After many weeks of delays in getting test PCBs from the manufacturer, I received and was able to certify them this week. With this sign off, a new run of the Applesauce hardware has begun its manufacturing process. It will still be a few weeks till the PCBs arrive here for final assembly, but it is finally happening. The price will go up a bit from the initial run due to increased manufacturing and parts costs as well as new tariffs, but I won’t know the final pricing until the parts all get here. I am making 250 units for this run and currently have about 175 reserved by folks on the wait list.
The new Applesauce hardware has several improvements and new features over the original. The power supply is more robust now. I have beefed up the output capabilities of the voltage regulators significantly to help it work with more drives that have drifted outside of their specifications over the last 35 years. The power supply also has a monitoring system so that it can now detect any abnormalities in power consumption and adjust imaging settings to compensate. This also allows for much greater diagnostic capabilities to ensure that your floppy drive is functioning properly and is a good candidate for disk imaging.
If you purchased an Applesauce in the original run, I am having replacement PCBs made so that you can upgrade your units. There are no real improvements in regards to 5.25 drives, but I did find that many 3.5 drives require more power than what the original boards can provide reliably. So, if you have a Deluxe model, I strongly suggest that you upgrade your board. I will be making upgrade boards available as inexpensively as possible. The upgrade only needs a screwdriver, no soldering or other technical skills required. If you aren’t confident that you can do the upgrade, you can mail your unit back to me and I will replace the board for you at no additional charge.
I’m also making extra sync sensors available for those of you that expressed interest in obtaining extras to install in a few drives.
Got a fairly big update together for this release. Lots of improvements all over the app. These are the big changes:
New disk visualization system. There is a new Visualize Disk option under the Tools menu. Better performance and the output file sizes are 30% of what they used to be. PNG files now also contain metadata.
Fast Imager has undergone a significant upgrade. It will now allow for light copy protections, like volume number changes and E7 bitstream, to be imaged (WOZ only). Honors custom sector interleaves (WOZ only). Fixed issue with not always preserving the volume number on the disk in WOZ output.
Fast Imager can now output .DO and .PO files with automatic detection of ProDOS disks.
Disk Writer has been updated to also write .DO and .PO files. The underlying engine has also been improved to be able to write copy protected disks. Writing WOZ files is coming soon.
Closing the Disk Editor window while analysis was taking place wasn’t properly terminating worker threads and freeing up memory.
Added a Bulk Processor for rendering new PNGs for all of your .A2R files.
Fixed UI issue in disk controller window when hiding and showing app.
Wrote a brand new firmware updating system that fixes an issue with updates not working for some people.
Firmware 1.02 adds better performance for some functions.
Chris Torrence did a video on Applesauce for his Assembly Lines podcast while we were at KansasFest. I’m rambling as usual, but this time I am rambling with Apple ][ legend Roger Wagner! It was an honor to hang out with him and help save a box of his original floppies.
A bit of a delay getting the documentation together due to attending at KansasFest and then needing to drive 1900 miles to get home. Anyway, the Getting Started and Sync Sensor Installation sections are coming together in the Documentation section.
All of the Applesauce units have shipped out. I’m a bit behind in getting the Applesauce setup documentation posted due to being at KansasFest. I’ll have it up later today. The most important thing to know is that the ribbon cable for the disk drive should point downward. You should also unplug the USB connection from your computer whenever you are attaching or removing any cables.
Everything is ready to go! Bandy will be shipping out units over this coming week while I am at KansasFest. Please be patient as it is a ton of work to get everything packed and out the door. Many thanks to everyone that has supported getting us to this point. Anybody that would like to get on the waiting list for the 2nd run, just use the contact form at the link at the top of the page.
If you are on the wait list for the first run of Applesauce, then you should have an email waiting for you. After a couple weeks of delays from the manufacturer, I finally have confirmation that they have shipped the PCBs to me. This was what I was waiting on before I felt comfortable to collect money from folks. There will be a lot of assembly going on around here this coming week. I am expecting to be shipping out units July 13-27.