I was hoping that AppleFritter Members could offer me some information about the need and compatibility of certain components and software with the Apple IIgs. I really appreciate information that you may be able to offer about this --
++ Is it necessary to buy software that I'd like to use on the IIgs, or is well-known software (both operating systems, productivity work software such as the PFS Software series, games, creative software for music and visual art creation, etc. now in the public domain, and therefore all are legally available now for free, to download from a Web site?
++ If available for free this way, what is needed to transfer this downloaded software from a modern-day Macintosh (which has no floppy disk drive) to an Apple IIgs (which has not CD ROM drive)?
++ Is it true that, due to the limitation either of the driver(s) that automatically are part of the Apple IIgs, or because addable drivers are not available, that the only Apple StyleWriter Printer that will work with the Apple IIgs is the black-and-white-printing-only Original (First) StyleWriter? (I.e. There is something fundamentally different about the way in which this First Original StyleWriter works from all of the subsequently sold black-and-white-only and color StyleWriter Printers -- either in the connection cable(s) that they require, or in the way in which they are perceived by an Apple IIgs CPU when connected to one?)
++ What if any Ethernet and Modem components (and CPU connection cards, wires, and Internet access software) works with the Apple IIgs? I see a few eBay listings of an Apple-made "Twisted Pair" Ethernet component LC - which I assume primarily was intended for the Macintosh LC Series. However, would this type of Ethernet device work also on the Apple IIgs? And I see various Apple and Third Party Brand Modems listed on eBay. Are any of them compatible with the Apple IIgs (none actually say that they are compatible; some specifically note compatibility with a Macintosh Computer). And in any case, even if any of these modems are IIgs-compatible, would additional CPU cards and/or Internet access software specific to the IIgs be needed to use any of these Modems?
++ Having read a good amount about Apple IIgs components that were made (including certain speakers), I am wondering whether this current eBay listing (# 190595184254) is for Bose Speakers that originally actually came with that Bose-Apple Logo. I have not seen any reference to these "Rare! Vintage Bose Videomate made for Apple" (although there was a similar but distinctly different style pair of Bose Roommate Speakers in white that, for a short time, were sold with the Apple IIgs. Also, if you check that eBay listing, I think you may agree that those speakers look very new to be 20-to-25 years old, even if they were never opened. The logo is skillfully placed on these speakers such that it looks genuine; but I still am not sure that they a genuine Bose-Apple component that was sold.
++ There appear to be 2 types of Apple Microphones that were sold (and it looks as though both were sold primarily for 1990s vintage Macintosh Computers, rather than for the Apple IIgs). One model Microphone has a round head, and the other has a sort of cone-shaped head. Both models seem to have a standard Sony Walkman-like jack that presumable would work with the Apple IIgs too, but do they work with the Apple IIgs? If so, is one of these models more advanced than the other, or would either model produce an identical recording result?
++ In terms of Apple IIgs music creation software, is there one program that you think it the best in what it offers for the Apple IIgs? I'm most familiar, Re: the Apple II, with the Music Construction Set software name, but I've heard also of Sound Studio, and possibly other software (including software that would permit [with the appropriate CPU sound card] stereo sound and speech articulation). Given the Apple IIgs' special dedicated sound chip on its motherboard, I'd like to find music/sound software that best utilizes the Apple IIgs' special sound capabilities for music creation, etc.
Thanks very much. I appreciate any information that you could offer with regard to any of these questions.