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Brutal Deluxe Software Introduces Apple IIgs Bechmark Tool


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 and share your results with us!

Antoine Vignau & Olivier Zardini
Brutal Deluxe Software

Easily download from comp.binaries.apple2

The Usenet newsgroup comp.binaries.apple2 contains about 2-3 thousand Apple II programs, but they’re tricky to download to an emulator or a real Apple II, owing to the fact that they’re all encoded with ASCII armor.

Well thanks to Format Converter, technology that will decode all the Apple II and Macintosh file formats, these files from comp.binaries.apple2 can be easily downloaded to your computer as a ShrinkIt file. BinSCII files will be decoded (usually to ShrinkIt archives) and so will Executioner format.

The ONLY limitation so far is that multi-part archives are not joined. I will have this last bit going ASAP. Something else I found wrong, but that is beyond my control, is that some of the ShrinkIt files have a bad CRC. They will probably still extract OK if you’ve got a program that will ignore a mismatched CRC.

Here is an example file, Anix2.2. Click the bold Download Binary link.

This should also work when using a web browser on the 8-bit Apple such as Contiki, or the Spectrum browser for IIgs. Let me know how it works.

DOS 3.3 Directory List Builders DIR33 and LS33 Announced

The curator of the Aztec C Museum, Bill Buckels, has announce the immediate availability of two new directory builders for Dos 3.3.  The new Directory Builders Dir33 and LS33 are available from the Aztec C Museum as a free download.  Complete source code and documentation is included as part of the download.

According to the note on CSA2 posted by Bill, “ The Aztec C65 DIR33 Project for Apple II DOS 3.3 – RWTS revealed with structures and everything…

Download it here:

Well I have run out of time so no more pdf’s tonight.

This project is documented in the source code comments. The 3 disk images LS33.DSK, DIR33.DSK, and CHTYPE.DSK are configured to display their respective sources when you run them.

So go ahead and run them…

What you have here is a complete Apple II DOS 3.3 native mode compiler environment for building programs for both native mode DOS 3.3 and the Aztec C65 DOS 3.3 Shell.

3 – programs are included for you to run and build if you wish:

LS33 –   A command line directory list builder and shell script writer for the Aztec C DOS 3.3 Shell. This one is really cool… it even reads a scoped list of files from the catalog then plugs them into functional DOS 3.3 shell script formats… you can redirect them to disk and run slideshows and stuff, or do some real work if there’s any left to do on the Apple II in DOS 3.3.
DIR33 –  A directory list builder for “RAW” DOS 3.3  If you don’t want to muck with a command line this is the rugged equivalent of LS33 and will follow you anywhere that a VTOC lives…
CHTYPE – A command line utility for changing DOS 3.3 filetypes. This is the source code and everything, and as a special bonus, I thrwe in a generic buildscript that will build up to 10 shell utilities for DOS 3.3 at once!

Now some additonal information on RWTS (Read Write Track Sector) routines in Aztec C65.

You may have noticed that one of the utilities in the RAT (called DLIST) creates directory lists from the DOS 3.3 catalog command by scraping the
screen. At that particular point in time I had failed miserably to master rwts() in Aztec C65 and in desperation I decided to scrape the Apple II’s
screen to build a file list to preserve what was left of my dignity.

But much has changed since then and as I get closer to putting the pieces of this strange collection of DOS 3.3 compilers together, my dignity has vanished completely…

The utilities that you have here while not of exceptional quality,  are certainly fun to play with, both in the Aztec C DOS 3.3 Shell and in “RAW” DOS 3.3… and although you see me using rwts everywhere these days (in the RAT and the RD hex viewer etc) the 3 programs you have here were the ones I cut my rwts on… this has been going on even longer than I want to think about… ok I’ll come clean. I quit programming Apple II code for a couple of years because I got so frustrated with rwts. Then I dilly-dallyed in ProDOS while I avoided the awful truth!

Honestly… so now I am going to grab a guiness and breath a sigh of relief because I got this out there before my commercial fishing season starts…barely!
But wait! There’s More!!!
Download them now and you will get absolutely free yet even more documentation in that bleary eyed now-familiar burned-out after coding and can barely see format that I have come to know and love:


In case you can’t guess from the name what it’s about here’s a link to a sneak preview:

Read Something else here:

A2Command Version 1.1 Released


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:

What’s happening in the Apple II world

Let’s take a look at what’s going on with the Apple II:


– Bill Buckels is still hard at work with Aztec C, and he has made a number of shell utilities for this system.

– Eric Shepherd updated his Sweet16 emulator for Mac OS X to version 3.0.1.

– The Daily Apple blog is working on a mapping program and ZBASIC for an IFComp entry.

