July 22, 2020 · Comments Off on Esprit de Apple Corps comes to Juiced.GS

Esprit de Apple Corp CD 1 labelBack in the mid-1990s, a GEnie user by the name of RUSSELLN12 had a vision: collect all the Apple II games, images, animations, and sounds he could, then make them available in a mass-storage format. The only problem: the mass storage of that era was Zip disks, which held only 100 MB each. Russell Nielson's collection spanned 24 disks, which he sold at roughly the cost of the media: $15 each, or $360 for the set.

In 2001, Nielson partnered with Ken Gagne, at the time a subscriber to Juiced.GS, to compile those Zip disks into CD-ROM format. The result was Esprit de Apple Corps, a two-disc compilation consisting of 4,500 MOD song files and 10,000 graphic files, as well as games, fonts, sounds, and animations. When Juiced.GS editor-in-chief Max Jones reviewed this multimedia set in Volume 6, Issue 4, he dubbed it "well worth the meager investment" of $25.

Esprit de Apple Corp CD 2 labelAt KansasFest 2008, EDAC was discontinued in print and was quietly released as a set of freeware disk images on the personal website of Gagne, who by then was himself editor-in-chief of Juiced.GS.

Finally, these two forces are joined, and Esprit de Apple Corps is now available from the Juiced.GS online store. Still a freeware product, the disc images are available as a free download — but for the first time in 12 years, they're again available as a pair of CD-ROMs, and again for just the cost of the media and shipping: only $10.

Due to the pandemic, Juiced.GS CD-ROMs are no longer able to be shipped outside the USA — a restriction that affects not only EDAC, but also Opus ][ and Friends For Life. But all these products are also available as downloadable disk images, available globally for immediate use in emulators and for burning to CDs!

July 20, 2020 · Comments Off on Sophistication & Simplicity ebook now available

Sophistication & SimplicityTwo years ago, we partnered with Steve Weyhrich to bring his hardcover book, Sophistication & Simplicity, to the Juiced.GS online store. Since then, many of you have enjoyed autographed editions of this comprehensive history of the Apple II computer.

Steve's chronicle spans multiple decades across hundreds of pages, making it the ultimate historical reference. Despite exhaustive footnotes and an index, we appreciate that finding just the right person, place, or moment in time in a hardcopy book can be difficult! And with global shipping now being delayed due to the pandemic, getting your hands on the book in the first place can take longer than desired.

That's why we're excited to announce the immediate availability of the ebook edition of Sophistication & Simplicity. The PDF, EPUB, and MOBI formats are available as a single bundle for just $15.

Although the ebook edition does not come with the author's signature, the autographed hardcover is still available — on sale the week of KansasFest 2020 for $10, after which its new, permanent price will be $15.

Read what others are saying about Sophistication & Simplicity:

"This is a fabulous book. Written by a well-known expert in Apple II history, Sophistication & Simplicity is clear and insightful, full of interesting anecdotes and stories, and on top of everything is a beautifully-presented book. It's a great addition to my bookshelf." – Eric Shepherd

"Weyhrich's book is at its best when he is sharing little known behind-the-scenes stories about the history of the Apple II, its development, success, and decline." – Steve Sarrica

"A must-have for Apple II fans." – Mark Scheuern

Get your copy today!

June 24, 2020 · Comments Off on Enjoy Juiced.GS Volume 25, Issue 2 (June 2020)

Juiced.GS Volume 25, Issue 2 (June 2020)

This issue features a retrospective of the Apple IIGS online multiplayer RPG, The Complex II; Peter Ferrie's method for porting DOS games to ProDOS for Total Replay; reviews of the book Home Computers and the audio archive The Powersharing Series; and much, much more!

Check out this issue's index for full details, as well as links to online resources for more related content.

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April 1, 2020 · Comments Off on Juiced.GS to publish bi-weekly

APRIL 1, 2020 — LEOMINSTER, MA — Gamebits, publisher of quarterly Juiced.GS magazine, is celebrating its storied magazine's 25th volume by increasing its publishing frequency.

"When Juiced.GS debuted in 1996, our readers were connecting to GEnie and Delphi on archaic dial-up modems, downloading files at a snail's pace," reflected editor-in-chief Ken Gagne. "Whether they were getting their Apple II news digitally from the Internet or from our magazine in the mail, they would be waiting for three months either way."

But advancements in information technology and social media have led to a near-constant news cycle of Apple II development. To adapt to this fast-paced era and to ensure timely content, Juiced.GS will be transitioning from a quarterly publication schedule to twice-monthly, with twenty-four physical issues being mailed to readers every year.

"We're very excited to offer our subscribers the same amount of news, reviews, interviews, and how-tos that Juiced.GS has always delivered," promised Gagne. "By which I mean, it'll still total eighty pages a year. What, did you think our hard-working staff of volunteers was just going to magically sextuple the amount of content?"


You'll never see issues of Juiced.GS this thick!

Each issue of Juiced.GS will consist of a three-page article on a single topic, giving readers time to pore over the content and try the new hardware, software, or programming techniques being covered. Two weeks later, they can expect another three-page issue, with a special four-page issue planned for KansasFest 2020. Subscribers can upgrade to a premium edition that comes pre-punched for collecting into three-ring binders.

"Australia has always had more Apple II gatherings than Juiced.GS has issues, making it difficult to stay up on events like WOzFest," noted Juiced.GS staff writer Andrew Roughan. "Now we're cutting months off the delay from when you read about something on Facebook or in Slack to when it appears in Juiced.GS. Once you fall into the cadence of our regular morsels of content, you'll wonder how you ever had the attention span to read a full twenty pages."

"I used to complain about Juiced.GS's slow postal delivery on a quarterly basis," complained fellow Australian Michael Mulhern. "Now I get to complain about my favorite magazine biweekly!"

As an introduction to this streamlined product, Gamebits is now selling individual pages from Volume 24 (2019) of Juiced.GS. Orders can be any combination of consecutive or non-consecutive pages from any of the year's four issues. By reviewing the index of articles from that volume, customers can assemble their own custom hardcopy issues of Juiced.GS.

"We're excited by this transition to better serve our loyal customers," affirmed Gagne. "And no, we're still not going to make PDFs available; please stop asking."

March 27, 2020 · Comments Off on Enjoy Juiced.GS Volume 25, Issue 1 (March 2020)

Juiced.GS Volume 25, Issue 1 (March 2020)

This issue features an inside look at Vince Weaver's demakes of modern games onto the 8-bit Apple II; Jay Graham's roundup of Z80 hardware and software; Ivan Drucker's tutorial for relocatable machine language; a review of the book Cult of Mac, Second Edition; the debut of the Scantastix archival project; and much, much more!

Check out this issue's index for full details, as well as links to online resources for more related content.

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