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.
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.
- 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.
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.
Brian Wiser — 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 – an important Apple II historical book with Steve Wozniak’s restored original, technical handwritten notes. 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. Brian is also the author of The Etch-a-Sketch and Other Fun Programs.
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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