Australian software manuals added

Ashley Snare of Canberra, Australia has donated Apple II software to JB Retro Collect for archiving.  New, unpreserved software titles were imaged and I’ve been able to scan manuals to existing titles, which is significant as the educational software market was big on teachers resources.

Previously disk imaged titles now completed with manual include:

  • Solar System Database now has the original folder art and manual.
  • Outback Explorer by Dataworks (an Australian Oregon Trail clone)
  • The Explorer’s Database by Know Ware
  • The Riddle Of Trumpalar is complete with student black-line masters, teachers resources, original novel and map.  Also included are 140kb disk images with label scans
  • The Australian Government Database, another new title complete with folder art and manual
  • StoryTree by George Brackett, Published by Scholastic Wizware – manual only as the disk is unreadable
  • Windows Into Literacy – Magic Animal Frog Dog, Dataworks

Michael Saunders of Sydney, Australia has donated an Australian software package designed to promote literacy in Dyslexic children.  It is called DIRECT Helper.  This is complete.

Direct Helper folder coverFinder001Finder002Explorer's Database (1987) folder frontFinder003Finder004Learn about insects001Outback Explorer resconstructed coverSolar System Database folder frontThe Australian Government Database folder cover

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VCR Servicing and Troubleshooting, Scanned Book

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1YEyWEW164xPRJvAM3Rm_ZCL_nE9tR7Me

Navigate to the Repair folder for this title

or find this title on Archive.org, https://archive.org/details/VCRServicingAndTroubleshooting

I decided to buy and share this book online as I found the internet was lacking in VCR servicing information.  VCRs are still in use for a variety of projects and personal use, yet when they fail they are replaced.  This book is compact and easy to read, and while not a specific service manual it does a great job of explaining the technical aspects of VHS.  Even I understood a few concepts!  Worth a scroll through.

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Dragon World, 800kb Apple II

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0BweO6Y13Cmc4VlFKYkx2MWxWU1k

Navigate through: Apple II Software -> Dragon World, 800kb Apple II

Presented here is a new disk image for the Apple II version (famously BBC Micro) of Dragon World.

From the title screen:

  • Dataworks and 4Mation
  • (C) 1989
  • Apple II Version by G. WEGNER

Slightly musical in nature but froze on my IIGS which made playing through difficult. I know nothing more about this title sorry. dragon world 7002dragon world 7003dragon world 7004dragon world 7005dragon world 7006

As far as I can tell this is a unique disk image and not available elsewhere.  I found an Australian article about the programming here: http://teacher.global2.vic.edu.au/2011/06/06/gaming-and-education/

Hardware capture: 800kb disk image on Floppy Emu in Apple II 3.5 mode, Smartport on Apple IIGS, boot to BASIC, PR#5 -> Capture in 1080p from Extron scaler then screenshots on Mac.  I do not know how to emulate an 800kb disk image in Apple II mode in an emulator on Mac so I had to use real hardware.  I discovered after recording everything that the aspect ratio was wrong so please excuse the slightly vertically compressed image.

Disk image provided by Lesley Ayling, NSW Australia. 

Granny’s Garden, 800kb Apple II

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0BweO6Y13Cmc4VlFKYkx2MWxWU1k

Navigate through: Apple II Software -> Granny’s Garden, 800kb Apple II

Presented here is a new disk image for the Apple II version (famously BBC Micro) of Granny’s Garden.

From the title screen:

  • By Koala Software
  • Apple II Version by Michael Harvey
  • Story by Mike Matson
  • 4Mation Education Resources, Devon, UK
  • Published by Dataworks, Copyright 1991, All rights reserved

Basic lo-res graphics that might be interesting with a younger imagination, so I stopped playing shortly after capturing screenshots.

As far as I can tell this is a unique disk image and not available elsewhere.  I found an Australian article about the programming here: http://teacher.global2.vic.edu.au/2011/06/06/gaming-and-education/

Hardware capture: 800kb disk image on Floppy Emu in Apple II 3.5 mode, Smartport on Apple IIGS, boot to BASIC, PR#5 -> Capture in 1080p from Extron scaler then screenshots on Mac.  I do not know how to emulate an 800kb disk image in Apple II mode in an emulator on Mac so I had to use real hardware.  I discovered after recording everything that the aspect ratio was wrong so please excuse the slightly vertically compressed image.

Disk image provided by Lesley Ayling, NSW Australia. 

granny's_garden 003granny's_garden 004granny's_garden 002granny's_garden 001

The Riddle of the Trumpalar

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0BweO6Y13Cmc4VlFKYkx2MWxWU1k

Navigate through: Apple II Software -> The Riddle of the Trumpalar, 800kb Apple II NSW Education Department

Presented here is a new disk image for The Riddle of Trumpalar.

From the title screen:

  • (C) 1990 NSW Department of School Education
  • Computer Education Unit (CEU)
  • Schoolware
  • Version 1.0
  • Project Coordinator – Eleanor Igoe
  • Programming – Peter Gummer; Adrian Brell; Paul Jenner
  • Illustrations – Perc Williar
  • Based on a novel by Judy Bernard-Waite by arrangement with Ashton Scholastic

It is tedious to play though – hint enter a number when it asks where to move as in number of steps north.

As far as I can tell this is a unique disk image and not available elsewhere.

Hardware capture: 800kb disk image on Floppy Emu in Apple II 3.5 mode, Smartport on Apple IIGS, boot to BASIC, PR#5 -> Capture in 1080p from Extron scaler then screenshots on Mac.  I do not know how to emulate an 800kb disk image in Apple II mode in an emulator on Mac so I had to use real hardware.  I discovered after recording everything that the aspect ratio was wrong so please excuse the slightly vertically compressed image.

