The Apple ][ Cassette Library, started by Antoine Vignau of Brutal Deluxe Software now has several new apps added to the library. Cassettes were produced for the Apple ][ from 1977 to 1982 by over 50 companies but they lost popularity as the floppy disk took over the Apple ][ software realm.
The new Apple ][ apps added to the cassette library include:
Apple: Color demos 4K
Apple: Breakout 4K
Programma International: Home accounting
Programma InternationalStar voyager
Softape: Screen machine
The additions to the library now bring the total number of cassettes in the library to 564 as of 11 June 2012. You can find the entire Apple ][ cassette Library at:
Although the last books for the Apple ][ computer were published more than 20 years ago, there are many machines still available on the second hand and collectors markets. This glut of available machines has meant that a whole new generation of Apple ][ users have machines that they are just learning how to use. This book fills the void left by the lack of new books and is intended for everyone from the absolute beginning Apple ][ user to the grizzled veteran user who needs to refresh their minds on things.
David Finnigan of the Apple and Macintosh centric site, Mac Gui City has been working hard on a new users guide for the Apple ][ series computers. the new guide with some 600 plus pages and 12 chapters will include information about 6 different Apple ][ series computers and their setup.
As for a release date on the new book, according to a recent post in CSA2, david says "The first complete draft (meaning that every section of the book was complete) was made early last week. It's currently being poured over by a team of leading Apple II experts. There are 12 chapters and nearly as many appendices. My hopeful guess is that the review will take at least 3 weeks. "
The new Apple ][ Users Guide will be the first Apple ][ series specific book published in nearly twenty years and aims to better educate this generation of Apple ][ users and hobbyists. For more information about the book, you can check out The New Apple ][ Users Guide web page at:
Jordan Mechner posted on his twitter account about the ongoing source recovery of the original source for the game Prince of Persia. The floppies containing the source code was found in a box his father had recently discovered and shipped to Jordan. Now, the source code for the Apple ][ version of the game is available for download to anyone who wants a copy from the GitHub repository at:
The Android version of the Mini vMac Emulator has been updated to version 3.2.3, bringing it inline with the current version of the Mini vMac emulator for other platforms. The emulator is available in two versions, Macintosh Plus which is a free download and the Macintosh II, a $1.99 download from the Andropid Marketplace. You can also download the current source code for the emulator for free as well.
Gil Osher has more information about the emulator on his website at:
David Schmidt has released an update to the ADTPro disk imaging package. ADTPro allows users to convert Apple ][ and Apple /// disks to digital images for use with emulators. According to the press release on CSA2, "This release has a couple of snazzy things that folks won't need to see very often:
The bare-metal bootstrapper works in about 1/3 the time it did before. It now shifts the serial hardware into high gear to transmit the bulk of the code in binary rather than via text on the screen. Much the same way as Blurry's Apple Game Server.
* Serial now bootstraps from bare metal in 1/3 the time it used to take with Speediboot(tm) technology
* [Server] Mac OSX has a prettier “installer” via the DMG – just drag/drop the ADTPro folder to Applications
* [Server] Improve serial error recovery for two different scenarios: 1, by waiting (much) longer before timing out to allow for problemtatic/errorful block reads, and 2, flushing the serial port after things like checksum errors“
Jeff Dunham, the comedian and ventriloquist has been exposed as an avid Apple Computer collector. While his first hobby is collecting vintage automobiles, he also has a very extensive collection of older Macintosh and Apple computers from the 1980′s and 1990′s.
His collection is currently numbered at 40 units, including the very first 1984 Macintosh. You can check out his collection in a photo expose done by USA today at:
Howard Cantin was the man behind the printed circuit boards for many of the early atari machines as well as the Apple01 computer. Recently, Mike Willegal, creator of the Apple-1 Mimeo, sat down with Howard in a telephone interview to talk about what when into those days and his relationships with the heads of what was then Apple Computer as well as how things went with Nolan Bushnell of Atari
As for the proverbial story about how Atari refused the Atari Breakout board that Steve Wozniak built, he says “engineers at Atari couldn’t understand the design. Because they couldn’t understand it, Atari ended up not using it.”
You can read the interview in it’s entirety on Mike Willegal’s blog page at:
Mike Maginnis, the curator of the Apple II scans website has posted 7 of the 9 issues of 8/16: The Journal of Apple II Programming. The Journal was produced by Ross W. Lambert and became 8/16-Central in 1990 when the publication was sold to Tom Weishaar.
You can download the currently available scanned issues from the Apple II scans website 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:
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