TweetFollow Us on Twitter

January 90 - APPLE II Q&A



Q How can I get back to my program from the Init version of GSBug?

A The new version of GSBug, available from APDA in a beta version, comes with an Init file which installs the debugger to be present in the background, invocable with the keystrokes control-command-option-Escape. The command to quit the application version of GSBug ("Q") does not work from the Init version; the correct command is "R" (for "resume"). If you break on a tool call, be sure to take tool breaks out before doing any tracing if you hope to not die a different horrible death than the one your application would normally have given you.

Q I've heard about a version of SANE for eight-bit Apple II computers, but I can't find it anywhere. Is it still sold?

A SANE is considered part of the System Software and is distributed by Apple's Software Licensing group. You may contact them at (408) 974-4667 or through AppleLink address SW.LICENSE. Although older versions of SANE were sold as part of Apple's old "WorkBench" series, the current version should be obtained from Software Licensing. Even if you own an older copy of SANE you wish to use in your program, it still must be licensed from Software Licensing before distributing it. SANE is built in to all IIgs and Macintosh computers.

Q What file type should I use for my program's files?

A Apple II Developer Technical Support assigns file type and auxiliary type combinations to developers by request. Apple II DTS must assign file types and auxiliary types, rather than arbitrate as Macintosh DTS does, since the range of Apple II file types is much more limited. Please refer to "About Apple II File Type Notes" (included on CD or available from APDA) for information on how to submit a request for an assignment, as well as for a complete listing of all currently assigned file type and auxiliary type assignments.

Q What is "FASTFONT" and how can I use it?

A FASTFONT is a new disk file for System Software 5.0. It contains a pre-shifted version of the ROM font, Shaston 8. QuickDraw will load FASTFONT from theFonts directory at QDStartUp time (if present) and use it for greatly increased text drawing speed. Currently, the System does not support different or multiple FastFonts, and no special work is needed by the application to take advantage of the present capability. Q What is ExpressLoad and how do I use it?

A ExpressLoad works with the System Loader to load specially prepared (or "Expressed") files much faster than the System Loader does. Files may be prepared to work with ExpressLoad by using the APW tool "Express", the MPW IIgs tool "ExpressIIgs", or a linker that can automatically create Expressed files. If your file is not Expressed, it will work just fine with System Software 5.0; it just won't load as fast as Expressed files will. Similarly, Expressed files will load properly when ExpressLoad is not present. There are, however, some considerations that should be made when working with Expressed files. These are detailed in the Apple IIgs Technical Note "ExpressLoad Philosophy".

Q My program uses option-key equivalents for certain functions, and they no longer work under System Software 5.0. How come?

A (This is the kind of specific question with lots of details that DTS really likes.) System Software 5.0 includes a new key translation feature very similar to that found on the Macintosh. The feature allows special characters to be typed by pressing option-key keystokes. (For example, the ƒ character can be generated by typing option-f.) This will interfere with programs that already use option-key equivalents. Your program will not get the keydown event for option-f; you'll get an unmodified keydown event for the ASCII code for "ƒ". This feature may be controlled through new Event Manager calls, and may also be deactivated by using the "Translation" option of the "Alphabet" CDev in the Control Panel NDA.

Q I noticed the Finder is now using application-specific strings for the "kind" of a file. How can I use this capability?

A The Finder on System Software 5.0 uses a new data structure known as a File Type Descriptor to allow a string to be matched with a particular file type and auxiliary type. Like icon files, multiple File Type Descriptor files may be used, so strings may be "added" to the Finder's vocabulary. Details on the data structure and the Finder's implementation are in Apple II File Type Note for FileType $42.


Community Search:
MacTech Search:

Software Updates via MacUpdate

The best GIF making apps
Animated GIFs have exploded in popularity recently which is likely thanks to a combination of Tumblr, our shorter attention spans, and the simple fact they’re a lot of fun. [Read more] | Read more »
The best remote desktop apps for iOS
We've been sifting through the App Store to find the best ways to do computer tasks on a tablet. That gave us a thought - what if we could just do computer tasks from our tablets? Here's a list of the best remote desktop apps to help you use your... | Read more »
Warhammer 40,000: Freeblade guide - How...
Warhammer 40,000: Freebladejust launched in the App Store and it lets you live your childhood dream of blowing up and slashing a bunch of enemies as a massive, hulking Space Marine. It's not easy being a Space Marine though - and particularly if... | Read more »
Gopogo guide - How to bounce like the be...
Nitrome just launched a new game and, as to be expected, it's a lot of addictive fun. It's called Gopogo, and it challenges you to hoparound a bunch of platforms, avoiding enemies and picking up shiny stuff. It's not easy though - just like the... | Read more »
Sago Mini Superhero (Education)
Sago Mini Superhero 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Education Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: KAPOW! Jack the rabbit bursts into the sky as the Sago Mini Superhero! Fly with Jack as he lifts impossible weights,... | Read more »
Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes guide - How...
Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes is all about collecting heroes, powering them up, and using them together to defeat your foes. It's pretty straightforward stuff for the most part, but increasing your characters' stats can be a bit confusing because it... | Read more »
The best cooking apps (just in time for...
It’s that time of year again, where you’ll be gathering around the dinner table with your family and a huge feast in front of you. [Read more] | Read more »
Square Rave guide - How to grab those te...
Square Rave is an awesome little music-oriented puzzle game that smacks of games like Lumines, but with its own unique sense of gameplay. To help wrap your head around the game, keep the following tips and tricks in mind. [Read more] | Read more »
Snowboard Party 2 (Games)
Snowboard Party 2 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $1.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: Crowned the best snowboarding game available on the market, Snowboard Party is back to fulfill all your adrenaline needs in... | Read more »
One Button Travel (Games)
One Button Travel 1.0 Device: iOS Universal Category: Games Price: $2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes) Description: “To cut a long story short, If you like interactive fiction, just go buy this one.” - “Oozes the polish that... | Read more »

