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09/04/2017: Hardware Updates

Manila Gear and Reactive Micro team up! As part of their new partnership Reactive Micro will handle distribution as Manila Gear releases their new 2soniq card, their scaled down sound expansion that provides stereo output like other 3rd party stereo cards. Additionally, Manila Gear has a refreshed 4soniq card (the first card to support surround sound on the IIGS) based on feedback of the first batch of sales. On top of that, Manila Gear also produces the Apple IIGS VGA Adapter, which enables you to connect to a VGA monitor that supports 15Khz video input (so be sure your monitor supports this before buying the adapter, because most modern monitors will NOT support 15Mhz video signals).

Thanks to 4am (quite some time ago, and no-thanks to me for sorting a backlog of disk images in an untimely manner) we now have some new software...for hardware. Multi Drive Pro for the Checkmate MultiRAM card (for which we still need a scan!) and Checkmate Memory Saver for the Memory Saver card (a ROM backup device). Download these separately from the disk image links from each archive.

Last but not least, the Audio Animator manual has been scanned by Karl Horster.


28/03/2017: Fresh(er) Cracks of Educational Software

As part of some fresh cracks Antoine, or as his cracking alter ego is known 'LoGo', did back in 2016, there were quite a few Educational titles. Some revealed some newer versions, but otherwise, we now have different clean cracks, skillfully handled by Antoine to best ensure each program still behaves as originally intended by the authors:

Reader Rabbit (now including a fresh LoGo crack of v2.2)
SkyTravel (fresh Logo crack)
Read & Rhyme (fresh Logo crack with HD install - with more time, the HD patch could potentially work on all other Unicorn titles, none of which, in their original state, are hard drive installable)
National Geographic Kids Network (fresh logo crack of a newer version - v1.4)
The Playroom (fresh logo crack)
Storybook Weaver World of Make Believe (fresh crack plus inclusion of new 'Network' version of the program - allowing to be Netbooted?)
Storybook Weaver (Fresh crack by LoGo)
Storybook Weaver World of Adventure (fresh crack, 'Network' version and original System Disk included)
Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing (fresh LoGo crack)
Where in the USA is Carmen Sandiego? (2x fresh LoGo cracks)
Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego? (fresh LoGo crack)
World Geograph (fresh LoGo crack of newer v1.2)

I've also updated the two 32meg volumes dedicated to educational software with these new additions:

 Reading, Writing and Mathematics (Educational software ~15.1meg)

 Science, Social Studies, Kids Creative, Computer Skills (Educational software ~14.4meg)

07/03/2017: Terrapin Logo Plus Added

Thanks to 4am (who's keeping an eye out for 8-bit releases on 3.5" disk) we now have Terrapin Logo Plus on archive, including the disk image and manual. Revisit your Logo coding skills with this revamped version for 128k Apple II models.

08/02/2017: Expanding Your IIGS Game Cracking Playset - More Uncracked Images

After imaging all my original IIGS games from the one box I'd kept them...I realised my more recent acquisitions (stuff I've bought off eBay for the past 15 years) the disks were still sitting in their boxes. So here's a few more uncracked games you can sharpen your cracking skills with, and by having more diverse disk images, things might turn up (newer versions perhaps) that can bring something unexpected to the archive.

Beyond Zork - No Read Errors

Blockout - No Read Errors

Tunnels of Armageddon - No Read Errors

Sea Strike - No Read Errors

Firepower - No Read Errors

Club Backgammon - Errors at block 1284, 1317, 1400, 1420 Error $67

Blackjack Academy (Second Pass) - Error at block 1505 Error $67

Battle Chess - No Read Errors

Mancala - No Read Errors

Panzer Battles Dk1 - No Read Errors Dk2 - Errors at block 1595, 1597, 1598, 1599 Error $67
Dk2 (2nd pass) Same errors - 13 blocks total

Strip Poker II - No Read Errors
Strip Poker II Data Disk 4 - No Read Errors
Strip Poker II Data Disk 5 - Errors reading block 7, 1377, 1378 I/O Errors

Triango - No Read Errors

The Lost Tribe Dk 1 - No Read Errors Dk 2 - No Read Errors Dk 3 - No Read Errors

The Cryllan Mission 2088 Dk 1 - No Read Errors Dk 2 - No Read Errors Dk 3 - No Read Errors

Star Saga One Dk 1 - (2nd pass) - No Read Errors

Windwalker Dk 1- (2nd pass) No Read Errors Dk 2 (2nd pass) - No Read Errors

Vegas Craps - No Read Errors

Vegas Gambler - (4th pass!) No Read Errors

07/02/2017: Captain Blood Now Playable on ROM03 models!

