Apple Users' Group (Sydney) Apple II Disks 1 thru 52 (1980's) & MORE...

APPLE USERS' GROUP (SYDNEY)

*** DISKS 1 - 52 ***


This collection comprises the first 52 Apple II disks produced by the Apple Users' Group of Sydney in the 1980s, with a wide assortment of Apple II programs.

They originally came supplied on 5.25" floppies in mostly DOS 3.3 format.

    Apple II Users Club Sydney founding September 1978
       

   

I used ShrinkIt to create disk archives of the complete set, backing them up to 3.5" 800K ProDOS disks (seven in total).

The downloadable ZIP archive contains all seven of these 800K disks in .2MG format

The ShrinkIt archives are denoted by S1 for side 1 of a 140K disk and S2 for side 2.

All are in DOS 3.3 format (except where noted) and will need 8-bit ShrinkIt to unpack.

An alternative under Windows is to use CiderPress to pull out the archives from the .2MG, then use the "Convert Disk Image" facility to convert them to 140K .DO (DOS 3.3), or more rarely .PO (ProDOS) image files - bootable under most Apple II emulators.  If the image crashes on boot, the original disk may have used a Disk Volume Number other than 254 (the DOS 3.3 default).  Try moving the files to a plain vanilla DOS image.  Or convert to 140K .2MG format and set the correct volume number using 2MG Properties Editor in CiderPress.  As ShrinkIt does store the volume number, unpacking to real 5.25" floppies on an Apple II machine should always work.

"Gus - The Apple IIGS emulator" for PowerPC Macs is capable of booting ShrinkIt disk images directly

 

DOWNLOAD LINKS:-

Apple Users Group Sydney Apple II Disks 1 thru 52.zip
 

Detailed index of all the programs in the collection

   Also not to be missed →   Applecations magazine (Apple Users' Group Sydney) - selected news, reviews, tips, tutorials —  Aug 1986 - July 1990 [134MB PDF file] | Nov 1990 - May 1992 [125MB PDF file]

Disclaimer: I'm making this set available for historical archival/preservation purposes, but must emphasize that all disks remain the property of the Apple Users' Group of Sydney (still very much alive today as AMUG Sydney).  I am not affiliated with that organization.  In general, should any materials on this site wind up in other places I can't take responsibility for how they are used or presented.  For the original context please refer back to this page.

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APPLE II DISK IMAGES

In this section I intend to make available some Apple II software transferred from old floppy disks (5.25" or 3.5" physical media in my actual possession).

The transfers are generally accomplished using ADTPro on an Apple IIGS and Windows PC linked by serial cable.  A Super Serial Card installed in the IIGS has its jumper block configured for "Terminal" (null modem mode), and a standard serial cable runs from this to the COM port of the PC.  My other approach is to create the disk images on the IIGS using Asimov, then to drag and drop the files to a Windows PC running A2SERVER (Appleshare server), with a Mac PowerBook 3400c sitting in the middle as an Ethernet/Localtalk bridge.  TP-LINK AV500 powerline adapters are used to link the PowerBook to the PC's router, which are in different rooms.

The detailed PHOTO SLIDESHOW at the bottom of this page illustrates both approaches....

 

    8-bit Apple II Disk Images   

 

Taito Bubble Bobble - patched for infinite lives DISK 1   DISK 2

     

 

Game compilation  32 Apple II games on a 3.5" disk  - compiled 1990-91 by cvxmelody DISK (800K)  (video sampler of this disk is HERE)

32 classic Apple II games on 3.5" disk by cvxmelody

Frogger original Apple II instruction card now available HERE

 

Soft documentation collection  ~120 softdocs for Apple II games  - compiled 1991 by cvxmelody DISKS (800K) (2 disks - ZIP archive)

 

CP/M collection  37 Apple II CP/M disks  & more (ProDOS assortment etc.) - compiled 1991-92 by cvxmelody DISKS (800K) (8 disks - ZIP archive)

    

 

Epyx Impossible Mission II - The Apple Odessa crack DISK 1   DISK 2

 The Apple Odessa was a prolific Apple II cracking group based in Melbourne. They ran a BBS known as "The Black Board"

 

Click to read private BBS message from The Apple Odessa

 

Click to read a private BBS message I received from Negative Energy of The Apple Odessa on December 25, 1990 concerning their latest activities

  APPLE ][ WAREZ LISTINGS   The Black Board BBS (Melbourne) ca. late 1990  &  Townsville Apple BBS (Queensland, Australia) ca. 1991  [PDF scans of printouts recently rediscovered]

 

Absolute Entertainment Crossbow (1988) - The Apple Odessa crack - for 128K Apple //e, //c, IIGS DISKS (2 disks - ZIP archive)

 

Music & game programs (Applesoft & Integer BASIC) (1981 compilation by J.Wenman) - Music Writer | Apple Organ | Solo Race (Indy 500) | Apple II Trek | Labyrinth | The Racing Game (by Bill Budge) | Piero | Add-Libs (by Apple Computer) | Rocket Pilot (by Robert J. Bishop) - first ever Apple II game!  [Read interview with Bob Bishop in Juiced.GS] DISK

 

Game compilation - Seafox (1982 Broderbund) | Pro Golf I (by Jim Wells, 1979 Softape) | Dynasty (by Weyman Fong, 1978 Apple Core) - improved version of Hammurabi | Blitzkrieg (by Mark Cross, 1979 Programma) | Apple '21' Blackjack (by Bill DePew, 1978 Softape) - Run 'INTEGER' first for Integer BASIC games (unless using the original Apple ][) DISK

 

Game compilation - Pool 1.5 (1981 IDSI) | Apple Panic (by Ben Serki, 1981 Broderbund) | Apple Invader (by S.E.C., Tukumo Original Software) | Apple Bowl (1979 Apple Computer) | Raster Blaster  - retains original title page (1981 BudgeCo) DISK

 

Game compilation - Star Cruiser (by Nasir, 1980 Sirius Software) | Repton (1982 Sirius Software) | Twerps (by Dan Thompson, 1982 Sirius Software) | Moon Patrol (1984 Atarisoft) DISKS (2 disks - ZIP archive)

Repton original Apple II sleeve, instructions & disk scans available HERE  &  Moon Patrol scanned original box & contents now HERE

 

Moon Landing 50th Anniversary stamps (2019 Australia)

 

Game compilation - Firebird (by Nasir, 1981 Gebelli Software) | Eliminator (1981 John Anderson) | Choplifter (1982 Broderbund) - cracked by Jay of A.P.P.L.E. DISK

Personal Software magazine (September 1984)  Apple II spotlight 

 

 Reviews of Choplifter, FlashCalc, Back to Basics Accounting, Investor's Workshop, Dow Jones Home Budget, Cell Defense, Charlie Brown's ABC's, Flak, How About A Nice Game of Chess!, Objective: Kursk, etc.

   

 

Game compilation - Star Thief (by Jim Nitchals, 1981 Cavalier Computer) | Galaxy Travel (1980 Tukumo Original Software) | BurgerTime (1982 Mattel/Data East USA) - broken by The Freeze and the Bum | Lady Tut (1983 Progame) - Mockingboard version with cheat by Micmac & The Softman DISK

Galaxy Travel - 1980 Japanese game for Apple II

 

Word Games - Puzzle Generator (by Creative Computing) | Crackaword (by B.A. McAndrew) | Boggle Run (by B.A. McAndrew) DISK

 

Elizabeth Computer Centre Elementary Mathematics (1980-82) - Kangaroos | Star Flight | Hunt the Monsters | Dock the Boat DISK

 

Computer Solutions Zardax 5.2 (1981-82) - Word Processor & Utilities v1.14 - preconfigured for Apple //e 80 column card DISKS (2 disks - ZIP archive)

  Zardax Word Processor original package     

Zardax manual now available HERE & quick reference card is HERE

 

Video showing Zardax running on Apple ][+ with Videx Videoterm 80 Column Card is HERE

 

Elizabeth Computer Centre & Gemini Software First Fleet Database: Convicts & Computers (1982) DISK

 

Blue Sky Industries/AID Systems (Sydney) Typequick III Keyboard Trainer (1982) - includes unlicensed "master" copy DISKS (2 disks - ZIP archive)

 

Synergistic Software Microbe: The Anatomical Adventure (1982) -  Tutorial disk only  DISK  (game disk available HERE)

 

Encyclopaedia Britannica Underwater Odyssey: The Sentence (1983) - cracked with Passport by 4am DISK

 

C.Millsum Crossing the Blue Mountains (1983) DISK

 

A.C.T. Apple User's Group Introductory Free Disk DISK

 

C.H.S. Computer Centre Sport Result Program DISK

 

Database Publications Apple User Games Disk #1 (1985) DISK

Apple User (UK) magazine - selected news, reviews, tutorials, ads  Feb 1987 - Aug 1987 [212MB PDF file] | Jan 1988 - May 1988 [297MB PDF file]

 

Database Publications Apple User Graphics Library (1985) - complete software routines from Apple User (UK) Graphics Library series (Feb 1984-Nov 1985) DISK

 

Jacaranda Wiley Gold-Dust Island (1984) DISK

Jacaranda Wiley Quick-Cartage Company (1984) DISK

Jacaranda Wiley Scavenger Hunt (1984) DISK

Jacaranda Wiley Sheep-Dog Trial (1984) DISK

Jacaranda Wiley Cunning Running (1984) DISK

Jacaranda Wiley Raft-Away River (1984) DISK

Jacaranda Wiley Dinosaur Discovery (1985) DISK 1   DISK 2

Jacaranda Wiley & 4Mation Bush Rescue (1987) DISKS (2 disks - ZIP archive)

4Mation Zoopak (1987) DISKS (2 disks - ZIP archive)

Jacaranda Software Kraken - a deep-sea quest (1989) DISK

Jacaranda Software Terra Australis - Voyages of trade and discovery (1989) DISK 1   DISK 2

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

The Australian Apple Educational Software Directory 1987 (187 pages)

(1986-87 Apple Computer Australia)

 Download PDF (339MB high quality scan)

 

 

  Dark Star Systems Snapshot Two Copykit v4.8 (1983) - two distinct copies enclosed DISKS (2 disks - ZIP archive)

  Dark Star Systems Snapshot //e Copykit v8.7 (1985)  (see also v10.0) DISK  (manual available HERE)

Snapshot IIe Copykit v10.0 menu   Snapshot Copykit ad - Apple Orchard Nov 1983 (scanned by "Sketch the Cow")  Snapshot IIe Card 4-Pack ad - Apple User August 1987

  Dark Star Systems Snapshot //e Diagnostic Disk (1985) DISK

Sample backups made using Snapshot //e system (bootable, no Snapshot card required):-

Karateka (gameplay commences at start) DISK

Karateka (gameplay commences at level 2) DISK

         
   

         Snapshot software updates 1987

      Broderbund Karateka (1984) - Backed up with Wildcard - menu-selectable: starts at middle (downstairs) or final fight scene DISK

Wildcard advertisement (Jan 30, 1984 InfoWorld)

 

Apple Computer Intercept (1978) DISK

 

Apple Computer Apple Writer 1.1 (1979) DISK

Apple announces Apple Writer (Oct 1979 Intelligent Machines Journal)

 

Apple Computer & Paul Lutus Apple Writer ][ (1981) - with Videx 80-column support DISKS (2 disks - ZIP archive)  (manual available HERE)

   

Video of Videx Videoterm 80 Column Card official demonstration program is HERE

 

Call-A.P.P.L.E. ApMail v1.2 (1979) - name and address filing system - type 'RUN APMAIL' to start DISK

 

  Call-A.P.P.L.E. 1984 Winter Product Catalog complete scan (54MB PDF)

 

Muse U-Draw II Graphics Editor (1979) - hi-res programmable graphics editor - backed up with Snapshot system from original disk DISK

 

Software Arts VisiCalc v1.37 (1979) - Beautiful Boot version DISK  (VisiCalc original package photos HERE)

 

 

 VisiCalc Home And Office Companion (181 pages)

 

(1982 OSBORNE/McGraw-Hill)

Presents fifty VisiCalc models for Apple II

 Download complete scan (38MB PDF)

 

  Micro Finance Systems VisiTrend v1.00 (1981) - Backed up with Wildcard - works on Apple ][+, //e, //c DISK

 

Programma International Apple PIE (1980) - word processor system DISK

 

Hayden Data-Graph (1980) - DOS 3.3 DISK

 

 

Hayden Book Company Data Manager (1980) - data base management system and mailing list by Paul Lutus DISK

 

Apple Computer Apple II Pascal 1.1 disk #1 (1980) - patched for Prometheus VERSAcard clock/calendar DISK  (VERSAcard brochure available HERE)

 

Apple Computer Apple Presents Apple (1981) - "How to use the Apple keyboard in One Easy Lesson" DISK

 

  

The Apple IIe Keyboard poster

A3 size double-sided (ca 1985-86 Apple Computer Australia)

 Download PDF (high-resolution scan)

 

Automated Simulations Dunjonquest: Hellfire Warrior v2 (1979-80) DISK

 

Game compilation - Fender Bender (1980 California Pacific Computer) | Snack Attack (1981 Datamost) | Shuffleboard (1981 IDSI) | Outpost (1981 Sirius Software) DISK

 

Game compilation - Ribbit (1982 Piccadilly Software) - broken by The Jerk | Frogger (1981 Sega/Sierra On-Line) | Bug Attack (by James Nitchals, 1981 Cavalier Computer) DISK

 

Game compilation - Gorgon (1981 Sirius Software) | Super Galaxy Wars (Star Craft) | Golf Course (Instant Software) | Lemonade Stand (1979 Apple Computer) | Mastermind (1977 Apple Computer) | SAB's Night Crawler (Softape) | Night Driver (by Bill Budge) | Simon (1982) - Kamel Komputa Kumpanee crack DISK

 

Game compilation - Mario Bros (1983 Atarisoft) - Kilroy Wuzhere crack | Dunjonquest Morloc's Tower (1980 Automated Simulations) | Star Warrior (1981 Automated Simulations) DISK

My video showing Mario Bros, Donkey Kong & Apple Invader on Laser 128EX with Epyx 500XJ joystick is HERE

 

Game compilation - Fly Wars (1982 Sirius Software) | The Snapper (1982 Silicon Valley Systems) | The Fishman Go Fishing (by Joseph Kwok, 1983) | Maze | Othello (by Gary J. Shannon, 1978 Softape) DISK

 

Game compilations - Beer Run (1981 Sirius Software) | Ceiling Zero (1981 RAM Software) | Horizon V (1982 Gebelli Software) | Jawbreaker (1981 On Line Systems) | Thief (by Bob Flanagan, 1981 Datamost) | Crossfire | Pulsar II - The Razor crack (1981) | Space Raiders (1981 Paul Lutus) | Star Blazer (1981 Star Craft) | Sabotage (by Mark Allen) DISKS (3 disks - ZIP archive)

 

Game compilation - Cyber Strike (1980 Sirius Software) | Foosball (1981 Sirius Software) | Choplifter (1982 Broderbund) | Pigpen (1982 TMQ Software) - selectable difficulty level DISK

[Choplifter & David's Midnight Magic "Double Pack Classics" original box available HERE]

 

Game compilation - Space Quarks (1981 Broderbund) | Roadrace | Creepy Corridors (1982 Sierra) | The Bilestoad (1983 Datamost) DISK

 

Game compilation - Labyrinth (1982 Broderbund) - retains original title page | Shuttle Intercept (1982 Hayden Software) DISK

 

Game compilation - Space Quarks (1981 Broderbund) | Outworld (1982 Tensor Technology) | Formula I Racer (1983 Gentry Software) - The Disk Jockey crack | Crazy Climber - "courtesy of Mr. Pirate!" DISK

 

Game compilation - Tunnel Terror (1982 Magna Soft) - uncorrupted title page | BezOff (1982 Bez) | Bellhop (1982 Hayden Book Company) - clean crack | Zargs (1983 MicroData International) DISK

 

Game compilation - Tron (by Ivan) | Pooyan (1984 Datasoft) - The Syndicate & Black Bart crack | Dogfight (1980 Bill Basham / Micro Lab) | Crazy Mazey (by Ron Meadows, 1982 Datamost) DISK

 

Game compilation - City of Sumer (1980 Crystalware) | H.E.R.O. (1984 Activision) - The Syndicate crack | Pitstop II (1984 Epyx) - The Cloak / Black Bag crack DISK

 

Compilation - One-on-One (1983 Electronic Arts) - The Australian Pirates Union crack | Robotron: 2084 (1983 Atari) | The Visible Computer: 6502 (1983 Software Masters) | Essential Data Duplicator III (1984 Utilico Microware) - Nutcracker crack DISK

 

SoftWare House Apple Barrel II (1981) - "The Money Barrel from CDS" - assortment of around 20 programs - financial, mathematical, etc. DISK

 

● Science Education Collection (ca. early 1980's) -  Rare set of 45 original disks  - as published by CONDUIT, Cross Educational Software, EduTech, Entelek, J&S Software, Longman Micro Software, Microphys Programs, Pitman Software, Zenith Education Systems  -  DISKS (45 disks - 24MB ZIP archive)

 

J&S Software Science Education Collection (ca. 1981) -  Rare set of 10 original disks spanning the following topics  - momentum, work and energy, circular motion, Newton's Laws, acceleration, uniform motion, chemical equations, equilibrium, bonding, locomotion, digestion, endocrine, biochemistry, excretion, nervous, animal reproduction, respiration, genetics, transport, classification DISKS (10 disks - ZIP archive)

 

 Apple II educational titles published by J&S Software of Port Washington, N.Y.