Price Scanner via

Holiday weekend Mac sales roundup: B&H Ph...
B&H Photo continues to have all new Macs on sale for up to $500 off MSRP as part of their Black Friday/Holiday weekend sale. Shipping is free, and B&H charges NY tax only: - 15″ 2.2GHz Retina... Read more
iMobie Releases its Ace iOS Cleaner PhoneClea...
iMobie Inc. has announced the new update of PhoneClean 4, its iOS cleaner designed to reclaim wasted space on iPhone/iPad for use and keep the device fast. Alongside, iMobie hosts a 3-day giveaway of... Read more
U.S. Cellular Offering iPad Pro
U.S. Cellular today announced that it is offering the new iPad Pro with Wi-Fi + Cellular, featuring a 12.9-inch Retina display with 5.6 million pixels — the most ever in an iOS device. U.S. Cellular... Read more
Newegg Canada Unveils Black Friday Deals for...
Newegg Canada is offering more than 1,000 deep discounts to Canadian customers this Black Friday, available now through Cyber Monday, with new deals posted throughout the week. “Black Friday is... Read more
Black Friday: Macs on sale for up to $500 off...
BLACK FRIDAY B&H Photo has all new Macs on sale for up to $500 off MSRP as part of their early Black Friday sale including free shipping plus NY sales tax only: - 15″ 2.2GHz Retina MacBook Pro: $... Read more
Black Friday: Up to $125 off iPad Air 2s at B...
BLACK FRIDAY Walmart has the 16GB iPad Air 2 WiFi on sale for $100 off MSRP on their online store. Choose free shipping or free local store pickup (if available): - 16GB iPad Air 2 WiFi: $399, save $... Read more
Black Friday: iPad mini 4s on sale for $100 o...
BLACK FRIDAY Best Buy has iPad mini 4s on sale for $100 off MSRP on their online store for Black Friday. Choose free shipping or free local store pickup (if available): - 16GB iPad mini 4 WiFi: $299.... Read more
Black Friday: Apple Watch for up to $100 off...
BLACK FRIDAY Apple resellers are offering discounts and bundles with the purchase of an Apple Watch this Black Friday. Below is a roundup of the deals being offered by authorized Watch resellers:... Read more
Black Friday: Target offers 6th Generation iP...
BLACK FRIDAY Save $40 to $60 on a 6th generation iPod touch at Target with free shipping or free local store pickup (if available). Sale prices for online orders only, in-store prices may vary: -... Read more
Black Friday: Walmart and Target offer iPod n...
BLACK FRIDAY Walmart has the 16GB iPod nano (various colors) on sale for $119.20 on their online store for a limited time. That’s $30 off MSRP. Choose free shipping or free local store pickup (if... Read more

Jobs Board

*Apple* Site Security Manager - Apple (Unite...
# Apple Site Security Manager Job Number: 42975010 Culver City, Califo ia, United States Posted: Oct. 2, 2015 Weekly Hours: 40.00 **Job Summary** The Apple Site Read more
WiSE *Apple* Pay Quality Engineer - Apple (...
# WiSE Apple Pay Quality Engineer Job Number: 44313381 Santa Clara Valley, Califo ia, United States Posted: Nov. 13, 2015 Weekly Hours: 40.00 **Job Summary** Join our Read more
Holiday Retail Associate with *Apple* Knowl...
…and assertive.Someone who can troubleshoot iOS devices (iPhone and iPad) and Apple Mail issues.Someone who can offer solutions.Someone who can work weekends.Someone with Read more
*Apple* Systems Engineer (Mclean, VA and NYC...
Summary:Assist in providing strategic direction and technical leadership within the Apple portfolio, including desktops, laptops, and printing environment. This person Read more
Simply Mac *Apple* Specialist- Service Repa...
Simply Mac is the largest premier retailer of Apple products in the nation. In order to support our growing customer base, we are currently looking for a driven Read more
All contents are Copyright 1984-2011 by Xplain Corporation. All rights reserved. Theme designed by Icreon.