[Blindapple] Updated MESS emulator package

Rachel Keyte racheldk at tpg.com.au
Fri Aug 30 19:34:43 EDT 2013

wow, the readme doesn't sound too hard and I'm going to try this today.
Downloading now; thanks for the memories. :)
At 10:23 PM 30/08/2013, you wrote:
>Hi all,
>This update fixes the Echo pitch issue so it sounds more like the 
>real thing. A few other fixes are included, as well as a readme, 
>pasted below. URL is the same:
>Apple Emulation with Echo II Plus Emulation for Windows
>This package contains an emulator called MESS which I have set up to 
>emulate an Enhanced Apple IIe with an Echo II Plus speech 
>synthesizer. If you're reading this, you've already downloaded and 
>extracted this archive. In the disks subfolder are several talking 
>disk images supplied so you can have fun with your virtual Apple. I 
>have quite a few more, but these are just some to get you started. 
>You'll also see a folder called roms, which you don't need to do 
>anything with. If you go poking around in there anyway, you'll see 
>several zip files. Do NOT unzip them, they are designed to stay zipped.
>Before you start, you'll probably need a full desktop keyboard, for 
>reasons which will become apparent later on. If you're using Jaws, 
>you'll also want to set up a script to put it to sleep when mess.exe 
>is running. Otherwise, it will try to grab some Apple keystrokes, 
>and in general not do very nice things.
>To start the emulator with a disk in drive 1, type the following at 
>a command prompt, for example:
>mess apple2ee -flop1 disks\egames.dsk
>Yes, you do need to type apple2ee with two e's since that's the 
>designator for an Enhanced IIe.
>Once the Apple has started, things pretty much work like you'd think 
>they would. The four arrow keys really do act as the Apple's arrow 
>keys, left and right alt are open and closed apple, F12 is reset. In 
>most cases, even if your real caps lock is turned off, the Apple's 
>caps lock will be turned on, simply because so many Apple games and 
>programs require all upper case input. If you want to change this, 
>just hit your caps lock.
>The program records a wav file of your Apple session in a file 
>called session.wav. If you don't want this file, just delete it. It 
>is overwritten with each new emulator session, so if you do anything 
>you want to preserve, you need to take steps to do so before you run 
>Mess again.
>I currently don't know how to switch disks, so you don't want to use 
>this to play Eamon or for any other purpose where disk switching is 
>required. Working on this.
>Please be aware that this program doesn't significantly speed up 
>disk access, so there may be long pauses while Apple programs load.
>To exit the emulator, hold down the scroll lock and press the insert 
>key on the six-pack, that is, the set of keys with insert, del, 
>home, end, page-up, and page-down. Release both keys, then hit 
>escape. This will flip the power switch on the virtual Apple, so 
>anything you were doing will be lost forever.
>Have fun!
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