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A2Command Version 1.1 Released

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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:

https://a2command.codeplex.com/

Silvern Castle Website Moves

The website for the Apple II series based fantasy RPG, Silvern Castle, has moved.  Jeff Fink, the owner and author of the game announced the relocation was due to changes with the Google Groups. He also mentioned server speed being a factor in the change.  The new website for the Silvern Castle is now at:

http://finkjsc.a2hq.com/silverncastle/

Brutal Deluxe Apple ][ Cassette Collection Reaches 600

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The collection of Apple ][ cassettes offered by Brutal Deluxe for download has surpassed the 600 tape milestone.  The collection, owned and curated by Antoine Vignau has been steadily adding more tapes each month as they have been discovered.

The latest updates to the Apple ][ Cassette collection includes items from Powersoft, Inc., Program Design, and Softtape.   The tapes, cassette inlays and catalogs are downloadable from the site.

For more information, check the Brutal Deluxe Casssette Collection website at:

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

Early Apple ][ Sells for over $23,000 on Ebay

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An early Apple ][ computer posted on EBay, sold for for an unheard of $23,099 US today.  The computer with the markings of being serial number 047 of the A2S1 series is a first run case, which does not have the traditional ventilation slots found in later run machines.  It also had a power supply hand marked as serial number 049.

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While most Apple ][ computers sold on the Internet normally go for up to a few hundred dollars, the rarity of this machine made our initial estimates of the selling price in the 10,000 USD range.  This was doubled and then some with some last minute bidding that was quite harried.  The bid on the machine went from 6,000 USD with about 15 seconds left to 10,100 then to 14,000 and finally to the selling price of 23,099 USD.

 

New Bitstream For SHR Graphics on the Carte Blanche Released

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A note from “Charlie” in the CSA2 Usenet group has announced the arrival of Super Hi-Res Graphics capability for the Carte Blanche card in Apple //e emulation mode.  According to the posting, ”

I have made a Carte Blanche bitstream that allows an Apple //e to have SHR graphics.  Most of the JAT stuff has been removed so it is mostly a VGA video card for the //e.  The SHR works pretty much as it does on an Apple IIgs, so you can write 8-bit programs that work in either.   I have included a demo viewer to display some included SHR pictures.

The bitstream also has the ability to save a few settings (similar to the IIgs battery RAM). A program is included to allow saving the settings.

There is also an Applesoft flashing program so that you can flash the bitstream to the Carte Blanche onboard flash memory chip from an Apple //e drive.

You can find more information about the bitstrem and the related downloads on Charlie’s website at:

http://noboot.com/charlie/cb2e_p2.htm

The Carte Blanche card is a reconfigurable FPGA Apple II card produced by AppleLogic.  More information about the card can be found on the AppleLogic website at:

http://www.applelogic.org/CarteBlanche.html

Charlie has also posted information about the Carte Blance card and his other Apple II projects on his website at:

http://noboot.com/charlie/Charlie%27s%20Stuff.htm

Brutal Deluxe Adds More Cassettes to the Apple II Collection

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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/

SHELL*SHOCK Tank Battle Game Released for the Apple ][

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Virtual Apple ][ has published a new Apple ][ game.  SHELL*SHOCK is a high paced action tank battle game for the Apple ][ computer.   Originally written in 1985 by Peter Blum, Alan Burkle, and Jonathan Dunaisky, the game has been largely unseen until this month when it was resurrected by the original authors and sent to Virtual Apple ][.

SHELL*SHOCK is unique in the Apple ][ gaming realm as it allows users to battle each other in two player mode over the modem.  While this feature is something that is long lost to the annuls of computing history, in 1985 it was a feature that was not really available in games of the time.

