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Shareware Solutions II 

fAn 'Exciting SlppCe II Journey Into The future 
Volume 2, Issue 2 Winter, 1995 

A Visit With Steve Wozniak 



As the short e-mail message 
scrolled across my computer 
screen, my eyes stared at the 
seven words with disbelief, my 
hands started trembling and 
my heart started racing. I read 
the words over and over again, 
not quite believing them. Sent 
by Auri Rahimzadeh, publisher 
of the freeware (soon to be 
shareware) HyperStudio based 
"diskazine" PowerGS, the e- 
mail asked the truly magical 
question: "Do you want to meet 
The Woz?" 

Steve Wozniak, inventor of the 
Apple II computer, is a legend of 
mythical proportions who turn- 
ed his dreams into reality and 
forevermore changed our world. 
With imagination, diligence, 
vision, and a sense that nothing 
was beyond his capabilities, he 
is truly one of the few heroes of 
our times. 

Auri thrilled me with his invita- 
tion. He had been in contact 
with The Woz and had arranged 
to interview him. Auri had 
spent over a month researching 
the life and times of The Woz, 
and had prepared an extensive 
set of interview questions. I was 
just "going along for the ride." 

We arrived at The Woz's office 
in Los Gatos, California at the 
appointed time, but The Woz 
was running a little late. When 
he eventually arrived, he told us 
that we'd have to wait for a 
while as he was very busy. After 
waiting nearly an hour, The Woz 
came out and told us that he 
was so busy that he would have 



to cancel the interview. With 
obvious disappointment, Auri 
tried to reschedule it but Woz 
was non-committal. 

As we were preparing to leave, I 
approached The Woz and said, 
"Before leaving, I just want to 
thank you for changing and en- 
riching my life." I told him that 
I'd been working with the Apple 
II for nearly 10 years and gave 
him a package containing all of 
the issues of Shareware Solu- 
tions II. As he edged us closer to 
the door, I blurted out, "Steve, 
you just don't understand what 
a wondrous effect you've had on 
my life. You've had a greater 
influence than even Bob Dylan." 
And with that, The Woz grinned 
from ear to ear and said, "Why 
don't you guys come in and we 
can talk for a few minutes." 
Those few minutes turned out to 
be a few hours. 

The talk was rambling, and 
Auri never did get to ask his 
questions. Woz wasn't really 
interested in talking about the 
Apple II, and after we'd brought 
it up at least 10 times, he fin- 
ally said, "That was a real long 
time ago for me." 

Woz talked about his current 
mission in life - to teach the 
uses of technology to 5th grade 
students. He clearly loves to 
teach and share his knowledge 
with children; he has six of his 
own. He also makes his knowl- 
edge freely available to fellow 
teachers, and during our talk, he 
even "took a tech support call" 
from a frustrated teacher who 



was having modem difficulties. 

As with most California school 
districts, The Woz's is strapped 
for funds. Like the saintly prince 
he is often portrayed to be, he 
told us how he had personally 
purchased 100 computers for 
"his kids" - 50 for use in the 
school computer lab, and 50 for 
the children to take home. He 
also pays for 100 accounts on 
America Online, so that his stu- 
dents can experience life online. 
He did express some frustra- 
tions about America Online, and 
I suggested that for an even 
more rewarding experience, he 
might want to think about 
exposing his students to The 
Internet. He professed that his 
experience with the Internet was 
limited, and that was my cue. I 
explained to him the wonders of 
the World Wide Web, and I 
invited him to share my articles 
about the Internet with his 
students. 

Before we knew it, two hours 
had flown by, and Woz had to 
rush off to teach a class. Before 
leaving, I told him that Apple II 
users would love to read a trad- 
itional interview with him, and 
that if he ever wanted to grant 
one, he should let me know. 

We felt as if we were walking on 
air as we left Woz's office. We 
knew that we'd just had our own 
dreams fulfilled and that we 
would soon be the envy of all our 
Apple II friends. After all, life 
just doesn't get any better than 
meeting with the inventor of the 
Apple II computer! • 



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Grapevine 



Shareware Solutions II 

Volume 2, Issue 2 

Shareware Solutions II is 
published bi-monthly by Joe 
Kohn, 166 Alpine Street, San 
Rafael, CA 94901-1008. 

Writer/Publisher: Joe Kohn 

Roving Reporter: Cynthia Field 

Proofreader: Jane Kos 

All contents of Shareware So- 
lutions II Copyright (©) 1995 by 
Joe Kohn. All rights reserved. 
Nothing may be reprinted or 
reproduced, in whole or in part, 
in any media without the prior 
written consent of Joe Kohn. 

Available by subscription only, 
the North American rate is $35 
for a 12 issue subscription; for 
overseas air mail delivery, the 
cost for a subscription is $50. 
Shareware Solutions II comes 
with a pro-rated money back 
guarantee. 

Make all checks or money 
orders out to Joe Kohn. US 
Funds Only. Sorry, but no 
charge cards, purchase orders or 
COD orders will be accepted. 

This newsletter was created 
entirely with an Apple IIGS. All 
articles written in AppleWorks. 
Page Layout prepared in Apple- 
Works GS. Printing was done 
on a Hewlett-Packard LaserJet 
IIP Plus, connected to the IIGS 
courtesy of Vitesse's Harmonie. 
The use of TrueType fonts is 
courtesy of WestCode Soft- 
ware's Pointless. 

E-Mail Addresses: 

CIS: 76702,565 

GEnie: JOE.KOHN 

Internet: joko@crl.com 



Easter Eggs 



Sterett R. Prevost III reports 
that while experimenting with 
Print Shop GS (PSGS) and The 
Print Shop Companion (PSC), 
he made a discovery. 

The PSC manual states that if 
you want to have access to 
PSGS's built-in graphics from 
PSC, just install PSC in the 
same folder on your hard drive 
as PSGS. Sterett accidentally 
discovered an undocumented 
feature of this install method. 
While at the main menu of PSC, 
hold down the Option key and 
double click on the "Exit 
Program" button. A message 
quickly flashes on the screen: 
"Switching to the Print Shop;" 
you are immediately taken to 
the main menu of PSGS. 

If you do this but PSC and 
PSGS are not in the same fold- 
er, you get a screen that flashes 
by quickly and says, "Sorry, La 
La Land is no more..." At that 
point, depending on which ver- 
sion of Print Shop GS you have 
installed, your computer may 
crash. 

Spotted in High Places 

Those who attended Apple II 
trade shows - AppleFest in the 
late 1980s or Apple Expo in the 
early 1990s - may remember 
visiting the booth for Power 
Industries. That company pro- 
duced Delta Drawing, an Apple 
Ile/IIc menu driven logo-like 
graphics program for school age 
children. Perhaps you even 
spoke with Jock Gill, a distin- 
guished looking gentleman, who 
was the enthusiastic Apple II 
proponent manning the booth. 

Mr Gill has since left Power 
Industries but he has gone on to 
bigger and better things. Since 



1992 he has been employed at 
the White House, serving as 
President Clinton's Director of 
Media Affairs. 

ContactsMover 

By the time you read this, the 
Contacts GS add-on product 
TimeOut ContactsMover for use 
with AppleWorks v5, should be 
completed and shipping. At the 
same time, an update for 
ContactsMover for use with 
AppleWorks v3 and v4 will also 
become available. 

We made a few changes in the 
way that the new versions of 
ContactsMover operate. First 
and foremost, ContactsMover 
vl.l now creates a temporary 
substitute AppleWorks Data- 
base, so that no changes are 
made to your original database 
file. Several people had reported 
that ContactsMover failed to 
work if hot-keys were activated; 
that problem can't possibly 
surface with AppleWorks v5 
since some basic design changes 
were made to UltraMacros 
itself. Likewise, the new version 
seems to handle all AppleWorks 
v5 patches that we've tried it 
with. 

If you've been using the initial 
release of ContactsMover with 
either AppleWorks v3 or v4, and 
it's been working as great for you 
as it has been for me, there's no 
real need to update to Contacts- 
Mover vl.l. On the other hand, if 
you've recently received Apple- 
Works 5, you'll need to update to 
ContactsMover vl.l. 

As stated in the Contacts GS 
manual, updates to Contacts- 
Mover are available to owners of 
Contacts GS from Shareware 
Solutions II for only $5, and that 
includes shipping anywhere in 
the world. 



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Brutal Deluxe 

Cogito, the truly incredible IIGS 
freeware puzzle game from 
Brutal Deluxe, has its fair share 
of Easter Eggs, one per back- 
ground screen. Activate the 
Happy background egg by click- 
ing on the left eye near the 
reflected light. On the Ludy 
background screen, click on the 
dot above the "i." On the Planet 
background screen, click on the 
small planet underneath the 
moon. And on the Xeno back- 
ground screen, click on the re- 
flected light, third from the top. 

Cogito contains an item that 
was quite a thrill and honor to 
see. If you click on the About 
Box, you'll see the following 
message: "All our productions 
are freeware. If you think you 
would have bought them if they 
had been sold, we will be really 
very happy if you could use the 
money you have kept to sub- 
scribe to the Shareware Solu- 
tions II newsletter." 

While hunting for other Easter 
Eggs in Cogito, I examined the 
files with a sector editor, and 
was vastly amused to see such 
hidden comments as, "Good luck 
to find the Easter Eggs in the 
game" (sic) and "There is noth- 
ing interesting here!" 

As I continued to examine the 
code with a sector editor, I was 
even more surprised and a- 
mused to discover several more 
messages that were secreted 
away within the code that were 
personal messages directed at 
me. 

Those personal messages came 
about as a result of a visit made 
by Olivier Zardini of Brutal 
Deluxe to the Shareware So- 
lutions II Worldwide Head- 
quarters. While visiting here, 



Olivier inadvertently left an 
Apple IIGS book that I had 
been wanting to purchase for 
years but had been unable to 
locate. The book was the fabled 
"Le IIGS Eplauche" - a tech- 
nical programming book written 
in French by several members of 
the defunct FTA programming 
team. 

