It’s the end of the year. After many a dry spell in progress, Deja IIx is finally in a beta state.
Occasionally I need to startup Mac OS 9 (under Classic) to see how Deja ][ would handle a particular issue. It’s interesting to compare the two:
Deja ][ was very CPU intensive. It basically took 100% of the CPU. Deja IIx only takes about 8-9%.
Deja ][ screen handling was pokey at best. Deja IIx actually presents a true Apple II screen. In fact, Deja IIx no longer patches the screen writing code in AppleWorks. Instead, it emulates the Apple IIe (hopefully the reason for this will be more apparent in 2008).
Of course, there are other goodies Deja IIx like transparency, window scaling (for those with bad eyes and big monitors). Most of the goodies stem from the changes in the Mac OS in the past ten years. It is amazing how much code was thrown out between Deja ][ and Deja IIx (OK, so I actually didn’t do a direct port — but the point remains the same). There was so much code just to bring up a dialog with gray buttons. It boggles the mind how far we’ve come.
Well, with the changing times comes one more thing before the year ends. There has always been a custom icon available for your AppleWorks folder, to let you know it was for Deja ][. Well, with Leopard and the new app icon, it was time it was updated as well. Deja IIx includes an install option (under the AppleWorks preference section) to make it easy to get (it installs in your Deja IIx folder).
Here’s a peek. And Happy New Year!
Latest Release: Deja IIx 2.0b5