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10.003 How do I get ShrinkIt or GS-ShrinkIt going on my Apple II?




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This article is from the Apple II Csa2 FAQ, by Jeff Hurlburt with numerous contributions by others.

10.003 How do I get ShrinkIt or GS-ShrinkIt going on my Apple II?

    
Getting GS-ShrinkIt v1.1

     If you do not already have Balloon or an earlier version of GS-ShrinkIt,
there are several ways to get GS-ShrinkIt going once a file is downloaded and
transferred to your IIgs. Here are the two easiest ways:

A. The Self-Extracting (.sea) version

     A IIgs .sea file is a IIgs application which self-extracts the file
contents when executed from the usual Finder desktop display. Since the file
gshk.sea will, most likely, arrive as a Text type file, you will need to change
the file's filetype to $B3 (S16) before it can be executed.

     Several utilities can change ProDOS filetype. If you do not have one, you
can download tchange.bin and follow the directions* in tchange_info.txt  to get
it going on your Apple II.

     You can find GS-ShrinkIt in an .SEA file (e.g. gshk.sea) and tchange.bin
on several archive sites. (See Q&A 007 below.)

B. The Shrinked Disk (.sdk) version

     GSUTILS.sdk is a shrinked whole-disk file which can be unshrinked to 800k
3.5" diskette using 8-bit ShrinkIt (or GS-ShrinkIt).  If booted, this diskette
starts a bare-bones System 6.0.1 and launches GS-ShrinkIt.

     Besides GS-ShrinkIt, also on the disk (in .SHK files) are the ZLINK
shareware telecom utility and ASIMOV for converting .dsk files. Coolwriter (for
reading Text) is on the disk as a non-shrinked file. All of these can be copied
to hard disk or to other diskettes.

     GSUTILS.sdk is available on Ground in the useful.stuff/ folder mentioned
above. The 8-bit ShrinkIt in a self-extracting version can be found in the same
folder.

Getting SHRINK and UNSHRINK (for 64k Apples)

     SHRINK and UNSHRINK permit 64k Apple II users to work with .SHK files.
These files are usually maintained in non-shrinked form. You can find them on
several sites.  (See Q&A 007 below.)

     To get these utilities going on your Apple II, download SHRINK, UNSHRINK,
and SHRINK2PLUS.TXT (e.g. as separeate files or on a .dsk disk image). Once the
files are transferred to your Apple II, follow the directions* in
SHRINK2PLUS.TXT.

*Note: If you download an Apple II file to a PC and transfer to a Mac and get
filetype $00 ("Unknown"),  the process described in the directions will not
work when the $00 file is moved to your Apple II. One solution is a Mac utility
to set filetype to $04 (TXT). See ProTYPE info in the next Q&A below.

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Getting 8-bit ShrinkIt

By:  Beverly Cadieux

     The easiest way to get the current (3.4) version of 8-bit ShrinkIt going
is via the self-extracting archive, SHRINK.EXE.

o- Download the file, (transfer to your Apple II if necessary,) and get into
AppleSoft BASIC (run BASIC.SYSTEM and get to the AppleSoft "]" prompt).

o- Be sure to set the ProDOS PREFIX to the location of SHRINK.EXE on your Apple
II. For example, if it is in the main directory of volume HD1, you would enter

PREFIX /HD1

o- Now, enter -SHRINK.EXE (that's a dash, then the file name):

-SHRINK.EXE

     Shrinkit will self-extract, along with a documentation file. (ShrinkIt
v3.4 consists of two files. One is a small start file which may be named
"Shrinkit.System", "ShrinkitST.sys", or something similar. The other is the
main program file which must be named "Shrinkit".)

     You can find SHRINK.EXE in Ground's useful.stuff/ folder (See Q&A 007
below).

By:  Randy Shackelford
    

 

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