 

SRA Computer Drill and Instruction: Mathematics (1981) -  Demonstration  DISK

 

Versa Computing Anatomy I (1982) DISK

 

 

Hayden Software Shapes in Color (1982) DISK  (manual available HERE)

 

Computer Cognition BASIC Tutorial (1982) - "BASIC for Beginners" DISKS (2 disks - ZIP archive)  (manual available HERE)

 

 

Logo Computer Systems A.C.T. Kids Logo (1982) DISKS (2 disks - ZIP archive)

 

Mrs Kennedy Educational Disk No 1 Maths (1982) DISK

 

Golden Delicious Software CIA (Confidential Information Advisors) (1982) - version with original graphical menu DISK

Apple II on secondment with US Department of Defense

Apple II from US Department of Defense with wooden enclosure & protective suitcase

 

Cedric Green Scribe (1982) - spatial modelling and design evaluation system

 Program  > DISK      Demonstration DISKS (2 disks - ZIP archive)

 

James Donald Pty Ltd Sandy's Text Editor Word Processor (ca. 1983) - version 1.7.7 IIe DISK

 

Turning Point Software Time is Money personal (1983) -  Demonstration disk  DISK

 

Batteries Included & Irata Press B/GRAPH v1.0 (1983) - graphing and statistical analysis package DISK

 

Spectral Graphics Masterchart (1983) - create bar, pie, line, area charts - distributed by Stanislaus Apple Group DISK

 

Island Graphics Corp KoalaPainter (1983) - painting program for KoalaPad DISK

 

Data Transforms Fontrix 1.0 & Fontpak Volume One (1983) - extended screen font typesetter & graphics software - for Apple ][+, //e, /// DISKS (2 disks - ZIP archive)

  

 

Sensible Software & Henry A. Roberts Jr Back It Up III v3.6 (1983) - Backed up with Snapshot system - retains original title page DISK

 

The Stack - Corrupt Computing Disk Muncher versions 1.0 thru 10.0 (1983-85) - cracked by Roger DISK

 

Sirius Software Bandits (1982) - loads with tagline "They said it couldn't be done, but here it is!" DISK

 

Broderbund Serpentine (1982) - file version crack DISK

 

Sydney Development Corporation Evolution (1982) - The Software Pirates crack DISK  (original instructions HERE)

 

Collins Computing Alien Arcade (1982) - Backed up with Snapshot system from original disk DISK

Alien Arcade original Apple II disk

 

The Bank Street College of Education / Broderbund Software The Bank Street Writer Tutorial (1982) DISK

 

Penguin Software Transylvania (1982) & Continental Software The Home Accountant (1982) -  Demonstration versions  DISK

 

mini'app'les Disk of the Month (1981-83 & 1986) - 17 monthly disks of the Minnesota Apple Computer Users' Group DISKS (17 disks - ZIP archive)

   Apple II in Minnesota advertisement (1979)

 

Video showing how to get DOS 3.2 Plus System Master (1979) transferred and up and running on Apple II is HERE

 

Micro Fun Dino Eggs (1983) - The Burglar / Midwest Pirates Guild crack - "master" copy with a first time boot message DISK  (original manual available HERE)

[see HERE for photos of Jason Scott with the Midwest Pirates' Guild and Greg Schaefer (GBBS, ProTERM author) in Minneapolis, 2004]

1987 listing of GBBS Pro (Apple II) bulletin boards in the USA is HERE

 

 

ProTERM notes by Greg Schaefer — "not for circulation"

 

Micro Fun The Heist (1983) - The Deadhead crack DISK

 

Synapse Software Shamus (1983) - clean crack DISK

 

Sir-Tech Software Police Artist (1983) - original title page version DISK

Police Artist ad for Apple II (1983 Sir-Tech Software)

 

Bally Midway Spy Hunter (1983) - file version crack DISK  (original manual & SEGA-Bally Midway catalog available HERE)

 

Stephen Harrison Trivial Challenge - based on the board game "Trivial Pursuit" DISK

 

Hayden Software Sargon III (1983) - Backed up with Snapshot system - retains original title page - works on Apple ][+, //e, //c DISKS (2 disks - ZIP archive)

 

Datamost Super Bunny (1983) - Dr Micro and The Freeze crack DISK

 

Datamost Ardy the Aardvark (1983) - Dr DOS crack DISK

 

Sierra On-Line Sammy Lightfoot (1983) - two versions: clean crack & Alan Lee crack DISKS (2 disks - ZIP archive)

 

Epyx Jumpman (1983) - Darth Vader crack DISKS (2 disks - ZIP archive)

 

 

Silicon Valley Systems Lancaster (1983) - Backed up with Wildcard from original disk - Mockingboard version DISKS (2 disks - ZIP archive)

 

Sirius Software Wavy Navy (1983) - Backed up with Snapshot system - works on Apple ][+, //e, //c DISK

 

  Atari Dig Dug (1983) - Backed up with Wildcard from original disk - works on Apple ][+, unenhanced //e DISK

 

 

 

   High-resolution scan of Dig Dug original box & contents now available HERE

 

Broderbund Lode Runner (1983) - distributed by Pirated Software, Inc. DISK

 

Broderbund Championship Lode Runner (1983-84) - Backed up with Wildcard DISK

 

Broderbund Championship Lode Runner (1983-84) - Conan crack DISK

 

● Chrono Warrior (~1983-84) - Frizbizz & Billy Bummer crack  -  DISK

 

Random House Peanuts Maze Marathon (1984) - cracked as per Computist issue 89 DISKS (2 disks - ZIP archive)

 

Random House Peanuts Picture Puzzler (1984) DISK

 

Actioncraft Speedway Classic (1984) - Keith Wong crack DISK

 

Mindscape Tonk in the Land of Buddy-Bots (1984) - cracked as per Computist issue 33 DISK  (original disk label is HERE)

 

Boomerang Software E.T. Comes Back (1984) DISK

E.T. Comes Back for Apple II

 

Penguin Software Arcade Boot Camp (1984) - two cracks by Cactus Inc & Penguin/Intern DISKS (2 disks - ZIP archive)

Arcade Boot Camp for Apple II

 

Paul Mak Zytro War - Steve Ho version DISK

 

Albert Lesiak & The Software Bandito King Tut's Revenge - cleaner title page version DISK

 

James Chan Wing Chung Cartoon Show - animated hi-res graphics slideshow  -  DISK

 

Activision Ghostbusters (1984) - DOS 3.3 voice & music demo only - type 'RUN SOUND DEMO#1' to start  (works on Apple ][+, IIGS, unenhanced //e) DISK

 
 

                     Ghostbusters scanned original Apple II box & disk now available HERE and instructions HERE

  Activision Pitfall II (1984) - Backed up with Snapshot system - works on Apple ][+, //e, //c DISK

 

Epyx Impossible Mission (1984) - The Beta Pirate & Two Knives Tan crack  (distinct from other circulating versions - this one is distributed by 'The Wildcard') DISK

  High-resolution scan of  Impossible Mission original manual & disk for Apple II  now available HERE [48MB PDF]

 

 Epyx Consumer Software Catalog Winter 1984 

 Download PDF (high-resolution scan)

 

Earthware Computer Services Black Belt (1984) - The Tiger crack  - works on Apple ][+, //e, //c DISKS (2 disks - ZIP archive)

 

Muse Software Beyond Castle Wolfenstein (1984) - cracked by Flying Dutchman, Jimmy & Dr Bit  -  DISK

 

Muse Software Beyond Castle Wolfenstein (1984) - The Alliance crack  -  DISK

 

Electronic Arts Archon II: Adept (1984-85) - Ronald Wilson crack  -  DISK

 

Activision Sampler Disk (1985) - previews of Ghostbusters, Mindshadow, Space Shuttle, The Designer's Pencil  -  DISK

 

Greg Hale & Ted Cohn Floppy (~1985) - The Dukes of Datastone crack (with instructions for level editor)  -  DISK

 

Epyx Temple of Apshai Trilogy (1985) - clean crack  -  DISK

 

Epyx Winter Games (1985) - DEFCON 4 crack  -  DISKS (2 disks - ZIP archive)

 

Mindscape Forbidden Castle (1985) - clean crack  -  DISK

 

Accolade HardBall! (1985) - Star-Fire crack  -  DISK

 

Accolade The Dam Busters (1985) - Star-Fire & Hagar The Horrible crack  -  DISK  (original manual & reference card available HERE)

 

Thirdware Computer Products FingerPrint Plus VDAP (1985) - testing and slide-show program (FingerPrint manual available HERE) DISK

Demo video Skyfox screen dump to Apple Dot Matrix Printer using FingerPrint Plus is HERE

 

MicroSPARC & Mark Jeske Chart Manager (1985) - basic statistics and graphing program  -  DISK

 

Al Rogers, Greg Butler & Paul Lutus FrEdWriter v3.1 (1985) - Australian edition of 'Free Education Writer' DISKS (2 disks - ZIP archive)

CUE SoftSwap Spring 1990 Catalog (featuring FrEdWriter v4.4, FrEdBase v2.1 etc.) now available HERE

 

SuccessAbility Software Counting - teaches simple number skills (Australian software)  -  DISK

 

Apple Computer Apple Presents Apple Logo II (1984) - for the 128K //e and //c DISKS (2 disks - ZIP archive)

 

Apple Computer Apple Presents Instant Pascal (1985) - mouse version DISKS (2 disks - ZIP archive)

 

Apple Computer Apple II System Utilities for UniDisk 3.5 (1985) - multilingual version (English, French, German, Italian) DISK (800K)  (review of UniDisk 3.5 HERE)

UniDisk 3.5" demo video is HERE

 

Sensible Software Sensible Grammar (1985) - ProDOS version 1.0A DISK (800K)

 

 

PBI Software Jeeves (1985) - memory-resident ProDOS desk accessories - version 1.00 for enhanced Apple IIe (with mouse card) and IIc DISK

 

Ahware MousePrint (1984) - extends print capabilities of MousePaint - version for Apple DMP & Grappler+ (MouseFont demo on Side B) DISKS (2 disks - ZIP archive)

 

Ahware MouseFont (1985) - 12 new typefaces plus font and icon editor for MousePaint DISKS (2 disks - ZIP archive)

 

 

Dark Star Systems MousePrintz (1985) - adds new screen-editing features to MousePaint and makes it compatible with any printer DISK

 

Unison World PrintMaster Art Gallery I (1985) - 140 graphics for use with PrintMaster or The Print Shop DISK  (manual available HERE)

 

Scarborough Systems MasterType's Writer (1985) - word processor with windows, colour highlighting, multiple typefaces, and on-disk tutorial - cracked as per Computist issue 84 DISKS (2 disks - ZIP archive)

 

   

 Complete scan of MasterType's Writer Reference Manual now available HERE

 

Human Edge Mind Over Minors (1985) - Parent's Version - "a tool to give you an increased understanding of your child" - cracked with Passport by 4am DISKS (4 disks - ZIP archive)

 “If this page were Christmas wrapping, which computer would you hope to find when you opened it up?” 

 

Apple IIc / IIe Christmas promotional blitz outsized newspaper liftout

1985 Apple Computer Australia

 
 

  Scan of Apple IIc/IIe Christmas liftout (1985 Australia)

 

 

 

Dark Star Systems Snapshot Shuttle v9.0D (1985) - multitasking system for Apple II+ & IIe with "Snapshot IIe" card  (see also v11.0) DISK  (manual available HERE)

Snapshot Shuttle - InfoWorld excerpt March 3, 1986    Snapshot Shuttle v11.0 menu

 

     

 

Alan Tam Featured Songs - Mockingboard Music Disk #5 - Alan Tam pop songs from Hong Kong with slideshow DISK

Video sampler of this disk is HERE

 

A Serious Mission on M.T.R. - Apple II game from Hong Kong (1985)

A Serious Mission on M.T.R. (1985)

Apple II game set in Hong Kong's subway system by Lee Tak Wah & Ho Wai Fung

Regrettably my 5.25" disk copy is damaged and unplayable but at least the intro still works DISK

 

Applied Engineering DOS Utilities - version 1.0 for RamFactor card DISK

 

MicroSPARC UniDOS 3.3 Plus (1986) - DOS 3.3 modified to work with Apple UniDisk 3.5" and Apple 3.5" drives DISK (800K)

 

 

Central Point Software Copy ][ Plus 6.0 (1986) - DOS 3.3 version (possibly a customized Copy II+ 5.0 with updated parameters - all other circulating images of v6.0 I've seen are ProDOS) DISK

 

Utilico Microware Essential Data Duplicator III (1984)  Disassembled  - 'Sourcerer' disassembly of EDD III to DOS 3.3 disk DISK

Essential Data Duplicator - ad & review

 

Utilico Microware Essential Data Duplicator 4 v4.1 (1986) & EDD 4 Plus v4.8 (1987) DISK  (video showing EDD 4+ Card in action is HERE)

 EDD disk scans original Impossible Mission disk vs backup

 EDD disk scans — original Impossible Mission disk versus functioning EDD 4 Plus backup

 

See also EDD disk scans of Airheart, Prince of Persia, Choplifter and Skyfox

 

Caresoft Cherry Maths II (1986) DISK

 

Unicorn Software Aesop's Fables (1986) - 8-bit version - cracked with Passport by 4am DISKS (2 disks - ZIP archive) 

Original box scan for the Apple IIGS version of Aesop's Fables is HERE and complete manual is HERE

 

Channelmark Corporation Grid Designer (1986) - cracked as per Computist issue 52 DISK 1   DISK 2

 

 

Apple Mouse Desk 2.0 (1986) - version Z1-1.0 (English) DISK (800K)  (screenshots and info available HERE & HERE)

  Mouse Desk 2.0 Apple II original manual (German edition)      MouseDesk 2.0 manual rear cover (English edition)     

 

  Mouse Desk 2.0 User's Manual (English) - complete scan

 

 

High-resolution scan of MouseDesk 2.0 original 800K disk (front & back) now available HERE

 

Apple IIGS menagerie!

[photos courtesy eBay AU & PicClick UK]

MouseDesk 2.0 — Apple IIGS System Disk v3.1 — Apple IIGS BASIC v1.0 beta 4  etc...

 some are the actual versions supplied by AAPDA - The Australasian Apple Programmers and Developers Association  (AAPDA ad is HERE)

 

NB: MouseDesk 2.0 as bundled with Apple IIGS boots to ProDOS 16 (e.g. see English IIGS MouseDesk 2.0 disk @ JB Retro Collect repository {Apple II Software > Apple_800K} or French System 1.1 disk HERE)

 

 

  JB Retro Collect™ jbretro.wordpress.com

 

On Three The Graphics Manager (1986) - for Apple IIe and above DISK

The Graphics Manager in On Three catalog

 

John Wrenholt & Big Red Computer Club Print Shop Lovers' Utility Set v2.1 (1986) - ten Print Shop related utilities DISKS (2 disks - ZIP archive)

 

P.L.U.S. manual now available HERE

 

Tom Phelps Print Shop Graphics Viewer (1986) - viewing utility plus bonus animal clip-art DISKS (2 disks - ZIP archive)

 

Graphics for The Print Shop - Apple themed (IIc, Mac Plus), Soviet flags, maritime ships, animals etc. DISKS (2 disks - ZIP archive)

 

Springboard Certificate Maker (1986) - Gelignite Jack crack DISKS (8 disks - ZIP archive)  (manual available HERE)

 

Springboard Clip Art Collection Volume 3 (1986) - sports and recreation clip art for The Newsroom - original manual & disk scans enclosed DISKS (2 disks - ZIP archive)

 

Baudville Award Maker Plus (1987) - softdocs included on disk DISK (800K)

 

Baudville 816/Paint (1987) - The Apple Odessa crack DISK

      

 

Ashton Scholastic Graphics Bank (1987) - library with over 200 pictures of Australian history and wildlife for 64K Apple II+ and above - now includes program disk with original title page  DISKS (9 disks - ZIP archive)

 

Roger Wagner Publishing MouseWrite (1987) - version 2.6.8b for Apple IIc, IIGS, enhanced IIe DISK (800K)

 

Kyocera Unison PrintMaster Plus (1987) - Gelignite Jack crack DISKS (2 disks - ZIP archive)

 

Dark Star Systems Snapshot Printerrupt v11.0 (1987) - printer screen dump utility for the "Snapshot IIe" card DISK  (manual available HERE)

  Snapshot Printerrupt v11.0 menu

 

  Pinpoint Publishing Pinpoint Document Checker v1.0 (1986) - standalone spell checker for AppleWorks, Apple Writer and text files DISKS (2 disks - ZIP archive)

  

 

Pinpoint Publishing Pinpoint Spelling Checker v2.0.1 (1986) - these are regular DSK images (ProDOS) DISKS (2 disks - ZIP archive)

  

 

Pinpoint Publishing Pinpoint Desktop Accessories (1987) - version 2.0.2 for Apple IIc, enhanced IIe and revised for IIGS - these are regular DSK images, not the nibble images found elsewhere DISK 1   DISK 2

 

 

Rainbird Starglider (1986) - KCAT crack DISK

 

Epyx Street Sports Baseball (1987) - clean crack - for 128K Apple //e, //c, IIGS DISK

 

Epyx California Games (1987) - kracked by Trev - for 128K Apple //e, //c, IIGS DISKS (2 disks - ZIP archive)

 

Broderbund Wings of Fury (1987) - 3.5" disk version - for 128K Apple //e, //c, IIGS DISK (800K)

 

Datasoft Black Magic (1987) - MindReader crack  (distinct from other circulating versions - this one is distributed by 'STRATA-CRACKERS') DISK  (Black Magic @8MHz video demo HERE)

 

Scrabble - "from Maynard & Julyn Computer Library"  -  DISKS (2 disks - ZIP archive)

 

Learningways / Collamore Dinosaur Construction Kit - Tyrannosaurus rex (1987) - 'Explore-A-Science' series - for 128K Apple //e, //c, IIGS DISKS (2 disks - ZIP archive)

 

Learningways / Collamore The Quasar Kids (1987) - 'Explore-a-Story' series - for 128K Apple //e, //c, IIGS DISKS (2 disks - ZIP archive)

 

Learningways / Collamore The Bald-Headed Chicken (1987) - 'Explore-a-Story' series - for 128K Apple //e, //c, IIGS DISKS (2 disks - ZIP archive)

 

Learningways / Collamore Just Around The Block (1987) - 'Explore-a-Story' series - for 128K Apple //e, //c, IIGS DISKS (2 disks - ZIP archive)

 

Learningways / Collamore Not Too Messy, Not Too Neat (1988) - 'Explore-a-Story' series - for 128K Apple //e, //c, IIGS DISKS (2 disks - ZIP archive)

 

Learningways / Collamore The Best Bubble-Blower (1988) - 'Explore-a-Story' series - for 128K Apple //e, //c, IIGS DISKS (2 disks - ZIP archive)

 

ProTech Software / Checkmate Technology ProTERM v2.1 (1987-88) - original disk - for 128K Apple //e, //c, IIGS DISK

ProTERM 3.1 advertisement (II Alive - Nov/Dec 1993)

See also ProTERM 3.0 original box HERE

 

Interplay Productions Neuromancer (1988) - The Apple Odessa crack DISK (800K)

 

Data East RoboCop (1988) - The Apple Odessa crack - for 128K Apple //e, //c, IIGS DISKS (2 disks - ZIP archive)

 

 

Logix Innovations Disk Disintegrater Deluxe v4.2 (1988) - imported by The Apple Odessa DISK

Disk Disintegrator Deluxe review (March 1990 Applecations)

  

Capstone Trump Castle (1988) - cracked by Hans - for enhanced Apple //e and above DISKS (2 disks - ZIP archive)

 

● ZBasic v4.2 (64K & 128K ProDOS) & v3.2 (128K DOS 3.3) (1985-88 Zedcor) | The Beagle Compiler v1.0 (1986 Beagle Bros) - compiled 1990-91 by cvxmelody DISK (800K)

