Berkeley Macintosh User’s Group Newsletter scans

A recent donation has awoken my scanning interests and today we have another 16 scans added to my publicly shared repository. All 16 are not known to be on and I will make a mirror there soon. Of great interest were the huge Berkeley newsletter books. Presented here are 600dpi scans with Tesseract 4.0 neural network OCR applied.

Australian Mac users were well supported with the bespoke evalgesim of local MUGs. Berkeley (American) is on another level though, never have I seen such a valuable resource in one place. From just the two titles donated, we have over 600 pages of historic Macintosh information. Being more user focused, one can read a wide range of letters to the group that ask questions or seek solutions to bugs. Reading these BMUG scans will immediately bring back that unique pleasure and pain of being a Macintosh user – facing expensive accessories, printer bugs and getting good value software. You’d think your Macintosh was limitless in it’s capacity, from scanning photos in dithered black and white to MIDI music playing, its all there.

If you’re a Mac enthusiast or nostalgic for the era of Compact Mac, do yourself a favour and download a BMUG newsletter from my repo. I prefer syncing PDF files to my iPad via “Foxit PDF reader” (free).

Find these under Scanned Book and Magazine Collection -> Magazine Scans -> Berkeley

Raft Away River, Australian Apple II software with manual

Update 2020-07-26: Newly restored front box art and new scans of manuals from originals at 600dpi.  Title screenshots updated. 

Raft Away River by Jacaranda Wiley
Presented here are

  • Apple II disk label scan
  • Front artwork as restored by Jeremy
  • Teacher’s manual and student’s guide booklet scans from originals
  • Apple II disk image (140kb DSK)
Navigate through the folders:  Apple II Software -> Raft Away River, Jacaranda

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This Apple II software is easily ran or played directly in your browser using’s one-click emulator here:

Raft-Away River is a game for 2 to 6 players. It is a special
sort of game called a simulation. This means that the
computer shows you a model of an adventure and you can
experiment to see what you could do if you really had such
an adventure. But, unlike the real thing, you can’t come to
any harm in a simulation. So, if your plans don’t work out
as they should, you have a chance to try again using some
different ideas. If you think hard about why your plans didn’t
work, then you might learn why some plans fail. Of course,
you will also learn how some other plans work’

First published 1984 by
65 Park Road. Milton, Old 4064
140A Victoria Road, Gladesville, N.S.W. 2111
90 Ormond Road, Elwood, Vic. 3184
4 Kirk Street, Grey Lynn, Auckland 2, N.Z.

A product of Jacaranda Software
Program designers: Rosanne Gare and David L. Smith
Production editor: Wynrie Webber
Apple version programmed by Gerald M. Wluka
BBC version programmed by David L. Smith
Commodore 64 versions programmed by Philip O’Carroll
Microbee versions programmed by Gerald Preston·

Bumper Books of Programs Australia

A Your Computer Publication “Bumper Book of Programs”, covering programs for all ages and popular brands.  I scanned this book becuase it has a large list of Australian Computer Clubs such, ranging from the Blue Mountains Microbee Computer Club (Roger Cooper) to the Spectravideo Computer Users Group in Tasmania.

Worthwhile to have online.  PDF available by navigating Scanned Book and Magazine Collection -> General Vintage Computing Books -> Bumper Books of Programs Australia.pdf

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The book was partially water damaged so I had to restore the front cover in photoshop the best I could, and one or two pages are missing the very edge of the page.

Videotex II v2.15 for the Apple //e and //c by Apple Australia

Presented here is ‘Videotex II’ for the Apple //e and //c computer.  Steven Kazoullis has provided these unique discs for imaging at WOzFest 14.25045 MHz and were created with AppleSauce to produce A2R, WOZ and DSK disk archives.

My understanding is Viatel was a company that brought an online service to their own hardware and home computers often had software that could also access the service.  This software appears to allow a 128K Apple II to connect via a modem and was written specifically by NetComm Australia.
Click the link and navigate to Apple II Software, scroll to V for “Videotex II v2.15 (Apple Australia) WOZ”. 




Explore-Australia (1988), Australia educational Apple II software

Presented here are links and screenshots to feature Explore Australia.  This educational game makes good use of the Apple //e feature-set of higher resolution colour and smooth mouse control.  Animation is used throughout and reminds me of Commodore 64 graphics.  The Apple ColourComposite //e display is best designed to handle this graphics style.  Gameplay screenshots are from Virtual II as Open Emulator does not support Mouse cards (if it does let me know!).

Read my writeup below or download the A2R + WOZ formats by searching WOZ or easily navigating folders Apple II Software, scroll to E for “Explore Australia, Datamost WOZ” :

Update: @4am has published a crack and will post files on soon

Users select from a girl (Kate) or boy (Neil) character to read through history or explore the globe.  Navigating the game is done by turning the page (click top right corner), with graphics on screen being interactive which I think is a great feature considering the hardware constraints (It really needs 2mHz).

