Apple II Software

AmperSound GS

Current version: 1.0
Freeware
Requires an Apple IIgs

AmperSound GS is a set of ampersand (&) commands for Applesoft BASIC that you can use to access and control the Ensoniq 5503 Digital Oscillator Chip (DOC) that is the core of the great sound capabilities of the Apple IIgs. …

BeLogo INIT

Current version: 1.0
Freeware
Requires an Apple IIgs

BeLogo INIT is a simple system extension that sets up your Apple IIgs desktop background as an image of the Be, Inc. logo prior to the release of BeOS 5.

I wrote this back when I was a Be employee. Ah, those were the days...

ChessMaster 2100 Fix

Current version: 1.0
Freeware
Requires an Apple IIgs and ChessMaster 2100

A simple utility that patches some versions of ChessMaster 2100 to no longer require that you look up information in the manual to start playing the game. Normally, ChessMaster 2100 uses this key system for copy protection. …

Cleaner Clean Up

Current version: 1.0.6
Freeware
Requires Apple IIgs System 6.0 or later

Cleaner Clean Up is a Finder extension that can help you avoid accidentally shuffling around the icons on your desktop if you unintentionally choose the Special menu's "Clean Up" option while there aren't any Finder windows open.

Desktop Image INIT

Current version: 1.0.6
Freeware
Requires Apple IIgs System 5.0.2 or later

The Desktop Image INIT is a simple extension that lets you replace the standard periwinkle blue desktop with the graphical image of your choice. Any standard super-hires screen file (uncompressed) can be used as your desktop!

DiskMaker

Current version: 1.4
Shareware: $5
Requires Apple IIgs System 6.0.1 or later

DiskMaker -- counterpart to ImageMaker -- lets your Apple IIgs reconstitute disk image files back into real disks. With complete support for Universal Disk Image, DiskCopy 4.2, DiskCopy 6, DOS order, .DSK, and "raw" image files, you can create disks from an archive of Apple II disks, or restore from backups made using ImageMaker!

EasyMount KeyChanger

Current version: 1.0
Freeware
Requires Apple IIgs System 6.0.1

The Easy Mount Finder extension that comes with System 6.0.1 lets you create aliases to files, disks, and servers. The problem is that it has the keyboard equivalent Apple-M. If you want to use this key for something else, you're stuck, because Easy Mount provides no way to configure this.

ErrorString Installer

Current version: 1.0.1
Freeware
Requires Apple IIgs System 6.0 or later

Apple IIgs System 6.0 and 6.0.1 provide a standard error dialog box function (ErrorWindow) which is used by a lot of applications. This function provides a standard error message for an error code specified by the application. …

FixBoot

Current version: 2.0
Freeware
Requires Apple IIgs System 5.0.2 or later

FixBoot is a temporary initialization file (TIF) that makes sure that when your Apple IIgs boots, all your ProDOS-formatted RAM disks have valid boot blocks. It does this by copying the boot block from your startup disk to each empty ProDOS-formatted RAM disk it finds on your computer.

FixFindFile

Current version: 1.0
Freeware
Requires Apple IIgs System 6.0 only

FixFindFile corrects a bug in the Apple IIgs System 6.0 version of the Find File New Desk Accessory (NDA). This bug can cause your system to crash when trying to run ProDOS 8 programs under certain circumstances.

Font Redirectory

Current version: 1.0
Freeware
Requires Apple IIgs System 6.0.1

Font Redirectory lets you change the directory from which fonts are loaded by the Font Manager. You can move your Fonts folder to another hard disk, even -- even an HFS-formatted one, so you can use longer, more useful file names for your fonts.

GNO news

Current version: 1.2
Freeware
Requires GNO/ME 2.0 or later

The news command displays systemwide news announcements in a consistent format. It's primarily used for system administrators to provide information to users on a multi-user IIgs running the GNO/ME system.

Articles are simply text files placed in the

GNO passwd

Current version: 1.0.1
Freeware
Requires GNO/ME 2.0 or later

The passwd command is used to set users' passwords when using the GNO/ME multitasking environment for the Apple IIgs.