I was quite thrilled to spy the 
words, while examining the 
Cogito code with a sector editor, 
"Keep the book, Joe." Thank you 
very much Olivier! And thanks 
for all the great Brutal Deluxe 
freeware! 

Despite the fearful image con- 
jured up by the Brutal Deluxe 
name, Olivier Zardini is a soft- 
spoken college student from 
Bordeaux, France. He traveled 
alone to California on this, his 
first visit to the United States. 
I was quite honored that Olivier 
would choose to visit Shareware 
Solutions II rather than spend- 
ing time visiting the natural 
and beautiful wonders of Cali- 
fornia. I hope that his visit here 
was as memorable for him as it 
was for me. 

During Olivier's visit we spent a 
very pleasant afternoon talking 
about the Apple IIGS, and I was 
treated to a sneak preview of 
several Brutal Deluxe works in 
progress. Some, like Cogito and 
The Opale Demo, have since 
been released, while others like 
the Tinies Construction Set and 
Convert 3200 are still being 
perfected. 

Olivier explained to me that 
The Tinies and Cogito had been 
created in France by program- 
mers at Atreid Concepts, and 
that those games were com- 
mercially available for both Mac 
and IBM PC computers. Brutal 
Deluxe approached Atreid Con- 



cepts and volunteered to port 
both games to the Apple IIGS. 
Apparently, Atreid Concepts did 
not want any money for their 
source code, and although Atreid 
really had nothing to do with the 
IIGS versions, they couldn't have 
been created without their coop- 
eration. I was very curious as to 
why a commercial software com- 
pany would sell a program for 
some computer systems, yet give 
them away for free for other 
computers. Olivier simply said, 
"We have friends at Atreid." 
Upon further questioning, the 
name of one Atreid programmer 
definitely sounded very familiar. 
That was our old friend Olivier 
Goguel, founder of The FTA. 

In many ways, it was truly re- 
markable to be able to spend a 
most wonderful afternoon with a 
person who lives halfway around 
the globe and who primarily 
speaks a language that I don't 
even understand. Even if Olivier 
spoke no English at all, I'm sure 
that we still would have been 
able to communicate - simply 
because of our mutual love for 
and involvement with the Apple 
II computer. 

Needless to say, Olivier and I 
discussed the Apple II commu- 
nity and how wonderful it felt to 
be making contributions to that 
community and doing our small 
parts to enrich our neighbors. 
While spending time with 
Olivier, I was reminded of that 
phrase coined by The FTA: "We 
are everywhere." Apple II users 
span the globe, and despite the 
fact that we speak different 
languages and observe different 
cultural customs, there's just 
something about the Apple II 
that makes us all friends. It 
really is a remarkable computer 
and we really are a unique com- 
munity. Cherish the fact that 
you own an Apple II! After all, if 



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you owned a Mac or a PC, you'd 
have to pay $30 or $40 for a 
game like The Tinies or Cogito. 
We're actually quite fortunate 
that those games are available 
to us as freeware, thanks to the 
efforts of Olivier Zardini and 
Brutal Deluxe! 

Big Red Lives On 

In a surprise reversal, Big Red 
Computer Club announced in 
mid-December that they would 
not close their doors at the end 
of 1994 as had been previously 
announced. BRCC plans to con- 
tinue operating in a stream- 
lined fashion for at least 
another year. 

The 1995 incarnation of Big Red 
Computer Club will be very 
different from the BRCC we 
have all come to know and love 
over the past 13 years. For 
starters, BRCC founder John 
Wrenholt will be spending most 
of his time developing enter- 
tainment software for the Mac. 
In a recent conversation, he did 
reveal that he didn't intend to 
forget his roots, and whenever 
possible he will also create IIGS 
versions of his upcoming Mac 
games. By choosing to program 
with the transportable C lan- 
guage, it may very well be easy 
for him to create both Mac and 
IIGS versions at the same time. 

Sadly, Big Red will no longer 
publish Scarlett, so in many 
ways all that will remain of 
BRCC is a sales office. They 
will continue to sell and support 
software for which they own the 
rights, and they plan to continue 
to sell software that they have 
licensed from others, but they 
have no real plans to continue to 
license new software. Depending 
on how sales go, they may or 
may not renew the licensing 
agreements they've made with 



other software companies. 

So, the words of warning issued 
before - if there's anything you 
want to purchase from Big Red, 
you better buy it soon - are still 
applicable. 

I'm sure I can speak for the 
entire Apple II community when 
I say, "Thanks, Big Red, for your 
many contributions to the Apple 
II. We wish you luck and success 
in all your future endeavors." 

CD-ROM 

Now that many Apple IIGS 
owners have purchased CD- 
ROM drives in order to access 
the multitude of educationally 
oriented CD-ROM disks made 
possible by Sequential Systems' 
DiscQuest series, you may want 
to consider purchasing a CD- 
ROM disk which includes Apple 
IIGS software. 

Udo Huth, a German Apple 
IIGS user, helped to create a 
CD-ROM disk for the Apple 
IIGS SIG of the Apple User 
Group Europe which includes 
200 Megabytes of compressed 
Apple IIGS freeware, shareware 
and public domain software. 
Using Shrinklt to uncompress 
the files, approximately 400 
megabytes of Apple IIGS soft- 
ware are available on this CD- 
ROM disk (400 megabytes is 
the equivalent of 500 3.5" 800K 
disks). Additionally, there are 
300 Megabytes of Macintosh 
software included on the CD- 
ROM disk. 

At the present time, the AUGE 
CD-ROM disk is available only 
by mail order from Germany. 
Purchasers can elect to receive 
the CD-ROM disk in a plain 
floppy disk mailer or for a few 
dollars more, can get it sent in a 
protective CD jewel case. 



Payment can be accepted by per- 
sonal checks in US, Australian 
or Canadian currency, by checks 
drawn on a US, Australian or 
Canadian bank, or by Euro- 
Check. The price of the AUGE 
CD-ROM disk, sent in a floppy 
disk mailer, is US $51.25, CAN 
$71.75, or AUS $74. The price 
for those who want it sent in a 
jewel case is US $56, CAN $77, 
or AUS $79. 

Details on payment method 
options available to those living 
in other countries are available 
by sending an e-mail to 
u.huth@genie.geis.com or by the 
mail. 

For those living in Europe, send 
a Eurocheck for DM 80.00 for the 
CD-ROM (with a jewel case). 
Within Germany the price is DM 
72.00 for nonmembers of AUGE. 
Please endorse all checks to Udo 
Huth, and send to: 

Udo Huth 
Leipziger Str. 16 a 
38329 Wittmar 
Germany 

Another CD-ROM disk filled 
with Apple IIGS public domain, 
freeware, and shareware soft- 
ware is currently being compiled 
by Jim Maricondo of Digisoft 
Innovations, the publishers of 
the highly acclaimed Twilight II 
screen-saver software. That CD- 
ROM disk will be available 
sometime during the month of 
February, 1995 and it will cost 
$65. When completed, DigiSoft's 
Golden Orchard CD-ROM will 
include 600 Megabytes of Apple 
II and IIGS programs and files. 

In addition to applications, 
sounds, graphics, hypermedia 
stacks, AppleWorks related- 
material, TrueType fonts, and 
Finder Extensions, DigiSoft has 
recently finished negotiating 



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with Apple and you will find 
many megabytes of Apple mate- 
rials and technical documen- 
tation that previously were 
available only on hard-to-find 
Developer CDs or the System 6 
Golden Master CD. 

If you'd like to be placed on 
DigiSoft's Internet e-mailing 
list, you'll receive electronic 
notification of the release of the 
CD and/or progress reports. 
Just direct your e-mail to: 
j agaroth@leland. Stanford .edu 

SCSI-2 CD-ROM Drives 

Sequential Systems has an- 
nounced the release of a SCSI-2 
CD-ROM device driver for use 
with the Apple II High Speed 
SCSI Card. The device driver 
allows full use of the features 
found on Quality Computer's 
"Q-Drive CD" product and other 
brand SCSI-2 drives. Until now, 
users of SCSI-2 drives con- 
nected to an Apple High Speed 
SCSI card were unable to play 
CD audio discs or use the CD- 
audio features of Sequential's 
DiscQuest. 

The SCSI-2 CD-ROM driver 
also comes with a Media Con- 
trol Toolkit interface, so that 
regular audio CDs can be played 
with the Media Controller desk 
accessory. 

The price of the driver is $24.95. 
For additional information, 
contact: 

Sequential Systems 
1200 Diamond Circle 
Lafayette, CO 80026 

800-759-4549 (Sales) 
303-666-4549 (International) 

Where Are They Now? 

Several Apple II companies and 



shareware authors have recent- 
ly moved. Please update your 
records with their latest ad- 
dresses: 

Alltech Electronics Co., Inc. 
2618 Temple Heights 
Oceanside, CA 92056 

619-724-2404 (Voice) 
619-724-8808 (Fax) 

Alltech repairs Apple II com- 
puters and peripherals, sells 
hard to find Apple II parts and 
components, and sells entire 
Apple II systems. 

William W. Basham, M.D. 
10400 Connecticut Ave., #407 
Kensington,MD 20895-3910 

Dr Basham is the author of 
DiversiCopy, DiversiKey, Diver- 
siCache, and DiversiTune. 

Byte Works, Inc. 

8000 Wagon Mound Dr. NW 

Albuquerque, NM 87120 

The Byte Works is the one stop 
shopping mall for all Apple II 
books, technical manuals, com- 
pilers and programming lan- 
guages. 

ICON 

6405 Metcalf Avenue 

Ste. 106, Box 22 

Overland Park, KS 66202-4080 

913-831-4266 (voice) 

913-831-7635 (fax) 

ICON is the sponsor of the 
annual KansasFest Conference, 
and the publisher of various 
disk-based magazines including 
A2-Central, TimeOut-Central, 
Script-Central, and Studio City. 

