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Apple IIgs Emulator

We all have our own bits of nostalgia when it comes to computers “back in the day.” OK, maybe you don’t, but I do. I have many fond memories of my Apple IIgs and all of its glory. I had a Woz edition with a TransWarp GS, the Hard Disk 20SC, and the good ol’ ImageWriter II. Why let the past go, when you can run old programs on your screaming fast modern hardware with an emulator? On the Mac, the best Apple IIgs emulator is Sweet16, which is still in active development (2011). It even supports printing (to the Mac’s Preview.app).

I found a bunch of Apple IIgs disk images (location updated), and I recognized some of the programs, not that you can do much with them nowadays, but it’s fun. Try it out for yourself. Have some fun.

Happy Memories

Here are some screen shots that I was able to produce. What fun!

The GS/OS 6 Finder:

Many a birthday card did I print with Print Shop! I wish I could still print them out…

AppleWorks was a real winner:


GNO Multitasking Environment (GNO/ME). Unix for the Apple IIgs. This was a new one to me, but here it is!

So many more old programs to explore. Have fun!


I should add that if you’re having trouble getting files from your Mac into your GS image, since Apple dropped support for plain HFS disk images in OS 10.5 or 10.6, there’s a roundabout way to do it. I tried the program CiderPress, which is an open source tool on Windows for reading and writing ProDOS (and other) disk images. If you don’t have Windows anywhere, you might try WineBottler to run Windows apps on your Mac, though I don’t know if it works with CiderPress or not.

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  1. August 21st, 2011 at 06:08 | #1


    Love your article! There are still many Apple II and old Macintosh users out there – if you love retro Apple stuffs, joined the RetroMacCast web site! I myself have one dedicated to Apple IIGS and my Apple loving family: http://retromaccast.ning.com/profile/LimThyeChean

    Sweet16 is great! If you have an older Mac, try hunting down Bernie ][ The Rescue. Also tried DiversiTune for music!

  2. August 22nd, 2011 at 14:11 | #2

    @Lim Great site. “They’re not old, they’re retro!”

  3. August 22nd, 2011 at 23:45 | #3


    They have one of the best retro podcast. If you are in love with Apple II, there are 1MHz and Open Apple podcasts too!

    My own Apple IIGS is still alive and kicking: http://retromaccast.ning.com/video/apple-iigs

  4. December 9th, 2011 at 15:17 | #4

    Thanks! I’m really into nostalgia, er retro tech. I keep my old Windoz 3.1 system going for a soecial games. I also have an IMSAI 8080 from 1976 I’ve kept running. Sort of. The 8″ floppy died. I wasn’t able to find one and get it working with CP/M, so back to MITS Basic. Love that text-graphics trek game…


  5. September 11th, 2012 at 11:11 | #5

    That’s great topic until now i always using mac..

  6. January 29th, 2014 at 04:52 | #6

    I was able to find goood info from your articles.

  7. Harley Gerdes
    March 16th, 2017 at 13:26 | #7

    I have fond memories of using apple IIe in grade school. Once I became aware that there was a 16 bit Apple computer, I have been actively seeking to acquire one for myself. As a collector and computer hobbyist it looks like it will be a fun machine to have for my collection. Your article was great and very informative. Thanks!

  8. Dan Mahoney
    January 16th, 2018 at 19:36 | #8

    So, assuming I have a classic Imagewriter II and a usb-to-mac-serial-port-adapter, what would it take to actually make printing work with the print shop?

  9. January 16th, 2018 at 21:01 | #10

    That would be great to get Print Shop working!

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