  

Timeworks Design Ideas (1988) DISK (800K)

 

 

Berkeley Softworks geoPublish v2.1 (1988) DISKS (800K) (2 disks - ZIP archive)

 

Berkeley Softworks GEOS (1988) - Graphic Environment Operating System with geoPaint & geoWrite -  Dealer Demo disk  DISKS (2 disks - ZIP archive)

 

StyleWare MultiScribe 2.0 (1987) - word processor similar to MacWrite - complete with Fontpaks 1-5 - for 128K Apple IIe/IIc DISK (800K)

 

Bank Street College of Education Wordbench - official 3.5" disk version (1988) DISK 1   DISK 2 (800K)

 

Techware Tutor-Tech v2.3 (1988) - Teacher, Grader, Student systems | Merlin-Pro v2.34 (by Glen Bredon) DISK (800K)

Video demonstration of Tutor-Tech hypermedia system with TouchWindow touchscreen is HERE

 Tutor-Tech brochure (1990)  for Apple IIe, IIc & IIGS now available HERE

 

Big Red Computer Club Labels, Labels, Labels (1988) - version 1.6 DISK

 

My Software Company MyLabelMaker (1988) - version 1.1 DISK

  

Scholastic Slide Shop (1988) - version 1.2 for 128K Apple - cracked as per Computist issue 77 DISK (800K)

     

 

Prometheus Products ProCom-A (1988) - communications and word processing for Apple ][+, //e, //c, IIGS DISKS (2 disks - ZIP archive)

 

Claris AppleWorks 2.0 (1988) - version sold by Claris from 1988 (as distinct from the original 1986 Apple release) DISKS (2 disks - ZIP archive)  [cosmetic name change or more? - see Apple-Bug (August 1988)]

 

Techware Tutor-Tech v2.6 (1989) -  Demonstration disk  DISK  (brochure available HERE)

 

Beagle Bros BeagleWrite v3.2 (1989) - word processor similar to MacWrite - originally known as MultiScribe - for 128K Apple IIe/IIc DISK (800K)

 

Applied Engineering AW 2 Expander v3.2 (1989) - AE RAM card diagnostics & patcher for AppleWorks 2.x (also enables AW 1.2—2.1 to run on ][+) -  DISKS (2 disks - ZIP archive)

 

Teachers' Idea & Information Exchange StoryWorks v1.0 (1989) - use AppleWorks to create stacks with menus, hypertext and sound effects DISK

 

Copiers compilation Wizard Duplicator (cracked 1989 by Chuckles) - E.D.D. III | Nibbles Away II-C3 | Copy II+ 6.0 Bitcopy | Super Bitcopy | Quick Disk Copy | E.D.D. 2.1 | Back-It-Up III & II | Echo 1.0 | Disk Muncher 5.0 | Crazy Copy -  DISKS (2 disks - ZIP archive)

 

● Copy II Plus 9.0 & 9.1 (1989-90 Central Point Software) | GS Font Editor v1.2 (1989 Beagle Bros) - bootable compilation DISK (800K)

Copy II Plus 9.0 original box & disks — high-resolution scan now available HERE

 

Stone Edge Technologies DB Master Version Five (1990) - shareware version of powerful data base management program DISKS (4 disks - ZIP archive)

 

Beagle Bros Outliner v1.1 for AppleWorks 3.0 (1990) - boots to AW 3.0 Patcher v1.5, quit to BASIC.SYSTEM for Outliner installer DISK (800K)

 

Q-Labs SuperPatch 6.1 (1990) - customizing utility for AppleWorks 2.x and 3.0 DISKS (2 disks - ZIP archive)

 

Q Labs RepairWorks v3.2A (1990) DISKS (2 disks - ZIP archive)  (manual now available HERE)

 

 

Scholastic HyperScreen 1.0 & 2.0 (1990) - "Hypermedia power" for Apple IIe (128K), IIc, IIc Plus, IIGS DISKS (800K) (2 disks - ZIP archive)

HyperScreen manual with version 2.0 addendum now available HERE  [99MB PDF file]

The Scholastic Guide to Classroom Multimedia (Apple II — 1989) is HERE  [17MB PDF file]

 

Schoolware The Riddle of the Trumpalar (1990) - by NSW Department of School Education DISKS (4 disks - ZIP archive)

 

Nite Owl WRAITH 'The Devil's Demise' (1990)  - for Apple //e, //c, IIGS DISK (800K)

 

Broderbund The New Print Shop (1990) - features automated hard disk installer DISKS (7 disks - ZIP archive)

  1987 Broderbund letter to cvxmelody re: The Print Shop
 

The New Print Shop Reference Manual & original box scans now available HERE

 

The Official New Print Shop Handbook — 300 page complete scan — is available HERE

 

Hi Tech Expressions Beetlejuice Print Kit (1990) DISK 1   DISK 2

 

Hi Tech Expressions Jetsons and Flintstones Print Kit (1990) DISK 1   DISK 2

 

Timeworks Publish It! 3 (1990) DISKS (800K) (2 disks - ZIP archive)

  My video showing Publish It! 3 & The New Print Shop with Epson LQ-500 on Laser 128EX is HERE

 

Timeworks Publish It! 4 (1991) DISK (800K)

     

 

Wings for learning Field Trip to the Rainforest (1991) DISKS (3 disks - ZIP archive)

 

Q Labs Talk is Cheap 3.31 (1991) - powerful telecommunications software - for enhanced //e and above DISK (800K)  (original manual available HERE)

 

Satchel Software Gallipoli (1991) - AppleWorks database of Australian service personnel at Gallipoli (World War I) DISKS (3 disks - ZIP archive)

 

Chan Wilson A2FX v0.8 Beta (1991) - "Apple II File Exchange" - transfers files from Mac HFS disks to ProDOS - for enhanced //e and above DISK

 

Douglas E. Mitton UniDisk 3.5" driver (1991) - ProDOS driver to permit use of UniDisk 3.5" on the original Apple IIc (without UniDisk ROM) - from May 1991 A2-Central On Disk DISK

 

   
 

In-depth video demonstration of Apple IIc (original ROM version) booting off external Laser 5.25" disk drive is HERE

 

 

The DOStalk Scrapbook (1985 TAB Books)  complete scan 

 

By Tom Weishaar & Bert Kersey

 (founders of Open-Apple/A2-Central & Beagle Bros)

A2-Central & Resource Central Catalogs (June 1991 thru April 1993) [191MB PDF]

Resource Central Catalog (Summer 1991) [149MB PDF]

Resource Central Catalog (Spring 1994)

 

  Nibble Magazine Mouse Clock (1991) - ProDOS clock driver that keeps accurate time using mouse interrupts - for Apple //c, IIGS or mouse equipped IIe DISK
             
  1988 invoice from Nibble
 

MousePaint for Apple IIe & IIc original floppy disk — high-resolution scan — now available HERE

AppleMouse IIe Packing List plus Australian & Global Warranties — high-resolution scan — now available HERE

 

Claris AppleWorks 3.0 startup disk (1989/1991) - patched with Mouse Clock (ProDOS clock driver) DISK

 

 

Personal Software magazine (August 1984)  complete scan 

 

 Reviews of AppleMouse II & MousePaint, PFS Family, Multiplan, Music Construction Set, Bank Street Writer, Beyond Castle Wolfenstein...

 

Quality Computers AppleWorks 4 (1993) - version 4.01 pristine original disks DISKS (800K) (2 disks - ZIP archive)

AppleWorks 4.0 — scan of original box & disks is HERE

    

 

● The Phasor music software v1.1.0 (1986 Applied Engineering) | Visualizer //e v1.2 (1987 PBI Software) | RepairWorks v3.3 (1991 Q Labs) - compiled 1991 by cvxmelody DISK (800K)

Applied Engineering Phasor photos    AE Phasor ad 300dpi scan (Feb 1987 inCider)    Phasor v1.0 from ReActiveMicro

 

 Test Lab#2: 12 channels Chip Tunes (2016) for dual Mockingboard or Phasor Demo & YouTube video by French Touch

 

Kitchen Sink Software AccuDraw v1.1 (1992) - powerful Computer Aided Design (CAD) package -  Demo disk  DISK (800K)

 

Robocom Robographic CAD system for Apple II ad (Your Computer March 1984)

 Robocom Robographic CAD system for Apple II

Your Computer (AU) — March 1984

 

 Apple IIGS Disk Images 

 

VIP Technologies VIP Professional GS (1986) - version 1A International DISK (800K)

 

Version Soft GS/Paint (1986) - version 1.0 English (I'm making this available as I've only seen the French version offered elsewhere) DISK (800K)

 

Electronic Arts Music Construction Set GS (1986) -  Dealer demo disk  (works fine on real GS but music may be garbled in emulators) DISK (800K)

 

Music Construction Set GS demo — stereo recording of first two songs only 

 

 ROM 01 Apple IIGS with AE Sonic Blaster recorded directly to line-in of Edirol R-09HR 

FLAC audio download  [19MB ZIP archive]  best quality version 

 

Electronic Arts Deluxe Paint II v2.0 (1987) - with Startpic DISK (800K)

 

Apple Computer Apple Access II v1.2 (1986) - original disk for Apple IIGS DISK (800K)  (scan of box & contents HERE)

Official Apple II Software List from Apple Computer (Feb 1987)

Official Apple II Software List from Apple Computer (Feb 1987)

 

COMPUTE!'s Apple IIGS Machine Language for Beginners (1987) - disk included with the book (programs run from Finder) DISK (800K)

 

Activision Hacker II: The Doomsday Papers (1986-87) - First Class crack DISK (800K)

 

Activision Shanghai (1987) - "Stephen W" crack DISK (800K)

 

Artworx Strip Poker II (1987) - French United Crackers Klan crack DISK (800K)

 

Apple Computer The Apple IIGS Demonstration Sampler v1.2 (1987) DISKS (800K) (4 disks - ZIP archive)

   

Apple-Bug (May 1988) - the newsletter of Apple-Q Brisbane - describes the programs featured in this set — see J. Scott's scan HERE

 

Apple Computer Apple IIgs Diagnostic v2.1 (1988) DISK (140K)

 

Sonus Personal Musician (1987) - MIDI recording system (requires Sonus or Passport Designs MIDI card in slot 2) DISK (800K)  (manual available HERE)

 

A+ Magazine (June 1988) did a full roundup of Apple II MIDI hardware & software products — a complete scan by J. Barr-Hyde is HERE  {jbretro.wordpress.com}

 

Apple MIDI Interface Owner's Guide is HERE

 

Diversified Software Research Diversi-Tune (1988) - version 1.0 (to hear audio through internal GS speaker press 'ESC' then disable 'Stereo Card' in Configuration Menu) DISK (800K)

  

Diversi-Tune — “Turkey in the Straw” (stereo) 

 

 ROM 01 Apple IIGS with AE Sonic Blaster recorded directly to line-in of Edirol R-09HR 

 

 

 

 

Pyware Music Writer (1988) - version 1.4.2 Special Edition (6 staves) DISK (800K)

 \

John Wrenholt Print Shop Lovers' Utility Set IIGS v1.02 (1988)  (see also v3.00) - also on the disk:  As The Link Turns I: Operation Bug | As The Link Turns II: Return of Woz | GSDaleks | Applesoft BASIC CDA v1.1 | Cut Paste CDA | Marvin the Paranoid CDA | Password CDA | Print Text Screen CDA v2.0 | Quickport CDA  DISK (800K)

  

Print Shop Lovers' Utility Set IIGS manual now available HERE

 

Mister Z Synchro Cyclo Demo (1988) - also on the disk:  GS Alliance's Border Scroll routine (by Mr Z) | Bouncing Ball Paintworks animation | Piratin' Software 1.0 Finder Extension (by Bryan Pietrzak, 1992) | 'Garage 4' X-rated animation (by Rocco X) | Formulate v1.0 (1991 Seven Hills Software - SHK disk archive) | The Manager v1.0 (1992 Seven Hills Software - SHK disk archive) -  most downloaded from Talisman BBS   DISK (800K)

 

Roger Wagner Publishing SoftSwitch (1988) - version 8.8 DISK (800K)

 New improved scan of Roger Wagner 1989 Product Catalog now available HERE

 

So What Software Iconix GS (1988) -  Demo disk  DISK (800K)  (program disk already available HERE)

   

 

Arcadia AAARGH! (1988) - Club 96 crack DISK (800K)

 

 

Taito Arkanoid (1988) - Club 96 crack DISK (800K)

 

Accolade Bubble Ghost (1988) - Piratefest '88 crack DISK (800K)

 

Britannica Software Jigsaw! - The Ultimate Electronic Puzzle (1988) - version 1.0 - 'brought to you by Crisis' DISKS (800K) (2 disks - ZIP archive)

   Jigsaw! for Apple IIGS T-Shirt offer  

  High-resolution scan of  Britannica Software 1988 Catalog for Apple II, IBM & C64  now available HERE

 

Strategic Studies Group Reach for the Stars - The Conquest of the Galaxy (1988) - First Class crack DISK (800K)

 

Spectrum HoloByte Tetris (1988) - genuine Apple IIGS / IIc+ dual version DISK (800K)  (manual available HERE)

 

Broderbund Prince of Persia (1989) - French United Crackers Klan crack (Apple IIGS super hi-res crack screen but this is an 8-bit game) DISK (800K)

 

Pangea Software Quadronome (1989) - as distributed by AUSOM & Computer Concepts DISK (800K)

 

AUSOM News back issues dating back to 1980 are available to AUSOM members — see HERE

 

Interplay Dragon Wars (1989-90) - Club 96 crack (runs from Finder) DISK (800K)

Bill Heineman on Dragon Wars GS

 

LYNX Computer Products Supergraphix 256 (1989) - adds 36 new Super Hi-res graphics and 6 music commands to Applesoft DISK (800K)

 

Free Tools Association Nucleus (1989) - music of this legendary demo as played back on (i) Apple IIGS with Sonic Blaster and (ii) ActiveGS emulator - now includes complete soundtrack  FLAC audio [64MB ZIP archive]

 

 

Mac PowerBook 3400c emulating Apple IIGS - Rastan, California Demo, Nucleus Demo, Diversi-Tune

 

Pad & 'El Mathos Noise Blaster v2.13 (1989) - music software used in Nucleus and Photonix (translated from French to English by Factus) DISK (800K)

Toolbox ad for Photonix II, Bouncing Bluster II & Space Shark

 GS+ Magazine advertisement for Photonix II, Bouncing Bluster II, Space Shark

 

Free Tools Association Modulae (1990) - soundtrack of this demo recorded directly to line-in of Edirol R-09HR

FTA Modulae demo (1990) - Apple IIGS screenshots

FTA Modulae soundtrack from ROM 01 Apple IIGS headphone jack (mono) 

 

FTA Modulae soundtrack from ROM 01 Apple IIGS with AE Sonic Blaster (stereo) 

 

FLAC audio download  [83MB ZIP archive]  best quality versions 

 

Beagle Bros Platinum Paint (1990) - version 1.0.1 (runs from Finder) DISK (800K)

Platinum Paint 2.0 ad (II Alive - Nov/Dec 1993)

II Alive advertisement for Platinum Paint 2.0

 

Seven Hills Software GraphicWriter III (1990) - version 1.0 (includes Fonts Disk) (see also v2.0 & v2.1) DISKS (800K) (4 disks - ZIP archive)

 

Vitesse Salvation: Guardian v1.03 (1990) - disk backup & restore system DISK (800K)

 

French United Crackers Klan Pictures 3200 Vol. 1 (1990) - 3200 colour graphics slideshow (converted from Amiga & IBM) DISK (800K)

 

Big Red Computer Club & The Public Domain Exchange Desk Accessories & 3200 Colour Pictures (1989-1991) DISKS (800K) (7 disks - ZIP archive)

   DreamGrafix 3200 color paint program Apple IIGS screenshot  Ad for DreamGrafix 3200 color paint program Apple IIGS

Big Red Computer Club Apple IIGS Catalog (1990) now available HERE

 

Game compilations - Antetris (1990 Peter Jensen) | Baracade (1990 N.J.M.) | Bartender (1989 James Winter) | Blackjack Tutor v2.0 (1991 Dave Tribby) | Dr Mario 2.0.3 (1991 Blue Adept/USAlliance) | Euchre v2.3 (1990 Bill Hamshire) | Fourplay (1990 P.Brinkley) | Fun Columns v1.1 (1991 FTA / O.Goguel & O.Bailly Maitre) | GSDaleks (1989 Ian House) | MatheMusic (1990 P.Brinkley) | NumBlox/GS v1.0 (1990 Johnson Earls) | Puzzle Bucket v1.31 (1991 Oz Data / Richard Bennett) | Qburt (1990) | Rogue (1990 wombat@claris.com) | Tetrotrix 1.1 (1990 Pierre Abel) | The Great Cave Adventure Game (1989 Doni G. Grande) | Wheel of Fortune (1990 Mark Jenison) DISKS (800K) (2 disks - ZIP archive)

 

● Desktop Utilities 3.0 (by Robert Mueller & Tony Morton, 1991) (version 4.0 beta available HERE) | Cribbage GS (by Jim Sepanik, ca. 1991) | Dr Mario (by Blue Adept/USAlliance, 1991) - programs run or install from Finder DISK (800K)

 

Sequential Systems RAM GS Diagnostic Test Diskette rev 1.4 (1991) DISK (800K)

 

Digital Youth Alliance Exhibit A (1991) - 3200 colour graphics slideshow demo DISK (800K)

 

David Chrislip & Kenrick Mock George Bush Demo (1991) - parody of President George Bush (runs from Finder) DISK (800K)

 

 

Joe Kohn & Shareware Solutions Way Cool GS (1991) - companion to January 1992 inCider/A+ article on how to customize the Apple IIGS (includes Solitaire, PacMan, Beyond, ErrorCodes, Quit-To, InitMaster, Icon Ed, Start Logo, Custom GSOS, Showpic etc.) DISK (800K)

 

Office aids etc. - 1991 compilation - Address Manager v2.0e | Cassette Labeler | Graph Paper Maker | GSXEdit v1.0 | Mouse Label v1.1 | Nexus | NoteBook I | OnTime | Scheduler | Speed Read | Texter v1.1 | The Tape Insert Filer/Printer DISK (800K) 

 

WestCode Software Pointless 2.0.1 (1992) DISK (800K)

    AppleWorks GS printout at 360 DPI   WestCode Software ad - Pointless, HardPressed, InWords

AppleWorks GS printing at 360 DPI with Pointless TrueType fonts and Harmonie Epson LQ driver

 

       

 

     

 

Harmonie v2.11b - DISK (1997 Shareware Solutions II)  final release of high performance GS/OS printer drivers 

 

Adds 600x300 DPI support for HP DeskJet/DeskWriter plus new drivers for Apple StyleWriter (M8000), DeskJet/DeskWriter 520 & 560C etc. (see details HERE)

 

      Apple StyleWriter (M8000) printer  StyleWriter & ImageWriter II retail prices (Winter 1992 Australia)

Bevy of print options available with Harmonie's StyleWriter driver

 Landscape mode - lacking in stock System 6 driver - and more...

