Australian Apple Review Officially Released in Downunder Chat


The Australian Apple Review has been officially released by A.P.P.L.E..  The release announcement occurred last evening in the Downunder Chat on A2Central’s IRC channel.   Accordsing to the announcement made by A.P.P.L.E.’s Bill Martens, “The project is the culmination of a number of people including Andrew Roughan, Brian Wiser and even the National Library of Australia.”

the Australian Apple Review was a magazine published in Australia by well known publisher Gareth Powell.  In 2005, permission was initially received to reproduce the entire run in PDF format.  The project began in earnest in 2009 when Andrew Roughan began providing a number of issues from his collection and coordinating with the National Library of Australia for an exchange of materials which would allow them to complete their in-house collection of the magazine.

All issues of the magazine were scanned and OCR’d and the entire collection is now available for free download from the AAR website at:

Dagan Brock announces new Apple IIgs Forum

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Dagan Brock has announced the creation of a new Apple IIgs focused forum.   According to his facebook posting, ”  In my grand tradition of A) announcing things before they are ready and B) creating things that we don’t need… I am happy to announce that there’s a new forum on the scene over at  I don’t know that we need another forum, but seeing as my intent is to unify the Apple IIgs dev scene a bit, I wanted to provide a home for that specific conversation. (Also, I’ve updated some of the other pages and finally made a working contact page, and fixed some mobile rendering issues, and blah and blah.)  Happy Monday.

You can find the forum at:

Mac-A.P.P.L.E. Issues Re-Discovered


In a recent excursion into the A.P.P.L.E. storage boxes in Seattle, Brian Wiser discoverd a number of issues of our original Mac-A.P.P.L.E. magazine.  The magazine which was published from 1986 to 1988 was A.P.P.L.E.’s attempt to differentiate the Mac from the Apple II computers, carry original content specifically attuned to the Mac computers.

A total of 15 issues were found in the archives and today, we are happy to announce that the first scan of those Mac-A.P.P.L.E. issues, May 1986 issue is being made available to all users for download.

Mac A.P.P.L.E. May 1986

Nibble Magazine releases complete 12 years of Apple II Programs on disk


Mike Harvey has announced through his website, the immediate availability of all of the programs from the full run of Nibble Magazine.   Apple II hobbyist Stavros Karatsoidis has spent the better part of 3.5 years typing all of the programs from the magazines into an iPad.  The result is more than 1200 programs on a total of 69 floppy disks.  The complete disk collection is downloadable for free from the Nibble Magazine Disks page at:

A complete program index is also available from the Nibble Magazine website at:

David Schmenk’s new Virtual Machine for Apple II

Legendary Apple II virtual machine programmer David Schmenk has returned from his secret underground Apple II lair to reveal a pre-release announcement of the next-generation virtual machine for the Apple II family: PLASMA 123. It is so called because the same code segments will run, without change, on the Apple I, the II, and the Apple III.

PLASMA is the system behind the upcoming game for Apple II, Lawless Legends.

Mr. Schmenk states that he has developed new interpreter technology that is better than anything ever released before. It is only 3 times slower than equivalent 6502 machine language, but the code does a lot more in less memory space. Inline assembly is still allowed for speed-critical sections.

Find source code, documentation, and a demo disk at Github.

WWDC 2014 Keynote to be Broadcast LIve


The annual World Wide Developers Conference keynote for the 2014 rendition of WWDC will be broadcast live.  Breaking with past years, the past several keynotes have been broadcast over the Internet, making it available to more people, especially in light of the popularity of the tickets for the event.  WWDC is held each year at Muscone Center in San Francisco and is a week long chance for developers to rub elbows with the developers at Apple.  It is also a chance for Apple to announce forthcoming products at a conference where it is a majority of people who are pro-Apple.

Apple has also made many of the events available for viewing using their WWDC app over iOS enabled devices.  The broadcast of WWDC 2014 will begin at 10PM PST and can be viewed with the Safari Browser only.   To view the WWDC Keynote, go to:

ADTPro 2.0.0 Released


ADTPro, the vintage apple disk imaging software, has been updated to version 2.0.0.  ADTPro allows users to image floppies from Apple II and Apple III series computers and allows boot strapping of machines directly from a disk image over bare wire.  The software handles a number of emulator image formats and supports many of the newer hardware items produced for the Apple II and Apple II series computers.

New features in 2.0.0 included as specified in posting by David Schmidt on CSA2:

New protocol (code-named “Wide”) that makes transport more reliable  and significantly faster with tunable payload lengths
[Client] Arrow-and-Return interface for choosing a file to receive
[Client] Arrow-and-Return interface for the main menu
[Client] Directory listing allows for wildcard filtering of files, paging forward and backward
[SOS Client] Slow driver-based screen I/O subsystem replaced with custom code, significantly speeding up display
Separated ProDOS and SOS boot disks for ADTPro client; VDRIVE boot disk remains common to both

Bug fixes included in this version:
When the server decides to abort, the new protocol will not react  to the “spray of commands” when the client (re-)sends data that isn’t supposed to be commands
[SOS Client] Keyboard interaction works correctly
[SOS Client, SOS VSDrive] Changing serial connected-ness to the Apple /// no longer causes fatal SOS $02 errors
[SOS Client] Bare-metal bootstrap more reliable with timeout logic borrowed from Speediboot and made prettier with a logo and better display management
[Client] Hitting the escape key on the configuration screen truly aborts changes; this prevents DHCP from requesting a new IP address, for example
[Build] Re-architected ‘Ant’ build system to be completely dependency-driven; allows complete granularity of build target

For more information about ADTPro, including usage and setup videos and instructions, check out the ADTPro website at :

Bluetooth Wireless on the Apple II


Peter Wong has been working on a proof of concept project for the past several years which would allow the Apple II to utilize wireless communications.  The project has a number of ideas included and even a version of ADTPro, the disk imaging software managed by David Schmidt with the Bluetooth option on the main menu.

While there have been several projects which proved the concept would work, this is the first views which show the full integration of the software and hardware performing actual disk transfers.  This project also uses the Bolutek BLK-MD-BC04-B module attached to the Super Serial Card to achieve the bluetooth communications.

To read further about this project, check out his blog posting at:

Apple Updates Digital Camera RAW Compatibility

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Apple has released version 5.05 of the Digital Camera RAW compatibility driver.  The update comes close on the heels of the Mac OS X 10.9.3 update and addresses support for a number of camera in Aperature 3 and iPhoto ’11 including the following:

  • Canon EOS Rebel T5 / 1200D / Kiss X70
  • Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II
  • Nikon D4S
  • Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10

The update is included in the Software Update function.   For more information or to directly download the update, go to the Apple downloads page at:

Apple Releases Mac OS 10.9.3

Mac OS 10.9.x

Apple has released a new version of the operating system for Intel based Macs.  Mac OS X 10.9.3 increases apple’s support of 4K devices.  Restoration of the USB syncing of Calendars and Contacts is also included in this update.  Also Apple has attempted to imporve the reliability of connections via VPN that use IPsec. They has also released Safari 7.0.3 in coordination with this update.

The update is a 947mb download and is available now. For more information about the update or to download, check the Apple support page at: