Hi, new forum member here. I'm looking to see if anyone can shed some light on which version of Merlin to use on Virtual ][. I'm preparing to buy an Apple //e for real and want to ramp up to programming on it via Virtual ][. I have found several version of the assembler and don't really know how to compare them - they all kind of look the same to me :). I watched this video:
and, it appears the videographer, Chris Torrence, is using the original Merlin, which I have been unable to locate. I found a version that resembles it, but has a bordered splash screen before the menu that doesn't appear in the video. The only reasons that I'm trying to match it are 1) it works for him and I'd like it to work for me, and 2) I can't really differentiate between versions. For example, he uses the ORG mnemonic, which, while handy, doesn't seem to work in anything other than the 1983 version (the one with the splash screen that boots to Merlin... not Merlin 8 or Merlin-Pro)...
So, my questions are:
1. Which version do y'all recommend for Virtual ][ programming of the simulated //e?
2. Which version for the real //e?