03/03/2019: Welcome to 2019! And Updates Galore!

It's been awhile between drinks! In fact, I missed my usual Christmas fanfare entirely. I've been changing career, skilling up to become a User Experience Designer and that hasn't been kind to the Apple II hobby.

So it's time I caught up on what's been going on the last 3-5 months and summarising that for you long suffering readers!

Word Perfect IIGS is now Y2K compliant! The individual archive has been updated with Antoine's v2.1b Y2K fix, as well as on the Productivity & Visual Creative 32meg volume.

Antoine's been busier than that though. Got an Apple High Speed SCSI card and an Apple 300 series or greater CD-ROM drive? (I actually do!) Until Antoine fixed this, you couldn't control music playback with this combination, but now you can thanks to the SCSI-2 CD Driver. Details and individual archive available here or you can download my System Add-ons collection and find it in the "Drivers" folder.

Something else you'll also find on the System Add-ons 32meg disk image is Clip Copy Plus v1.1 from Chris Vavruska - updated with bug fixes for this useful Finder Extra that enables you to cut, copy and paste files and folders from window to window instead of having to drag them as Apple expects.

Networker v2 from Ewen Wannop has been released. Based on the earlier version, this rewrite offers multiple utilities to give Marinetti a good work out - Ping, Lookup, Traceroute, Whois, Port Scan and Explorer. All details can be found at the program's dedicated page. It's also been included on my self booting 32meg volume of Communication Apps.

Wrapping up the latest in IIGS software developements is a new programming concept for our Sweet 16 – MUMPS. Tom Raidna has developed a an efficient interpretive way to code on the IIGS. Version 1.3 is currently in beta with version 2.0 planned with a full GUI. Tom's providing lots of info to work with, even insightful video tutorials, to get you up to speed. I've included a new archive in the Shareware Apps section on WITA2GS? for MUMPS, but you'll find more resources at Andiar Software.

If you've been looking for the ultimate solution to output video from your IIGS to a modern 16:9 aspect ratio HDMI monitor or TV then the VidHD is for you. There's no product dedicated website to get it, but you can see how well the output of the card is from this playlist of videos that co-creator John Brooks has produced. More details can be found in the first and second video's description - including how to buy one. The card has been well received, but there have been issues especially affecting non-16:9 displays, but the first firmware update has fixed these issues.

The RAMPro IIGS manual and other details are now available thanks to Tim Buchheim (and thanks to Daryl "Aunty Entity" for creating his own in lieu of the definite article showing up).

Antoine's also been able to provide packaging scans for Stickybear Math (8-bit), Word Master, Aesop's Fables (along with scanning the manuals for these two Unicorn Software titles), as well as the interesting Color+ paint program.

Qkumba continues to do great work converting classic 8-bit games to run under ProDOS (and in most cases, GS/OS). My second favourite 8-bit game ever (after Airheart), is Captain Goodnight and I'm delighted it can be played from mass storage. You can quit the game after losing by visiting the high scores. Qkumba's also removed the need for the decoder wheel – there's now no message when you reach the submarine giving you the info you need to decode for when you reach the Doomsday Device at the end. It's still a smoking hot challenge to get that far though!

Also of note is the inclusion of the Quicksilver ports of mid to late ‘80s arcade games. They were definitely stretching the limits of the 8-bit Apple II in trying to resemble the fast animation and gameplay of the originals, but some of their later efforts made the most of double hi-res graphics for maximum affect. These games include Bad Dudes, Ikari Warriors, Ikari Warriors II: Victory Road, Commando, Heavy Barrel, Platoon, Batman, Kid Niki and Robocop.

Other games include: Picnic Paranoia, Genetic Drift, Quadrant 6112, Russki duck, Will Harvey's Lancaster, Lost Tomb, Alien Typhoon, Eggs It, Zenith, Hadron, Phaser Fire, Portal, Tunnel Terror and Photar.

All of these updates can be found on my self booting 32meg 8-bit Games volume of classic games.

The last tradition is that it's time again to provide easy access to old news. These links will take you back, year by year, into past announcements and inclusions of content on What is the Apple IIGS? Happy exploring!