Harmonie v2.11b Installation and User's Guide now available HERE

 

MOD files collection - compiled 1992-93 by cvxmelody and others DISKS (800K) (5 disks - ZIP archive)

 

 

MOD music players etc. - NoiseTracker v1.0 (1991-92 FTA) | soniqTracker v0.6.3 (by Tim Meekins, 1993) | SoundSmith v1.01 (by Huibert Aalbers, 1990) | MODZap v0.81 (by Ian Schmidt, 1992) | ShellPlay v0.5 (by Brian C. Bening, ca. 1993) - disk boots to NoiseTracker DISK (800K)

 

 

One World Software Wizards Noise Tracker GS v1.30 (1993) DISK (800K)

 

Freeware & shareware - compiled 1992-93 by cvxmelody - AniShow | Antetris | ColorTerm v3.5 | Cosmocade v1.1 | Cyber War! | GenericTerm v3.1 | GIF 3200 v0.20 | GIFview | GS-ShrinkIt v1.1 | MegaTERM v1.1 | MultiView v1.0 | PMPUnzip v1.02 | QWK-GS v1.06 | ResLin d0.33 (see also v0.48) | TransProg Start v1.01 DISKS (800K) (4 disks - ZIP archive)

Brian Greenstone on Cosmocade and Xenocide

 

Shane Richards Spy Hunter GS (1993) - version with music DISK (800K)

 

 

● The Lower Planes Demo (by Prince Slime, 1993) | Instant Access v1.0 (by Ian Brumby, 1993) - disk boots to demo (looks best on real GS), Instant Access runs from Finder (see also v3.0) DISK (800K)

 

 Log in to The Lower Planes BBS in Melbourne, Australia  (resurrected on Telnet as of Sep 2018!)

 

Ewen Wannop & Seven Hills Software Spectrum 1.0 (1993) - telecommunications program (runs from Finder)  (see also v2.5.4) DISK (800K)

 

Quality Computers Six Pack IIGS & Bonus Pack #2 (1993) - set of System 6.0 enhancements DISKS (800K) (4 disks - ZIP archive)

 

 Apple IIGS — A Mac Of Another Color? 

 

Featured cover story

MacUser (December 1986)

 

  High-resolution scan of Apple IIGS cover story - MacUser (Dec 1986)

 

 

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 Apple Computer 10th Anniversary Timeline 

 

Apple Special Delivery Software Fall 1980 Catalog (Apple II)

 

  High quality scan of "Apple Special Delivery Software - Fall 1980"

 

 

 

Apple Computer ad (Dec 1980 BYTE)

 

Apple Computer Confidential Price Lists for Dealer/Educator/Government

Apple IIe / IIc / IIc Plus / IIGS (1984-89 Apple Computer)

  Apple //e and //c Products Confidential Dealer Price List - November 15, 1984 - high-resolution scan

 

 

  Apple Education & Government Confidential Price List - March 2, 1987 - high-resolution scan

 

 
 

  Apple Educator Advantage Confidential Price List - October 15, 1989

 

 

 

"Ask the Experts" 8 page Apple IIc / IIe / IIGS brochure (1986 USA)

 

  High quality scans of "Ask the Experts" Apple II brochure

 

 

 

"The Apple IIGS - The Inside Story" in-store promotional poster (1986)

  

 Depicted is a 1986 prototype Apple IIGS - similar units were bestowed on developers and journalists prior to the commercial launch e.g. see "Golden No 29" magazine HERE

 

  

 

Genuine Apple IIGS promotional watch (1986)

More photos HERE

 

 

  

 

The Apple Collection Catalogue Australia (1987)

 

Apple II, IIGS & Macintosh — official merchandise, gifts and apparel

  

 

  High quality scan of "The Apple Collection Catalogue Australia (1987)"

 

 

 

Apple Card Application Brochure (1986 Apple Computer Australia / ANZ Bank)

 

Featuring Apple IIe, IIc, IIGS & Macintosh Plus

  

 

  High quality scan of Apple Credit Card Brochure (1986)

 

 

 

«L'Apple II. Un beau passé. Un bel avenir. Un beau présent.» 12 page Apple IIc / IIe brochure (1985 Apple Canada)

 

  Scan of "L'Apple II" brochure 

 
 

         Source: Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec

 

 

   

 

 Apple IIGS System Software 5.0 (1989) — French version

 

   

Apple IIGS System Software 5.0 — scan of original box, disks & packing list is HERE

AppleTalk Network User's Guide for the Apple IIGS (System 5.0 bundled manual) — high quality scan is HERE

LocalTalk Cable System Owner's Guide (1987 Apple Computer) — complete scan is HERE

 

 Installationshandbuch Apple IIGS 

 (1986 Apple Computer GmbH)

 

German edition of "Setting Up Your Apple IIGS"

 

  High-resolution scan of "Installationshandbuch Apple IIGS" 

 

 

 

 WATCH MY VIDEO — Apple IIGS fluent in 8 languages 

 

 (demo showing all inbuilt character sets of the GS)

 

 

Apple CEO John Sculley on the Apple II  —  The New Apple IIc Plus  —  The New GS/OS & Paintworks Gold

"The Computer Chronicles - Apple II Forever" (1988)

 (YouTube video by Computer Chronicles)

 

     

AppleFest 1989 Boston with Steve Wozniak Keynote

 

 DVD compilation 26 television commercials from 1977-88 (mostly Apple II) 

Sourced from YouTube

(credits to the original uploaders)

 
 

 

Download Apple II TV commercials DVD compilation [865MB zipped ISO]

 

 

   Watch now on Youtube 1986 Australian TV commercial — Apple //c special at Myer department store

 


 Broderbund Airheart (1986) 

A milestone in the annals of Apple II gaming

 Apple II original manual, box, and disk scans in COLOUR 

   

A perilous sea is the setting for this arcade-style rescue game featuring double hi-res, 3-D color graphics more dazzling than any you've seen before.

Designed by Dan Gorlin, creator of the best-selling Choplifter!, AIRHEART offers you the challenge of rescuing a sleeping prince from a watery world and restoring him to his rightful place of honor.

FEATURES:

Full 16-color double hi-res graphics

Fast, realistic 3-D animation

Challenging play.  This is one game you won't master too easily.

     
 

  High quality colour scans of my original Airheart manual, box, and diskette

 

 

This supersedes my earlier greyscale scan of the manual which is still available HERE and includes an extra review of the game from Apple User magazine

→  See also Airheart Product Fact Sheet for Apple II  HERE

^ 2016-03-21 (last revised 2019-05-08)


 Epyx Street Sports Soccer (1988) 

 Apple IIGS original manual, box, and disk scans 

   

In Street Sports Soccer, you're captain of your own rowdy bunch.  Choose the best on the block and show 'em what you've got.  Shove. Pass. Dribble. Trip.  Real life, fast-action fun.

 

  High quality colour scans of my original Street Sports Soccer manual, box, and diskette

 

 

^ 2016-03-23


 Apple Computer Apple Presents Spotlight (1982) 

 Apple II original manual and disk scans (rarity!) 

 

A compilation of 4 children's games: Reflect, Spotlight, Hot Stuff, Boxed In

 

  High quality colour scans of my original Apple Presents Spotlight manual and diskette

 

 
 
 

  Download "Spotlight" disk image (backed up with Wildcard system)

 

 

 

 

Wildcard installed in slot 7 of my Pravetz 8M (Apple II Europlus clone)

 

 

Creating a 64K auto-booting backup of "Spotlight" (one of four games from the original "Apple Presents Spotlight" disk)

   

^ 2016-03-28 (last revised 2016-05-13)


 Apple II original software box collection 

 30 software boxes & contents scanned for your pure indulgence !! 

     

You'll find all of the following:

4th & Inches GS
Apple Writer II version 2.0
Car Builder
Death Sword
Destroyer GS
Dream Zone GS
GEOS
Grand Prix Circuit GS
Impossible Mission II
Jack Nicklaus' Greatest 18 Holes of Major Championship Golf (GS)
King's Quest III GS
Mancala GS
Music Construction Set GS
Paintworks Gold GS
Qix
Rampage
Shogun
Silicon Dreams
Skate or Die GS
Solitaire Royale GS
The Bard's Tale GS
The Games Winter Edition
The Music Studio 2.0 GS
The Print Shop GS
Vegas Craps GS
Warlock GS
Where in the USA is Carmen Sandiego? (GS)
Winter Games GS
Xenocide GS

Disks only - ProTERM 3, The Graphic Exchange, TransProg III, Tetris, HardBall

 

 

  Apple II original software box collection by cvxmelody  [121MB ZIP archive of PDF files]

 

 

The Graphic Exchange manual cover & Roger Wagner 1989 Product Catalog (new improved scan) now available HERE

ProTERM 3 original box is HERE

Silicon Dreams complete manual now available HERE

 

^ 2016-05-25 (last revised 2018-09-27)


Will Harvey's Zany Golf (1988) & The Immortal (1990)

From the stable of Electronic Arts came two of the most iconic games for the Apple IIGS

 Original boxes & contents 

 

 

 

  Colour scans of original boxed Zany Golf & The Immortal  [11MB ZIP archive of PDF files]

 

 

 

Zany Golf — music from intro & first two levels 

 

 ROM 01 Apple IIGS with AE Sonic Blaster recorded directly to line-in of Edirol R-09HR

(superimposed gameplay sounds are occasionally heard)

 

 YOU'LL FIND MANY MORE SCANS UNDER VINTAGE DOCUMENTS 

^ 2016-07-25 (last revised 2019-09-15)


Assorted Tidbits

 

 

Warranty stub for Applied Engineering TransWarp II accelerator card purchased on 21 March 1990 for my Apple //e from Nemo Computer Systems of Western Australia

It had a serial number of S089.  I sold it off a few years later (along with the //e), and this warranty card is all that remains. The distinguishing feature of the TransWarp II was its built-in non-volatile control panel allowing easy customization of accelerator settings.  The card was clocked at 7MHz (versus 1MHz stock speed of the //e).  Joystick compatibility was improved over the earlier TransWarp with a configurable joystick delay.

Though not documented in the user's manual, the speed could also be controlled through software by writing a 0 or 1 to memory location $C074, same as in the original TransWarp, i.e. POKE 49268,1 (for 1MHz) & POKE 49268,0 (for fast speed)

 

TransWarp II ad - I scanned this from the January 1990 issue of inCider/A+

UPDATE: I found a photo of a TransWarp II with marking "5089" on the back - see HERE - so "S089" might not have been an actual serial number, but some batch/revision number.  I must have checked the original box and manual for anything vaguely resembling a S/N, before settling on "S089" as the only (apparently) unique identifier.  "5089" could plausibly refer to a manufacturing date of the 50th week of 1989.

 

Some sales materials Applied Engineering sent me 1987-88 - product catalogs & "Inside AE" bulletins (TransWarp GS, Sonic Blaster, PC Transporter etc.)

  'Inside AE' - October 1988  'Inside AE' - November 1988

 Download PDF version

 

Applied Engineering PC Transporter photo album

PC Transporter photo album

 (courtesy eBay)

 

Above: Invoice for Zip Chip purchased from Nemo Computer Systems on 16 Feb 1990 for my sister's Apple //c

Below: "Zip Chip - Update" from Nemo Computer Systems (November 1989 AUSOM News)

see also Nemo Computer Systems pricelist (December 1989)

 

  My very first encounter with the Zip Chip was back in 1989 during a monthly meeting of the WAppleII users' group held at Murdoch University in Perth's southern suburbs.  Graeme Platt of Nemo Computer Systems took to the floor with a compelling demonstration of the 4 MHz accelerator and I believe he must have sold a fair number of Zips to eager members!  (An 8 MHz model became available in late 1989)  Graeme was also an Applied Engineering dealer and he and wife Gloria were pioneers of the BBS scene in Perth.  The WAppleII club, founded by Peter Hinchliffe in 1988, was an oasis devoted exclusively to Apple II, and thrived for a good 8 years before finally disbanding at the end of 1995 (coinciding with Apple Computer Australia's termination of support for the Apple II line).   

WAppleII - supporting the Apple II in Western Australia (1988-1995)

WAppleII Disk #1 (September 1989)

   

 4MHz Zip Chip 4000 installed in Apple IIc

 

"1990 Multiline BBS"

successor to the Apple II-based Nemo & Treasure Island boards (GBBS Pro) & pro-nemo BBS (ProLine)

"... at 182 gigabytes and 175 online CDs... one of the largest file libraries available in any country"

 

Zip Chip passed diagnostic test with flying colours in September 2015

 

 ☹ R.I.P.☹ 

Apple //c monochrome monitor depicted shortly after giving up the ghost

 

Apple IIc 220-240V power supply A2M4016  

Apple //c 220/240V power supply (model A2M4016)still working

 

 

Back in 1992, I ordered a new Zip GSX accelerator card for my Apple IIGS.  Its top speed was 9MHz, yet it came with a 10MHz-rated 65C816 CPU.  Not wishing to squander the potential, I asked a technician friend to perform a simple modification, replacing the stock crystal oscillator with a faster one, which boosted the speed of the card to 10.50MHz.  The system proved to be absolutely stable and I was more than satisfied.  The IIGS was subsequently retired in 1996 but in August 2015 I attempted to resurrect it for old time's sake.  The Zip GSX was found to be still in perfect working order after all those years.

  

   

 

Software routines to disable Zip GSX by Paul Creager (inCider/A+)

 

 Software routine to disable Zip GSX

(substitute 91 for 90 as the next-to-last number in line 1020 to turn Zip GSX back on)

 

           

 

 Auto-load ZipGS Control Classic Desk Accessory from any ProDOS startup disk with the aid of ProDOS 8 CDA Loader (P8CDA)

(no need for ProDOS 16 or GS/OS)

NB: The official ZipGS CDA from Zip Technologies works fine when installed this way, but Zip CDA by FTA might crash

 

ZipGS & Zip Chip advertisement (February 1992, inCider/A+)

 

(the ad refers to a re-engineered "new design" 8Mz Zip Chip (for 8-bit Apples), so early and late versions of this model exist -

the 8MHz Zip Chip was originally announced at the May 1989 Boston AppleFest and began shipping towards the end of that year.  The popular 4MHz model remained available for sometime.)

^ 2015-11-09 (last revised 2019-11-13)


 A+ Magazine (April 1989) 

 Reviews of TransWarp GS, "Classic" TransWarp, Zip Chip, RocketChip 

 

SPEED UP!  New Products Meet the Need for Speed

Scans of cover story devoted to the following Apple II accelerator products:

TransWarp GS by Applied Engineering

"Classic" TransWarp by Applied Engineering

Zip Chip by Zip Technologies

RocketChip by Bits & Pieces Technologies

With comparative benchmark test results

 

  High quality colour scans of Apple II accelerators cover story from A+ April 1989

 

 

 

TransWarp GS photo album

 (courtesy eBay & Apple Rescue Denver)

^ 2016-05-01 (last revised 2018-04-08)


 Call-A.P.P.L.E. (October 1985) 

 Cover story on "Mach 3.5" accelerator (M-c-T SpeedDemon) 

     

Flying the Apple II at Mach 3.5

Mach 3.5 accelerator benchmarks by Dr David A. Lingwood

 

"SpeedDemon" or "SpeeDemon" ?  Both are correct - see HERE & HERE & HERE

^ 2016-10-11 (last revised 2017-04-26)


 My own benchmarks of TransWarp (I & II), Zip Chip, Zip GSX & Laser 128EX etc. 

