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A Resource for AppleWorks Users

by Brian G. Mason

Washington Apple Pi Journal, November/December 1999, pp. 91-92, reprint information

For those of us who are very happy with our Apple II computers and love the speed and functionality built into these rugged machines, there is a world-wide support community out there ready to lend a helping hand. And when it comes to users of AppleWorks, the first powerful integrated software application, there is an excellent place to go for support.

Let me introduce you to TEXAS II. This is a full-time business concern supporting AppleWorks users with a newsletter, TEXAS II, TEXAS II on Disk, and other products. The power behind TEXASII is Beverly Cadieux of McKinney, Texas.

Now, this is not the product that runs on the Mac formerly known as ClarisWorks, which Apple recently took over and renamed AppleWorks . This is the original AppleWorks, written for the AppleII computers about 1983 and updated many times since then.

TEXAS II offers various products for sale related to AppleWorks . These include the TEXAS II Newsletters and Disks, printed material and books, TimeOut Updates, AppleWorks updates, Y2K updates to various programs, and pre-owned AppleWorks and TimeOut software. They also do AppleWorks to MicroSoft Works data transfers.

TEXAS II is a printed newsletter of interest to those folks who use AppleWorks v5.1 on the Apple IIe, IIc, IIGS, and Macintosh computers. Subscription price for the next six issues of the TEXAS II newsletters v8.1 - 8.6, is $24, or $27 overseas. To get the previous six issues of the TEXAS II newsletters v7.4 to 8.0 will cost you $18, or $24 overseas. Articles in these recent issues have included such topics as "All About AppleWorks and HP DeskJet printers," "Connecting the Apple II and the PC to transfer data," "So, why all the Year 2000 problems in my rock-solid Apple II?"

TEXAS II on Disk is available on 3.5" or 5.25" disks. The disks cost $10 if you subscribe to the Newsletter, $15 if you don't or if you live overseas. Non-subscriber disks do not include the AppleWorks text of the printed TEXASII newsletter. Back issues cost $24 for the 3 most recently released disks or $66 for ALL past disks (25 disks). Disk number 29 includes Bev's Free Patcher v6.9, with complete documentation on disk. Year 2000 updates/patches on Disk 29 include AppleWorks 2.0, 2.1, 3.0, 5.0, and 5.1, and Sneeze.

Year 2000 updates/patches on Disk 30 include ProSel-16 START v8.90, ProSel-8 Mr. Fixit v4.6, TimeOut File Librarian v5.2, and Harold Portnoy's Change-A-File v4.30 (complete). The 5.25" disk version of Disk 30 does not contain ProSel-16.

Disk number 31 includes a new version of the AppleWorks 5.1 patcher, v7.0, TimeOut updates for AppleWorks 5.1 including TimeOut TOC Generator v5.1 and QuickStyles v5.1 from TimeOut TextTools, TimeOut CelLink v5.1 from SpreadTools, and TimeOut File Status from MacroEase. Disk 31 contains a complete list of version numbers of TimeOut accessories for AppleWorks 3.0 and 5.1, plus many other interesting activities for AppleWorks 5 users.

Among the TimeOut updates offered by TEXAS II is the special TEXAS II edition of Randy Brandt's Freeware TimeOut PowerPack. It is Y2K-compliant and includes both AppleWorks 3.0 and 5.1 versions of Randy Brandt's programs, and full documentation on disk. The PowerPack includes TimeOut ASCII Values, AWP to TXT, Category Search, Desktop Sorter, File Librarian, Help Screens, Line Sorter, Program Selector, Triple Clipboard, Triple Desktop, Disk Tester, Utilities. This disk is only $10.

Also available are pre-owned, but original versions of many of the Beagle Bros. TimeOut disks and manuals including UltraMacros, Grammar, FileMaster, TeleComm, Thesaurus, Graph, SideSpread, and ReportWriter, just to name a few. These are available with the manuals for $5 ea.

Finally, TEXAS II has available a considerable number of Y2K fixes available for Apple II software. Provided a fix is available, TEXAS II will update any AppleII software, any version, for Y2K compliance. They charge $10.00 for this service, to cover time spent and return postage. Except for ProSel 8 and 16, simply mail a backup copy of your startup and program disks (no originals) and $10 ($15 overseas) to Beverly Cadieux, 2503 Sherbrooke Ln., McKinney, TX 75070.

Y2K updates available now include:

- AppleWorks v1.0, v1.1, v1.2, v1.3, v1.4, v2.0, v2.1, v3.0, v5.0, and v5.1

- French & Spanish versions of AppleWorks

- AppleWorks with PinPoint, Applied Engineering, TimeOut, or other patches installed

- TimeOut File Librarian v5.2 by Randy Brandt

- Sneeze by Karl Bunker

- Change-A-File v4.30 by Harold Portnoy

- ProSel-16 by Glen Bredon (v8.90) - not necessary to mail a disk. Not just an update, you will receive a complete ProSel v8.90 disk in return.

- ProSel-8 by Glen Bredon (v4.0 with Mr.Fixit v4.6) - do not mail a disk. Not just an update, you will receive a complete ProSel 8 v4.0 disk in return.

If you have access to the Internet, you can visit the TEXASII site at http://members.aol.com/a2mg. The mailing address, as noted above, is 2503 Sherbrooke Ln., McKinney, Texas 75070-4766.

One advantage of using an orphaned computer is that you can get a lot of powerful software CHEAP! Anybody using AppleWorks should take advantage of the resources made available by TEXASII.

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