Hyper Quarterly

Issue 3


This issue shipped on two 800K disks. Both disks contained a self-extracting ShrinkIt archive, for a total of over 2000K of stacks. Here's what we came up with for our third issue.
Disk 1 | Disk 2

Color Lab

This one of the most useful stack utilities in recent years. In issue 2 I wrote an article on how to change the colors of a particular card. Hangtime quickly came up with a stack that automates changing the colors in HyperCard. This allows you to have different colorsets on each card of your stack, and to do it quickly and intuitively. Take a look at the image below to see a new colorset created by moving the RGB sliders for each of the base desktop colors.

Speak XCMD

The Byte Works has sold a set of Apple IIGS tools that allow programs to speak text. But now, with the Speak XCMD, you can finally easily program speech on your IIGS. Install this XCMD into a stack, and issue the command "Speak text" and your IIGS will be chatting away. Possible uses include children's games and installing into QuarkNet (issue 1) for an offline, audible email reader. Requires the Byte Works' Talking Tools.

BookStacks Press 2.1

Gareth has significantly updated the BookStacks Press. Version 2 sports cleaner navigation, support for the Speak XCMD, Poetry import, and more. Use the BookStacks Press to create online books from Project Gutenburg files and use them in studying with online notes, hyperlinks and more.

As an example, Gareth has provided the Lays of Ancient Rome by T. B. Macaulay. Browse through the history of royal and early republican Rome and find out what BookStacks Press can do for "plain vanilla text".

Good Eats 1.1

Another updated stack, Good Eats is the ultimate online cookbook. Recipes are sorted by name and category, and the cookbook is infinitely expandable, limited only by your IIGS' RAM and hard drive space. Print out a recipe easily to share with friends, or exchange customized cookbooks with other IIGS users.

The Diary

This is one of three stacks that came to us from beyond North America, proving again that the Apple II is a world-wide obsession. David Francis' The Diary is a calendar and appointment stack, but it has the convenient feature of backing itself up every month. Great for those forgetful types! And of course, like all good IIGS software, it is Y2K compatible.

Calendrier Perpetuel

C.P. will create a calendar for any month, with a twist -- it rearranges the days of the week to match the dates. Come to think of it, my "Year-at-a-Glance" calendar does the same thing. The date is calculated by direct access to the IIGS motherboard, so the date you set in the Time control panel won't mess up the dates this calendar produces.

resCopy IIGS

In Macintosh and IIGS programming, a resource is a bit of information that is stored independently of an application's program code. Menus, icons, pictures, dialog boxes, sounds, etc. can all be stored as resources. In HyperCard IIGS, icons, sounds and XCMDs & XFCNs are the most commonly used resources. resCopy IIGS lets you copy resources from one stack to another, or delete them from a stack where the resource isn't needed.

Jaunt's XCMDs

Brian Gillespie has continued to expand the programming abilities of HyperCard with still more great XCMDs. Setting the filetype of files, creating folders and more become available from within HyperCard with these XCMDs.

Shapes and Things

And last but not least, something for the kids. Shapes & Things is the classic memory game transferred to the IIGS. Players can match shapes, numbers, letters or colors, with verbal feedback from the program.

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