William H. Tudor 
10 Blue Jay Way 
Rexford, NY 12148 

W.TUDOR@genie.geis.com 



Bill Tudor is a very prolific 
Apple IIGS shareware utility 
programmer and the author of 
Quality Computer's "Six Pack." 

United Software Industries 
748 Arlington Ave, Ste 103 
Naperville, IL 60565 
708-416-7459 
CompuServe: 76004,1430 

United Software Industries pub- 
lish and support two different 
telecommunications programs: 
ASCII Express (more commonly 
called AE Pro) and MouseTalk. 

Corrections 

1) In the KansasFest article 
that appeared in Volume 2, 
Issue 1, it was mentioned that 
because there was no Internet 
Service Provider in Kansas City, 
we had to dial long distance in 
order to be able to connect to the 
Internet. As it turns out, there is 
an Internet Service Provider in 
Kansas City. The telephone 
number for Tyrell is 816-459- 
7584. 

2) In the KansasFest article 
that appeared in Volume 2, 
Issue 1, it was mentioned that 
no Apple II Desktop Publishing 
program provided an option for 
auto-hyphenation. As it turns 
out, Publishlt4 does have that 
option for auto-hyphenation. 
Unfortunately, Time Works went 
out of business earlier this 
summer, and neither Big Red 
nor Quality Computers has any 
copies of Publish! t4 remaining. 

3) In Volume 2, Issue 1, readers 
were told to contact InterNIC 
via e-mail for an up-to-date list- 
ing of all commercial Internet 
Service Providers. The updated 
e-mail address for Internic is: 
info@is.internic.net • 



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Modem Madness 



Low Cost Modems 

A number of Shareware Solu- 
tions II subscribers have report- 
ed that the low cost $99 Line- 
Link 144e modem is no longer 
available from MacWarehouse. 
Have no fear; the LineLink 144e 
is not the only low cost depend- 
able 14.4 baud fax/modem. In 
fact, in their latest catalog, 
MacWarehouse lists a Magnum 
14.4 fax/modem for $89, a 
Power User 14.4 fax/modem for 
$110, a Mac&Fax Sportster 
14.4 fax/modem for $120, and a 
ProModem 144e fax/modem for 
$120. The ProModem 144e, like 
the LineLink, is manufactured 
by Prometheus Products, and 
suspiciously looks exactly like 
the LineLink. 

Reports have been posted online 
from happy purchasers of Mac- 
Warehouse modems, and they 
do, after all, come with a 30 day 
money back guarantee. 

Some of you must be wondering 
why these same modems cost 
$300 to $400 just a year or so 
ago, and you must be curious 
about why the cost of these 
modems has dropped so quickly. 
The answer is simple: these 
14.4 modems are going to be 
obsolete soon. They are going to 
be replaced by modems that 
operate at twice their speed. 

In fact, MacWarehouse already 
carries 28.8bps modems for as 
little as $139! Their Magnum 
288 is already in use on Apple 
II computers, and nary a com- 
plaint has been heard. 

For additional information, con- 
tact MacWarehouse: 

MacWarehouse 

PO Box 3013 

1720 Oak St 

Lakewood, NJ 08701-3013 



800-255-6227 
908-370-4779 

(Note: Any Hayes compatible 
14.4 external modem can be 
connected to an Apple II or 
IIGS. All that's needed to get it 
to work properly on a IIGS or lie 
is a Hardware Handshaking 
Cable and a telecommunica- 
tions program. To work with a 
He, a Super Serial card is also 
required.) 

GEnie And The Internet 

As we've witnessed before, when 
one of the major online services 
implements a new feature or 
offers a new service, its competi- 
tors rush to offer similar fea- 
tures or services. Within several 
weeks of CompuServe's an- 
nouncement that they would 
provide full Internet access, 
GEnie made a very similar an- 
nouncement. 

Set to be instituted in phases, 
GEnie's initial Internet access 
will include: 

FTP Service (File Transfer Pro- 
tocol) - Provides users with the 
ability to download the tens of 
thousands of files and software 
programs available for public 
access on the Internet. 

Usenet Newsgroups Service - 
Allows users to participate in 
thousands of global discussion 
groups collectively known as 
The Usenet. 

Outbound Telnet Service - 
Enables users to connect to 
other host computers that are 
connected to the Internet. 

Gopher Service - Provides a set 
of easy-to-navigate menus that 
are designed to help users ac- 
cess files, participate in Usenet 
discussion groups and connect 



to other host computers on the 
Internet. 

Wide Area Information Server 
(WAIS) Database Service - 
Provides users with access to 
"no cost databases" that are 
located on the Internet. 

Since GEnie is the most popular 
of all the online services for 
Apple II users, it is anticipated 
that many GEnie A2 regular 
users will soon be exploring the 
net for the first time. For that 
reason, I'd like to encourage you 
to re-read all of the Internet 
related articles that have ap- 
peared in Shareware Solutions 
II, paying special attention to 
the "All About The Internet" 
article that appeared in Volume 
1, Issue 3. 

Although all of the Internet 
services that will be available 
from GEnie have been described 
in that article, and all of those 
descriptions are still fairly accu- 
rate, GEnie users may find that 
the "look and feel" of GEnie's 
Internet access may be very dif- 
ferent from what was described 
previously. If there is a need for 
a special tutorial on accessing 
the Internet via GEnie, please 
let me know as I'd be happy to 
try to make things easier for 
Apple II using "net newbies." In 
the meanwhile, if any GEnie 
members are confused or have 
questions about the Internet, 
please feel free to post those 
questions in the Shareware So- 
lutions II Online area, which can 
be found in the A2 Round Table 
as Category 28, Topic 4. 

CompuServe & The Internet 

CompuServe has been phasing 
in Internet access, but those who 
access CompuServe with an 
Apple II computer are going to 
be greatly disappointed the first 



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time they type "GO INTER- 
NET." Apparently, the only In- 
ternet access available to Apple 
II users will be limited to Use- 
net Newsgroups. 

While attempting to access 
CIS's menu item for File Trans- 
fer Protocol, we were informed 
that access was only allowed to 
those using either Macintosh or 
PC computers equipped with 
CompuServe Information Man- 
ager ( CIM) software. 

A telephone call to Compu- 
Serve's Customer Support con- 
firmed that Internet access via 
CompuServe will be extremely 
limited to those who are unable 
to run CIM, and they informed 
us that there are no plans to 
implement an Apple II compat- 
ible version of CIM. 

Internet World 

Whether you are a "net newbie" 
or a long time Internauter, you 
will find a wealth of information 
in "Internet World," a magazine 
that may very well make obso- 
lete most available books about 
the Internet. Because the Inter- 
net is growing at such a phe- 
nomenal rate, and because new 
services and resources are 
sprouting up daily, it's simply 
impossible for books to contain 
information on the latest Inter- 
net developments. But with its 
much shorter lead time, a mag- 
azine can keep you informed on 
all the latest and greatest that 
the net has to offer; "Internet 
World" is doing just that. 

Each issue will afford you a 
view of the Internet that you 
just might not have seen before. 
You'll learn of new services and 
how to use them. You'll meet all 
the "movers and shakers" of the 
Internet via interviews. You'll 
hear information about all the 



latest publications to go online 
and you'll learn about taking 
"virtual guided tours" of far 
away lands. 

Available at newsstands for 
$4.95 per copy, or $29 for a one 
year subscription delivered to a 
US address ($41.73 for delivery 
elsewhere in North or South 
America), "Internet World" is 
highly recommended for anyone 
who uses the Internet, or for 
anyone who wants to learn more 
about the Internet. For addi- 
tional subscription information 
direct an e-mail message to 
info@mecklermedia.com 

To subscribe to Internet World 
(with delivery to North or South 
America), send your check to: 

Internet World 
PO Box 713 
Mt Morris, IL 
61054-9965 

International subscriptions for 
Internet World are available for 
29 British Pounds. Send Inter- 
national subscription orders to: 

MecklerMedia Ltd 
Artillery House 
Artillery Row 
London, SW1P 1RT, UK 

Lynx 2.3 and ProTerm 3.1 

When the Internet's World Wide 
Web was first mentioned in 
Shareware Solutions II, specific 
recommendations were offered 
to those of you who use ProTerm 
to access the web. The ProTerm 
Preference items first described 
in Volume 1, Issue 5 were spe- 
cifically geared towards Lynx 
v2.1. Since that time, Lynx has 
been updated to v2.3, and if you 
use ProTerm to dial up the 
Internet, you'll need to make 
some changes in your ProTerm's 
Preference options. 



With ProTerm 3.1 and Lynx 
v2.3, set your ProTerm prefer- 
ences to display Reverse (and 
only Reverse!) in Inverse. By 
doing that, the hypermedia- 
based links will appear in 
inverse only when your cursor 
lands on them. 

If Lynx is installed on your In- 
ternet host system and you'd 
prefer to see all the links high- 
lighted in Inverse, you can con- 
tinue to use the settings recom- 
mended for Lynx v2.1 (Reverse 
and Underline as Inverse). If you 
do that however, you'll want to 
start up Lynx by using the 
following option: 

lynx -show_cursor 

By doing that, all of the links on 
a screen will be displayed in 
inverse, but you'll know where 
you are because your cursor will 
be flashing. 

Personally, I much prefer to 
have just the links highlighted 
when my cursor lands on them. 

Change Of Address 

On January 18, 1995 the Cal- 
tech Computing Organization is 
moving the anonymous ftp direc- 
tories to another server. As a 
result, you will no longer be able 
to find the Caltech Apple II ftp 
archive at either cco.caltech.edu 
or ccosun.caltech.edu. The new 
address is "ftp.cco.caltech.edu". 
The Apple II files will remain in 
/pub/apple2. The only change, 
effective immediately, is that 
the "uploads" directory has been 
renamed to "incoming" to accom- 
modate a new ftp daemon that 
was recently installed. 

Internet Resources 

As is often said, "the early bird 
gets the worm." Those of you 



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who followed the advice offered 
in the last issue joined the 
Internet's NewbieNewz Mailing 
List and were able to partake in 
both NewbieNewz's Introduc- 
tion to the Internet Tutorial and 
in the RoadMap interactive 
workshop. 