On the Apple IIGS Enthusiasts Group on Facebook, Matt Reichart asked if Captain Blood was still incompatible with IIGS ROM03 models and Antoine is. Or was. Antoine's now patched Captain Blood to work properly with ROM03 machines and included the full source code as well! Just download the .zip archive to play the patched version.

I still recommend playing this from a 3.5" floppy drive (or 3.5" disk image) (as playing from a hard drive or large ProDOS volume is fine, but saving and restoring games doesn't seem to work from those storage mediums.

06/02/2017: Futureshock 3D Now Playable with a Joystick!

Dagen Brock and Antoine Vignau have patched the game Futureshock 3D so it can be played with a joystick. Why is this particularly news worthy? Futureshock 3D is only fully playable with the accompanying FuturePad, a peripheral for uniquely taking control during gameplay. However, very limited quantities of the Futureshock 3D and FuturePad combination were sold, but of course everyone has access to a mouse on a IIGS (don't you?) and also likely to have a joystick. And now you can use the mouse and joystick to fully play Futureshock 3D.

Go to the archive page and download the zipped 2image and play Futureshock 3D without a Futurepad! Includes source code as well!

01/02/2017: Patented Post Christmas Gift 6 - Fresh Cracks from Logo & TRex + New Uncracked Disk Images


This has been a long time coming and I apologise to Antoine for the delay in sharing them with everyone. Basically, Antoine has created fresh cracks for many IIGS games over the last year or so and I've now finally updated each title's archives to include them:

Arkanoid II (Now also includes the classic FUCK crack)
Bubble Ghost
Cavern Cobra
Great Western Shootout
Laser Force (as well as development version ‘Laser Man')
Sea Strike (modified version runs from System 6 (but only from floppy, currently)
Task Force (which now also includes an unlimited health option thanks to Mitch Spector)
Thexder (version 1.0 non joystick version available) (Modified version uses shadow memory, but introduces bugs?)
Tunnels of Armageddon (Also includes the FUCK crack, with many differences)

Deja Vu
Deja Vu II
Leisure Suit Larry
The Third Courier

Grand Prix Circuit
Life and Death
Test Drive II

Block Out
Cribbage & Gin King
Mancala (great reason to get new cracks - original cracks had copyright message crossed through on title screen)
Revolution 76

Pipe Dream (Including new T Rex crack as well)
Triango (is a better crack as the dialogue asking for manual look-up has been completely removed)

Ancient Land of Ys
The Bard's Tale
Keef the Thief (this version only requires that you need to enter only ONE card selection to enter the game. The last cracked version made you select three.)
The Immortal
Tower of Myraglen
War in Middle Earth

4th & Inches and Team Construction Kit (as well as development version)
California Games
Hardball! (Modified versions doesn't work properly, unfortunately, but tried to work from System 6)
Mini Putt
Serve and Volley
Street Sports Soccer
Superstar Ice Hockey
Winter Games
World Tour Golf
Zany Golf

In addition to Antoine's new cracks, I've also included fresh / UNCRACKED disk images from my collection of original disks for the following titles:

Warlock - Error reading Block 7: I/O Error

Great Western Shootout - Error reading Block 1,599: I/O Error

Laser Force - Error reading Block 1,599: I/O Error

Thexder - Error reading Block 1,588: I/O Error

The Three Stooges - Error reading Block 269: I/O Error Dk1, Error reading Block 857: Error $67 (second pass, no errors) Dk2

Dungeon Master - Missed the error message!

