Apple IIGS Programs
The Apple IIGS is a great environment for
someone who wants to play around with programming. The system
is small enough that the essentials can be mastered, but large
enough to allow somewhat sophisticated programs.
In 1987 I purchased the APW Programmer's Workbench and TML
Pascal along with Apple's Toolbox and ProDOS 16 documentation
and started writing programs. Later, I graduated to the ORCA
programming environment, including ORCA/C. I bought GNO/ME
when it first came out, in order to have a UNIX-like environment
that is compatible with the ORCA languages.
Over the years, I uploaded various programs (Blackjack Tutor, waveLAB, Text Color,
synthfile, catrez) to GEnie, Apple II FTP
sites, and comp.binaries.apple2. I've pulled out those archives,
plus looked over my disks for additional programs that might be
useful to other people. Since this is the first time some of
these programs have been made public, there may be ``gotchas''
that keep them from working on your system. If you run into any
problems, please let me know.
Programs related to MIDI Synth are on my MIDI Synth page, while programs that are
released with the GNO/ME system can be accessed through the Trenco Apple II FTP
- If you are using Netscape Navigator, you will probably need
to ``shift-click'' on the links in order to get them to download
to your system rather than display as garbled text.
- You can list the software archive (.SHK) and description
(.txt) files in directory format.
- Blackjack Tutor
- Create, learn, and test playing strategies for the card game
known as Blackjack or 21. (After a few modifications, Blackjack
Tutor version 4.0 was published on Softdisk G-S issue
#52 in 1994; that issue can be purchased from Softdisk Publishing.)
- A desktop program to display Finder icons used by your
system. Can be purchased from Softdisk Publishing. Written
for Softdisk G-S issue #80 in 1996.
- Of interest to programmers: Here's the ORCA/C and REZ source
code I start with when I want to create an Apple IIGS desktop
- Text Colors
- This shell-based program allows you to view combinations of
screen text colors and select the one you want. The ORCA/M
source code demonstrates how to use the MegaII video registers
to display a different foreground color on each text screen
- Shell-based program to change the name of the font stored in
a font file. ORCA/C source code included.
- copyvol and testvol
- copyvol is a shell-based program that copies the contents of
one GS/OS volume onto another. I use it to back up my hard disk
partitions onto Zip disk partitions. It tries harder than Finder
to overcome read errors. Use the companion program, testvol, to
count the number of errors reading a volume. ORCA/C source code
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