After receiving a write up in 
Time Magazine, both RoadMap 
and NewbieNewz were inun- 
dated with new subscribers, and 
the work load of the list pro- 
viders became unbearable. Due 
to the unexpected success of 
NewbieNewz, that fine service 
is no longer available free-of- 
charge. 

Effective immediately, the sub- 
scription rate for NewbieNewz 
is $100 per year. 

Although NewbieNewz was an 
excellent free resource for new- 
comers to the Internet, it's not 
quite worth $100 per year. For 
$100, you could purchase Ed 
Krol's "The Whole Internet 
User's Guide and Catalog," take 
out a subscription to Internet 
World, and still have $50 left 
over. 

For an even better alternative, 
if you have Internet access, you 
could simply download the Elec- 
tronic Freedom Foundation's 
"Guide to the Internet" (former- 
ly known as "The Big Dummy's 
Guide to the Internet"). The 
EFF is a nonprofit organization 
dedicated to insuring that 
everyone has access to the newly 
emerging communications tech- 
nologies vital to active partici- 
pation in the events of our 
world. To that end, they make 
their 150 page guide available 
online, free of charge. 

That electronic publication is 
available in several different 
ways. If you have access to ftp or 



ncftp, you can open a connection 
to ftp.eff.org and download it. If 
you've never used ftp before, 
after anonymously logging in, 
type this series of commands, 
exactly as they appear below, 
and The Guide will be trans- 
ferred to your home directory on 
your host system. From there, 
you can quickly download it by 
using Xmodem or Zmodem, or 
by capturing the entire text in 
your scrollback buffer after 
issuing the "cat netguide.eff" 
command. 

cd pub 

cd Net_info 

cd EFF_Net_Guide 

Is 

ascii 

get netguide.eff 

There are several other methods 
to get The Guide that might be 
easier for you. If you have access 
to the World Wide Web, you can 
point your web browser (either 
Lynx, Mosaic or NetScape) to 
http://www.eff.org/ and down- 
load the Guide from there. If you 
have access to an Internet e- 
mail gateway, you can send an 
e-mail request for the Guide. 
Direct that e-mail request to 
netguide@eff.org and the entire 
Guide will be e-mailed to you in 
18 segments. If you have a 
modem but no access to the 
Internet, you can call the EFF's 
BBS at 202-638-6120. 

The World Wide Web 

Although the World Wide Web 
has been operational for several 
years, its meteoric growth really 
began in February, 1994 when 
details about the HyperText 
Markup Language (HTML) were 
released to the public. That 
HyperText Markup Language 
essentially allows anyone with 
Internet access to create his or 
her own World Wide Web 



"Home Page." 

As discussed previously, the 
Wide Wide Web is a HyperText 
based system that allows any- 
one to travel the Internet's high- 
ways and byways by using his or 
her arrow keys rather than by 
having to know about Unix 
commands and utilities. Now, 
even 1st grade students can 
easily retrieve information from 
the Internet by using Lynx, the 
text based World Wide Web 
"browser" that can best be 
thought of as a "front end" for 
the Internet. 

Since February, 1994, thou- 
sands upon thousands of World 
Wide Web "Home Pages" have 
been created by individuals and 
organizations. Since each "Home 
Page" also contains links to 
other "Home Pages," it's quite 
easy and convenient for denizens 
of the World Wide Web to follow 
other people's links to "cool sites 
on the web." 

From Lynx's main menu, there's 
already a wonderful web jump- 
ing off point - InterLink. Inter- 
Link's main menu contains only 
seven items (Internet Resources, 
Fun and Games, Guides and 
Tutorials, News and Weather, 
Library Resources, Reference 
Shelf, and Miscellaneous) but 
those menu items contain links 
to thousands upon thousands of 
other web "Home Pages" and 
therefore provide an excellent 
introduction to the World Wide 
Web. 

One of Lynx's most versatile 
commands is "G" which stands 
for "Go To." After accessing that 
feature, Lynx prompts you for a 
Universal Resource Locator 
(URL); a URL is, in essence, the 
HTML address for a particular 
web site. Equipped with only a 
few URLs, it's quite possible to 



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wander the far reaches of the 
Internet. Following are a 
number of sample URLs that 



you may find of interest. To visit 
the described sites, just press G 
from within Lynx, and when 



prompted for the URL, enter it 
exactly as listed in boldface in 
the next section. • 



Hot Links On The World Wide Web 



http://www.ccsf.caltech.edu/~dmz/a2archive.html 

This is the Home Page for one of the major Apple II ftp sites - 
ftp.cco.caltech.edu. Accessing an ftp site via the World Wide Web 
makes it much easier to find out what files are available via ftp or 
ncftp. Some ftp files can actually be downloaded from Lynx itself. 
This Home Page also contains links to all the other major Apple II 
ftp sites. 

http://www.ugcs.caltech.edu/~nathan/apl2.resource.html 

Maintained by Nathan Mates, this Apple II oriented Home Page 
provides an Apple II resource guide, links to Home Pages maintained 
by other Apple II users, and links to all the major Apple II ftp sites. 

http://webcrawler.cs.washington.edu/WebCrawler/Home.html 

WebCrawler is a hypertext-based database of World Wide Web 
Home Pages. Just enter any keyword, and WebCrawler will display a 
list of Home Pages that correspond to your keyword. By using just 
your arrow keys, you can easily access any of the Home Pages 
displayed by WebCrawler. 

http://cui_www.unige.ch/meta-index.html 

If WebCrawler can't locate what you're looking for, try one of these 
World Wide Web searchable databases. 

http://hypatia.gsfc.nasa.gov/NASA_homepage.html 

This is NASA's Home Page! In addition to providing information on 
all current and past NASA missions, it provides links to all the 
NASA facilities that provide materials to the general public. Make 
sure to follow the link to SpaceLink, a NASA run BBS that provides 
Apple II software that you can download. 

http://ceps.nasm.edu:2020/NASMpage.html 

This is the Home Page for the Smithsonian's National Air and Space 
Museum. 

http://www.cs.odu.edu/~cashman/humor.html 

The Wrecked Humor Page is a hilarious collection of humor and 
satire. Not to be missed. 

http://akebono.stanford.edu/yahoo/bin/menu 

The Yahoo Home Page contains both serious and fun links. Whether 
you have an interest in art, comics, literature, or humor, you're bound 
to find lots of interest here. Make sure you try the random link. 

http://slacvx.slac.stanford.edu/misc/internet-services.html 

This is the Home Page for Scott Yanoff s famed "Internet Services 
List." If what you're looking for isn't here, it probably doesn't exist. 



http://www.ushmm.org/ 

This is the Home Page for the 
Washington, DC based US 
Holocaust Museum. 

http://att.net/dir800 

This www site contains a 
searchable database containing 
all of the toll-free 800 numbers 
listed in AT&T's phone books. 

http://www.fedworld.gov/ 

FedWorld includes links to 
every single US Federal agency 
that maintains a World Wide 
Web Home Page. 

http://www.stones.com/ 

If you saw the Rolling Stones in 
concert last year, you can relive 
some of the excitement here. 
This Home Page includes 
photos and sound clips that you 
can download, and articles and 
interviews that you can read. 
It's only rock 'n roll, but I like it. 

gopher://info.umd.edu:925/l 

This is the Home Page for CNN 
Headline News. You can read 
the latest news, updated hourly, 
or search the database by 
keyword. 

http://www.mecklerweb.com 

Maintained by Internet World 
magazine, this Home Page 
contains fascinating articles 
about the Internet and includes 
lots of links to other Home 
Pages. 

http://www/etext.org/ 

This Home Page provides links 
to hundreds of electronic jour- 
nals and classic books that you 
can download or read online. 



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http://nearnet.gnn.com/gnn/GNNhome.html 

This is the Home Page for the Global Network 
Navigator, a free offering from the book publisher 
O'Reilly and Associates. GNN provides a lot of 
links to serious activities on the Internet. 

http://educom.edu/edupage.new 

Published three times a week, the EduPage news- 
letter provides a summary of news items about 
computer and information technology. 



http://www.exploratorium.edu/ 

This is the Home Page for the Exploratorium, San 
Francisco's widely acclaimed science museum. 

http://voyager.paramount.com. 

Beam aboard the Star Trek Voyager Home Page to 
boldly go where no web site has gone before. 

http://www.msstate.edu/Movies/ 

This Home Page provides a link to the Internet's 
searchable database of movies and films. 



http://www.ncsa.uiuc.edu/SDG/Software/Mosaic/Docs/whats-new.html 

This is, without a doubt, one of the the most meaningful and important Home Pages available on the 
World Wide Web. Updated three times a week, the "What's New" Home Page contains information about, 
and links to, all the newest Home Pages that have just been added to the World Wide Web. • 



Apple II Product News 

% Cynthia <E. Jkld, •Sh.'D. 



With its 20th anniversary just 
two years away, the Apple II is 
still the computer of choice for 
many individuals and schools. 
Fortunately, those of us who use 
Apple lis are not "limited" to 
the 15,000 or so commercial 
programs that were released in 
the last two decades. That's 
because companies are bringing 
new Apple II products to mar- 
ket even today! The Apple IPs 
staying power is unprecedented, 
and 1995 may be just as good a 
time as any to enhance your 
software library with some of 
these newest products. 

As a service provided by Share- 
ware Solutions II for its sub- 
scribers, Apple II Product News 
is for information purposes only 
and does not constitute an 
endorsement of any product. All 
prices are for single packages. 
Lab packs, network licenses, 
and site licenses may be avail- 
able. Contact the companies 
directly for free catalogs or to 
inquire about preview policies, 
money back guarantees, and 
other support services. 



Tom Snyder Productions 

Decisions, Decisions: Violence in 
the Media 

Is violence on the tube neces- 
sary? Does televised violence 
promote real violence? Are some 
kinds of violence acceptable? 
Can we censor television in a 
society that seems to be push- 
ing the limits of free speech? 
This role-playing, group activity 
will get your kids (grades 5 to 
12) talking and thinking hard. 

