Tag Archives: Don Worth

The Software Factory – AstroApple (Tape Distribution)

This archive contains a disk image (13 sector DOS 3.2 format) of the tape distribution of AstroApple, an astrology program by Bob Male, distributed by The Software Factory. The other side of the disk has the diskette distribution, but there were so many bad sectors that the FC5025 couldn’t image it.

Get the archive here.

Someone posted a scan of the manual here (free to view in your browser; downloading apparently requires free registration).


The Software Factory – BABBLE (Tape and Diskette Distribution)

This archive contains the 13-sector DOS 3.2 disk images for the tape and diskette distributions of BABBLE. What’s BABBLE? An ad in Softalk describes it this way:

“Have fun with this unique software. You write a story, entering it as a BABBLE program. As you write the story you specify certain words to be selected by the computer or entered from the keyboard at execution time. Run the program and watch BABBLE convert your story into an often hilarious collection of incongruities. The ways in which BABBLE can entertain you are limited only to your imagination. You can compose an impressive political speech or write poetry. You can plan a dinner menu. You can even form images on the screen or compose musical tunes with the help of BABBLE. The cassette version requires at least 16K of RAM and the diskette version requires at least 32K of RAM. BABBLE is written in machine language and runs on any Apple II computer.”

Get the archive here.


Software Factory Dealer Demo

This is a 13-sector DOS 3.2 format disk image for The Software Factory Dealer Demo diskette, containing brief program demonstrations for Beneath Apple Manor, AstroApple (48K version), and Babble. The main menu is dated August 25, 1979.

Get the disk here.

I’m fairly certain some file corruption happened in the FC5025 transfer, even though my notes don’t indicate that any errors were encountered:



Don Worth’s Bag of Tricks manual original files

Next up, we have the original texts for the “Bag of Tricks” manual.

Well, most of them anyway. Pieter Lechner’s “Chapter 2: Trax”┬áis missing. When I asked Don about it, he replied:

“Pieter was responsible for his own disks and was working at Quality Software in those days, so I don’t think I had copies of his parts of the manual.”

If you’re looking to read the original files on your favorite emulator or real Apple II, this is a CP/M formatted disk, but Don doesn’t remember the specific word processor he used:

“I believe at the time I did BoT I was using a CP/M word processor (to get proportional spaced output on my Diablo daisy wheel printer). I can’t for the life of me remember what it was – except that it had a small padded brown vinyl manual.”

Also of note: on side 2 are a few letters written to Softalk editor Margot Comstock. I left them in the image because they’re probably interesting to Apple II historians and Don gave his OK:

“If there is nothing embarrassing in the letters, go ahead and share them too.”

This .zip file has what you’re looking for.

Don Worth’s Beneath Apple DOS original text files

A while back (feels like about a year ago, but I’m sure it’s closer to two or three – memory gets funny when you age) Bill Garber sent me a disk-box full of Don Worth’s original floppies. These include source code for various versions of Beneath Apple Manor, Zap!, AstroApple and some other things, as well as the text files that were used in the production of his groundbreaking Beneath Apple DOS book, and the manual for Bag of Tricks.

I used an FC5025 to create disk images; Device Side Data’s ingenious little board is a handy tool and makes bulk-imaging a breeze but its error handling is somewhat less robust than, say, the Kryoflux or the E.D.D. Plus card, which is unfortunate because several floppies had bad sectors scattered across them. One, “DOSX Source” couldn’t be read at all. On the plus side, when the FC5025 does encounter an error, it doesn’t kill the process completely so some of the images have a bad file or three where data couldn’t be read. I’ll make sure to point out the affected items as I post them.

Anyway. I’ve held them captive for long enough, so we’ll start with the Beneath Apple DOS book files and I’ll try to get everything else up shortly. The source files for Beneath Apple DOS span three diskette sides and were written in Hayden Software’s PIE Writer. The zip archive (link below) contains a disk image for that program so you can fire it up on your favorite emulator, or transfer it over to the real thing and read the text that way.


I couldn’t find a copy of the PIE Writer manual but the ‘Help’ files are included on the program disk. You won’t need them to load Don’s text though. Just choose the Format Text Processor (option 2) from the PIE Writer menu and follow the prompts to load the file called CH1 and you’ll be off and reading. The files are chained together so when you reach the end of one chapter, the next will load from disk automatically. (PIE Writer is pretty cool!)

I’m not sure why I’m telling you this, actually. If you’re here, you know how to do all this…


This zip file contains everything you need. (No bad sectors on Don’s originals – whew!).