Copyright © 2003-2013, Gerard Putter
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- Key features
- Example screenshots
- What's new in version 7.4
- Virtual ][ Help page
- Download the latest version
- Emulates the Apple ][, ][+ and //e
- Supports USB game pad and joystick
- Store a running machine and resume later on
- Full-screen mode
- Epson FX-80 and Imagewriter II emulation
- Many configurable peripheral cards
- Realistic sound effects, including Mockingboard emulation
- Convert original Apple II diskettes
- Index your Apple II disk images
- Debug Apple II programs
Virtual ][ lets you play the old Apple games, because it supports all graphics modes, lets you control the game paddles with a USB game pad or mouse and emulates the internal speaker. When you want to temporarily interrupt gameplay, Virtual ][ allows you to save the entire virtual machine, and continue later on from where you left off.
But Virtual ][ also supports more "serious" software, because it emulates many peripheral devices: floppy disk, hard disk, mouse, serial port, matrix printer, even cassette tape! It also emulates the Z80A processor, allowing you to run the CP/M operating system.
And for the technically inclined: you can configure the machine by "inserting" and "removing" emulated peripheral cards, change the CPU speed, or even install your own emulated character generator ROM. The "Inspector" feature allows you to closely observe the behavior of the emulated machine and debug Apple II programs.
If you have original diskettes and a working Apple II, Virtual ][ can help you convert the diskettes to the Mac, even if they are "copy protected".
The program automatically indexes all Apple II disk images on your Mac, so you can find an Apple II file instantly, by entering its name.
You can download an evaluation version and try the program first. If you like the program, you can buy a license and fully enjoy the nostalgic fun of the old Apple ][ computer.
Virtual ][ requires an Intel Mac with Mac OS X 10.6 "Snow Leopard" or better.
Play the old games, with either the mouse or a USB game pad / joystick
Matrix printer emulation - the output can be saved as a PDF file
Quickly locate an Apple ][ file on your disk images
Save the machine and continue later on
Virtual ][ can save the state of an emulated machine, so you can continue later on. Perfect for games!
The icons of the saved files are a miniature copy of the screen. To give you an idea of what Virtual ][ is capable of, here is an actual snapshot of a Finder window with saved machine files.
What's new in version 7.4
- The emulated SCSI card previously supported only the ProDOS block interface; it now supports the "SmartPort" interface as well, thereby improving Apple II compatibility.
- When a Mac folder, extracted from a Shrinkit archive with Shrink-Fit X, is mounted as a ProDOS disk, Virtual ][ automatically uses the file types and other metadata provided by Shrink-Fit X.
- When a Mac folder, mounted as a Prodos disk, is ejected from Virtual ][, the Finder now shows the updated file structure correctly.
- Some of the demo Applescripts didn't work correctly because of Mavericks' app nap; this has been fixed.
- Added an Applescript command that makes it easy to have a script pause until the virtual machine displays a specific screen. The script "Mockingboard demo" demonstrates this technique.
- Fixed an issue that could cause the memory of an Apple //e to be incorrectly initialized.