Indigenous Australians are featured in the history section and the topic can be expanded on by clicking on ? icons to read more about the Aborigines dream time stories being passed down through generations going back 40,000 years.  Animation is used to bring features of dreamtime stories to life and tells the player to read a story in the student book.  Unfortunately no printed materials were available to me, only the disk.  This is the same crap we’ve seen before from the National Library of Australia (NLA) (via Trove search).  I have the disk saved from a church in Henty and the NLA have it in their catalogue but it’s missing.

The next 6 pages show immigration from England and Scotland for white settlement and establishment of farming.  Again I am very impressed at the level of interactivity on the slides which I think was best done many years later on the Macintosh with ‘Once Upon a Time’ by Computeach.  Disk 2 is required to progress.

Program credits:
Animation graphics by Laura Koller
Programmed by Rob Shaver & Peter Andrews
Published by Datamost © 1988 on two sides

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Police Artist (Sir-Tech Software)

Presented here are full box art scans along with included documentation and disk label scans.  Disk images are pending.

Graphics created with the aid of the Graphics Magician (noteworthy considering KansasFest 2019 Keynote).

“Police Artist includes 3 different colorful games that draw over 1,000,000 unique faces.  Each face has his or her own distinctive name and personality.  All three games challenge and strengthen your ability to accurately see and remember a face.  If you always forget a face and want to do something about it, Police Artist is for you.”  Copyright 1983 by Elizabeth Levin.

Donated by Leslie Ayling.

JB Retro Collect repository 
Click and navigate to Apple II Software, scroll to P for “Police Artist (Sir-Tech Software)”. 

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In Search of the Most Amazing Thing, Apple II software (Complete scans) WOZ

Presented here are full scans of the box art and included manual, book, Spinnaker catalogue and disk images.

By Tom Snyder Productions and Spinnaker software present a game for ages 10-Adult.  “The Most Amazing Thing is out there somewhere.  It won’t be easy to find it.  But even when you do, finding it again will be a brand new challenge.”  Copyright 1983.

Donated by Leslie Ayling for scanning and archive by JB Retro Collect.

JB Retro Collect repository 
Click and navigate to Apple II Software, scroll to I for “In Search of the Most Amazing Thing (Spinnaker) WOZ”. 

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Mind Over Minors, AI for the Apple II with manual WOZ

Presented online is the book and Apple II software “Mind Over Minors” as published by Human Edge.

“Mind Over Minors is a tool designed to give you an increased understanding of your child.  It will help you identify specific strengths and weaknesses in your child as well as yourself.  Suggestions for the best way to motivate, manage and discipline your child are made based on the personalities involved.”  ISBN 0-924442-02-6

The book accompanies a 2 disk set of the Parent’s Version only.  The manual and book suggest it was sold in two editions, one for parents and one for teachers.  Unfortunately I do not have the Teacher version.   Disks images as WOZ and A2R.  I can not remember how to make a .DSK from a WOZ so please use a WOZ affirmative emulator.

JB Retro Collect repository 
Click and navigate to Apple II Software, scroll to M for “Mind Over Minors (Human Edge) WOZ”. 

Donated by Leslie Ayling

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Formula 1 Racer, Gentry Software Apple II WOZ


Presented here are full scans of the box art, disk label, manual as scanned for JB Retro and donated by Leslie Ayling.  Also included in the archive are disk images for all users (WOZ, A2R and DSK 4am crack).

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“Race against the clock in this test of quick reactions and steady nerves.  You drive your Formula 1 Racer around a twisting course, swerving to avoid other racers and – WATCH OUT! – round signs.

As your shift into overdrive your speed increases, and you cover more miles and earn more points.  But you may have to downshift quickly as you enter a sharp curve at dangerous speeds.

As your skill improves, you can advance from noice to intermediate – and then to expert!” Copyright 1983 Gentry Software ™.

JB Retro Collect repository
Click and navigate to Apple II Software, scroll to F for “Formula 1 Racer (Gentry) WOZ”. 

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The Australian Government Database, Know Ware [Complete]

Navigate to Apple II Software, scroll to T for The Australian

Presented online is a complete archive of the Apple II software, The Australian Government Database by Know Ware (1991).

I found the software very easy to use and is even more relevant in 2019 as the country seems to be ruled by politics opposed to traditional governance.  One fact was I did not know Australian took the best established policies from nations such as America and Switzerland and distilled them into our constitution.

This software is a real gem in Australian software, lost to world and not even held by the National Library of Australia. No holdings exist.  Although my mother did say ‘If you want something done properly, you best do it yourself!’.

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In addition to the disk images, a full scan of the folder cover, manual and disk labels are included.

Donated by Ashley Snare.



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