GreyScale INIT

Current version: 1.0
Freeware
Requires Apple IIgs System 5.0.2 or later

The GreyScale INIT changes the default system palette into a greyscale palette. This lets you use cool greyscale desktop pictures (such as with my own Desktop Image INIT).

GS ROM Grabber

Current version: 1.0
Shareware $5.00
Requires Apple IIgs System 5.0.2 or later

GS ROM Grabber was written by my wife, Sarah. It's her first (and still, sadly, only) Apple II program. It's a great, handy utility that saves a copy of the ROM from your Apple IIgs for use in an Apple IIgs emulator such as my own

gsAIM

Current version: 1.1
Freeware
Requires Apple IIgs System 6.0.1 or later

gsAIM is an AOL Instant Messenger compatible Internet messaging program. With Marinetti 2.0 installed, it lets you have two-way conversations with other AIM users (whether they're on Mac, PC, or Apple IIgs) -- up to 20 conversations at a time! …

GSBug 1.6 Patch for Bernie Happiness

Current version: 1.0
Freeware
Requires Apple IIgs System 6.0 or later

Patches GSBug 1.6 (and only this version of GSBug) to change the key combination used to forcibly enter GSBug from Control-Apple-Option-Esc to Control-Apple-Shift-Esc. This lets you get into GSBug in Bernie ][ The Rescue or Sweet16, which you can't do otherwise (since Mac OS uses Apple-Option-Esc to force-quit a program).

IdleTime

Current version: 1.0
Freeware
Requires Apple IIgs System 6.0.1 or later

IdleTime is a system extension that monitors user activity, keeping track of how long it's been since the last time the user pressed a key or clicked or moved the mouse. Other applications, extensions, or desk accessories can use Interprocess Communication (IPC) to obtain this information from IdleTime. 

ImageMaker

Current version: 2.2
Shareware: $5
Requires Apple IIgs System 6.0.1 or later

ImageMaker lets you create DiskCopy 4.2, DiskCopy 6, Universal Disk Image, ProDOS order, and "raw" disk image files on your Apple IIgs computer. These images contain all the data on the Apple II disk of your choice -- from floppies to hard disks to RAM disks -- and can be copied to a Macintosh or PC for use in Apple II emulators, such as

KeyNotifier

Current version: 1.4
Freeware
Requires Apple IIgs System 6.0.1 or later

KeyNotifier is a Control Panel that adds an icon to your menu bar if your caps lock key is down. In addition, if you have an extended keyboard, you can assign purposes to the lights on that keyboard.
Each of the three lights can be assigned one of these tasks:

Lemonade Stand

Current version: 1.0.2
Shareware: $5
Requires Apple IIgs System 6.0.1 or later

Lemonade Stand is a new Apple IIgs version of the classic Apple II game Lemonade, which was included with the Apple II DOS 3.3 System Master diskette for years.

The game teaches some basic economic concepts in a way that even young children can understand while being a lot of fun to play. …

List Manager Patch

Current version: 1.0
Freeware
Requires Apple IIgs System 6.0.1 or later

This patch fixes a very minor glitch in the List Manager Tool Set that can cause erroneous keyboard navigation under certain circumstances (namely, the keyboard navigation key buffer isn't cleared when the list's contents are rebuilt).

LotsaTools

Current version: 1.1.1
Freeware
Requires Apple IIgs System 5.0.4 or later

LotsaTools is a valuable extension that causes the most commonly-used Apple IIgs Tool Sets to be preloaded into memory when your computer is first started up, and to stay there. Normally, these are loaded from disk every time you start a program (or open a desk accessory) that uses them, and are removed from memory when the program is done with them.

MenuWiper

Current version: 2.1.1
Freeware
Requires Apple IIgs System 6.0 or later

MenuWiper is a system extension that causes the Finder’s menu bar to slide down the screen, erasing it, as the Finder exits. The menu bar then glides back down from the top of the screen (without any menus in it), and the name of the application being launched slides onto the screen, from right to left, winding up in the center of the screen (instead of just appearing in the center of the screen).