Task Force - Error reading Block 1,597, 1598, 1599, Number of failed blocks = 10 : I/O Error (same result after two passes) Dk1, No Read Errors Dk 2

Rastan - No Read Errors Dk 1, Error reading Block 77: Error $67

Xenocide - No Read Errors

Zany Golf - Error reading Block 77: Error $67

Dream Zone - No Read Errors Dk 1, Error reading Block 32, 33, 34, 35 Number of failed blocks = 12 : I/O Error (same result after two passes) Dk 2

Skate or Die - No Read Errors

Destroyer - Error reading Block 1317, 1336, 1357 Number of failed blocks = 4 : I/O Error (same result after two passes)

The Bard's Tale - No Read Errors

Bard's Tale 2: Destiny Knight - Error reading Block 1599: I/O Error

Fast Break - No Read Errors

Mean 18 - No Read Errors

Test Drive II - No Read Errors

Rocket Ranger - No Read Errors for Dk 1 or Dk 2

Winter Games - No Read Errors

World Games - No Read Errors

The Last Ninja - Error reading Block 1599: I/O Error

Vegas Gambler - No Read Errors

Silent Service - Error reading Block 7: I/O Error

Shadowgate - No Read Errors Dk 1, Error reading Block 7: I/O Error Dk 2

Downhill Challenge - No Read Errors for Dk 1 and Dk 2

Keef the Thief - No Read Errors Dk 1, Error reading Block 3: Error $67 Dk 2

Space Quest II - Error reading Block 1588: I/O Error Dk 1, No Read Errors Dk 2

Police Quest - Error reading Block 1266: I/O Error (2nd pass, 2 weeks later, no errors) Dk1, Error reading Block 1266: I/O Error (2nd pass, no errors) Dk 2

King's Quest I - Error reading Block 1588: I/O Error Dk 1 and Dk 2

King's Quest III - Error reading Block 1588: I/O Error Dk 1, No Errors Dk 2

King's Quest IV - Error reading Block 1588: I/O Error Dk 1 and Dk 2, No Read Errors Dk 3

Leisure Suit Larry - No Read Errors (this came in an original box, but disk 1 looks like a copy, that would have had its protection removed) Dk 1, Error reading Block 1588: I/O Error Dk 2

Hover Blade - No Read Errors Dk 1 and Dk 2

Serve & Volley - No Read Errors

Silpheed - No Read Errors Dk 1 and Dk 2

Pipe Dream - No Read Errors

Arkanoid - No Read Errors (1st pass had LOTS of read errors though)

Tass Times in Tonetown - No Read Errors

Ancient Land of Ys - Forgot to Record any read errors!

Captain Blood - Forgot to Record any read errors!

Ideally, disk image archives should include untouched versions so if cracks that compromise the original program are found, we could work upon a new crack that hopefully doesn't affect anything from the original design of the application, and then archive that. A good example would be with Triango - Antoine's recent crack was an improvement on the older crack, as the older effort still presented a dialogue to ask for a word look-up in the manual. You could enter ANYTHING and it would then allow you to play the game, but Antoine's crack bypasses the dialogue altogether - why need to display it when whatever you type is going to get beyond it anyway? The crack makes it redundant. But the original, untouched disk image will still have the dialogue AND the working word look-up protection, for anyone that wants to see how this specific form of copy protection works.

UPDATE 1: Antoine's write-ups for cracks (and others) are all on Hackzapple if you'd like a go at learning how to make your own cracks to 8-bit and IIGS specific software.

UPDATE 2: Brian Troha (T-rex) has collated a full written list of his cracks. They're also available in the Game.Utils folder on the  Games with Path Modifications volume.

31/01/2017: Patented Post Christmas Gift 5 - 8-bit on 3.5” Disk Updates

8-bit on 3.5" Disk Updates - I've scanned the manuals for the classic Broderbund games Airheart and Wings of Fury from my own collection.


Airheart and Wings of Fury Manuals


We also have 3 more ProDOS compatible versions of classic 8-bit games thanks to qkumba (Lost Tomb, Mr Cool and Orileys Mine). There's also the Star Trek First Contact 3.5" and hard drive installable hack by Marco Verpelli. These two are available on the 32meg  8-bit Games archive. Last but not least to 8-bit gaming on 3.5" disk, a box scan for the 8-bit re-release of Ultima I by Eduardo Correa Lima.

In the applications arena, a Discover CAD disk image and manual scan has been submitted by Karl Horster. Peter Puskarich had previously provided a different disk image archive, so we now have two different versions of Discover CAD. Thanks Karl and Peter!


30/01/2017: Patented Post Christmas Gift 4 - New System Add-ons

Thanks to Antoine for imaging a range of disks from the Shareware Solutions II collection, we've found some additional items to include amongst the INITS, CDAs, NDAs and CDevs of the  System Add-ons volume.

Fielder INIT - allows you to move up and down using the arrow keys between fields (although I always thought you should be able to use tab to move between fields? I do vaguely remember some older IIGS software not accepting tabs to move between fields, perhaps List Plus or Softwood GSFile).

