Virtual II, the Apple //e emulator for Mac OS X created by Gerard Putter, has been updated. Version 8.0 includes a bevy of updated features including:
- A disk image file can now be double-clicked in the Finder to start a virtual machine with that disk inserted.
- Added the feature to speak the text on the Apple II screen, using the Mac voice synthesizer.
- Fixed an issue that could cause a new virtual machine window to appear with a very small size.
- Fixed an issue that caused the Inspector’s disassembly to show empty lines when scrolled.
- The 6502 absolute indexed addressing mode now generates a “false read” on the address bus, just like the real 6502. This improves general compatibility.
- Rewrote the “movie making” feature to use the AVFoundation framework. When running macOS 10.13 (High Sierra) or later, the movie is written using the HEVC codec. Older system use the H264 codec.
- Clarified the section in the Help file on game controller setup.
- Removed the option to select a folder where the ROM files are located. This feature often caused confusion, and led to some tricky problems. You can however still select a specific ROM file for a virtual machine. If you don’t specify such a file, the app will search for a matching ROM file in one of the standard locations.
- The app now submits crashes or similar app issues to the developer. These reports are fully anonymous, and help improving the app. If you wish you can disable it in the application preferences.
The App has also been updated to 64-bit bringing it in line with the current level of platforms available for Mac OS X . You can download the updates at: http://www.virtualii.com/
This version requires at least Mac OS X 10.11 or newer. Older versions are also available on the Virtual II website.