$149.95 

Tom Snyder Productions, Inc. 
80 Coolidge Hill Road 
Watertown, MA 02172-2817 
800-342-0236 

Animasia 

Animasia 3-D 

Animasia 3-D is a new desktop 
animation application for the 
Apple IIGS. The program's 
graphics tools let you create and 
animate three-dimensional ob- 
jects. You can then play the 
animations on your GS, record 



them on a VCR, or include them 
in your HyperStudio and Hyper- 
Card IIGS stacks. Animasia 3-D 
requires System 6.0.1, 2 Mega- 
bytes of RAM, and a color moni- 
tor. A hard drive, accelerator, 
and 4 Megabytes of RAM are 
recommended. 

$99 (plus $3.50 shipping) 

Animasia 

3324 Vishaal Drive 

Orlando, FL 32817 

407-380-9932 

animasia@genie.geis.com 

Logo Foundation 

Logo Toolkits 

The Logo Foundation has an- 
nounced new reduced prices on 
Logo Toolkits. Logo is the pro- 
gramming language created by 
MIT's Dr Seymour Papert. The 
toolkits work with your existing 
Logo software (Logo Writer, Logo 
Plus, or Terrapin Logo) and pro- 
vide numerous activities and 
project ideas. Each package 
includes software and extensive 
written materials. You should 



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also contact the Logo Founda- 
tion to request a free subscrip- 
tion to their newsletter, Logo 
Update. 

For use with Logo Writer: 

Logo Writer Hypermedia Tools 
Logo Writer Graph Tools 
Logo Writer for Special Needs 
Logo Writer Language ArtsTools 

For use with Terrapin Logo or 
Logo Plus: 

Logo Data Toolkit 

$9.95 each 

Logo Foundation 
250 West 57th Street 
New York, NY 10107-2228 
212-765-4918 
212-765-4789 (fax) 
michaelt@media. mit.edu 

Vitesse Inc. 

FAXination 

This NDA/CDEV (New Desk 
Accessory/Control Panel Device) 
combination gives your IIGS 
send and receive fax capa- 
bilities that rival those of full- 
featured fax software programs 
for the Mac and PC. FAX- 
ination's many features include 
a phone book, deferred send 
capability, send and receive 
logs, call progress window, and 
a PrintPicker NDA for quickly 
switching between your fax/ 
modem and printer. FAXination 
supports only external fax/ 
modems and requires System 
5.04 or higher, 1.5 Megabytes of 
RAM, and a hard drive. System 
6.0 or higher and 2 Megabytes of 
RAM are highly recommended. 

$79.95 (for FAXination) 

$189.95 (for FAXination plus a 
14.4 bps external fax/modem) 



Vitesse Inc. 

P.O. Box 929 

La Puente, CA 91747-0929 

818-813-1270 

818-813-1273 (fax) 

Kingwood Micro Software 

Bev's Free Patcher For Apple- 
Works 

Bev's Free Patcher (BFP) is a 
collection of more than five 
dozen patches that work inside 
the TimeOut environment of 
AppleWorks 4.02, 4.3, and 5.0. 
The patches, which are reversi- 
ble, help you customize the word 
processor, spreadsheet, and 
database modules as well as 
the general AppleWorks work- 
ing environment. BFP is free to 
subscribers of the TEXAS II 
Newsletter and Disks ($39 for 6 
issues and 3 disks; $42 over- 
seas). Others may purchase the 
BFP disk for $10. 

Kingwood Micro Software 

2018 Oak Dew 

San Antonio, TX 78232-5471 

210-490-6373 

(NOTE: Bev's Free Patcher for 
AppleWorks v4.02 and v4.3 is 
now available from the Share- 
ware Solutions II Library, on 
either 3.5" or 5.25" disk, for $5. 
Bev's Free Patcher for Apple- 
Works v5 is only available from 
Kingwood Micro Software.) 

Kitchen Sink Software 

AppleWorks to RTF 
Ok, so it's not an Apple II prod- 
uct. But AppleWorks to RTF 
(rich text format) can make life 
a lot easier for those who want 
to use their AppleWorks files 
with Macintosh programs such 
as ClarisWorks. Where Claris- 
Works lets you convert only one 
AppleWorks file at a time, 
AppleWorks to RTF lets you 



convert all of your files simul- 
taneously. Moreover, the utility 
preserves formatting options 
such as tabs, boldface, under- 
line, and headers. The Mac anti- 
virus program Disinfectant is 
included free. AppleWorks to 
RTF requires Macintosh System 
6.04 or higher. 

$29.95 

Apple Mouse Button Repair 
Service 

Kitchen Sink Software is now 
offering repair service on broken 
Apple mouse buttons. A new 
mouse costs nearly $80. If the 
only problem is a broken button, 
the company can fix your mouse 
for only $29.95 (plus $3 shipping 
and handling per order). The 
company offers a one-year war- 
ranty on parts and labor. What's 
more, mouse cleaning and ball 
rejuvenation are performed free 
with the repair service. 

Kitchen Sink Software 
903 Knebworth Court 
Westerville, OH 43081 
800-235-5502 
614-891-2111 
kitchen.sink@genie.geis.com 

LEGO Dacta 

LogoWriter Robotics Kits 
LEGO Dacta is offering special 
pricing on these kits for stu- 
dents in grades 4 to 6 who want 
to integrate LEGO models into 
their LOGO programming proj- 
ects. The LogoWriter Robotics 
(4.5 volt) kit includes Logo- 
Writer software as well as proj- 
ect software to create a merry- 
go-round that counts as it turns, 
a car that measures distance, a 
clock that can time traffic lights, 
a conveyor belt that sorts and 
counts, and a robotic "turtle" 
that follows a path. If you 
already own a LogoWriter site 
license, you can purchase the 



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Expansion Pack which includes 
just the projects. The TCO Con- 
trol Pack contains beams, gears, 
lights, motors, interface boxes, 
cables, and other elements for 
each computer station that 
controls your students' LEGO 
models. 

Logo Writer Robotics (4.5 volt) 
$199 

Expansion Pack 
$130 

TCO Control Pack 
$354 

LEGO Dacta 
555 Taylor Road 
P.O. Box 1600 
Enfield, CT 06083-1600 
800-527-8339 
203-763-2466 (fax) 

Barnum Software 

The Quarter Mile Estimation & 
Math Tricks! 

This new product (for children in 
grades 3 to 9) is the latest in a 
line of classic, award-winning 
math programs. All programs in 
the series feature a dragster 
which gains speed each time you 
answer a math problem cor- 
rectly. Lanes scroll faster and 
faster as dragsters accelerate - 
with screeching tires and smok- 
ing, screaming engines. Topics 
in this latest release cover 
estimating with whole numbers, 
fractions, decimals, per cents, 
and money. Helpful math tricks 
topics make problem-solving 
faster and easier. 

The Quarter Mile 
For students in grades K-9, this 
newly updated version of The 
Quarter Mile includes 12 new 
topics in keyboarding, whole 
numbers, the alphabet, estima- 
tion, and math tricks. The pro- 
gram generates more than 



13,000 problems. 

The Quarter Mile Whole 
Numbers! 

Recently updated, this Barnum 
Software program includes 100 
new topics covering place value, 
counting, making 10s, rounding, 
mixed operations, powers of 10, 
sequences, exponents, missing 
operators, and more. For grades 
K-6. 

All programs come with The 
Quarter Mile TOURNAMENT 
HANDBOOK! The handbook 
describes numerous kinds of 
tournaments which students 
and/or teachers can conduct. 
(Call to request a free copy of 



the handbook.) 

$50 each (Home Edition) 
$60 each (School Edition) 
(Call for upgrade pricing.) 

Barnum Software 

3450 Lakeshore Ave, Ste 200 

Oakland, CA 94610 

800-553-9155 

800-553-9156 (fax) 

Please send announcements of 
new Apple II software and hard- 
ware to Dr. Cynthia E. Field, 60 
Border Drive, Wakefield, RI 
02879-3802. You may also send 
press releases via Internet e-mail 
to cefield@aol.com or fax product 
information to 401-782-0380. « 



Such A Deal! 



DigiSoft Innovations 

In the second issue of Share- 
ware Solutions II, a special 
money saving offer was offered 
to subscribers on the amazing 
Twilight II screen blanking 
utility for the Apple IIGS. The 
response to that offer was very 
positive, and DigiSoft Innova- 
tions would now like to extend 
an even more attractive pricing 
offer to subscribers. 

Twilight II allows a IIGS user 
to select from a variety of more 
than 40 dazzling full color ani- 
mation and special effects mod- 
ules that automatically display 
when no user interaction has 
taken place for a user-defined 
period of time. Some of the ani- 
mated special effects included 
are 3-D fractal mountains, wire- 
frame animations, rotated and 
scaled 3-D worms taking over 
the screen, a simulated trip 
through the universe, plasma 
cloud generation, dazzling color 



fireworks, analog and digital 
bouncing clocks, melting screens, 
kaleidoscopic-like effects, moire 
patterns, and a module that 
allows you to create the ani- 
mation yourself with any IIGS 
paint program. It even includes 
a random mode that allows a 
different animation to be run 
each time the screen is blanked. 

Twilight II is a Control Panel 
Device for use with System Disk 
6.0 or 6.0.1. It requires 1.125 
Megabytes of RAM memory, but 
1.5 Megabytes of RAM memory 
or more is recommended for 
optimal performance. It also 
requires either two 3.5" disk 
drives or one 3.5" disk drive and 
a hard drive. 

Twilight II is generally avail- 
able for the suggested retail 
price of $39.95. Previously, it 
was offered to Shareware So- 
lutions II subscribers for $25, 
plus shipping and handling. The 
newest special Such A Deal 



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pricing now permits readers to 
purchase Twilight II for only 
$20, plus $2 shipping and han- 
dling for delivery to US ad- 
dresses, or $5 shipping and han- 
dling for delivery anywhere else 
in the world. 