KeycapsGS NDA - a beta version of the best looking keycaps NDA I've seen for the IIGS. If this reached version 1.0 from this v0.95, I'd love to know about it.


Keycaps 0.95 by Greg Betzel


SHR ScreenSaver CDA - this one allows you to set a time interval from setting the screen grab off.

Magic Cursor INIT + App combo - I had v2.0.1 on archive, however it looks like some files were missing - an icon file containing sample cursors and the application to edit them together. Looks like you can set some cool system wide colour mouse pointers.

Updated Key Notifier CDev by Eric Shepherd to v1.3 from v1.2.

Even MORE Zip disk and drive icons!?!

There could be some other additions from these Shareware Solutions II disks - it might be worth re-downloading the  Utilities & Aural Creative and  Productivity & Visual Creative 32meg volumes to make sure you're up to date.

I've also discovered two terrific shareware programs written by French author M Tornereau - RapidoGraf (an excellent graphing program that does it's job so much better than the commercial Visualizer application) and Catmania (a cataloging program that will record full path directories of any ProDOS formatted volume. Non-mounted archives can be referred to from Catmania's database, so you can know where all of your files are without having those storage mediums online). However, we only have the trial v0.9 versions in English, and the full v1.0 of Catmania in French only). These rare, well written apps are System 6 savvy and follow Apple human interface guidelines well. If anyone has the registered v1.0 variations of these programs in English (and in French for RapidoGraf), please submit them and I'll create full archives for these two releases.

29/01/2017: Patented Post Christmas Gift 3 - ViaTerm II

ViaTerm II may well have been the first IIGS specific communications program developed and ironically, it's the last one to be archived (thanks to Andrew Roughan (disk imaging/packaging and manual scans and Antoine Vignau (crack).

This rarity was only released in Australia to use with Telecom's (now TelstraViaTel service. ViaTel was a VideoTex service, an early protocol for two way terminal based communication (Teletext was the variation built into the TVs that allowed only 1-way communication i.e. data sent to your TV along with broadcast channels you'd pick up via an aerial/antenna). The MiniTel system deployed in France showed the greatest uptake of VideoTex, as terminals were provided to homes in France for use if those home no longer received the white pages directories, therefore saving printing and distribution costs for years to come.

So in theory, perhaps, ViaTerm II could have been used as a MiniTel client (as an alternative to ShadowDial). We're not likely to know anymore, as MiniTel was retired in 2012. Is anyone running a VideoTex service via the internet? A quick Google search has revealed nothing for me.


ViaTel Terminal Emulation with ViaTerm II on the IIGS


In any event, ViaTerm II was to access ViaTel in Australia and of course that service wound up by the '80s, but not after being renamed 'Discovery 40', based on the number of columns of text available. ViaTerm II perfectly makes use of 320 mode super hi-res graphics mode of the IIGS to perfectly emulate VideoTex and its 40 columns of coloured text and blocks that could form low resolution graphics. 'Discovery 80', using 80 columns of text, must have been similar to ANSI terminal specs, for which the IIGS has to compromise by using the 640 super hi-res graphics mode, where the resolution can achieved but colours can only be dithered or potentially stick to 320 mode, but have text characters not as well defined with the lower resolution.

Other interesting notes about ViaTerm II is that it uses its own operating system, presumably to meet the rather conservative memory requirement of 256k, and leave as much memory as possible to run the program and allow for a reasonable amount of scroll back. If more memory is found, scrollback can be greatly enhanced - at 256k only 24 screens can be recalled, with 512k 168 screens be found and at 1.25meg, 672 screens can be called back. You could also save screens for later reference, which is great and really the only way we can see how the IIGS handled terminal emulation with the provided examples already saved on disk. Recalling saved screens can be done with open apple-L, which is how screen grabs were obtained. Thankfully, along with the disk image provided by Andrew Roughan and cracked by Antoine Vignau, Andrew's also been able to scan the short but concise manual, as well as the plastic case the software was packaged in and the disk label. It's all available from the program's archive.

From the beginning of the tail with telecommunications applications, to the end - I got in touch with André Horstmann via Twitter, asking if he had any copies of his VideoTex terminal program, ShadowDial, and he's graciously sent a scan of the packaging. This means we now have scans for all IIGS specific communications programs! Additionally for ShadowDial, I've included some corrected information (I was getting confused between VideoTex and TeleText).

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