Back in the late '80s when my school district heavily invested in Apples, two software titles were at the top of the list: The Children's Writing & Publishing Center by The Learning Company and Certificate Maker by Springboard. These titles were also "heavily" copy-protected, since they figured teachers would be unrepentant software pirates and share copies without a site license (which they did anyway under the radar).
I'm trying to recreate some of that awful clip-art and rasterized type we used to xerox for the school newsletter every week. Anyway, if somebody has Virtual II (Virtual ][) on their Mac OS X machine, would you mind letting me know if this works on its virtual ImageWriter II system? I can't get either the Writing & Publishing Center or Certificate Maker to even produce text capture output on any emulator I currently have (AppleWin, GSport, Catakig, IIe). The emulated software simply crashes, as if it was accessing an illegal memory address.
One note about GSport: I know it produces color printing output. I have successfully gotten The Print Shop and The New Print Shop to output color printing, even color mixing! But the above titles crash on it.
For The Children's Writing & Publishing Center:
For Certificate Maker:
Just one more note:
I made physical disks out of the Writing & Publishing Center images for use on my Macintosh LCII with IIe Card. They boot properly and seem to output to a printer properly--there is no crashing or seizing when Slot 1 begins outputting data. So why seize under emulation? Hmmm...