All testing done with Speed Tester v1.0 (available HERE)

Manually timed with stopwatch, rounded down to nearest second

Benchmarks generated by Speed Tester are relative to a 1MHz Apple //e

 DIRECT LINK to this section 

Apple //c — Zip Chip 4000 @ 1MHz (ESC key pressed at startup)
 
Apple //c — Zip Chip 4000 @ 4MHz
 
Apple IIGS ROM01 — Zip GSX 32K cache @ 10.50MHz
 
Enhanced Apple //e clone — TransWarp @ 3.6MHz
 
FOR-NEXT LOOP TEST
61 SECONDS
.983 TIMES FASTER
 
FOR-NEXT LOOP TEST
17 SECONDS
3.52 TIMES FASTER
 
FOR-NEXT LOOP TEST
8 SECONDS
7.5 TIMES FASTER
 
FOR-NEXT LOOP TEST
18 SECONDS
3.33 TIMES FASTER
 
TEXT-SCROLL TEST
41 SECONDS
1.01 TIMES FASTER
 
TEXT-SCROLL TEST
22 SECONDS
1.88 TIMES FASTER
 
TEXT-SCROLL TEST
7 SECONDS
5.92 TIMES FASTER
 
TEXT-SCROLL TEST
21 SECONDS
1.97 TIMES FASTER
 
HGR-FILL BASIC TEST
58 SECONDS
.965 TIMES FASTER
 
HGR-FILL BASIC TEST
16 SECONDS
3.5 TIMES FASTER
 
HGR-FILL BASIC TEST
7 SECONDS
8 TIMES FASTER
 
HGR-FILL BASIC TEST
18 SECONDS
3.11 TIMES FASTER
 
ASL COUNTING TEST
133 SECONDS
1.00 TIMES FASTER
 
ASL COUNTING TEST
33 SECONDS
4.06 TIMES FASTER
 
ASL COUNTING TEST
20 SECONDS
6.7 TIMES FASTER
 
ASL COUNTING TEST
40 SECONDS
3.35 TIMES FASTER
 
HGR-FILL ASL TEST
27 SECONDS
1 TIMES FASTER
 
HGR-FILL ASL TEST
7 SECONDS
3.85 TIMES FASTER
 
HGR-FILL ASL TEST
3 SECONDS
9 TIMES FASTER
 

HGR-FILL ASL TEST
10 SECONDS
2.7 TIMES FASTER

 

These results are consistent with a 4MHz Zip Chip (model 4000).  This Zip Chip was purchased new in February 1990 and it was actually the 8MHz model we ordered and paid for (see invoice & background).  It came supplied in the same box and with the same disk as the 4MHz model but with an added "8MHz" sticker on the front (all the early units were like that).  So there was apparently a mix-up of some kind!  (Benchmarks for an actual 8MHz Zip Chip appear below)

 

 

Apple //c — Zip Chip 4000 @ 0.68MHz (i.e. 17% of max. speed set via Zip Chip Utilities - the lowest configurable speed short of disabling acceleration completely)
 
Apple IIGS ROM01 @ 2.8MHz — Zip GSX disabled
 
Laser 128EX ROM v4.2 @ 2.3MHz ('2' key pressed at startup)
 
Laser 128EX ROM v4.2 @ 3.6MHz ('3' key pressed at startup)
 

 
FOR-NEXT LOOP TEST
40 SECONDS
1.5 TIMES FASTER
 
FOR-NEXT LOOP TEST
22 SECONDS
2.72 TIMES FASTER
 
FOR-NEXT LOOP TEST
27 SECONDS
2.22 TIMES FASTER
 
FOR-NEXT LOOP TEST
24 SECONDS
2.5 TIMES FASTER
 
TEXT-SCROLL TEST
36 SECONDS
1.15 TIMES FASTER
 
TEXT-SCROLL TEST
18 SECONDS
2.30 TIMES FASTER
 
TEXT-SCROLL TEST
18 SECONDS
2.30 TIMES FASTER
 
TEXT-SCROLL TEST
Incompatible with Laser 128EX (ROM v4.2) @ 3.6MHz
 
HGR-FILL BASIC TEST
43 SECONDS
1.30 TIMES FASTER
 
HGR-FILL BASIC TEST
22 SECONDS
2.54 TIMES FASTER
 
HGR-FILL BASIC TEST
25 SECONDS
2.24 TIMES FASTER
 
HGR-FILL BASIC TEST
22 SECONDS
2.54 TIMES FASTER
 
ASL COUNTING TEST
34 SECONDS
3.94 TIMES FASTER
 
ASL COUNTING TEST
52 SECONDS
2.57 TIMES FASTER
 
ASL COUNTING TEST
57 SECONDS
2.35 TIMES FASTER
 
ASL COUNTING TEST
38 SECONDS
3.52 TIMES FASTER
 
HGR-FILL ASL TEST
12 SECONDS
2.25 TIMES FASTER
 
HGR-FILL ASL TEST
13 SECONDS
2.07 TIMES FASTER
 
HGR-FILL ASL TEST
12 SECONDS
2.25 TIMES FASTER
 
HGR-FILL ASL TEST
8 SECONDS
3.37 TIMES FASTER
 
     

 

Enhanced Apple //e clone — TransWarp II @ 7MHz
 
Enhanced Apple //e clone — TransWarp II @ 3.5MHz
 
Apple //c — Zip Chip 4000 @ 2MHz

 

Apple IIGS ROM01 — Zip GSX 32K cache @ 8.5MHz
 
FOR-NEXT LOOP TEST
11 SECONDS
5.45 TIMES FASTER
 
FOR-NEXT LOOP TEST
18 SECONDS
3.33 TIMES FASTER
 
FOR-NEXT LOOP TEST
21 SECONDS
2.85 TIMES FASTER
 
FOR-NEXT LOOP TEST
8 SECONDS
7.5 TIMES FASTER
 
TEXT-SCROLL TEST
9 SECONDS
4.61 TIMES FASTER
 
TEXT-SCROLL TEST
14 SECONDS
2.96 TIMES FASTER
 
TEXT-SCROLL TEST
24 SECONDS
1.72 TIMES FASTER
 
TEXT-SCROLL TEST
7 SECONDS
5.92 TIMES FASTER
 
HGR-FILL BASIC TEST
10 SECONDS
5.6 TIMES FASTER
 
HGR-FILL BASIC TEST
18 SECONDS
3.11 TIMES FASTER
 
HGR-FILL BASIC TEST
21 SECONDS
2.66 TIMES FASTER
 
HGR-FILL BASIC TEST
8 SECONDS
7 TIMES FASTER
 
ASL COUNTING TEST
25 SECONDS
5.36 TIMES FASTER
 
ASL COUNTING TEST
35 SECONDS
3.82 TIMES FASTER
 
ASL COUNTING TEST
34 SECONDS
3.94 TIMES FASTER
 
ASL COUNTING TEST
20 SECONDS
6.7 TIMES FASTER
 
HGR-FILL ASL TEST
4 SECONDS
6.75 TIMES FASTER
 
HGR-FILL ASL TEST
7 SECONDS
3.85 TIMES FASTER
 
HGR-FILL ASL TEST
8 SECONDS
3.37 TIMES FASTER
 
HGR-FILL ASL TEST
3 SECONDS
9 TIMES FASTER
 

 

 

 

NB: Reported speed of 8.14MHz is erroneous as the Zip GSX runs at 10.50MHz not 10 MHz  (81.25% of 10.50MHz = 8.5MHz) - see explanatory note HERE

 

Macintosh LC — Apple IIe Card @ 1MHz

("Normal" speed selected in IIe Option Panel)
 

Macintosh LC — Apple IIe Card @ 1.9MHz

("Fast" speed selected in IIe Option Panel)
 

Apple //e — Zip Chip 8000 @ 8MHz Apple //e — Zip Chip 8000 @ 4MHz
FOR-NEXT LOOP TEST
61 SECONDS
0.98 TIMES FASTER
 
FOR-NEXT LOOP TEST
32 SECONDS
1.87 TIMES FASTER
 
FOR-NEXT LOOP TEST
10 SECONDS
6 TIMES FASTER
 
FOR-NEXT LOOP TEST
11 SECONDS
5.45 TIMES FASTER
 
TEXT-SCROLL TEST
57 SECONDS
0.73 TIMES FASTER
 
TEXT-SCROLL TEST
37 SECONDS
1.12 TIMES FASTER
 
TEXT-SCROLL TEST
18 SECONDS
2.30 TIMES FASTER
 
TEXT-SCROLL TEST
19 SECONDS
2.18 TIMES FASTER
 
HGR-FILL BASIC TEST
72 SECONDS
0.78 TIMES FASTER
 
HGR-FILL BASIC TEST
42 SECONDS
1.33 TIMES FASTER
 
HGR-FILL BASIC TEST
9 SECONDS
6.22 TIMES FASTER
 
HGR-FILL BASIC TEST
10 SECONDS
5.6 TIMES FASTER
 
ASL COUNTING TEST
132 SECONDS
1.01 TIMES FASTER
 
ASL COUNTING TEST
68 SECONDS
1.97 TIMES FASTER
 
ASL COUNTING TEST
18 SECONDS
7.44 TIMES FASTER
 
ASL COUNTING TEST
18 SECONDS
7.44 TIMES FASTER
 
HGR-FILL ASL TEST
137 SECONDS
0.20 TIMES FASTER
 
HGR-FILL ASL TEST
135 SECONDS
0.20 TIMES FASTER
 
HGR-FILL ASL TEST
3 SECONDS
9 TIMES FASTER
 

HGR-FILL ASL TEST
3 SECONDS
9 TIMES FASTER

 

My video HERE shows the Apple IIe Card being benchmarked

 
See video HERE - Zip Chip 8MHz installation & benchmark  

Additional testing with Speed Test v2.2.2 (available HERE)

Manually timed with stopwatch, rounded down to nearest tenth of a second

Benchmarks generated by Speed Test are relative to a 1MHz Apple //e

 
Laser 128EX ROM v6.0 @ 3.6MHz ('3' key pressed at startup)
 
Apple IIGS ROM01 — Zip GSX 32K cache @ 10.50MHz
 
   
       
CPU INDEX   3.42 TIMES FASTER CPU INDEX   8.98 TIMES FASTER    
TEXT INDEX   2.65 TIMES FASTER TEXT INDEX   4.40 TIMES FASTER    
VIDEO INDEX   3.41 TIMES FASTER VIDEO INDEX   7.75 TIMES FASTER    
  TIME (s) RELATIVE   TIME (s) RELATIVE    
MEMORY READ 34.9 3.42 MEMORY READ 11.9 10.01    
MEMORY WRITE 34.8 3.42 MEMORY WRITE 26.0 4.58    
MEMORY READ (ZERO PAGE) 35.1 3.41 MEMORY READ (ZERO PAGE) 11.9 10.05    
MEMORY WRITE (ZERO PAGE) 34.9 3.43 MEMORY WRITE (ZERO PAGE) 15.1 7.92    
INDIRECT REFERENCES 37.2 3.22 INDIRECT REFERENCES 12.8 9.35    
BRANCH CALCULATION 34.9 3.42 BRANCH CALCULATION 11.8 10.11    
REGISTER VARIABLES 24.4 3.41 REGISTER VARIABLES 8.4 9.92    
INSTRUCTION FETCH 33.4 3.59 INSTRUCTION FETCH 11.3 10.61    
CPU INSTRUCTION MIX 33.3 3.49 CPU INSTRUCTION MIX 14.0 8.30    
DIRECT TEXT WRITES 33.9 3.54 DIRECT TEXT WRITES 23.1 5.20    
DIRECT TEXT WRITES #2 34.7 3.47 DIRECT TEXT WRITES #2 23.6 5.10    
BIOS TEXT WRITE 126.6 0.94 BIOS TEXT WRITE 41.2 2.90    
DIRECT LORES WRITES 34.5 3.39 DIRECT LORES WRITES 14.2 8.25    
HIGH-RES MEMORY WRITES 33.4 3.43 HIGH-RES MEMORY WRITES 15.8 7.25    
           
   
     

 

Macintosh LC — Apple IIe Card @ 1.9MHz

("Fast" speed selected in IIe Option Panel)
 

     
       
CPU INDEX   1.93 TIMES FASTER      
TEXT INDEX   0.25 TIMES FASTER      
VIDEO INDEX   0.15 TIMES FASTER      
  TIME (s) RELATIVE          
MEMORY READ 61.9 1.92          
MEMORY WRITE 61.9 1.92          
MEMORY READ (ZERO PAGE) 61.9 1.93          
MEMORY WRITE (ZERO PAGE) 61.8 1.94          
INDIRECT REFERENCES 65.2 1.84          
BRANCH CALCULATION 61.7 1.93          
REGISTER VARIABLES 43.8 1.90          
INSTRUCTION FETCH 58.9 2.04          
CPU INSTRUCTION MIX 59.0 1.97          
DIRECT TEXT WRITES 316.9 0.38          
DIRECT TEXT WRITES #2 2228.6 0.05          
BIOS TEXT WRITE 369.7 0.32          
DIRECT LORES WRITES 924.4 0.13          
HIGH-RES MEMORY WRITES 697.0 0.16          
           
     

ReActiveMicro's Wiki HERE offers further Speed Test v2.2.2 benchmarks

^ 2016-10-10 (last revised 2017-09-17)

 

Others ??  TransWarp GS, RocketChip I & II, UltraWarp (Michael Mengel & ReActiveMicro), FASTChip //e & TransWarp //c (a2heaven), Tecnowarp, SpeedDemon (Mach 3.5), Saturn/Titan Accelerator, Apple IIc Plus, Apple III, etc...

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 TransWarp 3.6MHz vs 1MHz showdown 

 

FAST vs NORMAL speedside by side comparison on Apple IIe

 

 

 

Airheart
Choplifter
Drol
Donkey Kong
FASTDATA Pro — keyword search of 1.5MB TXT file
Nikrom Master Diagnostics //e — 80 column test
Animate Show Disk (3.6MHz only)
TransWarp startup self-diagnostic test
  00:00
01:46
02:30
03:26
04:29
07:48
10:10
11:45
 

 

 

 Testbed: Apple IIe enhanced clone | TransWarp @ 3.6MHz

Only relevant to FASTDATA Pro: Apple II SCSI Card (Rev C ROM) & ITEAD Studio SCSI2SD V5.0a

^ 2016-11-20


 

 TransWarp II unleashed! 

 
 

 

 

Choplifter
Airheart
Prince of Persia (sound delay 0ms)
Prince of Persia (sound delay 1ms)
Prince of Persia (sound delay 5ms)
TransWarp II control panel
Apple //e self-diagnostic test
  00:00
01:29
02:45
03:47
04:49
05:36
06:35
 

 

 

 Hardware: Apple IIe enhanced clone | TransWarp II @ 7MHz

 
  I don't know how the Apple //e "checkerboard" self-diagnostic got triggered - after exiting the TransWarp II control panel, typing PR#6 somehow initiated the self-diagnostic before the drive was booted. Perhaps it is related to having toggled the TWII from OFF to FAST. Please ignore the incorrect caption at ~6:38 - the checkerboard display is the //e self-diagnostic, NOT the TWII startup diagnostic, which is actually just the brief pause before the TWII logo appears. If the TWII startup diagnostic is enabled in the control panel, you normally experience this pause with a blank screen when turning on the computer, followed by the TWII logo (if enabled) and then bootup. The //e checkerboard test isn't part of the process, though can occasionally manifest with cold or warm boot as an atypical, if harmless, quirk of the TWII. If the behaviour is by design, my only (non-expert) explanation is that it helps flush the system into a more pristine state. Also, my experience with the Apple IIGS is that periodically running its self-diagnostic to completion can be a quick fix for any strange glitches you are having.

 

Fine-tuning the speed of TransWarp II

The built-in control panel of the TransWarp II only allows a choice of two accelerated speeds - 7MHz & 3.5MHz.  All is not lost, however, as the TWII is compatible with the RocketChip Utilities (available HERE).  This permits fine-tuning the speed in small increments, anywhere from a fraction of 1MHz right up to full throttle!  (Full credit to Glynne Tolar for making the connection - see HERE)

 

 

It's probably easiest to use the RocketChip Utilities designed for the 10MHz RocketChip II (ProDOS version shown above).  In this example I have it configured for "6.66MHz" which corresponds neatly to 66.6% of top speed.  So on the TransWarp II, 66.6% of 7MHz equates to 4.66MHz

 

 

Exiting the RocketChip configurer dumps you to BASIC.SYSTEM with your speed setting intact.  However, invoking the TransWarp II control panel at anytime (ESC-CTRL-RESET) or rebooting with PR#6 or CTRL-OPEN APPLE-RESET will undo your speed (the TWII reverts to either 1MHz ("Slow"), 3.5MHz ("Medium") or 7MHz ("Fast"), whichever is closest to your custom setting).  To preserve your speed whilst booting up the next disk, a good solution is to use something like BOOT6.SYS shown in the example above (poached from Zip Chip Utilities HERE).  This bypasses the meddling of the TWII firmware...

With this approach, I was able to launch Speed Tester (in DOS 3.3 format) and benchmark the TransWarp II running at a non-standard 4.66MHz:-

 

  Enhanced Apple //e clone — TransWarp II @ 4.66MHz (configured with RocketChip Utilities)

 
Benchmarks generated by Speed Tester are relative to a 1MHz Apple //e

 
  FOR-NEXT LOOP TEST
15 SECONDS
4 TIMES FASTER
 
 
  TEXT-SCROLL TEST
12 SECONDS
3.45 TIMES FASTER
 
 
  HGR-FILL BASIC TEST
14 SECONDS
4 TIMES FASTER
 
 
  ASL COUNTING TEST
29 SECONDS
4.62 TIMES FASTER
 
 
  HGR-FILL ASL TEST
6 SECONDS
4.5 TIMES FASTER
 
 

^ 2017-05-07 (last revised 2017-06-11)


 

 FASTChip //e thrashes speed records @ 16.6MHz! 

 
 

 

 

Introduction
Serpentine demo sequence
Gobbler demo sequence
Thunderchopper demo sequence
FASTChip //e control panel
Drol with joystick @ 16.6MHz
  00:00
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 Hardware: Apple IIe (PAL model) | FASTChip //e accelerator from a2heaven in slot 7

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Testing out the Apple //c PAL colour modulator A2M4023

For some months, I had been on the lookout for an Apple //c A2M4023 PAL colour modulator/adapter. This elusive device attaches to the back of any PAL //c (e.g. those sold in Australia and Europe), providing PAL colour composite & RF outputs.  As luck would have it - on 12 Nov 2015 - I spotted an ad on Gumtree (Perth) for a complete Apple //c system, modulator included!  Since I wanted a replacement //c monitor anyway (after my sister's one blew up), and the price was reasonable, I went ahead and purchased the lot.  Photo of the "haul" taken on the day of purchase after it was brought home:-

 

  models # A2S4000* (* = Z, F, B, D, T, N etc) and # A2S4100^ (^ = X, F, S etc)...  both the original 128K Apple //c and later "memory expansion" model //c sold in PAL countries (e.g. A2S4100X) are inherently capable of colour when paired to certain 220-240V models of the AppleColor Composite Monitor (e.g. A2M6021X) - the inbuilt RCA jack of the 220-240V //c outputs a video signal comparable to the Platinum 'International NTSC' Apple IIe - a unique 50Hz NTSC with 3.562456 MHz color reference frequency - see screenshots HERE & discussion HERE.  At the time the original //c was launched (April 1984) no monitor was compatible with 'International NTSC' and regular NTSC or PAL displays generally interpret this signal in black & white only.  In PAL markets the //c came bundled with the A2M4023 PAL modulator, excepting France which used "Le Chat Mauve" A2M4020F adapter (provides RGB & composite SECAM over SCART).  In Australia, the A2M4023 PAL modulator appears to have been retained with the A2S4100X model //c - see HERE.  Though by this stage you could buy the 240V AppleColor Composite Monitor (IIc or IIe matching models) for direct-connect colour - see HERE & HERE.

 

 

International Supplement to the Apple IIc Interactive Owner's Guide now available HERE

   

 

As you can see, a functioning //c with green screen, comprehensive set of Apple manuals and disks, Apple beige joystick, two platinum mice, and an Apple 5.25 Drive to boot.  (After this photo was taken, I discovered tucked inside other manuals the "Setting Up Your Apple //c" guide, Apple joystick instructions, and even an unused sheet of rainbow-coloured Apple stickers.  The mice turned out to be the same model - Mac Mouse M0100 platinum part # 590-0055A, which aren't //c compatible but should work fine on a ][, ][+ or //e with mouse card.  However, my sister's //c was already equipped with an Apple Mouse //c - model A2M4015Z).

Also accompanying this Gumtree //c are original disks for Mind over Minors, Microzine, MasterType's Writer, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and MousePaint - which confirms this system was originally purchased around December 1985 when Apple Computer Australia bundled these programs for free as part of a nationwide Christmas promotion.  The Apple Mouse //c - also a part of that bundle - has gone missing and only the manual remains.

This is not 100% identical to the Unidisk 5.25" but the distinction is only critical for the Macintosh LC Apple IIe card which is compatible solely with the Apple 5.25" Drive

 

Back of the "new" Apple //c monochrome monitor (240V Hitachi model) and close-ups of the PAL Modulator/Adapter A2M4023

 

I hooked the colour composite output of the PAL Modulator to my old Commodore 1084S monitor (Amiga RGB and PAL-only colour composite display).  Booted up the //c to be greeted by beautiful colour!  Some screenshots:-

   

  

 

     

 

 

 

 

 

The Commodore 1084S monitor also has a "green" switch to take care of any hankering for old-school monochrome:-

 

 

And here's a high quality capture I made of the Apple IIc PAL Modulator's output

Choplifter, David's Midnight Magic, Prince of Persia, Airheart...

