Virtual II Updated to Version 8.1

Gerard Putter has updated the Virtual II Apple II emulator for Mac OS X to version 8.1.  The latest release of the Virtual II emulator addresses a host of items addressed by A.P.P.L.E.’s Brian Wiser and others, as well as some items that were causing the app to crash.  According to the Virtual II website, changes include:

  • Added a preference to use the H.264 codec for making a screen movie, even if the HEVC codec is available.
  • Added a preference to suppress the large “Paused” indicator.
  • Making a screen movie in macOS 10.11 and 10.12 now works as it should; the application no longer crashes.
  • Fixed an issue that crashed the app when unplugging the game controller.
  • Double-clicking a disk in the Finder worked only once per run; this has been fixed.
  • When saving a configuration, the save dialog incorrectly gave the option to select a file type (such as disk image). This has been fixed.
  • The “Current PC” button in the Inspector could result in blank lines in the disassembly. This has been fixed.
  • When rebooting a virtual machine, the main window now stays the active window if the Inspector is open.
  • If a configured ROM image file cannot be read, the application now presents an error message identifying the path of the missing file. In the previous version the application crashed.
  • Fixed numerous (albeit minor) memory leaks.
  • Updated the documentation of the A2V2 disk transfer utility.

For more information or to download the latest version of the Virtual II emulator, go to the Virtual II website at:

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A.P.P.L.E. Chairman of the Board and Club president -- Bill worked for the founder, Val J. Golding and A.P.P.L.E. from 1981 to 1982. In 1999, he began archiving the materials which were distributed and sold by A.P.P.L.E.. That project led to the group that remained of A.P.P.L.E. Bill was involved in the financial industry in Tokyo and has over 20 major office infrastructure projects to his name. In March 2001, he retired to write books and to spend more time pursuing personal interests. As the president of the users group, Bill is in charge of distribution of Call-A.P.P.L.E. magazine as well as the organization of this web site. Bill currently resides in Tokyo, Japan and Shelton, Wa splitting time between the places.