XperimentalZ Games has released an update to their popular iPad and iPhone runner game, Don’t Run With A Plasma Sword or DRWAPS. Version 1.1.2 adds a number of new features to the game and includes:
- Revamped the objectives system in endless to add much more variations
- Added an indicator in story mode, to let the player know when the section will finish
- Added new leaderboards
- Fixed several minor bugs
The game is a high paced runner game with high flying antics, multiple skill levels, different goals and rewards, and even character outfits. This is one game that will keep you entertained and challenged for a long time with it’s endless levels. The game is a $0.99 cent download in the iTunes App Store.
You can download the latest version of the game from the Apple iTunes App Store at:
Apple has released an update to Java for Mac OS X Lion. The update 2012-001 is intended to address issues with reliability and security. It also addresses compatibility issues for Java SE 6. This update require Mac OS X Lion 10.7. You can download the update through the software update option on the Apple menu or from the Apple support website at:
Apple has released an update to the iPhoto ’11 Application. IPhoto Verison 9.2.3 addresses a host of issues and includes the following updates and enhancements:
Improves overall stability
Addresses an issue that could cause iPhoto to quit unexpectedly on systems with multiple user accounts
Fixes and enhancements included in iPhoto Versions 9.2 to 9.2.2
Photos can now be deleted from Photo Stream
Addresses compatibility with iCloud and iOS 5
Left and right swipe gestures can now be used to navigate between photos in Magnify (1-up) view
Previously imported photos are now displayed in a separate section of the Import window
Book/calendar themes and card categories can now be selected using a pop-up menu in the carousel view
Resolves an issue that could cause some pages of books to print incorrectly
Rebuilding a library now correctly preserves saved slideshows and books
The iPhoto 9.2.3 update requires users to have Mac OS X 10.6.8 or Mac OS X Lion 10.7.3 or later. You can download the latest version of iPhoto through the Software Update feature under the Apple menu or through the iPhoto Support Page at:
Apple has released an update for the Apple Software Installer for users running Mac OS X 10.6. Update 1.0 of the Apple Software Installer is intended to address an issue which prevented certain Apple Software packages from installing properly. You will need to be running Mac OS X 10.6 and have updated to at least Mac OS X 10.6.8 to install this update. The update can be installed from the Software Update option under the Apple Menu or by going to the Apple Software Installer Update support page at:
Apple has updated the Digital Camera RAW Compatibility, releasing version 3.10 of the compatibility driver. The update adds the following cameras to the compatibility list for Apple’s Apperture 3 as well as their iPhoto ’11 packages:
Canon PowerShot G1 X
Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GX1
Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ35
Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ38
Sony Alpha NEX-7
You will need at least Mac OS X 10.6.8 or Mac OS 10.7.1 installed in order to use this update. You can install the update from the Software Update function under the Apple Menu in Mac OS X or from the Apple Support page at:
Apple has released an update to the Epson printer drivers for Mac OS X. The latest version of the Epson drivers, version 2.10, requires users to have at least Mac OS X 10.6 on their machines. You can download the drivers through the Software Update feature under the Apple menu or from the Epson Printer Support page at:
Apple has released an update to their Safari Web Browser. The update, Version 5.1.4, includes a number of fixes that improve the performance of the Safari Browser. Included fixes are:
Improve responsiveness when typing into the search field after changing network configurations or with an intermittent network connection
Address an issue that could cause webpages to flash white when switching between Safari windows
Address issues that prevented printing U.S. Postal Service shipping labels and embedded PDFs
Preserve links in PDFs saved from webpages
Fix an issue that could make Flash content appear incomplete after using gesture zooming
Fix an issue that could cause the screen to dim while watching HTML5 video
Improve stability, compatibility and startup time when using extensions
Allow cookies set during regular browsing to be available after using Private Browsing
Fix an issue that could cause some data to be left behind after pressing the “Remove All Website Data” button
The update is for Mac OS X users who are running at least Mac OS X 10.6.8 Snow Leopard or newer. For Mac OS X Lion users, you must have at least 10.7.3 installed. You can download the update through the Software Update feature under the Apple menu or from the Safari support page at:
Brian Picchi has posted a new video review of the Will Harvey produced Apple ][ Game, The Immortal. The Immortal was a glossy graphical adventure that was produced in 1990 by Electronic Arts. Brian takes you through an entire level of play in the 12.5 minute video and talks about some of the nifty tricks within the game including resurrecting a dead player. See the video below or on YouTube at:
Oliver Schmidt, long known for his work on several projects in the Apple][ community including Contiki and Applewin, has now delved into documenting the internals of GEOS, the Berkeley Softworks produced operating system for the Apple ][.
In his announcement in the comp.sys.apple2 newsgroup, Oliver says" Although the Apple GEOS filesystem is based on ProDOS 8 the Apple GEOS files are not standard ProDOS 8 files. I’m not refering to file content here but to the file structure – meaning that Apple GEOS files aren’t seedling, sapling nor tree files.
I’ve done some reverse-engineering and have documented my findings here:
GEOS files are more than the usual byte stream with a few attributes. Therefore they need to be converted in order to represent them in other filesystems. This is just the same as with GEOS 64/128. And again just the same as with GEOS 64/128 it is desirable to have this conversion work “in place” instead of creating copies. To facilitate this a suitable “convert format” has to be specified. I defined one here:
1. Convert tools running on Apple GEOS (like on GEOS 64/128) or on ProDOS 8. I’ve already written a ProDOS 8 convert – which however currently only supports the “deconversion”.
2. Apple disk image tools like CiderPress or AppleCommander. They could use the “convert format” to represent Apple GEOS files in the host filesystem – and do the (de-)convert on-the-fly when moving files from/to an Apple GEOS disk image.
What’s the benefit of all this?
1. In general it becomes possible to move Apple GEOS files around, transfer them with any filetransfer technicque and share them on the net etc.
2. I’m working on porting the cc65 GEOSLib (http://www.cc65.org/ snapshot-doc/geos.html) from GEOS 64/128 to Apple GEOS. The cc65 linker creates a “convert format” file which is then tranfered to the Apple GEOS filesystem and finally deconverted there. That’s the reason why my ProDOS 8 convert tool only supports this direction.
3. Now that the basic Apple GEOS file structures are known one can apply the already present knowledge on GEOS file contents – as they are the same for Apple GEOS and GEOS 64/128. Thus it becomes i.e. possible to implement an Apple geoPaint file viewer (or editor):
From the cc65 developers perspective it would of course be great if CiderPress and/or AppleCommander would allow to place the output file of the cc65 linker directly in an Apple GEOS disk image as Apple GEOS file, thus superseding the additional convert step. ”
A.P.P.L.E. obtained permission to distribute the documentation for GEOS in 2003 and if you would like to check GEOS out or to run it on your own system, you can download the entire GEOS CD complete with all of the documentation from our December posting about the program at:
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