Six Pack: A Refreshing Collection of Utilities for Apple IIGS System 6

Seattle, Washington — July 8, 2019 — Apple Pugetsound Program Library Exchange (A.P.P.L.E.) has released a newly designed manual for “Six Pack: A Refreshing Collection of Utilities for Apple IIGS System 6” by Bill Tudor. Six Pack, the first collection of Apple IIGS Finder Extensions, adds 13 new features to System 6. Just click the icons you want to work with, then select the Six Pack functions you want to perform from the Extras menu. Originally published by Quality Computers, Inc. in 1992, this redesigned edition was produced in coordination with and licensed from Quality Computers president Joe Gleason.

Availability

The “Six Pack” 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
  • Alarm Clock – See time in a window or menu bar and provide alerts.
  • CDEV Alias – Add any Control Panel directly to the Apple menu.
  • CPU & Memory Use – See how your computer’s resources are used.
  • Crypt – Save your data from prying eyes!
  • File Compare – Visually compare files for differences.
  • File Peeker – Preview the contents of graphics, text, and sound files.
  • HotKeys – Add dozens of functions to your function keys.
  • IR & OpenSesame – Save memory using CDAs/NDAs, Inits, Drivers.
  • Morelnfo – See and change file data like actual / auxiliary file types.
  • Print Catalog – Print a directory listing with filename, filetype…
  • Select lcons – Based on partial filename, filetype, modification date…
  • Super DataPath – Remembers a default data directory for programs.
  • Workset – Remembers a group of files and opens them all at once.

Author

Bill Tudor was a programmer who was quite prolific in the Apple II and IIGS arena, having published more than a dozen programs for the IIGS. In addition to writing Six Pack for Quality Computers, he wrote PFX, Get Set With ProDOS, and OmniType for Nibble magazine. Many of his utilities and plugins are still used today in the latest versions of GS/OS.

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.