[Blindapple] Updated MESS emulator package

Rachel Keyte racheldk at tpg.com.au
Sat Aug 31 01:23:07 EDT 2013

Hi Jason,

I'm having trouble getting this to work.  As I unzipped the folder on 
to my F drive in a folder called "programs\shared"in the command 
prompt, should I type:
f:\shared\pgorams\mess apple2ee -flop1\disks\games7.dsk?
Note that I did try just putting in their exactly what you had below 
but it didn't work. Should there be more backslashes in your example?
Also note that even though the folder is called 'shared", I'm not 
sharing anything with anyone; it was from the days i use to have an 
FPT site but they're gone.
So could you just put again what I'd type in my example?
Thanks in advance.
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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