– Steven Hirsch has saved the ZVX4 8″ disk controller software from extinction.

– BluRry is going to improve his Java Apple emulator key commands for Mac users.

Sheppyware Creates The S-Prize


Eric Shephard, owner and operator of the Apple IIgs Software producing SheppyWare, has announce a new push for an Apple IIgs based SMB2 client.  According to his posting on  CSA2, ”

We’re now accepting pledges to increase the value of the S-Prize! The Prize has been established to encourage Apple II developers to create an open-source SMB2 file system for the Apple IIgs which meets certain functional requirements.

We’ve started with the $400 seeded by myself and the Apple II development fund sponsored by Ross Falconer and sales of the old EGO Systems products through Syndicomm for several years. As of the time I write this post, the prize is up to $570 total.

Visit to offer to contribute to the prize. Your pledge will soon be listed on the Pledges page on the site, and the total will tick upward. You won’t have to actually pay up any money until the S-Prize is claimed by a successful developer or development team! At that time, we’ll email you to request the funds you promised.

You will not have to send any money until an SMB2 client for the Apple IIgs is successfully created and meets the requirements, including passing approval by the S-Prize administration team.

Developers: If you’re interested in trying to claim the prize, visit for the rules and qualifications; this will let you know what the file system needs to be able to do, as well as things like what sorts of licensing we ask you to use (basically any good open source license that allows code re-use), hardware and software compatibility requirements, and minimum functional requirements.”

At the time of this posting the prize had reached a total of 1620$ USD and SheepyWare pledge has been matched by A.P.P.L.E.

10,000 Apple II screenshots added to Mac GUI Vault

What is this file? That’s a good question when it comes to these Apple II files which often have pretty cryptic names, such as “Mmgrdosinst.” Earlier this month, file catalogs were added to show the contents of ShrinkIt archives and disk images, but that only helps a little. Having a screenshot of what the program looks like is a much more valuable asset.

To that end, exactly 10,657 screenshots are now available for 4,668 8-bit Apple II programs in Mac GUI Vault. Files with screenshots will have anywhere from 1 to 4 screenshots.

The entire process was automated from start to finish, using AppleScript and Gerard Putter’s Virtual ][ emulator. In fact, Mr. Putter’s emulator was the only choice, as it was the only scriptable emulator. A series of sophisticated algorithms sifted through 21,000 candidate screenshots to eliminate exact duplicates, near duplicates, and other low-quality screenshots to return only the best possible screenshots for each program.

Special thanks goes to the afore-mentioned Mr. Putter for his assistance in the process. Any one interested in a detailed description of the process and algorithms used could read this blog entry.

Following are some example files with screenshots: Taxman and Apple PanicDragon’s Eye.

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

Enhanced File Catalogs for Mac GUI Vault

Today’s Mac GUI Vault update brings enhanced file catalogs to over 70% of the 27,000 files currently in the Vault archive; that’s almost 19,000 files. These file catalogs are in the search database too, so you can use them to find the programs that you’re looking for. Some files, such as BinHex and BinSCII, will often have a description of the program in them; this description has also been copied out and is searchable.

The following file formats are cataloged: Binary II, BinHex 4.0, BinSCII, Compact Pro (Compactor), DiskCopy 4.2, DOS 3.3, MacBinary II, MFS, Pascal, ProDOS, ShrinkIt (NuFile), StuffIt 1.5.1, Universal Disk Image (2mg). In future, more formats will be available, including StuffIt 5 and HFS disks. My goal is to have at least 90% of the files in Mac GUI Vault cataloged.

Future updates will bring more screenshots to the Apple II programs in Vault, as well as the ability to search within files and convert between any format.

Mac GUI Vault opened on 09/09/09 with the goal of being a cataloged, searchable database of all vintage Apple II and Macintosh material.

What’s Happening in the Apple II World

Let’s take a quick look at some of the latest developments in the Apple II world.

Juiced.GS, June 2013 edition is available. This issue features a behind-the-scenes look at the discovery and publication of 8-bit shooting game Zéphyr; an interview with the conference services staff at Rockhurst University, host of KansasFest; reviews of Option8′s RetroConnector keyboard interface device, and of Karateka Classic and Lode Runner Classic for iOS; a history of Apple II software publisher Electronic Arts; and much, much more!

SPVHD updates from Cedric. This project is providing a mass storage to the Apple //c (except the ROM 255 version), the only Apple II without expansions slots.

ROM 03 IIgs source code. retrogear has successfully assembled the Apple IIgs ROM 03 firmware from source code. The system files will be posted at a later date.

The Daily Apple blog is now talking about sorting disks, getting a working printer for the Apple IIc, and revisiting the effort to code the Hamurabi simulation.