Virtual ][ Updated to 6.5

Virtual ][, “The Best Apple II Emulator”, for Mac saw an update and now sits at version 6.5. Get it from the Box File Widget located on the blog homepage, or from their website. Let’s check out the changes.

  • Fixed an issue where the Mockingboard card could halt the virtual machine (this happened, for example, in Ultima IV).
  • Corrected an issue in the “floating bus” screen rendering, thereby improving compatibility.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause stray pixels on the emulated screen when switching from 80-column text to low-resolution graphics.
  • Improved screen rendering perfomance by using Apple’s Grand Central Dispatch technology.

Virtual ][ Emulator for Mac

The Virtual ][ emulator for Mac saw an update late last month. It now sits at version 6.4.1. You can download this and many other emulators in the Box File Widget located on the right hand side of this blog or from their website. Let’s scope out the changes.

What’s new in version 6.4

  • Dropped support for Mac OS X 10.5 and the PowerPC processor. The program now requires an Intel Mac running Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) or better.
  • Added a feature to change the write protection and volume number of disk images.
  • It is now possible to configure a 65C02 processor in an Apple ][ or ][+ virtual machine.
  • When choosing “Copy as Text” from the Edit menu, international characters on the screen are now correctly copied to the Mac clipboard.
  • Improved the quality of the QuickLook preview and thumbnail of a saved state file.
  • Some custom character sets were not accepted by the virtual machine – this has been fixed.
  • Fixed a number of minor issues, thereby improving the overall stability of the program.

What’s new in version 6.4.1

Corrected some minor issues that were introduced in version 6.4:

  • Double-clicking a disk in the Finder didn’t work anymore when Virtual ][ did not run – this has been fixed.
  • All pictures in the Inspector Help were missing – this has been corrected.

Open Emulator

Open Emulator now sits at r665 and can be downloaded from the Box File Widget or from their homepage.


Open Emulator rev. 637

Open Emulator the portable legacy computer systems emulator has been updated quite a bit since I last posted about it, but now sits at version 637. You can grab it from the Box File Widget on the right hand side of this blog or from their homepage.


Open Emulator – Legacy Emulator

The Legacy Computer emulator (Apple II) Open Emulator saw an update this month. You can download rev.608 from the Box File Widget or from their homepage.

Openemulator for Mac OSX

Openemulator is a program that emulates old legacy computers, such as the Apple-1 and MOS KIM-1 computers. They even do a great job of emulating the curvature of the old screen. Grab the download from the Box File Widget or from their homepage.

Sheep Shaver for Mac OSX

Sheep Shaver is a Mac OS emulator capable of running System 7.5.3 through Mac OS 9.0.4 and now runs in 64bit mode. Some freezes and crashes have been fixed and the program has been updated to run on newer Intel based Macs running Leopard or Snow Leopard. Download this from our Box File Widget or from the Sheep Shaver Home Page.