Apple II DeskTop
Work-in-Progress disassembly and enhancements for Apple II Desktop (a.k.a. MouseDesk)
💾 Disk images can be found on the Releases page 💾
This application started its life as MouseDesk by Version Soft. It is a mouse-driven Mac-like "Finder" GUI application for 8-bit Apples and clones with 128k of memory, utilizing double-hires monochrome graphics (560x192), an optional mouse, and the ProDOS operating system.
Apple Computer acquired the software and released it - rebranded as Apple II DeskTop - as the initial system software for the Apple IIgs before 16-bit GS/OS replaced it. The rebranded version still functions on 8-bit Apples, including the Apple IIe, Apple IIc, Apple IIc Plus, Apple IIe Option Card for Macintosh, and the Laser 128 family.
- History of MouseDesk/Apple II DeskTop versions, by Jay Edwards
- Overviews: GUI Gallery — GUIdebook
- Manual: Apple IIgs System Disk User’s Guide (1986) - Chapter 2 “The DeskTop”
- Disk Images for MouseDesk and Apple II DeskTop
Other GUI environments exist for the 8-bit Apples, including GEOS (which includes productivity applications) and Quark Catalyst. While Apple II DeskTop is more limited - serving only as a file manager and application launcher - it is (subjectively) more visually appealing and better integrated with ProDOS.
The goal of this project is to disassemble/reverse-engineer the suite with an eye towards understanding how it functions, fixing bugs, and adding functionality.
See the Release Notes for a list of enhancements and fixes so far.
Additional help is welcome! See the guide for Contributing.
The cc65 tool chain will be used; source files will target the ca65 macro assembler. Cross-development on modern systems will be assumed. (Sorry, Merlin purists! We still love you.)
Code of Conduct
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