[Blindapple] Textalker latest version

Tony Baechler tony at baechler.net
Tue Oct 22 03:35:42 EDT 2013


Kyle, this is interesting that you bring up the latest version of Textalker.
 My memory could be playing tricks on me, but I swear that there was a
version 3.1.4 for the IIe, but I can't find it anywhere.  I've found 3.1.2
and 3.1.3, but nothing later.  I know I had and used 3.1.1 for quite a while
because it didn't stop speaking when I pressed a random key.  That was
apparently a new feature in 3.1.2, as well as being I think the first
version for ProDOS.  Version 3.1.3 started pronouncing punctuation when
entered on the keyboard.  Previous versions were silent when pressing dash,
period, etc.  As I said, maybe my memory is playing tricks on me, but I
swear there was a 3.1.4 and I remember using it in ProDOS only and writing
Applesoft programs with it.  Does anyone have Sensible Speller?  Perhaps it
was on that.  I also had Prowords which might have shipped it.  Other than
those disks, I don't know where I would've got it, so perhaps I'm just
wishing.  I remember that I was surprised because it acted a lot like 3.1.3
and I didn't realize that there was a newer version.  I'm not talking about
Textalker gs which I've had no luck with so far.

On 10/13/2013 8:09 PM, Jayson Smith wrote:
> Hi,
> The only Textalker I know of that pronounces . as dot, etc. is Textalker-GS
> from APH. This was a special version of Textalker designed for the IIgs, and
> won't run on anything else. It runs under ProDOS or GS/OS. If that's what
> you're after, I have one version of it, although you won't be running it on
> an Apple IIe.
> Jayson
> On 10/13/2013 10:27 AM, Kyle wrote:
>> Asimov is definitely the best archive of Apple II disk images I've
>> found. For the Beagle Bros stuff though, you will probably want to get
>> it from the archive at
>> http://beagle.applearchives.com/
>> This is the stuff like Pronto-DOS, Dos Boss, Utility City and other
>> interesting disks. I say this because although I found their Tip Disk 1
>> on Asimov, it appeared to be missing a lot of programs, including the
>> slot search that looks like it documents very well exactly what I was
>> trying to do searching for the Echo before running textalker only if
>> it's in a slot. I found the complete tip disk on the Beagle archive.
>> While it didn't hav the fly menu, I only needed to study the slot search
>> program, so this disk worked much better for my needs.
>> I do wish someone had the absolute latest version of Textalker though,
>> which isn't on Asimov or anywhere else I've found. This is the one that
>> pronounces period as "dot," apostrophe as "tick" and exclamation as
>> "bang." I think the version right before that is on the tic tac toe
>> disk. That's 3.1.3. All I can find anywhere as a full textalker disk is
>> 3.1.2. I actually owned a copy of that disk when I was in high school,
>> so I know it should exist somewhere, I just can't find it, neither the
>> DOS 3.3 version or the ProDOS version.
>> ~Kyle
>> http://kyle.tk/
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Have a good day,
Tony Baechler
tony at baechler.net

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