Hyper Quarterly

Issue 2

screen shot of HQ opening sequence

This issue shipped on two 800K disks. Both disks contained a self-extracting ShrinkIt archive, for a total of almost 2400K of stacks. Here's what we came up with for our second issue.
Disk 1 | Disk 2

The Front End

As usual, Hangtime had some improvements for our Front End stack. It's not only full of Easter Eggs, but has tons of cool functionality that you owe it to yourself to explore-take a peek at the scripts! We have three articles in this issue: Gareth Jones supplies two on search and replace, on using the Offset function and how fast it can make your stack, and I chimed in with an article on using colorsets (palettes) in HyperCard to change the standard system colors to any sixteen you'd like to play with. We also have news about Delphi's newly free web access to forums and Marinetti, the TCP/IP implementation for IIGS computers.


Those of you who received the first issue will remember this stack. It is newly updated with two important features--it properly sets the file type of translated HTML files so that the show up as WordPerfect documents on your desktop, and it handles tables with infinitely more grace. In addition to this, we are shipping a beta level translator for GraphicWriter III (thanks to Seven Hills Software) that imports WordPerfect documents. So if you have a newsletter and want to include some text originally in HTML format, download it, translate to WP format with Gareth's stack, and import into GWIII for the easiest way to repurpose content on the IIGS yet.


This is also an update, that fixes some bugs and adds an improved word count and HTML export function. HC.Word is a text editor that really shows off HyperCard's expertise at handling text. Plus, since HyperCard is always saving to disk automatically, you never have to wonder if you've saved your work or not!

IIGS Printers

screenshot of IIGS printers

Based on a Macintosh stack, this is a collection of information on just about every laser printer and inkjet printer you can use with a IIGS. Includes information about PostScript, Harmonie and Independence, with pop-up buttons for quick links.

Loonar Lander

screenshot of loonar lander

This is our first game, programmed by Brian Gillespie. You have to safely land a loonar module on the Moon's surface. You have thrusters and a main rocket to fire, but be careful or you'll crash land on an unforgiving lunar surface.

Bookstacks Press

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The internet is awash in freely available, public domain etexts (digitized texts of public domain works). Bookstacks Press lets you import Gutenburg etexts and add hypertext links, picture links, and sound. In fact, Bookstacks Press, by special arrangement with Triad Ventures who have graciously allowed us to use their sound digitize XCMD, is the easiest way to get a sound into HyperCard IIGS yet.

You are invited to download a sample Bookstack, Pope John XXIII's Encyclical Pacem in Terris.


screen shot of Macbeth

Well, you may never have seen a bookstack, so we'd be remiss in not including a sample. Macbeth by William Shakespeare shows off the bookstacks concept beautifully, with linked notes and pictures that add to a study of this look into the darker side of power.

The X-Files

Yes, I stole the name. But it seemed so appropriate for Brian Gillespie's collection of XCMDs and XFCNs that extend the utility of HyperTalk for us. In fact, it was because of one of Brian's XCMDs that Gareth was able to set the file type in HTML.to.WP. See, even we use these stacks!


Tom Stechow was once a prominent developer on the Apple II, and has left us this legacy of XCMDs and XFCNs, which allow innovative control of features such as sound volume on your IIGS from within HyperCard itself.

KFest '97

screen shot of Tony Diaz

I attended my first KansasFest this July, and here are some photographs of other attendees (kfesters) as well as some of my reflections on this major event in the Apple II community.

Frameless Fields

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Hangtime's innovative feature of frameless fields, which we use in the front end, could be a tedious, time consuming task; but not with this stack, which lets you quickly format a field that will have your friends wondering how you attained guruhood so quickly!


J. Eric Schonblom joins the Hyper Quarterly crew with his submission of CampMaster. Used by Schonblom in his summer computer camps to teach basic computer literacy, they are great models of interactive HyperCard programming, and can serve as inspiration and basis for your own interactive models, as well as training stacks for the computer newbie in your house.

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