Seattle, Washington — July 23, 2022 — Apple Pugetsound Program Library Exchange (A.P.P.L.E.) has published “A Graphics Toolkit” – an Apple II programming tutorial book written by Randi J. Rost. A Graphics Toolkit teaches you the art of creating graphical libraries for use in games and other programs. Tutorial articles guide you through machine language and BASIC programs that can be used in your own games.
A Graphics Toolkit is available through the A.P.P.L.E. bookstore with production and fulfillment by Lulu.com. A disk image for the programs is available on the Apps page.
- Table of Contents PDF
- Over 100 pages.
- Intricacies of graphics on the Apple II and general graphics algorithms. are explored, along with creation of the tools needed to make your own graphics and graphics routines.
- Tutorials for many wonderful routines include: Hi-Res Graphics, HGR and HGR2, Line-Drawing, Graphics Windows, Special Effects, Shape-Drawing, Block Shapes, Animation, Double Buffering, Non-Animation Shapes, Shapes Partially Within the Graphics Window, and many Demos.
- Routines are available on a disk image.
- Based on the popular “Graphics Toolkit” articles from 1984 to 1986 in Call-A.P.P.L.E. magazine.
- Some knowledge of 6502 assembly language and Applesoft BASIC is helpful, as well as Apple II graphics in general.
Randi J. Rost — works at Intel where he has held a variety of roles in developer relations over 15 years, including leading the Intel game developer program for five years. He majored in computer science at Minnesota State, Mankato and he received a Master’s Degree in Computing Science with an emphasis in computer graphics from the University of California, Davis. While still an undergrad, Randi purchased an Apple II computer, and wrote and published a game called King Cribbage. A Graphics Toolkit was intended to be the heart of a new game, but this project proved to be too much with graduate studies and his first job, so Randi turned it into a series of instructional articles instead. Randi lives in Loveland, Colorado with his wife, Teresa.
Brian Wiser — A producer of books, films, games, and events, as well as an Apple consultant, historian and archivist. Designer, editor, and co-producer of dozens of books including: Nibble Viewpoints: Business Insights From The Computing Revolution, Cyber Jack: The Adventures of Robert Clardy and Synergistic Software, Synergistic Software: The Early Games, Graphically Speaking: Enhanced Edition, What’s Where in the Apple: Enhanced Edition, and The WOZPAK Special Edition: Steve Wozniak’s Apple-1 & Apple II Computers. Brian is also the author of The Etch-a-Sketch and Other Fun Programs. Producer/Director of the documentary film “Done The Impossible: The Fans’ Tale of Firefly & Serenity“, his Browncoat Cruise convention with Firefly cast, and an extra in the movie “Serenity.” Co-producer of Beagle Bros and Applied Engineering websites, the retro iOS game Structris, and co-producer/writer for CallAPPLE.org and Call-A.P.P.L.E. magazine.
Bill Martens — Apple historian and enthusiast, programmer, President of Apple Pugetsound Program Library Exchange (A.P.P.L.E.) and co-producer of Call-A.P.P.L.E. magazine, and books like: Cyber Jack, Synergistic Software: The Early Games, Nibble Viewpoints, The WOZPAK Special Edition, and What’s Where in the Apple: Enhanced Edition. Bill also co-produced and co-programmed the retro iOS game Structris. Bill is the author of ApPilot/W1, Beyond Quest, The Anatomy of an EAMON, and multiple EAMon adventure games. He is a systems engineer specializing in office infrastructures and has been programming since 1976. And he is the production editor for the A.P.P.L.E. website CallAPPLE.org, writes science fiction novels in his spare time, and is a retired semi-pro football player.
Apple Pugetsound Program Library Exchange (A.P.P.L.E.) has been a global Apple user group since 1978, with membership peaking near 50,000 in 1985. Offering many services, A.P.P.L.E. is also a book publisher and game developer, and has produced dozens of new book titles since 2013 and over 100 Apple software titles. A.P.P.L.E. published the The WOZPAK Special Edition – a detailed book containing Steve Wozniak’s restored handwritten notes and printouts about his Apple II computer, as well as forewords from Steve Wozniak and other Apple legends. They also publish books such as: Graphically Speaking: Enhanced Edition by Mark Pelczarski, Tome of Copy Protection, Cyber Jack: The Adventures of Robert Clardy and Synergistic Software, Synergistic Software: The Early Games, Nibble Viewpoints: Business Insights From the Computing Revolution by Mike Harvey, What’s Where in The Apple: Enhanced Edition, The Colossal Computer Cartoon Book: Enhanced Edition by David H. Ahl, A.P.P.L.E. 1978 and 1979 magazine Compendiums, and the retro iOS game Structris.
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