Signature GS

Seattle, Washington — July 8, 2019 — Apple Pugetsound Program Library Exchange (A.P.P.L.E.) has released a newly designed manual for “Signature GS” by Duilio Proni. Signature GS is a collection of Control Panels (CDEVs) that make your Apple IIGS easier and more fun to use by adding a Screen Blanker, a Desktop Pattern Editor, a Sound Selector, and a Boot Setup Utility to GS/OS version 5.0 or later. Originally published by Quality Computers, Inc. in 1992, this redesigned edition was produced in coordination with and licensed from Quality Computers president Joe Gleason and author Duilio Proni.

Availability

The “Signature GS” manual is available through the A.P.P.L.E. bookstore with production and fulfillment by Lulu.com. A disk image will be available on the Apps page.

Features

  • Table of Contents – PDF
  • Phantasm – A utility that prolongs screen life and looks good doing it. When your screen has been still too long, it can become damaged. Phantasm gives your screen something to do through a variety of fun, attractive screen activities, including “Magic Molecules” and “Slimy Slugs.” Plus, you control when it comes on and goes off.
  • Graffiti – There’s nothing wrong with the IIGS desktop, except it’s boring. Graffiti gives you a variety of colorful desktop patterns to choose from, or you can create your own with the built-in desktop painter.
  • Sonics – The “S” in IIGS stands for sound. Sonics lets you customize your IIGS sounds, and assign special sounds for specific functions. And these aren’t just beeps – they’re fun and entertaining. Imagine your Apple actually “belching” out a floppy disk.
  • Boot Master – Changing the configuration of all your IIGS drivers, and system components can be a pain. Boot Master makes it easy by putting all the controls for your IIGS drivers, CDAs, NDAs, FSTs, INITs, and CDEVs on one master control panel.

Author

Duilio (‘D’) Proni purchased his first Apple II in 1981 and became obsessed with learning how to program so it could “do things.” He received his B.S. in Computer Science from University of Central Florida in 1988. During this time he dabbled in writing shareware for the Apple IIGS along with commercial titles that were published by companies such as Quality Computers and Applied Engineering.In 1990, he founded Econ Technologies, Inc. to produce internal hard drive systems and file management tools for the Apple IIGS. In the late 1990s, Econ shifted its focus to contract software development, but returned its attention to Apple in 2001 with the release of several commercial software titles for Mac OS X. Duilio continues to run Econ Technologies to this day, producing the the popular ChronoSync utility for macOS as well as InterConneX for iOS.

Producers

Brian Wiser — Apple consultant, historian and archivist.  Designer, editor, and co-producer of many books including: Graphically Speaking: Enhanced Edition, Cyber Jack: The Adventures of Robert Clardy and Synergistic Software, Synergistic Software: The Early Games, Nibble Viewpoints: Business Insights From the Computing Revolution, The WOZPAK Special Edition: Steve Wozniak’s Apple-1 & Apple II Computers, The Colossal Computer Cartoon Book: Enhanced Edition, and What’s Where in the Apple: Enhanced Edition.  Producer/Director of the documentary film “Done The Impossible: The Fans’ Tale of Firefly & Serenity“, Beagle Bros and Applied Engineering webmaster.  Brian also co-produced the retro iOS game Structris, and is a 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.

Publisher

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 over a dozen new book titles since 2013 in addition to over 100 Apple software titles.

A.PP.L.E. produced and 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 a forward from Steve Wozniak and other Apple legends. They also publish titles 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, The A.P.P.L.E. 1978 and 1979 Compendiums, and the retro iOS game Structris.

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About the Author

Brian Wiser

Brian is an A.P.P.L.E. Board member and Managing Editor of Call-A.P.P.L.E. magazine. He is a long-time Apple consultant, historian and archivist. Brian designed, edited, and co-produced several books including: "Cyber Jack: The Adventures of Robert Clardy and Synergistic Software", "Synergistic Software: The Early Games", "Nibble Viewpoints: Business Insights From The Computing Revolution", "What's Where in the Apple: Enhanced Edition", and "The WOZPAK: Special Edition" – an important Apple II historical book with Steve Wozniak's restored original, technical handwritten notes as well as a forward from Steve Wozniak and other Apple legends. Brian also co-produced the retro iOS game "Structris." Brian was an extra in Joss Whedon’s movie “Serenity,” leading him to being a producer/director for the documentary film “Done The Impossible: The Fans’ Tale of Firefly & Serenity.” He brought some of the Firefly cast aboard his Browncoat Cruise and recruited several of the Firefly cast to appear in a film for charity. Brian speaks about his adventures at conventions around the country.