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AppleSauce to read Apple II + Mac floppies

Reading the Reactivemicro site, I stumbled over a newly created hardware project that reads Apple ][ + Mac floppies into current Macintoshes:

https://applesaucefdc.com

In the past, there were many projects replacing floppy drives for Apple ][ + Macintosh, but I hadn't realized them all. Luckily this time, as a recent customer of ReactiveMicro, who wrote about this project, I've got a notice about.

About Applesauce
Applesauce is a floppy drive controller for connecting vintage Apple ][ 5.25″ and 3.5″ floppy drives up to your modern computer via a USB connection.

I've no use of it yet, but I think I'll buy one for now.

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Almost US$300 (drive not included) Shock ... I'll pass.

Add in Amiga floppy disk support, a floppy drive, and drop the price by at least half, then it might be worth considering.

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This product is probably intended for professional use. Hence its fairly high price, which may also be due to small-scale production. For a law firm or accounting firm that no longer has access to their computerized archives from the early 1980s, this amount would seem very reasonable.

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Yeah, would like to see a floppy drive included (3.5" and/or 5.25").

The standard version comes with 5.25" connector only, the 3.5" connector is an option that makes the device expensive.

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Albeit a bit on the expensive side, it's a pretty cool thing... though for preservation purposes, wouldn't also the KryoFlux be a viable solution? And a bit less expensive at that Smile

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Thanks for the comment, this is true. Wink

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The Kryoflux is impractical, opaque, and platform-agnostic. It lacks the Apple-specific engineering of the AppleSauce. The latter also has an enthusiastic and thriving developer community. Several emulators, including Virtual ][, now support the WOZ file format captured by the AppleSauce. Just yesterday WOZ support was announced for the FloppyEmu, so you can run copy-protected disk images on original hardware.

https://www.bigmessowires.com/2019/01/24/floppy-emu-adds-woz-support/

Now that both AppleSauce and FloppyEmu support the Mac, I increasingly regret buying a Kryoflux.

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These are real arguments that need to be considered.

And speaking of FloppyEmu, this is a device I also bought for use with my Apple IIGS computer.