Antoine Vignau,
Olivier Zardini.

Eamon Adventures now playable online on Virtual Apple ][

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The Eamon Adventures have long been one of the favorite adventure systems available for the Apple ][.  With over 255 adventures written for Eamon, it is also likely the most prolific adventuring system as well.

Eamon was designed in 1980 by Donald Brown and released in Recreational Computing Magazine as a public domain system.   While the first dozen or so adventures were written by Donald Brown himself, most of the following 200  plus adventures have been written by over 50 artists.

Now thanks to a hard disk image created by Frank Kunze, that gaming system and most of the adventures in ProDOS are now playable on Virtual Apple ][.  The entire system with adventure games, character editor, dungeon designer and other utilities are on the single hard drive image.

For players manuals and the dungeon design information, check out the Eamon Adventures Guild Online website at:

http://www.eamonag.org

To play Eamon, go to Virtual Apple ][ at:

http://www.virtualapple.org/eamonfkdisk.html

BMP2RAG Graphics Converter Released

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Bill Buckels, the curator of the Aztec C Museum website has released his latest graphics tool for the Apple ][ computer.  BMP2RAG converts a 280 x 190 Windows BMP file to Apple ][ based HGR or High Resolution Graphics files.   The converter is a free tool and is available for download from:

http://www.aztecmuseum.ca/bmp2rag.zip

The manual for the program is also available in PDF format from the website at:
http://www.aztecmuseum.ca/BMP2RAG.pdf

Other graphics tools and compilers are available from the Aztec C Museum at:

http://aztecmuseum.ca/

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