21/02/2009: Big Content Additions!

I'm VERY happy with the many contributions that arrived during my holiday! It seems I was after most of these since I started the archive 10 years ago - much thanks to all concerned.

First of all, George Rentovich has sent along his combined archives by CD so I could poke around and see what this archive didn't have. George's stuff included most of the educational archives I had been after for a long time and they are now available for all as 2image archives:


Cartooners Space Art (now included with the existing Cartooners archive. Some really great and amusing new animations and characters, scenes, sound effects for your own productions)

Color n Canvas (a paint program for kids. Does anyone know if this came with a data disk with sample images?)

Electric Crayon (OK, so technically not a IIGS program, although this unofficial bundle of three Electric Crayon releases requires a IIGS to run)

Land of the Unicorn (a very challenging game for all ages testing your word vocabulary. I think I expanded my own just play testing it!)

Learning Spoken English (an unusual, possibly unreleased piece of software, that looks developed as part of a course to learn English. At its heart is the speech and graphics technology that powers all the First Byte educational programs.

Milliken Story Teller (although it's been part of the archive a while now, there are now three new stories for kids to enjoy: Aladdin & the Magic Lamp, Jack & the Bean Stalk, Peter Rabbit) 

Once Upon a Time III (Annoyingly buggy story creator for kids and forces you only to ever use two disks at a time and unfortunately, can't be installed to hard drives)

Snoopy's Reading Machine (although the graphics have obviously been converted from a C64, Schultz's characters are nicely represented and should provide fun for kids and adults alike.)

Stars & Planets (an educational program that's hard to define for which genre it belongs to, it includes learning about the planets, but also how to improve memory and counting).


From George's archive, there are also several new application archives as well:

DeskPak (there are some terrific desk accessories here, that give the IIGS most of the functionality of Classic Mac OS desk accessories)

Show Off World Events (more artwork to include with Show Off presentations)

Color+ (yet another paint program, but bizarrely written in Bashir Kassir's Spectra Grafix 256 BASIC environment)


I'm also grateful for the combined effort of Jim Casselbury for scanning the boxes of Cavern Cobra (I never thought I'd ever see it!) and Strategic Conquest (which I've added to the archive, even though technically, it's not a native IIGS game. But the box says 'Apple IIGS Version') which were sold to Jim and lovingly stored away by its previous owner, Don. Also thanks to the sharp eyes of Andrew Roughan for pointing out Cavern Cobra and Strategic Conquest were seen on eBay!


Andy Molloy has sent in a scan for the Finder alternative/program launcher Wings and to cap it off Collin Douglas has provided a scan of Star Saga One, surely one of the rarest IIGS games ever.

Also, thanks to the eternal vigilance of Willie Yeo, Flash Boot has been added to the archive, which was previously missing.

Dave Touvell of www.apple2info.net has given his blessing to including manuals he's scanned for his own site to appear here, including documentation for the Apple HS SCSI CardGS Juice PlusRAMFast C & D manuals. I've also added another of Wayne Stewart's brilliant PDF manuals, this time for Prosel.


In other news, if you think 'What is the Apple IIGS?' for a comprehensive repository of commercial IIGS software and information then think the same for 'Golden Grail' in regards to shareware and free software for the IIGS. Jim Maricondo and Bill Martens have completed their arduous work in compiling the Golden Orchid CD-ROM collection into 32meg 2images, just right for emulation. The archives are very nicely organised and contain original documentation where available as well as the latest versions of many useful and interesting freely distributable software, not to mention an extensive sound, graphics and music library.


Last but not least, a public service announcement: if you were wondering where the News had disappeared to, it actually hadn't. When the clock ticked over into 2009, that meant all 2008 news is only accessible via the '2008 News Archive' button in the right hand column of the News page.