(RCA composite video fed directly to PC TV tuner card)

 

 

 Side-by-side comparison of the Apple IIe IIc joystick platinum and beige models

 

 
                Apple Computer Australia Retail Price List for 1987 - Apple IIGS etc

Apple Joystick IIe and IIc  (A2M2012 platinum model)

Hi-res scan of original box & instruction leaflet now available HERE

 

Apple Computer Australia Retail Price List for 1987  [8-bit system prices are HERE]

Apple Joystick — A$105   Apple IIe Mouse  — A$295   Apple IIc Mouse  — A$169

ImageWriter II  — A$1195

I clearly remember how Myer department stores used to sell the Apple joystick for A$99.99 - at a time when they also carried the Apple //c - which in fact was quite heavily promoted by Apple e.g. around Christmas 1985, they published a huge multi-page lift-out devoted exclusively to the //c & //e in Australian newspapers.  It was coloured red like a Christmas stocking and had a comprehensive list of every dealer participating in the promotion (Myer and others)  A sampling of this publicity is preserved in full colour on the cover of The Australian Apple Review - December 1985 issue and a complete microfilm scan is HERE   (In Western Australia, Myer took over Boans department chain in 1985 but most stores kept the name "Boans" until 1988.  Though Myer itself was already well established in Perth - see HERE.  In the Eastern States, Myer acquired Grace Bros department stores in 1983.  These Myer-owned chains all sold Apple.)

 
              

 
      

 

 Apple Computer Australia  1985 Christmas bundle specials

Mind over Minors - Microzine - MasterType's Writer - The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy...

   

 

 “If this page were Christmas wrapping, which computer would you hope to find when you opened it up?” 

 

Apple IIc / IIe Christmas promotion outsized newspaper liftout

1985 Apple Computer Australia

 
 

  Scan of Apple IIc/IIe Christmas liftout (1985 Australia)  [14MB PDF]

 

 

 

 

 

 (YouTube video by 'Jarooosa')

 

 
 

  Twelve holiday software suggestions for your Apple Computer (Apple II & Macintosh) - 1985 Christmas brochure (USA)

 

 

 

 

 

Apple IIc released (June 1984 Electronics Australia)    Apple's Solution to the Christmas Present (Dec 1984 San Bernardino Sun)  

Big Apple IIc promotional booklet (20 pages) & An Apple Christmas brochure (1984) 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11  (courtesy 'tumblekidsvintage' & 'the*hat*guy' on eBay)

Apple IIc LCD screen (March 1984 promo booklet USA/Canada)   Apple IIc intro disks (March 1984 promo booklet USA/Canada)

 

 

Apple IIc Keyboard Poster

from big Apple IIc promotional booklet (March 1984 USA/Canada)

 Download PDF (high-resolution scan)

 

 

Apple IIc Scribe User's Manual Guide to Apple IIc

(1984 Apple Computer)

 Download PDF (231MB high-resolution scan)

 

 

 

Apple IIc complete in original box     Apple IIc Disk Holder with Apple Access II disks

Apple IIc wins CES Chicago computer award (1984)

 

German Apple IIc poster "Alles, was Sie brauchen. Der Apple IIc."
 

„Alles, was Sie brauchen. Der Apple IIc.“

(German Apple IIc poster)

 

    

 

 

 

 Apple announces a technological breakthrough of incredible proportions 

 

1984 Apple IIc brochure  (USA/Canada)

 

  High-resolution scan of 1984 Apple IIc brochure [26 MB] 

 

 

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Vintage Apple //c carry bag

 

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VGA Adapter for PAL & NTSC Apple //c  (from a2heaven.com)

Very satisfying first test of Apple IIc VGA adapter - newly arrived 19 January 2016 - on a PAL Apple IIc & ViewSonic LCD monitor (VS12319).  (See further down for samples from an NEC MultiSync CRT monitor)

   

Apple //c VGA Adapter - first impressions

 

Impossible Mission II given the VGA makeover

 

 

 

F-15 Strike Eagle screenshots.  A small push-button at the front of the adapter lets you cycle between the available display modes, to suit any taste.  You have a choice of regular color ; NTSC color ; shade of green ; monochrome white / green / amber, plus optional scanline emulation (resembling a CRT monitor).

 

 

 

     

And for comparison, an Apple IIGS screenshot (AppleColor RGB Monitor)

 
 

   

 

My scan of MicroProse catalog with F-15 Strike Eagle, Silent Service etc. available HERE

 

LCD monitor's on-screen display showing VGA resolution of "640 x 400"  [NB: resolution of the Apple IIc VGA adapter is actually 720 x 480, but not all monitors report this accurately]

 

   This revision of the adapter works equally well on an NTSC Apple //c (although I couldn't test this) as it is auto-sensing and adapts to whichever type of //c you have.  From the official description:-

 

VGA screenshots from The Last Ninja, Randamn and Times of Lore on a PAL Apple //c

 

 

 

 

 Razor sharp text, here shown in colour, green, and amber modes

 

 

 

 

    BELOW: Comparative test of the Apple //c VGA adapter on an NEC MultiSync V721 VGA 17" monitor (CRT).  Overall, I found it superior to the ViewSonic LCD - not surprisingly with the NEC being a "true" VGA monitor, i.e. support for native resolution and refresh rate, so absolutely no pixel scaling issues or flicker.

 

ABOVE: Mr Robot title screen in colour, with & without scanlines

BELOW: Mr Robot in colour & shade of green

   

 

     

ABOVE: Gumball in colour, monochrome green/amber & shade of green on NEC MultiSync V721

BELOW: Gumball on Apple Monitor IIc

 

pfs:Write 80 column text sample (with scanlines)

NEC MultiSync V721

 

Genuine 1986 Apple dealer poster showing Apple IIc with pfs:Write & ImageWriter II

 

1986 Apple IIc dealer poster with pfs:Write & ImageWriter II

 

 "The Apple IIc Typewriter Plus system" 

 

pfs:Write

Original box & manual for Apple IIe, IIc, IIGS (1986 Scholastic Edition)

 Download PDF (high quality scan)  [62MB]

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Microsoft Olympic Decathlon - Apple II original (box / disk / manual)

Wow look what we have here!  Olympic Decathlon is the first ever program I saw running on an Apple II and its theme song the first ever sound I heard emanating from an Apple speaker.  I had never encountered a computer before and my initial thought was - what the heck is that??

Out of curiosity (mostly), I searched for it on eBay in November 2015 and to my surprise, an original boxed version was just sitting there waiting to be snapped up.  I answered its beckoning call and it was safely delivered to my hands today!  Feeling complete now :-)

 

   

 

 Apple II games reviewed in July 1982 Australian Personal Computer - Firebird, Olympic Decathlon, Epoch, International Grand Prix, Fly Wars, Jellyfish, Star Blazer, ABM 

 

     

"Olympic Decathlon" was eventually renamed "Microsoft Decathlon" the word "Olympic" having been dropped along with the Olympic logo (due to licensing issues?)My original disk of this later edition specifically lists support for Apple II, II+, IIe, IIc and so dates from at least 1984.  The game's memory requirement has also increased to 64K (from 48K).

 

 

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Colossus Chess 4.0 (1985) & Battle Chess Apple IIGS (1989)

   Colossus Chess IV advertisement & review (1986)   Colossus Chess 4.0 Apple II screenshots

  Battle Chess Apple IIGS screenshots

 

Trinity ~ Zork Zero ~ Beyond Zork

 

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

 

Arcticfox & Marble Madness

Arcticfox screenshots AppleColor Composite Monitor IIe (A2M6021)

 

Jeopardy! 25th Anniversary Edition & Empire 'Wargame of The Century'

[Empire Apple II Command Reference Card now available HERE]

 

Wheel of Fortune New 3rd Edition

 

The Ancient Art of War

[The Ancient Art of War original box & manual scans now available HERE & the Quick Reference Card is HERE]

 

Math and Me & Designasaurus Apple IIGS

  

[High-resolution scans of Revolution '76 original box & disks now available HERE]

 

"Logical Connections" AUSOM Christmas flyer (1989)

Logical Connections AUSOM Apple II Christmas flyer  Logical Connections AUSOM Apple II Christmas flyer

 

Fontrix Classic & Sequel

HERE is a review of Fontrix in Popular Mechanics (March 1984)

 

Kangaroo & ShowOff Apple IIGS

[High quality scan of Kangaroo & ShowOff disks is HERE]

 

Out of this World Apple IIGS

 

  High quality colour scans of my original Out of this World box and disks

 

 
 

  I acquired this mint Apple IIGS version of "Out of this World" from eBay (where else? — original listing of December 2016 HERE) - luck certainly played its part as original copies of this game are scarce. OOTW is one of few games I actually played right through to the end (lol), back in 1993.

 

 

The Dark Heart of Uukrul & Pirates! Apple IIGS

  

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 Testing a new Mockingboard-K sound card (from Korea) on Apple IIGS 

 

   

 Bring the world of wireless audio to your Apple IIGS with an appropriate Bluetooth transmitter and headphones like the i.Tech MusicBAND 807

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 Lancaster (1983 Apple II game) with Mockingboard music on Apple IIGS 

I acquired the sealed original Lancaster (Mockingboard support version) from eBay at not inconsiderable expense, and it happily arrived just in time for Christmas!  This 1983 arcade game by Will Harvey boasts fluid animation and entertaining gameplay.  At first, I couldn't get it working on my Apple IIGS equipped with Mockingboard-K - it would hang at the splashscreen.  But I found that by pre-booting ProDOS 8 v.2.0.1, then inserting the game disk and rebooting with CTRL-APPLE-RESET fixed the problem.  Incidentally this technique also prevents side 2 of Willy Byte from stalling on a GS with Mockingboard.

 

   

Lancaster for Apple II original box        

Lancaster Apple II original sealed box, diskette & documentation

 

[Lancaster Mockingboard version disk image (Wildcard backup) now available HERE]

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 Testing a new Mockingboard v1a (ReActiveMicro) with speech chip on Apple IIe 

 

The Mockingboard v1a from UltimateMicro is a clone of the Sweet Micro Systems "Mockingboard A" - with its two AY-3-8913 chips giving six audio channels and two open sockets for the (hard to source) SSI-263 speech chips.  Since I wanted the full Mockingboard sound/speech experience for my //e, and the speech chip happened to be in stock, I seized the initiative and placed an order in January 2016!

 

 

The Mockingboard v1a, shown before and after installation of a single speech chip (I was provided with a 78A263A which is identical to the SSI-263) - effectively turning it into a "Mockingboard C" (six audio channels + speech).  Audio is output through a stereo jack and there is even a provision for the Apple speaker sounds to be fed externally using the supplied motherboard lead.

 

"Mockingboard" from Sweet Micro Systems (1983) - spot the family resemblance?

 [photo courtesy of eBay]

 

 

The official Sweet Micro Systems Mockingboard sound/speech demo disk

Hear the Mockingboard v1a talk and sing (direct recording to line-in of an Edirol R-09HR)

 

 

Fond recollections of the Hong Kong PCL PRO-Mockingboard...

[Scan courtesy of Johnson Lam — http://optimizr.dyndns.org/apple/mockingboard.html ]

My very first Mockingboard - the "Pro-Mockingboard" depicted in the above brochure - was procured on a jaunt to Hong Kong's Golden Computer Arcade.  The shop - which may have been located on the Arcade's middle floor - had several variants on display in a glass cabinet and I opted for the one with audio and speech capabilities.  It had a mini jack & RCA sockets for stereo output and on-board pots for volume adjustment and came supplied with photocopied instructions.  It provided 15 channels (possibly more than Applied Engineering's Phasor, although some of them may have been reserved for percussive effects), but exploiting that potential would have required special software which I never had.  I assume the music keyboard seen in the brochure was designed to interface with this Mockingboard.  They had one on display to the left of the sales counter and this was offered to me, along with song disks ("gor dip"), but those extras had to be turned down - my budget as a primary school student didn't stretch that far!

Back in Australia, I had a friend named Mazi who owned AE Phasor.  A visit to his home was a surefire treat - he originally hailed from California and boy, seemed to have everything under the sun!  I borrowed his AE Phasor software which proved to be compatible with my Pro-Mockingboard.  It would run without modifications and what you heard was correct though maybe only 6 of the 12 music channels were audible in the songs.  The sound effects samples played fine.  Interestingly, the Phasor software flat out refuses to operate with a regular Mockingboard (see screenshot HERE) So the Pro-Mockingboard (by Peninsula Computerland of Hong Kong) was evidently more Phasor-like in design (Phasor came out in 1984 at a time when many popular Apple II peripherals were being cloned in the Far East).  The Pro-Mockingboard was indeed fully "Mockingboard C" compatible (6 channels + speech) and gave me many hours of pleasure but regrettably, I sold it off in the early 1990s with my //e system of the time... (well I needed funds for other upgrades!)

 

Music Construction Set - 1985 Apple ][ Hong Kong Mockingboard version with music of Leslie Cheung

 (YouTube video by ハヤシトシオ)

 

 

It turns out there was at least one other Mockingboard clone from Hong Kong known as the "Mustalgame Card" (short for MUSic TALk GAME).  Manufactured by Capital Computer Co., it sported two AY-3-891x chips giving 6 music channels as well as integrated Software Automatic Mouth (S.A.M.) for speech.  It also provided stereo amplification of the Apple II speaker sound without the need of an interconnecting cable.  For more details please refer:

eBay listing photo

(courtesy A. Vignau's "French Touch" sale)

 

Mustalgame photos

   

@ Apple II Documentation Project

Mustalgame manual

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Enhanced Apple //e system with mind-boggling software collection

I am indebted to Mr H. of the Eastern States of Australia for agreeing to furnish me with his treasured Apple IIe system and an all-encompassing software collection, many magazines, manuals, original boxes, peripheral cards...  on the morning of Christmas Eve (2015), I joyfully took delivery of the entire collection (shipped in 14 large boxes) and eagerly set to work unpacking and configuring the system.

Here are photos of the "finished" setup, taken on the evening of 24 December.  The Apple Dot Matrix Printer, KoalaPad, Kaga RGB vision-II monitor, UniDisk 3.5", 2 x Disk II 5.25" drives, Anko joystick, platinum //e mouse (A2M2070), and system fan were all included as part of the package.  Also a spare mouse (A2M4015Z) not depicted here.  (I added a 4-way 9-pin serial switchbox to permit easy switching of multiple joysticks)

 
 

Anko Joystick - from the makers of Kraft    Kraft Precision Joystick for Apple II

 

 

Apple IIe ad (Feb 1983 BYTE)   Apple IIe review (Feb 1983 BYTE)   Apple IIe released (April 1983 Electronics Australia)   Apple IIe 1982 brochure with system prices

Apple IIe 1984 brochure (cover)

  NB: The 'e' in Apple IIe stands for 'enhanced' (in relation to the Apple II Plus) - don't confuse this with the "Enhanced Apple IIe" introduced in 1985 (with new ROMs & 65C02 CPU akin to the Apple IIc).  The BYTE review (Feb 1983) above-centre refers to the early Revision A Apple IIe, which was replaced just a few months later by Revision B (adding support for double hi-res colour graphics).  Apple offered the A-B upgrade for free, but charged for the enhanced upgrade in the form of the dealer-installed "Apple IIe Enhancement Kit".  All Apple IIe's produced from March 1985 onwards came enhanced as standard, including of course the Platinum IIe sold between 1987-1993.  The IIe which I acquired from Mr H is a pre-1985 unit that was subsequently enhanced and has a "65C02" label over the keyboard power light.

 

Apple IIe 1984 brochure (excerpt)

 

As featured in brochure - Drol (1983 Broderbund) original box & disk available HERE & HERE & HERE

 
 

"A peeled Apple IIe" poster

 
 

(1985 Apple Computer Australia)

 
 

I used to have the above poster on my wall!  Compliments of an Apple dealer in Perth (one just had to ask nicely).  It shows the PAL Apple IIe with UK keyboard that was sold in Australia at the time.  Like a lot of things, it got tossed over the years — above photo is sourced from web.

 

 

  

"The Apple IIe Keyboard" poster

A3 size double-sided (ca 1985-86 Apple Computer Australia)

 Download PDF (high-resolution scan)

 

 

"Win one of 10 Apple IIe Personal Computer Systems" competition

(September 1983 Cleo magazine Australia)

 

Photos of Mr H's near-miraculous Apple II 5.25" floppy disk collection (with many originals).  It took 5 x stackable plastic twin drawers (obtained from Officeworks) to house them all.

   

 

Some of the manuals and books included with the collection (complete set of Apple IIe manuals and much more besides...)

   

[Apple Dot Matrix Printer User's Manual Part II: Guide to Apple II now available HERE - for Part I: Reference see HERE]

[Apple II Super Serial Card — high-resolution scans of original box, packing list & hardware now available HERE]

 

Comparison of all variants of the original beige Apple //e (USA & international)
 

   

 

Apple IIe Supplement to the Owner's Manual (1982)

English/French/German/Spanish/Portuguese/Italian

 

Complete scan now available HERE [14MB PDF]

 

Photos of RARE Enhanced Apple //e with Western Spanish keyboard (A2S2064E model - 115V NTSC - circa 1985) are HERE

 

Original software boxes and manuals (plus binders with photocopied documentation) - much of what you see here was delivered as part of the collection

     

Lothlorien Software ad for Apple II (March 1984 - Your Computer)   The German Tutor for Apple II by Lothlorien Software

 

       

   

 

 

  

Softdisk for Apple II scanned original covers — issues 98-104

(1989-90 Softdisk Publishing)

 Download PDF (high-resolution scan)

 

 The Apple II Blue Book (2nd edition) & The Apple User's Encyclopedia

 

 

Also featured were this beautiful set of Apple II magazines - A+, inCider, Nibble, COMPUTE!'s Apple Applications, Apple User (UK), various user group publications (Applecations etc), plus photocopied manuals, etc.