To order Twilight II, send your 
check or money order, along with 
a note indicating that you are a 
Shareware Solutions II sub- 
scriber, to: 

DigiSoft Innovations 

PO Box 380, 

Trumbull, CT 06611-0380 

DigiSoft Innovations would also 
like to extend to you a special 
money saving offer on their soon 
to be released Golden Orchard 
Apple II CD-ROM disk. The 
suggested retail pricing for the 
CD-ROM disk will be $65, plus 
shipping and handling fees. As 
a subscriber to Shareware Solu- 
tions II, you can purchase that 
CD-ROM for only $60, plus $2 
shipping and handling for 
delivery to US addresses, or $5 
shipping and handling for 
delivery anywhere else in the 
world. 

To order the Golden Orchard 
CD-ROM disk, send a check or 
money order (made payable to 
Jim Maricondo), along with a 
note indicating that you are a 
Shareware Solutions II sub- 
scriber, to: 

Jim Maricondo 

PO Box 11005 

Stanford, CA, 94309-1005 

Marin Macro Works 

AppleWorks 4 broke new ground 
by providing all AppleWorks 
users the ability to use macros 
with the supplied UltraMacros 
Player. AppleWorks 5 broke 
even more ground by including 



the full UltraMacros program 
built-in right into the program. 
Unfortunately, the UltraMacros 
manual that explains how to 
create and use macros was not 
included as part of AppleWorks 
5, so there are a lot of people 
who now have the ability to 
create their own macros, but 
have no idea how or where to get 
started. 

If you're in that position, you 
could always purchase the full 
UltraMacros package as that 
includes the program manual, 
or you could purchase one or 
both of Will Nelken's excellent 
self-published books. 

Will is one of the world's fore- 
most experts on UltraMacros, 
and he was the one I contacted 
when I wanted an UltraMacros 
based add-on product for Con- 
tacts GS; Will developed Time- 
Out ContactsMover. He is also 
the Associate Editor of Icon's 
TimeOut-Central, a disk-based 
publication all about Ultra- 
Macros. I'd be remiss if I didn't 
tell you that Will is also a very 
good friend and neighbor of 
mine. 

His ULTRA-AppleWorks is a 
twelve-lesson tutorial (116 
pages, ll"x 8.5", comb-bound) 
designed for those who want to 
enhance and customize the high 
performance power of Apple- 
Works. Well organized, carefully 
written and humorous, ULTRA- 
Apple Works offers fundamental 
training in using, recording, and 
writing macros with TimeOut 
UltraMacros. Although written 
specifically for AppleWorks 3 
and UltraMacros 3, much of this 
book is still applicable to newer 
versions of AppleWorks and 
UltraMacros. 

ULTRA-AppleWorks takes a 
step-by-step, progressive ap- 



proach that will lead the novice 
comfortably and still enhance 
the veteran user's capabilities. 
Complete descriptions of all 
macro tokens are included, plus 
an abundance of helpful tips, 
useful sample macros and 
reference charts. For the power 
macro user, a list of over 150 
PEEK and POKE addresses are 
included. The manual includes a 
Table of Contents and is fully 
indexed for ease of use. 

ULTRA-AppleWorks covers 
such themes as: how Ultra- 
Macros enhances normal use of 
AppleWorks, anatomy of a mac- 
ro, how to record, save, display 
and revise macros, writing mac- 
ros from scratch, using varia- 
bles, using screen data, design- 
ing looping tasks, and making 
use of user input. It also con- 
tains chapters on organizing and 
debugging macros. It also in- 
cludes a 3.5" disk that contains 
all of the sample macros. 

The retail price of ULTRA- 
AppleWorks is $28.95, but as a 
Shareware Solutions II sub- 
scriber, you can purchase it for 
only $22. 

Will's second book ULTRA-to 
the Max! is a sequel volume to 
ULTRA-AppleWorks. It pro- 
vides clear, concise, yet thorough 
explanations in non-technical 
language of the changes from 
UltraMacros v3 to UltraMacros 
v4, including the multitude of 
new features. 

ULTRA-to the Max! is a fifteen- 
lesson reference (200 pages, 
ll"x 8.5", comb-bound) designed 
with a step-by-step, progressive 
approach that will encourage the 
intermediate user to learn and 
employ effective macro writing 
techniques, while building the 
advanced macro programmer's 
skills. Complete descriptions of 



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all UltraMacros 4 macro tokens 
are included, plus many helpful 
tips, sample macros, reference 
charts and a complete index. 
For the power macro user, 
several helpscreens, plus data- 
bases listing over 1000 Apple- 
Works memory addresses have 
been included. 

ULTRA-to the Max! covers such 
themes as: labeling features, 
variables, advanced loop writ- 
ing, task file launching and 
caching, inits, dot commands, 
menu tools and advanced de- 
bugging techniques. It also in- 
cludes a 3.5" disk that contains 
all the sample macros. 

The retail price of ULTRA-to 
the Max! is $28.95, but as a 
Shareware Solutions II sub- 
scriber, you can purchase it for 
$25. For additional information, 
contact Will Nelken at: 

Marin Macro Works 
1675 Grand Avenue 
San Rafael, CA 94901-2211 

W.Nelkenl@genie.geis.com 

Parson's Focus Hard Card 

The internal IDE-based Focus 
Hard Card was introduced by 
the team of Bill Heineman and 
Steve Parsons of Parsons En- 
gineering at the final Apple 
Expo West trade show in 1993. 
Soon afterwards, Shareware So- 
lutions II subscribers were of- 
fered a special Such A Deal pric- 
ing on these internal hard disk 
drives for the Apple lie and 
IIGS. Over the past year a lot of 
very positive feedback has been 
received from satisfied pur- 
chasers. Most have commented 
on the great pricing and the fact 
that these hard drives are really 
"plug and play" on a He or IIGS. 

Over the past year, prices of 



hard disk drives have been 
steadily dropping and a recent 
phone conversation with Steve 
Parsons has led to the latest 
Such A Deal offer. If you haven't 
yet installed a hard drive on 
your computer, now is the time 
to seriously consider purchasing 
one. If pricing was the last 
obstacle preventing you from 
buying a hard drive, you don't 
have any more excuses left. 

The Focus Hard Card is com- 
pletely self-contained on a sin- 
gle interface card that takes up 
just one slot. The drive comes 
pre-formatted with either the 
latest version of ProDOS-8 or 
GS/OS, and the hard drive can 
be installed by even a computer 
novice in less than 5 minutes. 

The special "Such A Deal" offer 
made by Parsons Engineering is 
very different from any other 
special pricing deal offered in 
the past. In a sense, it's a group 
purchase plan. Steve Parsons 
will accept payment between 
now and March 1, 1995 and at 
that time he will pool all the 
monies and he will purchase the 
highest quality and fastest hard 
drive mechanisms available. He 
will then incorporate those hard 
drive mechanisms onto the pre- 
assembled interface cards, and 
will ship all orders on or before 
March 15, 1995. 

The special pricing offer is $249 
for a 120 megabyte complete 
hard drive system! This exact 
same system would have cost 
over $500 if it were not for the 
group purchase plan. Such a 
deal! 

Parsons Engineering can accept 
payment by check or money 
order (US Funds Only) or can 
accept the American Express 
Discovery card (with a 3% sur- 
charge). Add $15 for shipping 



and handling to US or Canadian 
destinations, or $45 for shipping 
anywhere else. Your check will 
not be cashed until 2 weeks 
before shipment of your hard 
drive, and your credit card won't 
be charged until your drive 
ships. When ordering the Focus 
Hard card, please specify which 
Operating System (ProDOS-8 or 
GS/OS) you want included. For 
additional information, contact: 

Parsons Engineering 
5010 Rimhurst Avenue 
Covina, CA 91724 
818-966-5538 
818-966-5701 (Fax) 

Vitesse 

Until the end of February, 1995 
Shareware Solutions II sub- 
scribers can take advantage of 
an astonishing discount offered 
by Vitesse for its Quickie hand 
held scanner. The Quickie can be 
used on IIGS and He computers. 

Included in the special Such A 
Deal offer is the Quickie scanner 
and interface card, the latest 
version of the Quickie software, 
and as a special bonus, you'll 
also receive a copy of WestCode 
Software's InWords Optical 
Character Recognition software. 

The Quickie scanner is a hand 
held device that employs a 
technology similar to that used 
in Xerox copier machines. It 
allows you to scan any paper- 
based graphic image onto your 
computer screen. You can scan 
photographs or line art from a 
newspaper or book, and the 
image will magically appear on 
your computer screen. The 
Quickie software allows you to 
crop or edit the image and it 
also provides you with the 
ability to save or copy that 
image into any of your standard 
paint or graphics software. 



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Just as the Quickie software 
allows you to scan graphic 
images, InWords provides an 
entirely new method to enter 
text based information into your 
computer. InWords lets you 
scan a piece of paper, whether 
it's a newspaper or textbook, 
and it captures the text into its 
word processor-like editor. It 
further allows the manipulation 
of that text, and lets you save it 
to disk as either a standard 
ASCII Text File, or as an 
AppleWorks word processing 
document. InWords comes with 
the ability to read a variety of 



different typefaces, but more 
importantly, it can be trained to 
recognize virtually any other 
typeface from any book or 
magazine. 

Previously available as a 
"bundle" for the special price of 
$250, you can now get this com- 
plete scanning package for only 
$99.95! When ordering it, you 
must identify yourself as a 
Shareware Solutions II sub- 
scriber! 

For delivery to US addresses, 
please add $6 for shipping and 



handling. California residents 
also need to include sales tax. 
For those who want the Quickie 
bundle shipped overseas, you 
must contact Vitesse and tell 
them what method of shipping 
you prefer. For additional infor- 
mation, contact: 

Vitesse 

PO Box 929 

La Puente, CA 91747-0929 

818-813-1270 

800-777-7344 
818-813-1273 (Fax) « 



Looking Good In Print, Part 2 



Looking Good In AppleWorks 

In the last issue of Shareware 
Solutions II, the article about 
KansasFest was meant to pro- 
vide an overview of the sessions 
for those of you who were unable 
to attend. Despite that limited 
intention, the "Looking Good In 
Print" section generated a lot of 
questions from readers. 

