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Obtronix Apple I Reproduction
The Obtronix Apple I reproduction is a kit produced by Steve Gabaly, who occasionally auctions them off on eBay. It is almost an exact replica of Steve Wozniak’s original 1976 version.
Posted by Vectronic on 1/20/2009 in Apple II History

The Apple I
The Apple I kit included only the motherboard. You had to supply your own power supply, keyboard, monitor (or TV), and case. It was a true hobbyist computer, but at the time, it represented the most innovative and powerful home computer of its kind.
Posted by Vectronic on 1/10/2009 in Apple II History

How the Apple II Began and How it Grew
Article discussing the creation of the Apple I and its influence on the Apple II family of computers.
Posted by Vectronic on 6/2/2007 in Apple II History

Vectronic’s Apple II Timeline
Apple and the Apple II became a legend in their own time, landmarks in the age of computing they helped create. The Apple lore includes many firsts and fascinating facts. This how it happened.
Posted by Vectronic on 5/7/2007 in Apple II History

The Ill-Fated Apple III
The Apple III was Apple’s first attempt to move away from the tried-and-true Apple II architecture. It would prove to be the company’s first bona fide failure. Even though engineers repeatedly warned of problems with the Apple III, it seemed that no one in top management doubted the machine’s eventual success.
Posted by John Ward on 4/2/2007 in Apple II History

The Last II: Apple’s Amazing IIgs
Apple introduced the Apple IIgs in September 1986. It was intended to be a replacement for the venerable Apple II that was the mainstay of Apple’s revenues for most of the early part of the 1980s. The Macintosh was changing the world and would soon replace the Apple II as the company’s cash cow, but many Apple II faithful still longed for an advanced version of their beloved computer.
Posted by John Ward on 3/19/2007 in Apple II History

Apple Brings Computers to the Masses
This article examines a portion of one of Apple’s Apple IIe owner’s manuals. Apple produced several different editions of the Apple IIe owner’s manual over the life of the computer. This one was not the first nor was it the last. This particular Apple IIe manual first shipped with the Apple IIe in 1984, the same year that Apple released the world-changing Macintosh. Reading through the manual is like taking a time machine back to 1984, when home computers where still relatively new and the Apple IIe drove the majority of Apple Computer’s sales revenue.
Posted by John Ward on 3/5/2007 in Apple II History

Capture Screenshots on Your Apple IIgs with PNG Floyd
In 2005, Kelvin Sherlock released PNG Floyd, a CDA that captures Apple IIgs screenshots and saves them in the standard Portable Network Graphics (PNG) format. PNG is an open, extensible image format viewable by just about every modern graphics application.
Posted by Vectronic on 5/30/2006 in Apple II Software

Vectronic’s Basement
All the classic software we can give out for free is located in the Basement.
Posted by Vectronic on 1/1/2006 in Apple II Software

A Short History of the Apple II
This article is a brief description of the history of the computers of the Apple II family.
Posted by John Ward on 2/28/2003 in Apple II History

Apple II Screensaver
The program listed below is a screen saver that generates random vertical and horizontal lines in low-resolution mode. The lines don’t just appear on the screen. They drag slowly across the screen from one side to the other. The program could also be described as a pattern generator. Pressing the spacebar will clear the screen and quit the screen saver. The program makes use of a pseudo random number generator built into Applesoft BASIC. RND is a function that seems to pick numbers at random.
Posted by Vectronic on 1/1/2003 in Apple II Software

Applesoft BASIC Paint Program
Listed below is the code for a simple paint program I put together using Applesoft BASIC and the low-resolution graphics built into the Apple IIe. The paint program allows you to draw low-resolution pictures on the screen in 14 different colors.
Posted by Vectronic on 1/1/2003 in Apple II Software

DOS 3.3 and ProDOS Guide
Complete guide to using DOS 3.3 or ProDOS in your Apple II computer.
Posted by Vectronic on 1/1/2003 in Apple II Software

How to Convert Disk Images Back to Apple II Floppies
The following information pertains to the Apple II, II Plus, IIe, IIc, and IIgs computers. This is a must read for anyone frustrated by the lack of software commercially available for the venerable Apple II. Three primary file types are discussed: ShrinkIt files, binscii encoded files, and disk images.
Posted by Vectronic on 1/1/2003 in Apple II Software

Pong, Apple II Style
Applesoft BASIC is a versatile language. It is possible to design simple games using low-resolution graphics. You won’t be winning any awards for graphics but it is an interesting way to spend an afternoon. Listed below is a Pong program I designed. It uses the up arrow and down arrow to control the paddle (vertical orange line). It is a Pong-type game very similar to swash.
Posted by Vectronic on 1/1/2003 in Apple II Software

S.A.M. - Software Automated Mouth
Before Steve Jobs introduced the talking Macintosh in 1984, there was Software Automated Mouth and the Apple II computer. This program allows you to give speech to text on an Apple IIe computer.
Posted by Vectronic on 1/1/2003 in Apple II Software

View GIFs on Your Apple II with ][ Gif 1.0
Here is a cool program called ][ GIF, version 1.0, by Jason Harper. The program makes it possible to view a GIF on an Apple IIe. The Apple IIe doesn’t have much graphical capabilities compared to modern computers but in its time, it was a quantum leap above many of its competitors.
Posted by Vectronic on 1/1/2003 in Apple II Software