MenuWiper Blanker

Current version: 2.0
Freeware
Requires Apple IIgs System 6.0 or later, Twilight II, and MenuWiper 2.0 or later

MenuWiper Blanker uses a new feature of MenuWiper version 2.0 to create a blanking effect for users of the Twilight II screen blanker (a DigiSoft Innovations product which I highly recommend). With MenuWiper installed, Twilight II can wipe the menu bar down the screen as a blanking effect.

Merlin GS/OS Macros

Current version: 1.0
Freeware
Requires Merlin 16+

Merlin 16+ is a great assembler for the Apple IIgs, but the suite of macros that are included with it don't include very good macros for making GS/OS calls. In addition, the macros included with the assembler are missing the newest GS/OS calls added to System 6.0 and System 6.0.1.

Merlin System 6 Macros

Current version: 1.0
Freeware
Requires Merlin 16+

Merlin 16+ is a great assembler for the Apple IIgs, but the suite of macros that are included with it don't include macros for the newest Toolbox calls added to System 6.0 and System 6.0.1.

My Merlin System 6 Macro package provides new macros to make it easy to use these new calls from Merlin 16+ assembly code. …

Network Printer Setup

Current version: 1.0
Freeware
Requires Apple IIgs System 6.0 or later

Network Printer Setup is a simple program that simply displays the NetPrinter control panel, lets you select a network printer, then quits when you close the NetPrinter control panel.

The point to this utility is to provide a way to access the network printer settings when using a customized button-based launcher, such as a HyperCard or HyperStudio stack in a classroom environment.

Patch SysBeep2

Current version: 1.0
Freeware
Requires System 6.0.1

Twilight II, the cool screen saver from DigiSoft Innovations, has a configurable option that lets you specify whether or not system beeps should unblank the screen.

Unfortunately, when Apple released System 6.0.1, they updated the

PC Transporter Savior

Current version: 1.0.2
Freeware
Requires a PC Transporter card

PC Transporter Savior is a special MS-DOS launcher program for your Apple II that detects if the RAMAEPC RAM disk (which uses the memory on your PC Transporter card to provide a RAM disk for ProDOS 8 or GS/OS) contains any files. …

ProBOOT

Current version: 5.2.1
Shareware: $10
Requires System 6.0 or later to configure and any version of GS/OS, ProDOS 8, or ProDOS 16 to use

ProBOOT is the ultimate system startup utility. Once installed, holding down the Apple key when your computer starts up or reboots presents a screen that provides incredible power to configure your system startup:

ProBOOT 8

Current version: 1.0.1
Freeware
Requires ProDOS 8

Once you've installed ProBOOT 8, you can hold down the Apple key when you boot your Apple II to be given a chance to choose what slot you'd like to boot. This is a great addition to an Apple II that you normally boot off a hard disk -- simply install the software, then when you want to play your favorite game that has to be booted from a floppy, restart your computer with the Apple key held down, and you'll be able to specify a slot to boot from.

Sheppy's Clipboard

Current version: 1.0
Freeware
Requires Apple IIgs System 6.0.1 or later

This simple NDA lets you instantly and easily pop up a Clipboard window from within any desktop application. Uses the ShowClipboard toolbox function, which is only available in System 6.0.1 or later.

SheppyLib/A2

Current version: 1.0
Freeware
Requires Apple IIgs System 6.0 or later and an ORCA compiler

SheppyLib is a library for ORCA languages that provides a suite of useful functions. Only C headers are provided, although the library will work with any ORCA language.

Functions are included for manipulating files, creating directories, checking to see if files exist, and so forth.

Shifty List

Current version: 2.0.3
Shareware: $10
Requires Apple IIgs System 6.0.1 or later

Shifty List is a system enhancement for the Apple IIgs computer that vastly improves your control over your computer's startup sequence. In the simplest possible terms, Shifty List lets you set up a list of system extensions, desk accessories, and so forth that are loaded if you shift-boot your computer. …

SideClick

Current version: 2.0
Freeware
Requires Apple IIgs System 6.0.1 or later

This extension for the Apple IIgs adds a set of routines software can use to create contextual menus similar to those on modern operating systems. Included are some additional extensions that let you add contextual menu items for things like getting the word count in TextEdit boxes, hiding and showing the menu bar, restarting the computer, and more.

