Software

MacHeist Announces new Bundle of 15 Apps for $29

The folks behind one of the most successful charitable application bundles, MacHeist, have announced a new grouping of 15 applications.  MacHeist 4 includes 15 applications for the Mac, priced at $29.00 USD for the entire bundle.   MacHeist donates 25 percent of all sales to charities specified by the purchaser. Past MacHeist events have raised over two million dollars for a variety of charities.

The last three apps of the bundle will be unlocked for all users as a specified number of bundles being sold, with the first one set to open at 25,000 bundles.  The “Heist” lasts for 10 days and can be purchased by going to the MacHeist website at:

www.macheist.com

ADTPro 1.2.5 Released

A note from David Schmidt on CSA2 announced the arrival of the latest rendition of the ADTPro Disk Imaging software.

Ok, here’s a few more goodies.  The time and date is synchronized with the host, and there’s two versions of the serial driver: one that hides between the BI and buffers, and another that stomps on the Disk II driver.  The latter is compatible with ProDOS utilities.

There’s a little bit in there just for me – I don’t expect anyone else will need it, so I’m not even adding a button on the UI for it.  But for those that need to unit test ADTPro, if you start it with the parameter ‘localhost’ you can have it serve the virtual serial ports (that are mapped to IP ports) of emulators.  So far it works with AppleWin and JACE.

I needed to stop chopping wood and sharpen the axe… so I could test the serial version of the virtual drive.  It was just taking too long to make real disks and test on hardware.  The bug I was shooting: later versions of ProDOS hid the Disk II driver at $d800, not $f000…

Anyway, there’s a few bug fixes for all the Daves that use the Ethernet version, too.  And all executables are SYS files now.

http://adtpro.sourceforge.net

1.2.5 – September 22, 2012

New functionality:

  *  [VDrive] ProDOS date and time is set when communicating with the ADTPro server

  *  [VDrive] Serial driver installs over the floppy driver by default

  *  [Server] ADTPro server serves a hybrid serial-over-IP for emulators – enabled with startup parameter ‘localhost’

Bug fixes:

  *  [VDrive] Ethernet driver is now more “reentrant,” allows for restarting if the “ping” message doesn’t show up right away

  *  [VDrive] Aborts via escape key are more reliable, Ethernet now recovers correctly

  *  [VDrive] Device driver installer filetypes changed to SYS

Duplex printer tip:

A couple of weeks ago I noticed my HP printer was no longer printing two sided pages. Strictly speaking this was with Linux but it could happen with the Mac as well since they use the same printer driver software… I figured it was an application problem with Thunderbird and Firefox since all the other applications (and computers on my LAN) worked fine. It never occurred to me it was a driver problem.

Thanks to some prodding by Adam T. at one of the computer clubs I attend, I thought I’d give it a try since there was nothing else left to try. I found some information at https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/ghostscript/+bug/885118 which seemed relevant. On this page they suggested accessing the CUPS driver directly by accessing the HTML page at http://localhost:631/. This opens the page on the local computer rather than heading out to the internet…

From there I found the defaults were altered by an update. Sure enough CUPS thought it was a single sided printer. I told it to set the default to print on both sides of the page. It whined and said the duplexer was not enabled. The next thing I did was to enable the duplex unit. At that point it accepted the changes.

So far I was only able to print a single six page document from Firefox, but it looks like this solved the problem.

Brutal Deluxe Software Releases DeluxeWare CD-ROM as Free Download

Brutal Deluxe Software has announced that their January 1996 version of the DeluxeWare CD-ROM is now available as a free download.  The DeluxeWare CD-ROM contains over 650mb of Apple IIgs related software and was the first French CD-ROM dedicated to the Apple IIgs.

COntents of the DeluxeWare CD-ROm include:

  • Apple programs
  • Documentations
  • Creative visual
  • Hypermedia
  • Games
  • Music
  • System
  • Utilities

The CD-Rom is available as a 311.5mb zipped file and includes all of the software on the original disks.  Also the CD Jackets are available on the DeluxeWare website.  According to the website, the system requirements for the CD Image is:

  • Apple IIgs ROM 01 or 3, cd-rom 1x or 2x speed with the associated extensions. Some software require the use of System 6.0.1.
  • The disc is in HFS and can be played on a IIgs or a Macintosh computer.
  • The shareware on this disc must be paid to their respective authors.

While the third requirement is that the shareware authors be paid, it is unknown how much of the Shareware titles are still being maintained by the authors.  The CD is a wealth of information from the 1996 time frame and is available from:

http://www.brutaldeluxe.fr/products/apple2gs/deluxeware/

Stable version of JACE – Apple II emulator – Released

Java Apple II emulator author Brendan Robert was quite understandably pleased to announce that his JACE emulator has reached a new milestone.

Said Mr. Robert:

This is the first major release, bringing this emulator within a hair of my original vision for what I wanted it to be: it is a complete recreation of the computer I had growing up. (yaaaaaay!) There are a few bugs left to fix, but the only people in this world that claim software is ever complete are sales people. In spite of its flaws it’s ready to get some heavy use: I took the BETA label off the sourceforge page.

# Several timing and deadlock fixes, this not only spells more stable but also a lot more efficient in some cases.

# AE RamFactor card implemented and working. You will need to install the AE Ram Expander for Appleworks to see the extra storage.
*There is an additional option to max out the speed of the emulator when the ramfactor is in use. This means that any applications using Ram for cache or extra storage will speed up dramatically.