Disk image provided by Lesley Ayling, NSW Australia. 

the riddle of the trumpalar 002the riddle of the trumpalar 003the riddle of the trumpalar 004the riddle of the trumpalar 005

Learn About Insects, 800kb 3.5 Apple II

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0BweO6Y13Cmc4VlFKYkx2MWxWU1k

Navigate through: Apple II Software -> Learn About Insects, 800kb 3.5 Apple II

Presented here is a new disk image for Learn About Insects.  The information below is from my short time playing around with the disk.  Graphically it would display beautifully on a //e running composite to the Apple ColourComposite monitor.

It supports the mouse card which is very smooth on input and if you have one, it also supports the Muppets Learning Keys board.

This educational title seems comprehensive and mixes facts with interactive insect games.

From the title screen:

  • Program date: 28/12/1989
  • Apple II DOS
  • WINGS for learning Copyright 1990
  • Learn About Insects, Developed by Learningways, Inc.

As far as I can tell this is a unique disk image and not available elsewhere.  By all means comment if you have more information about this lovely title.

Hardware capture: 800kb disk image on Floppy Emu in Apple II 3.5 mode, Smartport on Apple IIGS, boot to BASIC, PR#5 -> Capture in 1080p from Extron scaler then screenshots on Mac.  I do not know how to emulate an 800kb disk image in Apple II mode in an emulator on Mac so I had to use real hardware.  I discovered after recording everything that the aspect ratio was wrong so please excuse the slightly vertically compressed image.

Disk image provided by Lesley Ayling, NSW Australia. 

learn about insects003learn about insects004learn about insects005learn about insects006learn about insects007learn about insects008learn about insects002

IIGS to HDMI using an Extron RGB-HDMI 300A

Update it works great with alternative resolutions but unfortunately you need to dial in the settings manually.  E.G The black and white version of Your Tour of the Apple IIGS is fuzzy with the settings below but change pixels to 991 and it goes crisp.

So 1042 and 991 are the magic numbers:

Further testing is shown here at 1080p30:

The Apple IIGS features analogue RGB video output with clean composite-sync of all video modes, from Mega II 40-column to Finder SHR 640×200 desktop. Displaying these videos modes and rendering the IIGS graphics as intended is best done on the 12″ Apple RGB monitor, but what if we want to capture the output? Assuming you’re unable to buy a VidHD then read on

Moving from 15.76kHz analogue video to 1080p HDMI presents a variety of IIGS unique challenges. A computer outputting RGB analogue video needs digitisation of the video with the shortest possible lag – the time from digitising the voltages to video and scaling it to HDMI. This is significant as on-screen movement of the mouse trails behind your input, making gaming difficult and confusing. SCART to HDMI adapters have been tested at lagging with 5-7 frames of video delay, compared to the speedy Extron of 0.9 frames / 15ms. Your HDMI display will add another 2 frames though assuming approximately 30-40ms of input lag – it adds up!

The IIGS also features a non-standard dot clock around 16mHz which can create picture artefacts such as banding which really stands out on the vertical pin striping effects as seen in Finder. We can tweak the Extron to ‘lock on’ to the dot clock very well as shown later.

Extron are absolute video industry pioneers and leaders in America and worldwide. Their documentation is the best I’ve ever seen with an unusual attention to publishing the detailed specifications and suitable application of the their products. For us two major benefits to the Extron ethos are accepting composite-sync and user adjustable input timings. The Extron RGB-HDMI 300 A also accepts audio which is delayed to be in sync with the Altera FPGA controlled ADC so the HDMI output is a true presentation of the input which makes capturing easy. The versatile output options of both DMT computer monitor timings and CVT HDTV timings make it suitable to view on any monitor or TV. I choose to use the Picture-in-picture mode of my computer monitor to run IIGS in a large window while I use my Mac connected via Display Port. I can also capture the HDMI signal with an Elgato Game capture box.

Connecting the IIGS to the Extron box is fortuitously easy thanks to a very common and cheap Apple adapter. Interesting the IIGS video output over DB-15 has composite sync on pin 3 which is unlike any other standard! But the Apple VGA PowerBook to Macintosh Monitor adapter maps sync to VGA/HD-15 pin 13 which the Extron expects and accepts. Simply run the IIGS monitor cable from the computer to the adapter, then into the Extron input. If sound is important be sure to connect a 3.5mm audio cable also.

The auto image feature is incompatible with the vertical timing of the IIGS so configure the input as follows:

  • Input type: RGB
  • Total Pixels: 1042, PHS 0
  • Horizontal blank starts at 60, vertical at 116
  • Active area of 1047 and vertical of 224 (224p)

Save you preset when happy and enjoy a highly versatile HDMI conversion of the IIGS video output.

Apple adapter: 590-1120-A or 590-0322-A (Platinum grey)
Extron product: RGB-HDMI 300 A
https://www.extron.com/product/rgbhdmi300a

1080p60 Overview:

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Captain Spellright, Education Department of Victoria, Apple II software WOZ

Released for preservation purposes is Captain Spellright.  This software seems to be for use in a classroom where a teacher can run reports and set an appropriate level of spelling challenges to the selectable age group. Unfortunately it breaks when I type a name.

I called the phone number on the second screenshot and spoke to Mrs. Robson who kindly explains her husband loved the Apple II but passed away many years ago.

Scroll to C for Captain:
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0BweO6Y13Cmc4WTJ0aWYyU2EtTk0?usp=sharing

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Capt.Spellright - Disk 1, Side B.a2r

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