Antoine Vignau

Brutal Deluxe Software introduces OMF Analyzer

Brutal-Deluxe-logo

OMF Analyzer is a command-line tool for Windows to analyze OMF Files we can find on 16 bits Apple IIgs operating systems like Prodos 16 or GS/OS.

Because OMF files are the core of any executable code on the Apple IIgs system (S16, Exe, CDA, NDA, FST, PIF, Library, Tool…), OMF Analyzer will be helpful for anyone wanting to write an Assembler, a Compiler, a Linker or a Disasembler…

Find more @ http://www.brutaldeluxe.fr/products/crossdevtools/omfanalyzer/

OMF Analyzer is part of the Brutal Deluxe’s Cross Development Tools Project, a full set of utilities available on Windows (and other) platforms to enable the creation of new Apple IIgs software : 65c816 Assembler, 65c816 Disassembler, 65c816 Simulator, Graphic File Converter, Resource Catcher…

Brutal Deluxe Releases Multi-Purpose LZ4 Compression Algorithm

Brutal-Deluxe-logo

This technical article discusses the recent LZ4 data compression algorithm and its ability to become a good multi-purpose lossless compression format for the Apple IIGS computer. Mostly for game programming area, where we have to handle multi-types of data (Graphic, Sound, Music, Code, Misc data…), the availability of one generic compression / decompression algorithm will ease developers’ life!

LZ4 Compression for the Apple IIgs is part of Brutal Deluxe’s Cross Development Tools project, a full set of utilities available on Windows (and other) platforms to enable the creation of new Apple IIgs software : 65c816 Assembler, 65c816 Disassembler, 65c816 Simulator, Graphic File Converter, Resource Catcher…

Find more at http://www.brutaldeluxe.fr/products/crossdevtools/lz4/

Antoine Vignau & Olivier Zardini
Brutal Deluxe Software
http://www.brutaldeluxe.fr/

Brutal Deluxe Software Updates Apple II Cassette Collection

Brutal-Deluxe-logo

Brutal Deluxe has announced the addition of a number of new cassettes to the Apple ][ Cassette Collection.  Their press release on CSA2 states that “Thanks to Ron Graff, former publisher of Magnemedia and Innovative Computer computers, please find new complete titles at http://www.brutaldeluxe.fr/projects/cassettes/  Ron kindly accepted to send his applications to me which I have digitized and scanned.  Magnemedia now contains the five different eduware programs, probably among the first eduware titles for the Apple II. The Innovative Computer section has been updated to reflect the ownership between that company and Magnemedia. That has made the total number of titles drop to less than 600. ”

They have also updated their Ciderpress library and are preparing for another major update within the next month.  For more information or to download the library, go to the Brutal Deluxe Cassette Collection website at:

http://www.brutaldeluxe.fr/projects/cassettes/

Brutal Deluxe Software Introduces Apple IIgs Bechmark Tool

BenchmarkeD

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 http://www.brutaldeluxe.fr/products/apple2gs/benchmarked.html and share your results with us!

Antoine Vignau & Olivier Zardini
Brutal Deluxe Software
http://www.brutaldeluxe.fr/

Electronic Image of Zephyr Available From Brutal Deluxe Software

zephyr

Brutal Deluxe Software, the Apple II game software manufacturer, has announced that the recently released Apple II series game Zephyr will now be available in electronic disk image format.  The software which was released earlier this year on Floppy Disk is now being sold for a single Euro per copy.  According to the Brutal Deluxe Software website, “Now, get one disk image copy made available to you. Purchase it and you will get a double-sided floppy disk image (French and US versions) ”

Zephyr  runs on the Apple //c, the Apple //e, and the Apple IIgs with either a ROM 01 or a ROM 3.  The game requires at least 128K. The website also warns users, “as Zephyr is a software package from 1987, it may not run on your Apple IIgs ROM 3 configuration.”

To purchase the game, check the Brutal Deluxe Software Store at:

http://www.brutaldeluxe.fr/store/

Brutal Deluxe Adds More Cassettes to the Apple II Collection

Brutal-Deluxe-logo

Brutal Deluxe, maintainers of the Apple II Cassette collection have announced a couple of new additions to the library.  They include:

  • The Software Factory’s Apple Beneath Manor by Don Worth, with a signed manual from the author
  • Ritam Corporation’s Monty plays monopoly, that is a new publisher.

There are currnetly 592 cassettes listed in the collection.  More are being added as they come in.  If you currently own Apple II cassettes which are not included in the library, you are encouraged to contact Antoine Vignau, curator of the collection.  He can arrange have the cassettes digitized and added to the collection.

For more information about the Apple II Cassette collection or to download cassettes, go to the Apple II cassette website at:

http://www.brutaldeluxe.fr/projects/cassettes/

Brutal Deluxe Software is a software publisher specializing in software for the Apple II series computers.

http://www.brutaldeluxe.fr/

Brutal Deluxe Takes Page Of Apple’s Playbook For Latest Release

d

Brutal Deluxe, the French software company known for bringing a host of super enhanced Apple IIgs products to market over the years, has been taking a page from Apple, Inc.’s playbook during their latest product release.

Over the past week, Brutal Deluxe Software has released a series of clipped photos including the one from yesterday seen above.  Each photo has shown a bit more of the product cover image but yet no one apparently has figured out what the product will be.

Speculation has been rife among the Apple ][ community with people guessing everything from machine accelerators to well known software packages including Sim City for the Apple IIgs among the guesses.

With the release expected late evening Paris time, Brutal Deluxe programmer, Antoine Vignau has said “Be Patient.  It is a long day!“.  We soon will know what this latest big time release is from the same company that brough us LemmingsGS, Deluxeware, MountIt among others.

Brutal Deluxe Apple ][ Cassette Collection Updated

Brutal-Deluxe-logo

The Apple ][ specific Cassette Tape collection maintained by Brutal Deluxe has reached 589 tapes and is continuing to grow nearly daily.  Antoine Vignau, curator of the site has added a number of items in the past few days including items from the following vendors:

  • A.P.P.L.E. (Library pak 1C/2B),
  • Hayden (Applesoft utility programs, Engineering mathematics-1, Revive, Slow list/stop list)
  • MUSE (Maze game)
  • Programma (Ampersoft, Jumpout/Shooting stars, Saucer war, Time clock)
  • Systems design lab (Funpak I by Chuck Sommerville)
  • Tsukumo (Apple invaders)

More tapes are coming soon according to posts from Antoine.  To download items from the collection go to the Brutal Deluxe Apple ][ Cassette Page at:

http://www.brutaldeluxe.fr/projects/cassettes/index.html

Brutal Deluxe Releases fEDD up Archival System

Antoine Vignau and Olivier Zardini, founders of Brutal Deluxe Software, are proud to introduce their newest software to the Apple II community.

“I’m fEDD up” is Brutal Deluxe’s second answer to nowadays preservation of 5.25″ diskettes on the Apple II. Its main features are:

• Essential Data Duplicator compatible
If Utilico Microware’s EDD or compatible card is installed in your system, it will use the card’s powerful features to read track data.
• Nibble and timing preservation
It saves raw nibbles and their associated time cycles in separate files.
• ProDOS compatible
That may sound weird but that is important. SST is no longer needed ;-) The requirement of two drives is no longer needed.

Discover more at http://www.brutaldeluxe.fr/products/apple2/imfEDDup/

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/