Applecations magazine (Apple Users' Group Sydney) - selected news, reviews, tips, tutorials —  Aug 1986 - July 1990 [134MB PDF file] | Nov 1990 - May 1992 [125MB PDF file]

 

UNPACKING PHOTOS WITH CLOSE-UPS

The centrepiece of the collection - Apple //e (PAL model) with 65C02 & enhanced ROM upgrade

 

Rear views of the Apple //e showing ASTEC 230V power supply & underside with model/serial number

   

 

Interior view of Apple //e showing pre-installed cards

Slot 1 - FingerPrint Plus

Slot 2 - TimeMaster II H.O. clock card

Auxiliary slot - Digicard 64K extended 80 column RGB card for Apple //e

Slot 4 - Apple //e mouse card
Slot 5 - Unidisk 3.5" controller card
Slot 6 - Disk II interface card
Slot 7 - Apple Memory Expansion Card (1MB)

 

 

Disk II drives and Apple Dot Matrix Printer [220/240V model] (see below for UniDisk 3.5")

   

 

[Apple Dot Matrix Printer User's Manual Part II: Guide to Apple II now available HERE - for Part I: Reference see HERE]

 

Apple Dot Matrix Printer Reference Card

 

[Apple Dot Matrix Printer Reference Card now available HERE - hi-res scan]

 

The Apple Dot Matrix Printer is a rebadged C.Itoh Prowriter 8510 (parallel model)

 
 

NB: The replacement for the DMP - the ImageWriter I - is a C.Itoh 8510 (serial model) with redesigned case (15" wide carriage version also available)

The ImageWriter II, introduced in 1985, has a stylish new look, adds Near Letter Quality mode, MouseText support, colour printing, networking, more advanced paper handling and greater speed, yet retains software compatibility with the earlier models and all take the same black ribbon cartridge

 

  

Missing drive labels?  Disk ][ 3D stickers from a2heaven.com are the answer!

 

 

 

Kaga RGB vision-II 12" colour monitor (Taxan) [240V model] - rear connectors

 

 

Taxan advertisement RGB vision monitor (February 1984, inCider)

 

[Scan courtesy of Asimov FTP server ]

 

Ads for Taxan RGB monitors & Apple II peripherals etc (March 1983 BYTE & March 1986 Electronics Today AU)

  

"Unlimited colors through linear amplifier video circuit..."

 

[Kaga Taxan RGB Vision Color Monitor Manual now available HERE]

 

 

 

 BY-LINE 

Apple IIGS monitor alternative?

It seems some people have successfully used Kaga Taxan as an alternative monitor for the Apple IIGS.  I've personally had experience with a Thomson RGB monitor (model CM 31381 VIR) on the IIGS.  Excellent image with somewhat larger display area than the AppleColor RGB Monitor, and a handy dial at the front lets you toggle different colour modes - even monochrome green.  As with Kaga, a custom cable to match up the signals is all that's needed.  The Thomson no longer works but here's how it looks:-

   

Thomson RGB monitor with custom-made connector for Apple IIGS

     

 

Thomson color composite monitor ad for Apple IIc & IIe etc.

 

November 1986 COMPUTE!

  courtesy www.commodore.ca

NB: "A Hands-On Look At The New Apple IIGS Computer" is this issue's featured cover story

 

 
   

 

KoalaPad (Apple II 16-pin model)

 

   

 

I hope this KoalaPad doesn't feel lonesome as koalas aren't found in Perth... but there is a tiny marsupial cousin - the adorable "quokka" !! (I took these photos on Rottnest Island in September 2014)

 

 

TG Products Select-A-Port

 

Info on TG Products Select-A-Port - a nifty piece of kit for connecting multiple 16-pin Apple II gaming/joystick devices

 

Gaming paddles

 

Taxan 80 column & RGB card for the Apple IIe - original box with contents

   

[Manual available HERE]

 

PerfectData 5.25" disk drive head cleaning kit

 

 

 

Box containing spare peripheral cards - EDD Plus copy card, Auto Mouth Talk Card (S.A.M. / Software Automatic Mouth), Grappler+ printer interface etc.

 

Essential Data Duplicator (EDD) - a copy program for the Apple II - is the brainchild of Donald A. Schnapp, written whilst still in high school, and sold through his company Utilico Software (of Bondi Beach, Sydney), with international distribution being carried out from California.  Eventually he teamed up with Charles J. Rosenberg, an American teenager who had designed an auxiliary disk drive controller capable of reading raw bitstreams, and the result was the supremely powerful "EDD 4 Plus" (software + card combo).

     

EDD Plus cable for UniDisk 5.25" or DuoDisk (DB-19 connector)

 

 

 DuoDisk/UniDisk 5.25" Cable Upgrade Kit instructions for EDD 4 Plus 

  

Video of EDD 4+ card in action backing up original Microsoft Decathlon is HERE

 

Grappler+ by Orange Micro

 

A widely emulated standard for Apple II parallel printer interfaces

 

[Grappler+ brochure now available HERE and manual for The Bufferboard is HERE]

 

The auxiliary slot of the Apple IIe came preconfigured with the Digicard Extended 80 column RGB card (manufactured by Maclagan Wright & Associates of Melbourne).  This is a really great piece of hardware.

Some pages from the Digicard manual describing its key features:

 

 

 "... Note that the switch under the front of the Apple now changes the Apple HI-RES modes between colour and monochrome" 

 

Digicard DIP switch settings - user-selectable colours for normal and inverse text in 40 & 80 columns

 

[Digicard 64K Extended 80 Column RGB Card for Apple IIe Instruction Manual now available HERE]

 

Here is what AppleWorks looks like on the Kaga RGB vision-II monitor with the Digicard configured to display text in dark blue.  As you can see, 80 column text is very crisp and usable:-

 

 

 For certain applications - e.g. those using double hi-res colour - menus and graphical text are barely readable (but this is no different to regular composite displays).  Screenshot of MultiScribe on the Kaga RGB vision-II monitor with Digicard in colour mode:-

But fear not!  Flip the rocker switch underneath the Apple //e keyboard, and the Digicard instantly converts to monochrome (560 x 192 double hi-res in this example) - now all the screen elements in MultiScribe are perfectly legible!

 

Double hi-res screenshots of Neuromancer on the Kaga RGB vision-II monitor with Digicard in colour mode:-

 

 

Battletech

 

Prince of Persia, Spy vs Spy, Paperboy, Maniac Mansion, Gumball & Archon II on the Kaga RGB vision-II monitor

       

      Gumball screenshot Apple IIe Kaga/Taxan RGBvision-II monitor   

 

Close-ups of the Kaga RGB vision-II monitor (front) and the fingerpad of the FingerPrint Plus.  Pressing the fingerpad interrupts the running program, and up pops a menu with useful options (screen dump etc)

   

 

First tryout of Apple Dot Matrix Printer - Airheart screen dump made with FingerPrint Plus

[Manual for FingerPrint Plus available HERE]

 

 Skyfox screen dump FingerPrint Plus to Apple Dot Matrix Printer demo video 

 

 

Plastic transportation disk (for UniDisk 3.5" drive)

 

 

Mr H also collected information and articles on subjects which interested him, all meticulously indexed on his Apple //e

 

   

 

 

   

Mr H describes the database system in his own words (from user group newsletter of 1989)

   

  Mr H on his databases

 

 
 

 

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Complementary items snagged during a Perth "garage sale"

 

KoalaPad in original box

 

 

 

 

Vintage Apple II carry bag

 

 
   
 

   
 

 

Apple co-founder Mike Markkula with his Apple II carry bag, showing correct use of top pocket for storing cassettes

 

230V Apple II Europlus power supply serial # A2M0030-007536

 

 

 

^ 2015-12-26 (last revised 2019-09-04)


Apple IIe Extended 80-Column Colour Card (assembled in Australia)

Apple Computer part number A661-91097

   

Mr GC kindly permitted me to photograph this Apple IIe (pre-platinum PAL model) with an Australian made extended 80-column video card.  I don't think I've ever seen one of these before!  Rather unusually, it plugs into both the auxiliary slot and slot 3 (which line up directly in the PAL IIe).  The slot 3 connector is a mostly blank wafer with just a single "finger" making electrical contact inside the slot.  The card has an RCA composite output which yields a better picture on the 240V ColorMonitor IIe or AppleColor Composite Monitor IIe than the standard video output jack of the motherboard.

Extended 80-Column Colour Card A661-91097 - NTSC/50 for PAL Apple //e

[I found better photos HERE, HERE & HERE and an intriguing discussion HERE.  Note that there is absolutely nothing wrong with the PAL Apple IIe's standard composite video output - e.g. see my Jumpman screenshot (PAL IIe direct to PAL Commodore 1084S monitor). The issue lies with the 240V ColorMonitor IIe itself.  According to AUSOM News (March 1987), the colours appear swapped around i.e. blue is red, green is blue, red is green.  It seems this monitor only displays correct colour when fed a compliant NTSC/50 signal, which is supplied by this special video card on the PAL IIe.  Whether the equivalent ColorMonitor IIe in Europe needs the same workaround I cannot say.  Those units won't be the same as those sold in Australia - besides voltage (likely 220V), and a northern hemisphere-tuned CRT picture tube, the logic board could also differ.]

 

Illustrative pictorial sourced from eBay...

ColorMonitor IIe on 240V PAL Apple //e with "extended 80-column colour card"

 

NB: According to the discussion HERE the 240V "AppleColor Composite Monitor IIe" (A2M6021X platinum model) only supports colour with "International NTSC-50" and not PAL (having now obtained an A2M6021X of my own I can personally confirm this finding) This situation probably also pertains to the earlier 240V beige "ColorMonitor IIe" made between 1985-86 (seen above) - the "better" match (cosmetically) for the original beige PAL //e in Australia/New Zealand (when fitted with A661-91097 video card!).

 

 

Apple ColorMonitor Installation Manual (80 pages)

English / French / German / Italian / Spanish

(1985 Apple Computer)

 Download PDF (27MB high quality scan)

 
 

This manual only describes NTSC/50 and NTSC/60 versions of the Apple ColorMonitor (no mention of PAL at all).  If this official info is correct, then the A661-91097 video card must generate an NTSC/50 colour signal.  I couldn't say for sure since I don't own this card nor the 240V ColorMonitor IIe.  But is the motherboard RCA jack of the beige PAL Apple //e also capable of a quasi NTSC/50?  e.g. with the colour toggle switch of the motherboard set to mono (?).  Let me refer you to the discussion HERE

 

 

 

Table comparing all international variants of the beige Apple //e

Apple IIe Supplement to the Owner's Manual (1982)

Complete scan available HERE [14MB PDF]

 

Rare Apple IIe with Western Spanish keyboard (A2S2064E 115V NTSC)

 Enhanced Apple //e with Western Spanish keyboard (rarity!) 

 

 A2S2064E model (115V NTSC) - circa 1985 

Apple II Europlus

 

Mr GC also had this gorgeous, mint condition Apple II Europlus

Apple II on cover of Electronics Australia (February 1979)

High-resolution scan of Apple II review from Electronics Australia now available HERE

 

ComputerLand (Melbourne) Apple II Plus ad (above)  &  description of the Apple II Plus (below)

Both from my 1980 edition of "Electronics Australia - Microprocessors & Personal Computers"

(did they actually sell the NTSC Apple II Plus in Australia, during the very early days?)

 

    I found the definitive answer HERE - the "Eurapple" mod was standard in the early Australian Apple II Plus (i.e. PAL 50Hz B&W output via motherboard RCA jack), and PAL colour RF modulator card was an optional extra

  

Apple UCSD Pascal  &  C.E.D. Card Reader  —  ads by ComputerLand (Melbourne)

Electronics Australia - June & July 1980

 

Apple II Graphics Tablet (A2M2007)

photos courtesy eBay

 

ComputerLand magazine & newspaper ads (Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney)

 

Apple II advertisement

Electronics Australia - October 1981

Early Apple II reference manuals supplied by ComputerLand Australia

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AppleColor Composite Monitor & Platinum Apple IIe — International Varieties

   

AppleColor Composite Monitor specifications

 

Feedback card with Apple Computer Australia warranty insert

 

 

AppleColor Composite Monitor IIe

 

A2M6021X 240V 'International NTSC-50' model for the southern hemisphere

 

      Genuine Apple II composite video cable 590-0539-A

Unlike its 120V North American counterpart, this 240V model has a detached power cord

Check out my video showing screenshots from AppleColor Composite Monitor IIe (A2M6021 120V NTSC-60 model) HERE

 

"ColorMonitor IIe / IIc" - as they were originally called when launched in late 1985

      Review of ColorMonitor IIe from The Apple II Review (Spring 1986) 

My scan of  Apple ColorMonitor Installation Manual  (1985 multi-language edition) now available HERE

 
 

"Technically, the ColorMonitor IIe is an RGB monitor on the inside... A standard composite video jack "looks" at the computer's video signal.  If the color burst frequency is present, the signal is split from composite video into its components (red, green, blue and sync signals)."  The Apple II Review (Spring 1986)

 

 

NB: ColorMonitor IIe is beige, whereas AppleColor Composite Monitor IIe is platinum - colour-matched for original Apple IIe and platinum IIe, respectively.  I was unclear whether the IIc model was ever released in the PAL countries.  Both the original 128K PAL Apple IIc i.e. model #A2S4000* (*=Z, F, B, D, T, N etc) and the later model //c for those markets (e.g. A2S4100X - "memory expansion" model a.k.a. "enhanced IIc") were inherently capable of colour, outputting an 'International NTSC-50' type of signal compatible with 220-240V models of the AppleColor Composite Monitor IIe (e.g. A2M6021X) - see screenshots HERE & discussion HERE).  Apple-Bug (February 1988) - the newsletter of Apple-Q Brisbane - published a pricelist for AppleCare in Australia.  Extended warranty coverage for "Colour Mon.IIc", "Flat Panel Display.IIc" and even "Apple III" could be purchased from Apple Computer Australia - intriguing no?  An official Australian Apple Product List (1988-89) does show "IIc Colour" monitor.  So without a doubt, the 240V IIc colour monitor is for real!

 

This 1987 retail price list for Australia gives A$795 as the cost of an Apple //c Colour Monitor (A$80 for matching monitor stand)

Dust covers for "//c Colour System" were even available from Apple Users' Group Sydney (ad on right)

 

Apple II systems price list 1987 (Apple Computer Australia)  

 

Apple II Monitor Stand (A2M4029) original box

 

eBay photo of an original box for Apple II Monitor Stand (A2M4029) - introduced early 1987

Coloured platinum, this stand suits ColorMonitor IIc, AppleColor Composite Monitor (IIc) and RGB or mono IIGS monitors.  Monitor sits flat with the feet detached.  With feet slotted in place, the monitor is tilted up (allowing room for a //c to fit below).  An earlier stand (A2M4027) is angled by design (lacks detachable feet) and suits the same monitors, but is coloured snow white to match the original IIc.  The tilt-and-swivel Apple Universal Monitor Stand (M0403) was introduced 1987 for Macintosh II monitors yet is also officially compatible with the aforementioned IIc and IIGS monitors.

 

 

     AppleColor Composite Monitor (IIc) with Apple II Monitor Stand

 

The 120V version monitors sold in North America support colour with regular NTSC-60 only (other video modes i.e. PAL & NTSC-50 will come up in monochrome).  'International NTSC-50' was a hybrid standard introduced with the original 128K Apple IIc (April 1984) and subsequently extended to the 'memory expansion' Apple IIc (September 1986) and platinum Apple IIe (January 1987) - as sold in PAL markets.  Any 220-240V model of the AppleColor Composite Monitor IIc or IIe ought to be compatible.  The specification defines a 3.562456 MHz colour burst and vertical and horizontal scanning frequencies of 50 Hz & 15.659 kHz.  A hardware modification to convert International NTSC Apple IIe to regular NTSC is described HERE.  The original pre-platinum Apple IIe sold in PAL markets from 1983-86 has a regular PAL colour output (compatible with many TVs & any PAL monitor).  When a CRT monitor designed for the northern hemisphere is operated in the southern hemisphere (or vice versa), certain colours may appear faded or patchy in some parts of the screen - a consequence of the CRT picture tube having been factory calibrated for the magnetic field of the opposing hemisphere.

 

Apple //e — PAL & International NTSC flavours

    

  

  AppleColor Composite Monitor IIe A2M6021X 240V 'International NTSC' model for southern hemisphere   Platinum Apple IIe 'International NTSC' A2S2128X model (Australia & N.Z.)      Platinum Apple IIe 'International NTSC' A2S2128X model info

Screenshots from AppleColor Composite Monitor IIe (A2M6021X 240V NTSC-50 model) on my platinum 'International NTSC' Apple IIe (A2S2128X Australian model)

 

Alien Arcade — Skyfox — Airheart — Prince of Persia — Summer Games II — Gumball — Transylvania — Mario Bros — Lode Runner — Karateka — Apple IIe self-diagnostic

      Airheart screenshot AppleColor Composite Monitor IIe A2M6021X 'International NTSC' 

   

 

Gumball in colour and monochrome white

(monitor's front control panel has a mono toggle button)

       

The A2M6021X supports colour with 'International NTSC-50' only (other video modes i.e. PAL & NTSC-60 will come up in monochrome)

 

To see colour on this display you'll need either a 220-240V Platinum Apple IIe 'International NTSC'  or  any 220-240V Apple //c (e.g. A2S4000B, A2S4100X)  or  220-240V PAL Apple //e with Extended 80-Column Colour Card (A661-91097)

 

Apple //c 'Memory Expansion' model (A2S4100X)

 

with preinstalled 256K Apple IIc Memory Expansion Card (for total 384K RAM)

 

Apple //c original ROM model (A2S4000B)

 

COLOUR with direct attachment to 240V AppleColor Composite Monitor IIe (A2M6021X)

220-240V Apple IIc does 'NTSC/50' colour on 240V AppleColor Composite Monitor

 

Apple //c PAL Modulator/Adapter (A2M4023)

& Apple IIGS composite video (regular NTSC/60)

 

MONOCHROME ONLY on 240V AppleColor Composite Monitor IIe (A2M6021X)

Apple IIc PAL Modulator & Apple IIGS - mono only on 240V AppleColor Composite Monitor IIe

 

 { Apple IIGS to 120V AppleColor Composite Monitor IIe (A2M6021) works in colour as expected - see my screenshot HERE }

 

Le Chat Mauve RGB SCART/PERITEL adapter A2M4020F for Apple //c

In France, RGB solutions were especially favoured — every Apple //c came standard with the "Le Chat Mauve" RGB Scart/péritel adapter (A2M4020F)

 This adapter also provides a composite SECAM signal for displays with only "half Scart" input.

"Le Chat Mauve" also made an RGB TTL adapter (DIN plug) for //c and the Eve and Féline cards (RGB 80-column 64K) for Apple //e.