SHELL*SHOCK runs on any Apple II series computer with at least 64K of memory.  The game comes complete with a full 40 page instruction manual, two disks and is freely downloadable from the Virtual Apple ][ website at:

 http://www.virtualapple.org/shellshockdisk.html

ADTPro 1.2.7 Released

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David Schmidt has released an update to the ADTPro program.   According to the posting on CSA2, the update includes:
New functionality:

* [VDrive] Added the ability to bootstrap into ProDOS with
VSDrive active

* [Server] Added a command-line invoker for AppleCommander

Bug fixes:

* [Server] Start the numerical part of batch name at 1, not
0; reset the counter when a batch name changes

* [Server] 5-1/4″ disk images with unrecognized filesystems
are always written with DOS-ordered physical interleaving

You can download the latest information and get usage instructions and video from the ADTPro website at:

http://adtpro.sourceforge.net

Kansasfest Apple II Convention Registration Opens

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KansasFest, the 25th annual convention dedicated to the Apple II computer, is now open for registration. Users, programmers, hobbyists, and retrocomputing enthusiasts are invited to Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri, from Tuesday, July 23, through Sunday, July 28, for six days and five nights of sessions, demos, announcements, contests, and camaraderie.

The week kicks off with keynote speaker Randy Wigginton, Apple employee #6, who worked on the Disk ][ disk drive, Apple DOS, and Applesoft BASIC.  Wigginton will be available immediately afterward for a Q&A and autograph session.

The week then offers a variety of presentations and workshops, including but not limited to:

  • Teaching kids to program with Matthew Hellinger
  • Disk ][ theory of design with Tony Diaz
  • Hardware hacking with Stephen Buggie
  • How to build an arcade machine using MESS and MAME emulation with Carrington Vanston
  • Disk copy de-protection with Martin Haye
  • HackFest, an annual programming challenge open to coders of all skill levels
  • A vendor fair and exhibit hall for attendees and the general public to show off, play with, and buy and sell new or unusual hardware and software

Attendees are encouraged to share their knowledge by presenting their own hardware and software sessions, especially of the Apple II but including Macintosh, Windows, Linux, iOS, and others. All KansasFest sessions are presented by the attendees, who are known for unscheduled events and debuts, too. Whether it’s a behind-the-scenes look at new software, preorder opportunities for new hardware, a live-action text adventure, a podcast recording session, GShisen and Dueltris tournaments, or an athletic round of Bite the Bag, there are experiences to be had and memories made at KansasFest that aren’t possible except in the company of surprising, brilliant, diehard Apple II fans.

Register before June 1 to guarantee a price of $375 for a double room or $445 for a single, which includes admission to all sessions as well as most meals. Official KansasFest shirts are extra and optional and must be ordered by May 31; registration for staying on-site closes July 8. Veterans of the event are invited to bring a first-time attendee; if each indicates the other’s name on the registration form, both will receive a $25 referral rebate at the event. To register, please visit the official Web site at http://www.kansasfest.org/.

KansasFest sponsor 16 Sector invites any and all Apple II users, fans, and friends to attend the world’s only annual Apple II conference. Please browse our Web site for photos, videos, schedules, and presentations from past year’s events and for our email list.

 

Brutal Deluxe Software Releases Zephyr for the Apple ][

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France, March 22nd 2013 – Brutal Deluxe Software, in partnership with Jean-Louis Le Breton (CEO of Froggy Software) and Richard Soberka (programmer, author of Pleins gaz), is happy to announce the relase of the arcade game Zéphyr for the Apple II.

This monochrome DHGR arcade game had to be released by Froggy Software in 1987. As the company shut its doors, the game has never been released nor distributed by its author.

Together, in 2013, we have decided to release the game and release as software were distributed during the golden years of the Apple II: zip lock bag, manual, sticker and floppy disk with label.

We auction the first three issues, one after the other. Those were signed by Jean-Louis Le Breton (http://www.jeanlouislebreton.com/) and Richard Soberka (http://www.soberka.com/).

Find the first auction @ http://www.ebay.com/itm/200908966058
Get more information @ http://www.brutaldeluxe.fr/2013/

Free shipping worldwide, the 77 next issues will be sold @ brutaldeluxe.fr

Share this vintage moment with us. Apple II forever!

Jean-Louis Le Breton,
Richard Soberka,
Antoine Vignau,
Olivier Zardini.