Although the clear cut focus of 
my KansasFest session was to 
describe how to use high quality 
inkjet and laser printers with 
Apple II or IIGS Desktop Pub- 
lishing software, the typical 
Apple II user seems to have 
much more interest in using a 
word processor to generate let- 
ters and reports than in using a 
Desktop Publishing program to 
generate brochures and news- 
letters. 

Keeping in mind that 2/3's of all 
Shareware Solutions II sub- 
scribers use AppleWorks Clas- 
sic as their primary word proc- 
essing program, it's important 
to let them know just how easy 
it is to use Hewlett-Packard 



DeskJet, LaserJet and Laser- 
Jet "clones" with AppleWorks 
Classic. 

Both AppleWorks v4.x and v5 
come with DeskJet support built 
right into the program. Setting 
up and using a DeskJet printer 
with those newer versions of 
AppleWorks is no more difficult 
than setting up and using an 
ImageWriter printer. All it 
takes to set up AppleWorks 4 or 
5 to work with a DeskJet is to 
run the special Install.DeskJet 
TimeOut application supplied 
with AppleWorks. By simply 
accessing your TimeOut menu, 
you can have AppleWorks be 
fully DeskJet compatible in as 
little as 10 or 15 seconds. 

To install and use a DeskJet 
with AppleWorks v3.0, or to 
install and use a LaserJet or HP 
compatible laser printer with 
any version of AppleWorks is 
quite easy. In fact, you actually 
have several options. 

The most time consuming option 
is to set up a Custom Printer 
from within AppleWorks, and to 



enter all the special printer 
codes from your HP manual. 
Those special codes instruct 
AppleWorks how to perform such 
routine functions as starting and 
stopping underlining or boldface 
printing. Although it's not diffi- 
cult to enter those codes, it is 
easy to make a mistake as some 
of the codes are quite long, and 
since you have to copy them from 
a book, it's always possible to 
make a typographical error. 

One of the main keys to having a 
successful and happy experience 
with computers is to "not re- 
invent the wheel" every time you 
are doing something new with 
your system. What that really 
means is that there is often a 
difficult way and an easy way to 
accomplish the same goal, and 
the happy computer user gener- 
ally likes to take the easy route. 
Entering Custom Printer control 
codes for AppleWorks is, quite 
frankly, re-inventing the wheel. 

The simplest and easiest way to 
set up AppleWorks v3 to work 
with HP DeskJets, or to set up 
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work with HP and HP compati- 
ble laser printers is to purchase 
or download the freeware 
"NAUG Printer Disk." 

NAUG is The National Apple- 
Works User Group, and it is an 
indispensable resource for any- 
one using AppleWorks Classic! 
In addition to publishing a fine 
newsletter devoted to Apple- 
Works, NAUG also maintains a 
huge library of freeware and 
shareware disks that contain 
AppleWorks related materials. 

Created by a NAUG member - 
Howard Katz - the NAUG 
Printer Disk contains numerous 
AppleWorks' SEG.ER files; it is 
this file that contains all the 
custom printer codes. So, all a 
laser printer owner needs to do 
is copy a small file from the 
NAUG Printer Disk to a copy of 
his or her AppleWorks disk. The 
NAUG Printer Disk contains 
different SEG.ER files for both 
LaserJet II and III series 
printers, and is available for 
AppleWorks v3, v4.x and v5. 

The various NAUG Printer 
Disks can even be downloaded 
from the NAUG BBS by having 
your modem dial 615-359-8238. 
Alternatively, they can be down- 
loaded from the NAUG area of 
GEnie's A2 download library. 
For those who do not yet own a 
modem, the Printer disk can be 
obtained from NAUG via the 
mail. The cost of the NAUG 
Printer Disk, which by the way 
also contains forty other cus- 
tomized SEG.ER files that 
support nearly 100 different 
dot-matrix printers, is only $4 
for a 5.25" disk, or $6 for a 3.5" 
disk. 

For additional information 
about the National AppleWorks 
User Group and its Printer 
Disk, contact: 



NAUG 

PO Box 87453 
Canton, MI 48187 
313-454-1115 (voice) 
313-454-1965 (fax) 

Looking Good For Less 

The key to purchasing a low cost 
laser printer is to purchase a 
printer that offers Hewlett- 
Packard LaserJet compati- 
bility. While scanning ads for 
laser printers, the keywords to 
look for are generally "HP 
Compatible," "LaserJet Com- 
patible" or "PCL Compatible." 

As stated in the last issue, just 
about every 300 Dot Per Inch 
laser printer that is sold for the 
IBM PC market includes the 
above-mentioned compatibility, 
making them all "plug and 
print" on an Apple II. 

The cost of laser printers is 
falling. The HP 4L printer can 
actually be purchased for less 
than $500! Although the list 
price of that printer is over 
$700, it has a "street price" of 
$599. Yet, until January 31, 
1995, HP is offering a $100 
rebate on the 4L printer. You 
cannot possibly go wrong by 
purchasing the LaserJet 4L. 

There are other printers that 
are even more affordable. Just 
about a year ago, I told you 
about the Okidata OL400e and 
was excited that a laser printer 
was finally available for less 
than $500. A year later, that 
same printer can be found for a 
"street price" of $399. A similar 
"street price" for the Brother 
HL630 laser printer can also be 
found at such stores as Circuit 
City and The Good Guys. 

The Brother HL630 provides 
LaserJet Up compatibility, out- 
puts text at 6 pages per minute, 



comes with 512K of RAM and 
sports a Parallel interface. 
Brother has even made a special 
version of this exact same 
printer available for as low as 
$379 from warehouse outlets 
such as Price Club or Costco. 
That special "warehouse model" 
is the Brother HL650. 

Just as there are low-end HP 
compatible clones, there are also 
high-end option-laden laser 
printers that cost in the range of 
$700-$l,000 or more, such as 
the DEClaser 1152 and the net- 
workable Hewlett-Packard 4MP. 
In addition to providing compat- 
ibility with LaserJet printers, 
the more expensive printers also 
offer support for PostScript. 

Whether you purchase an HP, a 
low-end HP clone, an HP clone 
that supports PostScript, or a 
$299 DeskJet 540, it's very 
important to repeat the words of 
advice offered in the last issue. 
Since you have to live with your 
purchase, you are the only one 
who can decide which printer to 
purchase. To help you make your 
decision, you must visit printer 
dealers in person, and you really 
should "take the black page 
test" for any printer you are 
considering purchasing. 

All that test involves is printing 
out a single sheet of paper. Use 
a paint program to blacken the 
entire screen, and then print 
that out. Take it outside and 
examine it in the sunlight. If you 
do not like what you see, per- 
form the test on another printer. 
Eventually, you will like what 
you see; let your eyes make the 
decision, and you will be happy 
with your purchase. 

Print Shop and HP Printers 

The only problems that you'll 
run into using an HP DeskJet or 



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LaserJet printer on an Apple II 
or IIGS system is that ProDOS- 
8 based graphics programs do 
not offer drivers for those print- 
ers. The greatest disappoint- 
ment to most Apple II owners is 
that they cannot use HP brand 
printers with any version of 
Broderbund's Print Shop. 

Nearly two years ago, from 
within the pages of inCider/A+, 
I urged Apple II owners to con- 
tact Broderbund to let them 
know that we were interested 
in, and would pay for, an up- 
dated Print Shop that worked 
with HP printers. The letters 
fell onto blind eyes and the 
phone calls fell onto deaf ears. 

More than a year ago, Share- 
ware Solutions II tried to em- 
power the Apple II community 
to take the matter into its own 
hands by offering a $100 reward 
to the first Apple II program- 
mer who could devise a method 
to output Print Shop greeting 
cards and signs to HP brand 
printers. 

Soon after that announcement 
was made, a number of other 
Apple II companies and individ- 
uals agreed to pledge money in 
order to "sweeten the pot." 
Several hundreds dollars were 
eventually pledged to the Print 
Shop Project. 

Over the next month or two, we 
waited to hear if any skilled 
programmer was willing to 
accept our challenge. Not a one 
stepped forward. Rather than 
wait for a set of printer drivers 
to magically appear, I decided 
to do something more about it, 
and just about a year ago, I 
commissioned the Apple II 
programming master - Bill 
Heineman - to create a set of 
HP printer drivers for the IIGS 
version of Print Shop. 



Over the past year, Bill 
Heineman has spent literally 
hundreds of hours trying to 
patch Print Shop GS so that it 
would recognize HP printers. 
Bill ended up modifying 17 
different Print Shop GS files, 
yet in the end. he was unable to 
achieve satisfactory printed 
output. 

Several months ago, it became 
apparent that we would not be 
able to proceed without some 
assistance from Broderbund. If 
we had the source code, we 
would be able to complete the 
job in no time at all. Unfortu- 
nately, many telephone calls 
were made and many e-mails 
were sent, and no one from 
Broderbund came foward to 
offer any assistance whatsoever. 

It's with great sadness, there- 
fore, that I have to announce 
that we have failed in our 
efforts. But, we didn't fail for 
lack of trying. Nonetheless, I 
truly feel bad for having raised 
the hopes of the Apple II 
community. But the truth of the 
matter is, if Bill Heineman 
couldn't do it, it couldn't be 
done. 

But wait! For nearly 18 years, 
Apple II programmers have 
been doing what can't be done. 
Maybe we still can! 

Although it may be impossible 
to patch the actual Print Shop 
program to work with HP print- 
ers, it's not out of the realm of 
possibility that some ingenious 
Apple II programmer could 
write a brand new stand-alone 
program that produced Print 
Shop-style greeting cards on HP 
printers. 