 

 

French ads Apple IIc colour system - GOLDEN magazine (1986-87)

GOLDEN magazine ads showing Apple //c 384K system (A2S4100F) bundled with Philips RGB colour monitor and Extasie software by Le Chat Mauve

& the original 128K Apple //c (A2S4000F) with Arlequin - another Chat Mauve creation

  See HERE for info & photos of French Apple //e with Philips RGB colour monitor & Le Chat Mauve "Eve" card

 

Apple Monitor II - 230V model A2M2010P   Apple Monochrome Monitor IIe - 240V model A2M6017X

12" Apple Monitor II  &  Apple Monochrome Monitor IIe (green phosphor)

A2M2010P (230V beige) & A2M6017X (240V platinum) models for Australia

 

 Guess what 

 

1986 Apple IIe brochure  (USA)

Showcasing AppleColor Composite Monitor IIe,  Apple Monochrome Monitor IIe  & more...

 

  High-resolution scan of Guess What Apple IIe brochure [15 MB] 

 

 

 

 

 Table comparing known variants of the Platinum Apple IIe 

    "Apple //e 128K" Platinum Apple IIe Platinum Apple IIe Platinum Apple IIe Platinum Apple //e "Hybrid"  
  Market USA USA Canada

Australia

New Zealand

Europe  
  Model Number

A2S2064

A2S2128 A2S2128C A2S2128X

A2S2080*

[* = D (Germany), F (France), S (Sweden), P (Britain), T (Italy)]

 
  Date of Introduction October 1986 January 1987 January 1987 January 1987 ca. January 1987  
  Factory of Origin Singapore

Singapore

China (?)

Singapore Singapore Ireland  
  Voltage 120V 120V 120V 220/240V 220/240V  
               
 

Motherboard Type

 

Platinum motherboards are Rev. C or higher, as denoted by part number suffix

(this list is incomplete!)

Platinum Apple IIe

Platinum Apple IIe

 

607-0187-C

607-0187-D

607-0187-E

Platinum Apple IIe

 

C607-0187-E

Platinum Apple IIe

International NTSC

 

B607-0288-C

B607-0288-D

Platinum Apple IIe

International NTSC

 

B607-0288-D (Britain)

S607-0288-D (Sweden)

etc.

607-0288-C & 607-0288-E have also been observed

 
               
  Video System NTSC NTSC NTSC International NTSC International NTSC  
               
 

Standard Memory

(64K motherboard plus preinstalled miniature 64K extended 80-column card)

128K 128K 128K 128K 128K  
               
  Case Type Original Apple IIe style New platinum style New platinum style New platinum style Original Apple IIe style but new platinum colour scheme which also extends to the name badge  
                       
  Keyboard Original Apple IIe layout (no numeric keypad)   New platinum layout with numeric keypad   New platinum layout with numeric keypad.  Dual character set French-Canadian & USA English with toggle switch under keyboard.   New platinum layout with numeric keypad.  Dual character set UK & USA English with toggle switch under keyboard.   Original Apple IIe layout (no numeric keypad) in new platinum colour.  Dual character sets with toggle switch under keyboard.  "65C02" label on keyboard power light.  
                       
  Additional Notes Original box is labelled "Apple IIe 128K" - photo album available HERE

 

"E64009Y A2S2064" is the model code of the depicted specimen - i.e. manufactured 40th week of 1986 in Singapore

 

For the PAL countries, the platinum "International NTSC" motherboard may also have shipped briefly in the traditional Apple IIe case ca. late 1986

 

"Apple introduces an updated IIe" from Apple-Bug (April 1987) - reprint from Open-Apple (January 1987)

 

Platinum Apple IIe A2S2128 & original boxes

 

Platinum Apple IIe & AppleColor Composite Monitor original boxes

 

Serial numbers of two units appear in the photos:-

E-9-43... E=Singapore, 9=1989, 43=43rd week

 

WI-3-34... WI=China(?), 3=1993, 34=34th week

 

Apple IIe production could have been outsourced to China towards the very end (IIe was discontinued November 1993)I can't confirm the "WI" factory code, but some Macs with "W" serials were definitely built in China - see HERE

 

Keyboard PCBs were made in Taiwan for at least some platinum IIe's - see photos HERE

 

Platinum Apple IIe A2S2128C Canadian model

More photos available HERE

 

Despite having a UK keyboard (£ keycap), I can't find proof that this model was actually sold in the UK - it might be specific to Australia/N.Z.

 

 

Apple Computer Australia October 1990 Product Range & Price List is HERE

(PAL video card is available option for the Platinum Apple IIe)

 

The pre-platinum PAL Apple IIe for Australia (ca. 1983-86) was sourced from both Ireland (A2S2064P - UK model) & Singapore (A2S2064X - AU model) - all had dual character support for UK & USA English

 

a.k.a. NTSC/50 — 3.562456 MHz colour burst & 50 Hz vertical scanning frequency - also the native video output of any 220/240V Apple //c.  Regular NTSC or PAL displays generally interpret this signal in monochrome only.  The 240V AppleColor Composite Monitor (IIe or IIc matching models) will give colour - see HERE & HERE.

 

These units were assembled in Ireland, but at least some of the motherboards were made in Singapore, and some keyboard PCBs were by Mitsumi.

 

Apple Monochrome Monitor IIe - 240V model A2M6017Z

Apple Monochrome Monitor IIe

A2M6017Z model for Europe

(240V platinum)

 

European Platinum Apple IIe original boxes (May 1988 Apple User UK)

 

Further info & photos of the European Platinum Apple IIe are available here:

1 | 2 | 3 | 4

Apple IIe still being made in Ireland (Jan 1988 Apple User UK)

 
               

 

  Others ??  I can't confirm whether the Platinum Apple IIe was released in Latin America - a model code "A2S2128E" would be most likely but this is conjecture only.  A beige Apple //e with Western Spanish keyboard does exist (model A2S2064E - 115V NTSC).  This model appears related to the Canadian beige Apple //e (model A2S2064C) - affixed to their undersides is a common model ID sticker for units assembled in Ireland.  The Apple //e was also locally manufactured by Apple de Mexico in Nanicalpan.

 Download above table as PDF

 

 

 

 Table summarizing colour behaviour of international Apple II models on various monitors 

  PAL Apple IIe (220/240V beige)

Motherboard colour switch ON

Inbuilt RCA jack

PAL Apple IIe (220/240V beige)

Motherboard colour switch OFF

Inbuilt RCA jack

PAL Apple IIe (220/240V beige)

RCA jack of Extended 80-Column Colour Card (A661-91097 — assembled in Australia)

International NTSC Platinum Apple IIe (220/240V)

Inbuilt RCA jack

Apple IIc (any 220/240V model)

Inbuilt RCA jack

Apple IIc (any 220/240V model)

RCA jack of PAL Modulator/Adapter (A2M4023)

 

Apple IIGS (any model)

Inbuilt RCA jack

240V ColorMonitor IIe (beige) — NTSC/50 MONOCHROME WRONG COLOURS CORRECT COLOUR

CORRECT COLOUR

CORRECT COLOUR MONOCHROME MONOCHROME
               
240V AppleColor Composite Monitor IIe (platinum) — NTSC/50 MONOCHROME WRONG COLOURS CORRECT COLOUR CORRECT COLOUR CORRECT COLOUR MONOCHROME MONOCHROME
               
120V ColorMonitor IIe/IIc or AppleColor Composite Monitor IIe/IIc — regular NTSC MONOCHROME MONOCHROME MONOCHROME MONOCHROME MONOCHROME MONOCHROME CORRECT COLOUR
               
Regular PAL-only colour composite monitor or TV CORRECT COLOUR MONOCHROME MONOCHROME MONOCHROME MONOCHROME CORRECT COLOUR MONOCHROME
               
Regular NTSC-only colour composite monitor or TV MONOCHROME

MONOCHROME (or wrong colour?)

MONOCHROME (or wrong colour) MONOCHROME (or wrong colour) MONOCHROME (or wrong colour) MONOCHROME CORRECT COLOUR
               
Regular PAL/NTSC (dual standard) colour composite monitor or TV CORRECT COLOUR MONOCHROME (or wrong colour?) MONOCHROME (or wrong colour) MONOCHROME (or wrong colour) MONOCHROME (or wrong colour) CORRECT COLOUR CORRECT COLOUR

 

AppleColor Monitor 100 Apple's official RGB solution for Apple IIe & III

Monitor on American NTSC Apple //e with Extended 80-Column Text/AppleColor Card in auxiliary slot

 

NB: third-party adapters allow the monitor to be used on Apple II/II Plus/IIc and it can be made IIGS compatible by setting an internal switch

For AppleColor Monitor 100 pricing & options please see my scan   Apple //e and //c Products Confidential Dealer Price List (USA) - November 1984 

 And also   RGB Monitors: Best of the Brightest - inCider (October 1985) 

(reviews of AppleColor Monitor 100, Princeton Graphic HX-9 & HX-12, Zenith ZVM-135, Amdek Color 500, Thomson CV36432SI, Sakata SC-200)

 

Steve Wozniak with AppleColor Monitor 100 & Apple IIe

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RamFactor 8M  (from a2heaven.com)

 

Praise the heavens!  This snazzy new RamFactor 8M landed in my hands on 18 July 2016.

 

RamFactor 8M raring to go in slot 7 of my enhanced Apple //e

 

   

   

 

   

With the addition of a small CR2032 battery, the memory contents of the RamFactor 8M are preserved even whilst the computer is powered off (just like AE's RamCharger)

 

   

TIP:  If you want to have multiple partitions on the RamFactor, they should be setup exclusively as storage partitions.  Because once the active partition is made bootable, you can no longer call up the Partition Manager to select a different partition (without wiping RAM).  So in practice, you have a choice between a single bootable partition OR one or more storage partitions (selectable via the Partition Manager — PR#n).  The computer can only see a single partition on the RamFactor at any given time.  There is nothing to stop you putting programs on a non-booting ("storage") partition, just the operating system will have to be loaded from someplace else (floppy or hard disk) in order to utilize them.

 

Various utilities can aid the tasks of backing up and restoring a RAM disk.  Taking an actual example from earlier years:

Infocom Shogun (5.25" ProDOS-based game) was copied in its entirety to a RAM disk.  Using ProSel 'BACKUP' this was imaged to a file on a 3.5" disk.  This 3.5" disk boots into ProSel 'RESTORE' which rapidly rebuilds the RAM disk.  (The ProSel-8 manual explains everything in detail)

 

   
 

 

I've used an Apple IIGS RAM disk of 1024K to illustrate the process but it's similar for a RamFactor or other slinky card which ProDOS recognizes automatically

 (For Apple IIe or IIc with auxiliary RAM expansion (e.g. RamWorks, Z-RAM) ProDOS won't configure a large RAM disk automatically - an additional driver is needed here)

 My old ProTERM 3.0 disk employed a different approach.  I had it setup with AE's Autocopy to automate copying the contents of the 3.5" disk to RAM. (But slightly modified so that holding down the Open-Apple key bypasses RAM copy)
 

 

     

Autocopy is an Applesoft program compatible with any ProDOS RAM disk (slinky or GS).  Some versions - like the one shown here - will also automatically create a large RAM disk for RamWorks/Z-RAM-type cards (using the bundled ProDrive driver).

 

^ 2016-07-18 (last revised 2017-11-13)

 

1MB RamFactor for Apple II from Applied Engineering

Original RamFactor (1MB) from Applied Engineering

 


Apple IIe starring in the movie "Bliss" (1985 Sydney)

 

Apple IIe as 1980's drug of choice?

Surgeon General's Warning: Apple II is seriously addictive!

 

Macintosh in "Crocodile Dundee II" (1988)

 

"American Genius - Jobs vs Gates" (2015 National Geographic)

         

Bill Gates at the University of Washington (February 2012 UWTV)

(I tuned into his talk from a hotel room in Seattle!)

 

 

Tributes flow to Steve Jobs

(personal photos - October 2011, Taipei)

 

      Guanghua Digital Plaza in Taipei

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Pravetz 8M - Apple II Europlus clone (Bulgaria) - Правец 8М

 ◊  Released circa 1985

◊  Apple II+ clone with 6502 CPU and integrated Z-80 SoftCard for running CP/M

◊  Integrated 16K Language Card (for 64K RAM total)

◊  Clone of Apple II Europlus PAL version (50Hz frame rate) - outputs B&W only - needs a PAL card in slot 7 ("PAL Encoder" or "Euro Color PAL-SECAM Card") to output in colour (alternatively hardware modification to motherboard to output NTSC color)  my video demonstration of Pravetz 8M with PAL Colour Encoder Card is HERE

◊  Selectable Latin / Cyrillic character set (keyboard & text display)

◊  High quality Soviet era internal speaker (possibly of better quality than Apple's)

◊  In theory, can accept any card that works with Apple ][+ except RAM cards with ribbon cables connecting to the motherboard 4116 DRAMs since the Pravetz uses higher density 4164 DRAMs and has a language-card already built-in

◊  ProDOS needs to be patched for compatibility as for Franklin/Laser and most other clones since it contains a "prawec" string instead of "APPLE ][" in its ROM - alternatively, one can burn an original Apple ROM and replace the standard factory ROM

I acquired this venerable Apple II clone on eBay in December 2015 for a good (i.e. "non-vintage") price, taking delivery on 4 January 2016.  Thanks to seller George for providing most of the detailed info (above) on the Pravetz, along with the DIP switch settings for configuring the integrated peripherals (see further down).

 

UNPACKING PHOTOS WITH CLOSE-UPS

Pravetz 8M Apple II Europlus clone - main unit & close-up of keyboard with latin and cyrillic support

 

 

Close-up of Pravetz logo & underside of case showing serial number and 1987 manufacturing date

 

 

Rear view of Pravetz 8M.  There is a 5-pin DIN socket for cassette tape recorder.

   

 

First test of Pravetz 8M with Choplifter

 

 

The Pravetz 8M came supplied with an 80 column card and Disk II interface card (clone) in slots 3 & 6.  For kicks, I added an EDD Plus card to slot 5 (but later shifted to slot 4).

The Pravetz 80 column card has a "soft-switch" to alternate between standard video and 80 column mode.  There is a cable going from the card to a socket on the motherboard where normally there would be a 74LS259 chip which has been relocated to the card itself.  (On a real ][+ with a similar setup the chip in question would be either a 9334 or a 74LS259 in the F-14 socket).  The monitor plugs directly into the video jack of the card, which outputs all text and graphics modes and switches between them transparently.  Years ago, I had a Rosco "Auto-Screen 80" card with soft-switch which offered the same functionality  [Rosco soft-switch instructions HERE]

 

Close-up of Pravetz Disk II interface card

 

Close-up of Z-80 CPU on the motherboard (lying just below the 6502)

 

For comparison, here is a shot of my Z-80 SoftCard (Hong Kong clone) - I've had it since 1984, wonder if it still works?  The Pravetz 8M integrates all this on its main board!
 
 
    Yes, confirmed working in December 2016

 

Pravetz 8M motherboard DIP switches for configuration of integrated peripherals

 

Pravetz 8M - DIP switch configuration table

 

SW#:

0 1
1 16K RAM Card ON OFF
2 Z80 DMA ON OFF
3 Z80 NMI ON OFF
4 Z80 IRQ ON OFF
5 Z80 Address shift ON OFF
6 Character set CYRILLIC LATIN
7 Speaker OFF ON
8 (Not used)    

 

ALL SYSTEMS ARE GO!

Pravetz 8M paired with an Apple //c monochrome monitor

 

... and a Mitac half-height 5.25" disk drive

 

Mitac AD-3C Apple II floppy disk drive ad - scanned from October 1985 inCider

 

Kraft 16 to 9 pin joystick adapter plugged into the gameport for easy external connection of 9-pin joysticks.  The Pravetz 8M gameport is identical to that found on a regular II+ or //e.  The orientation is also the same (pin 1 at the keyboard end).

 

Close-up view of Pravetz 8M game port socket (16-pin DIP).  Due to the presence of an interface header sticking up directly behind the gameport it's much easier to insert a connector that has a ribbon cable, than one with a rear-protruding moulded cord.  The Kraft adapter was a tight fit, being of the rear-cord variety.  Nevertheless it's working perfectly even if I couldn't push it all the way in.

 

Pravetz 8M greets you with "prawec" on startup in place of "Apple ]["

 

 DOS 3.3 System Master recognizes the built-in 16K Language Card and loads Integer BASIC onto it

 

 The Pravetz 8M has built-in support for upper and lowercase

 

 The "KИP" key serves as toggle for lowercase entry.  An amber light beside the keyboard comes on for lowercase.  Also, the keyboard is auto-repeating (hence no "REPT" key).

 

ProDOS hangs on the startup screen - it needs a patch same as most other clones since the ROM contains a "prawec" string instead of "APPLE ][" which ProDOS checks for [patched ProDOS available HERE or try the new ProDOS 2.4.1 HERE]

 

Back in 1984, ProPATCH from Canada could have solved this problem...
 

 

[courtesy archive.org]

 

 CP/M and WordStar tested working with the Pravetz 8M's built-in Z-80 SoftCard.  The 80 column card is detected and utilized automatically.  The WordStar menu does show cyrillic where inverse text would ordinarily be Notice how the lowercase 80 column characters (e.g. 'y' and 'g') have "true descenders" - in the Western world such 80 column cards typically carried a premium price tag.

   

NB: Having the Z-80 enabled does not interfere with the running of non-CP/M programs in any way - it behaves just like a standard Z-80 card in a real ][+, activating only when CP/M is loaded.  As far as I can tell the Z-80 maps to slot 5.

 

From rudimentary Applesoft testing, Pravetz 40 column mode supports INVERSE and FLASHING uppercase text, but not in 80 columns where text always appears as NORMAL.  I also discovered several CTRL keystroke commands at the Applesoft prompt that are only available in 80 column mode (PR#3):-

 
  CTRL-A     Soft-toggle for UPPERCASE & lowercase  
  CTRL-O     Switch to cyrillic character set } cyrillic & latin elements can be mixed on the
  CTRL-N     Switch to latin character set } same page or even in the same line
  CTRL-Z then CTRL-<any key>     Generates special graphics characters similar mode of operation as the Videx Videoterm
  CTRL-Z then 1     Revert to 40-column mode  

Pravetz 8M 80-column mode

 

 Comparing 40-column screen text of Pravetz 8M (left) & Apple //e (right)

Pravetz 8M 40-column text  Apple //e 40-column text

 

I managed to get AppleWorks running on the Pravetz 8M in 80 columns using Videx AppleWorks Modify Plus:-

 

 

An old favourite - Beach-Head II on the Pravetz 8M

 

 

Xevious & Crazy Climber on the Pravetz 8M

 

 

Music & speech synthesis on the Pravetz 8M

 
 

Songwriter brochure

  Songwriter command summary Apple II

 

Hard Hat Mack on the Pravetz 8M

  

 

Kraft KC 3 joystick

Top champ with the Pravetz 8M

      

     

 

COLOUR on the Pravetz 8M with genuine Apple PAL Colour Encoder Card (A2B0017) in slot 7