# Mockingboard works perfectly with Ultima 5.
*AE Phasor support has been implemented, but it isn’t working right just yet. For now, just use Mockingboard mode.
*Note: Only use ONE mockingboard. Using more than one will cause the timing issues and sound horrible.
*You can use a mockingboard at the same time as a Passport MIDI card. It has a strange syncopated sound to it. it does reveal, however, that the mockingboard playback is pitch-perfect. :-)

# Visual UI completely overhauled: Now fullscreen is possible (press F9)
*Pressing F8 while in fullscreen will toggle aspect-constrained or stretched displays.

# Indicator icons now appear for:
*Disk II activity
*Mass storage activity
*Mouse activation
*SSC activity
*RamFactor activity

Visit the JACE Web site

JACE is free open-source software, licensed under the LGPL. It emulates an Apple IIe with 128K of RAM and an 80 columns card. It supports a disk drive, joysticks, Super Serial Card, AE RamFactor, mass storage, and many other features.

The emulator is compatible with all major computer operating systems.

 

Photo printing tip:

Here is the situation… My father was asked to take some pictures for a club he attends every week. He generally prints them out when ever someone asks for a copy. He also prints out a series of thumbnail pictures on a single page. I gather this is called a contact sheet. This time around the Windows program he used decided not to recognise the network printer. This was very odd because all the other programs on his machine saw it. In fact the program he was using also knew it was there but it refused to print to it. After a few days if frustration he asked me to see what I could do about printing a contact sheet for him.

Normally I would have used iPhoto on the Mac to do this. I think I did this once before. Unfortunately I had used the upgrade DVD to go from 10.4 to 10.6. The upgrade DVD didn’t have the iLife package on it and I am paranoid about using Apples online store. Particularly since I am not going to go around giving out credit card numbers to anybody. Although iLife is apparently free (and discontinued with 10.7 or 10.8) the only way to get it was to install from the old 10.4 DVDs and risk wiping out 10.6. In other words I was out of luck (for the moment).

I decided to see what I could find for Linux. The problem with Linux is almost all the programs are free and it is easy to install half a dozen of them without thinking. This time I was lucky and found one on the third try. The program is called Geeqie. I haven’t used all the features, only the print function. To print a contact sheet go through the following steps…

  1. Locate the files to print (it’s better to have them in the same directory).
  2. Select all the pictures to print.
  3. Click on File and select Print.
  4. Click on the box next to Proof Sheet.

From there the program will print multiple thumbnail pictures per page. There are more options in the print menu and they look like it might be worth exploring.

New Version of ADTPro Transfers .SDK Archives

David Schmidt, author of the popular Apple Disk Transfer (ADT) program for the Apple II, announced that the latest version, available now, has the ability to transfer ShrinkIt disk archives to Apple II computers. This functionality means that it is no longer required to use an emulator or another means to convert the .sdk file into a .dsk image. Therefore, much time is saved.

This new version of ADTPro also fixes a few other bugs.

Download ADTPro 1.2.2 at SourceForge.

K3B Tip

What is K3b? It is a free CD/DVD/Bluray burning program for Linux (it can be compiled for the Mac as well).

For the last little while, even before the last upgrade to the current version of Mint, I was having some trouble with the program. At first it no longer wanted to verify data disks. Just recently it wouldn’t even read the hard drive to pick up files to burn. It turned out the problem was a permissions thing. Unfortunately this was not something which could be easily changed from a user account. In the end running the program from the command line with “sudo k3b” fixed the problem. It presented a window which explained the permissions problem and offered to fix it. Now everything works again.

Karelia Releases Sandvox 2.6.3

Karelia Software has released an update to their web production software, Sandvox.  The new version focuses on the conversion of high resolution graphics and photos from newer cameras.  Sandvox will now take the photos,  generating the thumbnails quicker.  Version 2.6.3  also includes a host of fixes and updates including:

Publishing

  • Adjusts to MobileMe having closed on 30th June
  • Better tracking of incomplete uploads due to stopping publishing or a connection failure
  • More informative transcript for FTP connections when an error occurs
  • Resolves an issue where publishing to a relative document root more complex than a single folder name would place files in the wrong location
  • Fixes a crash when cancelling publishing to an SFTP server mid-upload
  • Fixes a crash when publishing using FTP
  • Connection test gives the server a second chance to prove it supports overwriting of files should the first one fail

Other Bug Fixes

  • Fixes a crash while autosaving in the background, often during publishing
  • Improves Slide Show compatibility with Internet Explorer 7
  • Addresses issues saving after deleting pages or objects
  • Addresses issues while dragging over some parts of the Sandvox UI

Sandvox allow users to create websites easily with a minimum of HTML and CSS knownledge, includes embedding of all popular media formats and allows automatic publication via FTP.  You can download the latest version of the Karelia Sandvox package from their website at:

http://www.karelia.com/

Starter Kit Simplifies Apple IIgs Emulator Use

Well-known Apple IIgs programmer Ewen Wannop released a starter kit for the popular Sweet16 emulator which runs on Mac OS X and emulates the Apple IIgs computer. This kit simplifies the process of using the emulated Apple IIgs to access the Internet, including email, Usenet newsgroups, and FTP sites.

The starter kit includes the latest versions of Wannop’s Apple IIgs Internet programs, SAM2, SNAP, and SAFE2.

The starter kit is available from the following URL: http://www.wannop.info/speccie/