Getting Acquainted With Your VIC-20 by Tim Hartnell, Book scan

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Unpreserved book now available in a high quality PDF with numbered pages.

Getting Acquainted With Your VIC-20 Tim Hartnell ISBN 0907563058
The book assumes you would like to collect a number of different
programs that work; that you want to know how and why they work; and — eventually — that you want to be able to create and develop your own
programs. The book explains how the programs were written, developed, and made more complex and/or fun to run, from a simpler “core”
program. By following through the programming, feeding the games and other programs into your computer and running them, you should learn a
fair amount of BASIC without even trying. (p. 6)


The Bush Rangers Database for MS-DOS with full manual and disk images

Presented for download are:

  • 7 Disk Images in WinImage (.IMA) format
  • 1 ZIP file containing the files copied from each floppy
  • 1 PDF file which contains full scans of the folder cover, floppy disk labels and manual


Story behind this:

A previous blog post of mine about The Bush Rangers Database for the Apple II showed off Australian published software about our famous bush rangers.  A comment was made that the National Library of Australia held a copy.

Using NLA’s Trove search engine, I was able to find call number NMT 1451 and requested it.  I made the trip in today, ready with my laptop and various memory sticks to scan in the manual.  The NLA is a nothing in and nothing out library – no borrowing and no bags allowed in.

The loans librarian happily presented a folder in front of me, with a sticker ‘IBM version’.
I showed the librarian a print out of the bibliographic entry for NMT 1451 which described a 1985 48K Apple II version.  The NLA librarian agreed that what they held didn’t match the entry but concluded that was all they had.

Presented to me was a much more up to date version of The Bush Rangers Database, published in 1992 and ported to DOS on 7, 720kb 3.5″ floppy disks.

To make the most of the situation I still persevered (understatement) with the Konica MFD scanners for -3- hours to get an acceptable starting point of files.  The problems I faced were mainly very heavy compression applied to pages and very slow output to USB memory stick.

Overcoming the limitations of scanners is my speciality and I used the single page TIFF files for post-processing each page individually in Adobe Photoshop.  I hope you enjoy the PDF file linked above as I took the time to further scan the folder and disks too.  Adobe Acrobat 11 was used to compile the post-processed files into a single PDF.

An external TEAC USB FDD was used to read the disks into a virtual box of Windows 7 using the WinImage application.  Disks are created as ‘new from source format’ and then read to memory, saved and repeated until you finish the set of disks.  To save wear and tear on the floppies, I extracted the files from the disk images just in case someone can’t mount the .IMA files. This was all done on the spot – quite efficient I think.


Question remains where did the actual Apple II version go from 1985?  Why was it replaced with an IBM port and catalogue not updated?  Not quite inspiring NLA.

Screenshots (converted from original PCX to GIF):



Comparison between my post-processed page (left) and “out of the box” automatic PDF from the NLA scanner:


More Apple II software preserved

The aim of this blog post is to put it out there that more titles have been preserved in EDD format and need cracking.

Added to my repository of Apple II software here:

▪    Murder on the Mississippi, Activision (EDD)
▪    The Mask of the Sun, Broderbund (EDD)
▪    Law of the West, Activision (EDD)
▪    Borrowed Time, Activision (EDD)
▪    Murder On The Mississippi (EDD)
▪    Sherlock Holmes – The Riddle of the Crown Jewels, Infocom (EDD)
▪    Where in the USA is Carmen Sandiego, Dealer demo (EDD)

Where possible I have scanned the matching disk labels too which are individually named and stored in respective folders.

Imaging of these software titles was a trying process as I needed to clean each disk using a wet process.  The result is a disk that reads edge to edge.  Testing includes booting and playing them, and the Verify option in Passport by 4am.

Please enjoy the growing body of work in my Google drive link.


The Librarian’s Apprentice, Australian Apple II software

This entirely undocumented piece of software appears to be a basic library catalogue system. You can enter a catalogue record, search by record or ISBN and print to screen or label maker the data.

Having worked in a university library I can attest to the pain of making spine labels which at my former workplace were done on Avery paper in a Word template and typed by hand.  I am tempted to believe the 1984 Apple II would do a better job than this if it can automatically make labels.

Written by P. Merry for NDEC Software

Under the folder “Librarians Apprentice”


Knights of Legend, Apple II boxed set of software

This blog posts presents a complete archive of the Apple II game ‘Knights of Legend’, published by Origin.

Scans include the box, 148-page manual, game reference card, disk labels and the map which was restored by Alex Lee.

140kb disk images have been created from the originals with Passport.
23-track 0.25 step EDD images also supplied in ZIP archive (updated 16 Dec 2016).

I understand a blog post and shared folder may not be the perfect archival place and welcome anyone taking further initiative to publish it elsewhere.

Click here if you would like to show your support in covering my costs with a contribution through PayPal.

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1 Knights of Legend MA.DO
2 Knights of Legend MB.DO
3 Knights of Legend A1.DO
4 Knights of Legend A2.DO
5 Knights of Legend A3.DO
6 Knights of Legend A4.DO
7 Knights of Legend A5.DO
8 Knights of Legend A6.DO
Knights of Legend Apple II Series- Player Reference Card.pdf
Knights of Legend Disk 001.jpg
Knights of Legend Disk 002.jpg
Knights of Legend Disk 003.jpg
Knights of Legend Disk 004.jpg
Knights of Legend
Knights of Legend manual OCR 600dpi restored by JBH.pdf
Knights of Legend poster of map restored by Alex.jpeg
Knights of legend box back.jpg
Knights of legend box front.jpg

A Golden Book Video Classic – Three Sesame Street Stories VHS

Presented here is a digital VHS transfer of “A Golden Book Video Classic – Three Sesame Street Stories”.  This has been uploaded as the only other copy on YouTube is of someone filming their TV.
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Three episodes are included

Big Bird comes up with one wild story after another to explain mistakes.  With Little Bird’s help, he finds out that the truth is best.

When Cousin Swirmy Worm visits the big city, she meets Oscar the Grouch. When Cousin Squiggly Worm visits the country, he meets a hungry robin.  Both worms decide there’s no place like home.

Back when West was really wild, a town had a problem: cookies were disappearing. Would sherif arrest the villain before it was too late?

(C) 1989 Children’s Television Workshop, All rights reserved.

Alternative Captain Planet theme/introduction, exclusive

Presented here is a never-before-seen introduction for Captain Planet. As a dedicated collector I am always on the lookout for Captain Planet swag and found VHS in Malaysia with a unique cover. The video arrived and is simply titled “Captain Planet Vol 5”. The first episode on the video has the normal introduction. Imagine my surprise when this came on.

This introduction is paced slower, I hope you enjoy this proud presentation.

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Create a Calender, Epyx, Apple II Software

Presented here is a link to a shared folder which contains an exclusive release of “Create a Calendar’ by EPYX 1987 for the Apple ][.  Source disk from Leslie.


CREATECAL.EDD                Create a Calender, Epyx Side A.DO
CREATECAL.edd.fdi            Create a Calender, Epyx Side B.DO
Create a Calender, Epyx 1.gif        Notes.rtf
Create a Calender, Epyx 2.gif        CREATECALS2.EDD