SmartRestart

Current version: 1.2.1
Freeware
Requires Apple IIgs System 6.0 or later

SmartRestart is a Finder extension that lets you configure the way your Apple IIgs shuts down and restarts from the Finder. It lets you:

  • Add a "Restart" item to the Special menu, above the "Shut Down" option.

StampOut!

Current version: 1.0
Freeware
Requires Apple IIgs System 5.0.2 or later

StampOut! is a simple temporary initialization file that configures the ProDOS File System Translator (FST) to not update modification dates for nested trees of directories every time a file is modified. Instead, only the directory in which the file is actually located is updated.

Star Trek: First Contact Launcher

Current version: 1.0
Freeware
Requires Star Trek: First Contact by Jim Royal

Star Trek: First Contact is a great game by Jim Royal, that runs on the enhanced Apple //e, IIc, IIc Plus, and the Apple IIgs. But on the IIgs, you have to slow your system down to normal speed and set your display to monochrome, or the game is really weird.

SysFail Plus

Current version: 2.4
Freeware
Requires any Apple IIgs system software

SysFail Plus enhances the Apple IIgs System Death Manager to improve the screen you see when the system crashes. Instead of the sliding Apple with a cryptic error message like this:

sysfail1

Eww. Gross.

You get a much more detailed screen that looks like this:

Text File Splitter

Current version: 1.3
Public Domain
Requires ProDOS 8

Text File Splitter lets you quickly and easily split text files into multiple parts. Need to store a huge file on a set of floppy disks? Let TFS break it up for you!

TFS is written in Applesoft BASIC and includes an easy to use ampersand command you can use to input arbitrary lines of text, even lines containing quotes and commas.

The Localizer

Current version: 1.0
Freeware
Requires Apple IIgs System 6.0 or later

The Localizer installs keyboard translation tables to allow international keyboards to be used under GS/OS. There are several versions available for various languages, including Swedish, Italian, French, and German. …

The Protector

Current version: 1.0
Freeware
Requires Apple IIgs System 6.0 or later

The Protector is a simple NDA that lets you password lock your Apple IIgs. When invoked, the screen blanks and a dialog box appears requesting the password. The system can't be used again until the password is entered correctly. …

TrailBlazers!

Current version: 1.0
Freeware
Requires an enhanced Apple IIe, IIc, or IIgs

The contestants eyed each other across the game field, glancing occasionally at their meager instrumentation and revving their engines, listening to the screaming roar of the jet turbines. Twitching anxiously, they awaited the signal to begin their fierce competition -- the signal that would begin a battle for survival.

Trasher

Trasher is an extension for the Apple IIgs that adds a couple of handy features to the Finder. These features are particularly useful if you're also a Mac user (and even more so if you're using an Apple IIgs emulator on your Mac).

Tsukue

Current version: 2.0.1
Freeware
Requires Apple IIgs System 6.0 or later

Tsukue is a system extension and optional GS/OS patch that enhances the process of launching and quitting applications on GS/OS.

System 6.0 adds a feature called "smooth launching," where the desktop doesn't disappear if the application you're launching is tagged as being a desktop application. …

WebWorks GS

Current version: 1.2.2
Shareware: $10
Requires Apple IIgs System 6.0.1 or later

WebWorks GS is a source-level HTML editor for Apple IIgs computers. It provides a complete text editor, with HTML-specific additions that help you create complex, beautiful web pages with less effort than ever before, right on your Apple 

Wolfenstein 3D for the Apple IIGS

Current version: 1.1
Freeware
Requires Apple IIgs System 6.0.1 or later

You're a soldier and spy for the Allied Forces during World War II, and you've been sent deep into the heart of Nazi Germany to infiltrate a secret project that the allies believe may be planning to genetically engineer the perfect soldier. …

Wolfenstein 3D Scenario Converter

Current version: 1.0.1
Freeware
Requires Apple IIgs System 6.0.1 or later

The Wolfenstein 3D Scenario Converter is a simple program that converts Wolf 3D for Macintosh scenarios into Apple IIgs format. It's not a map editor, but you can use a map editor on the Macintosh to create new maps, then convert them for use on the IIgs. …


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