To that end, Shareware Solu- 
tions II will re-institute a cash 
reward to the first person who 



can meet a great need of the 
Apple II community. All we 
want is the ability to create 
beautiful 2 -fold greeting cards 
with our HP printers. That's not 
too much to ask, is it? 

To make the reward more of an 
incentive than before, Share- 
ware Solutions II is willing to 
pledge $300 to the first pro- 
grammer who creates a freeware 
or shareware Apple Ile/IIc or 
IIGS program that permits 
Print Shop-style greeting cards 
to be printed on HP printers. 
Think of this as a contest with 
no rules and with no end date. 

To further demonstrate the 
commitment, Shareware Solu- 
tions II is willing to commit 
resources to develop yet another 
method that will allow Print 
Shop-style greeting cards to be 
printed to HP inkjet and laser 
printers. 

There are currently three popu- 
lar Apple II Desktop Publishing 
programs that will output to HP 
printers, including Publishlt4 
for the He, lie and IIGS, and 
AppleWorks GS and Graphic- 
Writer III for the Apple IIGS. 
Those programs are all quite 
versatile, and with the proper 
template set up and with clear 
and easy to follow instructions, 
any Apple II desktop publisher 
can create greeting cards using 
those programs. 

Shareware Solutions II is genu- 
inely committed to spear- 
heading the Apple II Greeting 
Card Project, and to that end 
will develop those templates if 
need be. 

The truth of the matter is that 
some of you are already using 
desktop publishing programs to 
create greeting cards, as was 
evidenced by several beautiful 



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looking greeting cards that 
arrived at the Shareware Solu- 
tions II Headquarters during 
the holiday season. 

To those of you who are already 
creating sophisticated greeting 
cards with your Apple II, I'd like 
to urge you to share the secrets 
of your success with the rest of 
us. I know you're out there! 

If you are an accomplished 
greeting card creator, please 
send any and all materials that 



you may have already developed 
to Shareware Solutions II. 
We're specifically looking for 
templates for AppleWorks GS, 
GraphicWriter III and Publish- 
It4! Additionally, if you've writ- 
ten an article for your user 
group newsletter that describes 
how to use a desktop publishing 
program in creative and imagi- 
native ways, please send those, 
on disk or via e-mail, to Share- 
ware Solutions II. 

After materials are sent to 



Shareware Solutions II, we'll go 
through everything, adding in- 
structions or hints if needed, 
and then make the disk(s) avail- 
able to the rest of the Apple II 
world. 

Don't give up hope yet. There's 
always more than one way to 
accomplish the same goal. Or, as 
a great philosopher once said, 
"You can't always get what you 
want, but if you try some time, 
you just might find you get what 
you need!" » 



Shareware Solutions Ile/IIc/IIgs 



Internet '95 

If you are unable to download 
the EFF's "Guide to the Inter- 
net," Shareware Solutions II 
has secured permission from 
the EFF to make it available to 
subscribers via the Shareware 
Solutions II Library. 

Previously, in Issue #3, you were 
told about an Internet Resource 
disk. Since that original disk is 
now so old, it will be replaced in 
the library with an even more 
extensive offering that includes 
many of the Internet related 
resources discussed in this and 
previous issues of the news- 
letter. 

In addition to the EFF's "Guide 
to the Internet," permission has 
also been secured to provide you 
with all of the lessons that were 
offered in the Roadmap inter- 
active tutorial. But wait, there's 
still more. 

Included with the above files is 
the latest InterNIC listing of 
every single commercial Inter- 
net Service Provider on the 
planet. Whether you are in 
Africa, Australia, Atlanta or 



Alaska, you should be able to 
find Internet access in your 
locality by searching the latest 
edition of InterNIC's guide to 
Internet providers. 

Additionally, you'll find the 
latest version of the Apple II 
Frequently Asked Questions 
(FAQ) file, along with listings of 
information resources that can 
be accessed once you're online to 
the Internet. 

Titled "Internet '95," the files 
are supplied on either 3.5" or 
5.25" disk. There is well over a 
megabyte of information sup- 
plied on this multi-disk set. In 
an effort to encourage everyone 
to learn about the Internet in 
more depth than is possible 
from the pages of this news- 
letter, this multi-disk set is 
being provided to readers of 
Shareware Solutions II for only 
$6. Please specify which disk 
size you prefer. 

Bev's Free Patcher 

Created by Bev Cadieux, the 
publisher of the highly acclaim- 
ed AppleWorks related TEXAS 
II newsletter, Bev's Free Patch 



for AppleWorks v4.02 and v4.3 
provides nearly 90 patches you 
can apply to AppleWorks. Some 
patches alter the way Apple- 
Works looks; others alter the 
way it operates. All patches are 
applied from right within Apple- 
Works since they are provided 
as TimeOut Modules. 

Extensive documentation is pro- 
vided on the disk. Available on 
either 5.25" or 3.5" disk for $5, 
this disk is a "must have" for 
AppleWorks v4.x users. 

A2 Disks Of The Month 

The Sept I Oct DOM disk contains 
two months' worth of issues of 
the GEnieLamp newsletters; 
one is for users and one is for 
programmers. Software for the 
Ile/IIc includes John Graham's 
excellent NightFall II planetar- 
ium program, and SCSI.Hacker, 
a formatting utility for hard 
drives connected to Apple's High 
Speed SCSI card. Software for 
the Apple IIGS includes all the 
latest System 6 and 6.0.1 share- 
ware utilities and Finder exten- 
sions by Bill Tudor, the author 
of Quality Computers "Six Pack" 
utilities. DeskTop Doctor fixes 



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all your DeskTop and icon files, 
File Finder is an improved Find 
File that helps you locate files, 
Minimizer adds a "minimize" 
feature to all Apple IIGS win- 
dows that have a zoom box, and 
XManager is a program that 
manages all of your active and 
inactive Finder Extensions. 
Additionally, there's AutoCalc, 
which will automatically push 
the calculator button for you 
when you open Icon Info win- 
dows, and FixBoot, which adds 
boot blocks to RAM disks so you 
needn't format them when you 
want to boot from them. 

The November DOM includes 
both versions of GEnieLamp, 
and some fantastic freeware 
and shareware software! For 
the Apple Ile/IIc, there's an 
AppleWorks v4.3 TimeOut mod- 
ule named File Viewer and three 
AppleWorks inits. Also included 
are several text files describing 
new Apple II products. Software 
for the IIGS includes Stalac- 
tites, an addictive $10 share- 
ware arcade type game by Bill 
Heineman, Space Invaders GS, 
a math flashcard program Math 
FactsGS, and Sonobox, a New 
Desk Accessory music player for 
MOD format songs. 

The December DOM includes 
both versions of GEnieLamp, 
and the transcript of an online 
talk I gave about the Internet. 
Although not quite as eloquent 
as the words that appear in the 
newsletter, the talk was most 
informative. The only Apple 
Ile/IIc software included on this 
month's disk is an AppleWorks 
v5 printer driver for LaserJet 4 
series printers. The IIGS soft- 
ware contains several more of 
Bill Tudor's shareware offerings 
including a wonderful game of 
Solitaire and RAT, a mouse 
driven word processor. Addition- 
ally, there's Fix Quit, a freeware 



Finder Extension that moves 
the "Shut Down" menu item 
from the Finder's Special menu 
and puts it into the File menu. 
There's also GScii+ NDA, an 
indispensable utility for those 
who download Apple II software 
from the Internet, and Thoughts 



for the Day v2.0 shareware by 
PegaSoft Software. 

Each A2 DOM is available only 
on 3.5" disk for $5 from Share- 
ware Solutions II. Order two, 
and your cost is only $8. Or get 
all three for $10. « 



Shareware Solutions IIGS 



Blockade GS 

Blockade is Brutal Deluxe's lat- 
est freeware strategy game. It 
contains 80 levels of thought 
provoking puzzles. It's a game 
that's played by sliding differ- 
ent colored and shaped blocks. 
By pushing blocks into each 
other, they change shape or 
color, or disappear completely. 
The goal is to remove all the 
blocks from each level. 

There are special blocks that 
change the colors or shapes of 
the blocks pushed over them. 
There are even teleporter blocks 
that result in unpredictable 
movement. Blockade is a brain 
teaser that's great fun. It has 
music and sounds, and Easter 
Eggs that seem to be activated 
on different days of the week; on 
some days, your screen border 
may even flash in time to the 
music. 

Blockade requires System 5.0.4 
or higher, and 1.25 Megabytes of 
RAM. It can be controlled by 
mouse or by keyboard. Blockade 
is available from the Shareware 
Solutions II Library for $5. 

rSounds 

If you use System 6.x, chances 
are you get a lot of enjoyment 
from the IIGS Sound Control 
Panel which allows you to 
assign resource-based sound 



effects to certain activities. If 
you like having your IIGS mak- 
ing all sorts of different sounds, 
you'll like this disk. It contains 
more than 45 wild sound effects. 
There are plenty of blips and 
bleeps, chimes and chomps, ani- 
mal sounds and alarms, laughs 
and assorted whooshes that are 
sure to bring a smile to your 
face. Included with the rSounds 
is a sound playback jukebox, 
created by your humble publish- 
er. The rSound disk is available 
from the Shareware Solutions II 
Library for $5. 

PixMix 

PixMix is a truly classical and 
wonderful IIGS freeware jigsaw 
type game. PixMix can load in 
just about any standard IIGS 
graphic file, and it will scramble 
the graphic into 6 to 80 small 
pieces. You can then try to re- 
assemble the original graphic by 
moving the smaller pieces with 
your mouse. 

Because PixMix is such an ideal 
game for children to play, there 
are numerous graphic files in- 
cluded that should be of great 
interest to kids. Of course, you 
can just as easily use any graph- 
ic you already have. PixMix is 
nearly 5 years old, but it's just 
as much fun to play today as it 
was when it was new. PixMix is 
available from the Shareware 
Solutions II Library for $5. • 



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Shareware Solutions II 
166 Mpine Street 
San%afael, C& 94901-1008 



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