Virtual ][
Virtual ][
8.1

5.0

Virtual ][ free download for Mac

Virtual ][

8.1
31 January 2018

Emulates the Apple II, Apple II+, and Apple IIe computers.

Overview

Virtual ][ is a program that emulates the Apple ][, Apple ][+ and Apple IIe computers. If you want to find out more, read the Virtual ][ help file.

What's new in Virtual ][

Version 8.1:

Note: Now requires OS X 10.11 or later running on a 64-bit Intel processor

  • Added a preference to use the H.264 codec for making a screen movie, even if the HEVC codec is available
  • Added a preference to suppress the large "Paused" indicator
  • Making a screen movie in macOS 10.11 and 10.12 now works as it should; the application no longer crashes.
  • Fixed an issue that crashed the app when unplugging the game controller
  • Double-clicking a disk in the Finder worked only once per run; this has been fixed.
  • When saving a configuration, the save dialog incorrectly gave the option to select a file type (such as disk image). This has been fixed.
  • The "Current PC" button in the Inspector could result in blank lines in the disassembly. This has been fixed.
  • When rebooting a virtual machine, the main window now stays the active window if the Inspector is open.
  • If a configured ROM image file cannot be read, the application now presents an error message identifying the path of the missing file. In the previous version the application crashed.
  • Fixed numerous (albeit minor) memory leaks
  • Updated the documentation of the A2V2 disk transfer utility

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CFrag
24 July 2012

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The Apple II was the first computer I used. I still know the 6502 instruction set by heart, and having an almost perfect recreation of that great machine simply brings me joy. There is nothing I can do on the Apple II that I couldn't do faster on any other computer. But booting up the Apple II (hearing the faithful recreation of the whirr-whirr-clack-clack-clack of the booting disk), and typing 'call -151' to get into the Monitor is something that only few people will ever get. I do. And I love it. Why? Because I can. The price is great considering the amount of work that has gone into creating a near-perfect simulation (just imagine the amount of work required to get the one-bit speaker of the Apple II emulator to produce correct sound on a Mac with a polyphonic synthesizer).
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Version 6.5
mattblackmanGeekEsq
13 February 2016
$49??? Yikes!
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Version 7.5.2
Macinman
31 March 2015
hey all, I was wondering if this program was still maintained and developed? I see it's a shareware program, but all the old apple emulators seem to be several years old without any recent updates. I didn't want to pay for it if it was no longer supported, so I thought I would ask first. Thanks
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Version 7.3
CFrag
24 July 2012
The Apple II was the first computer I used. I still know the 6502 instruction set by heart, and having an almost perfect recreation of that great machine simply brings me joy. There is nothing I can do on the Apple II that I couldn't do faster on any other computer. But booting up the Apple II (hearing the faithful recreation of the whirr-whirr-clack-clack-clack of the booting disk), and typing 'call -151' to get into the Monitor is something that only few people will ever get. I do. And I love it. Why? Because I can. The price is great considering the amount of work that has gone into creating a near-perfect simulation (just imagine the amount of work required to get the one-bit speaker of the Apple II emulator to produce correct sound on a Mac with a polyphonic synthesizer).
Like (4)
Version 6.5
1 answer(s)
Brian68
Brian68
22 September 2013
Thank you CFrag! I think this review is not just well done and thorough, but really captures what I have tried to explain to people for years -- the feeling of an Apple II. The author of the program definitely does understand it too because faithful recreations of sounds and timings are so critical to the success of the product in aesthetic terms but they are not necessarily required to successfully emulate existing software apps. This product allows you to set up a working Apple II system, complete with dot matrix printer and Mockingboard emulation. If all you want to do is play Dig Dug I can see where $49 sounds too steep. The author has understood that for as long I can recall and offers a $19 limited license. I have used it to write programs and fiddle with productivity apps, etc. so it doesn’t limit what you do. It limits you to 128KB if RAM -- which is what my //e had. Upgrading gets you to 8MB (emulated RAM expansion boards) -- and you can mount Mac folders as ProDOS volumes, among other things. The RAM upgrade isn’t likely to be in your eBay purchase. I have found the $19 license to be perfect for my needs and have never been asked to pay for upgrades. I don't recall exactly when I bought it but 4 years ago is probably about right. $5 per year. Finally, the support is excellent. When I contacted the author about issues with Apple Cider Spider that made it unplayable, he figured out the cause and produced a fix quickly. This is one of the best software values out there and if you are interested in playing more than a couple hours per year it is worth it to at least get the gamer license. :-)
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Thomas1977
13 March 2012
Awesome emulator! Faithful emulation but the cost is a bit high. If you look out for a 2dehand Apple II it could well be cheaper.
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Version 6.5
Paulhagstrom
13 March 2012
It's been quite a long time since a review was posted, but Virtual ][ is an excellent, excellent emulator. There are a few different Apple II emulators around, but Virtual ][ provides the best experience by far. Supports a lot of models and different internal options and cards, and a great attention to detail (perhaps my favorite example of this is the fact that the disk seek noises are actually faithfully reproduced in real time). Supports a lot of image formats and interacts well with ADTpro, good host integration including the ability to mount a folder as a ProDOS volume. And it is actively maintained. Much cheaper, better connected, faster (if you want it to be), and more space efficient than the physical machine, and you'll never any need to reseat or replace the RAM chips.
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Version 6.5
Magosilvan
11 March 2006
why not //c and not //GS too?
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Version 5.1
Anonymous
23 October 2005
can someone please tell me how to play games with 2 disks. how do i insert them and play them when it asks me to switch to disk 2. the creator of the app never responds to me
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Version 4.2
1 answer(s)
Anonymous
Anonymous
20 November 2005
games with 2 disks : click on the disk drive at the bottom of the screen to eject first disk, then insert disk 2.
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Version 4.3
Anonymous
27 June 2005
I could get an actual apple 2 for that much.
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Version 4.0
2 answer(s)
Rubens-Leao-
Rubens-Leao-
15 December 2008
asuhusahsauhsauhs!!! Good one! The hard thing is to find one ...
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Version 6.1
fonginator
fonginator
17 October 2009
Sure, but for $50, I don't have an extra computer cluttering up my house for those few times that I get a hankering to play Arcade Boot Camp...
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Version 6.3.5
Anonymous
02 March 2005
Very nice, well designed and working emulator. Yet way overpriced! Yes, I know it takes time to develop such thing, possibly much more than a generic doc-based application. Yet with this expectations I am not going to even think of spending a penny on it.- the price has changed some revisions ago, so has my attitiude towards this app.
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Version 3.4.1
zak1974
02 March 2005
He he! :) Way cool ! I guess there's never ending market of people whose first computer was an Apple ][. Mine was a russian rip-off, AGAT-7. Circa 1987.
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Version 3.4.1
$44.00

5.0

App requirements: 
  • Intel 64
  • OS X 10.11.0 or later
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