Editors and Utilities for APBA


Welcome to MakoJo Software!  This site contains
MakoJo's Editors, Viewers and Utilities for APBA Computer Sports Simulation Games, as well as an assortment of unique data disks, stadiums and assorted other game add-ons.   The Football programs are distributed with the APBA Football Game.  Almost everything on this site is free for the download.  The shareware items are clearly marked as such.  Disclaimer: This site is not affiliated with the APBA Game Company or Miller Associates (or anybody else!). Serving the APBA community since 1996.

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     What's New! 

 02/21/14  The StatCompare program was picking up replay home runs allowed incorrectly  That has been corrected.   You can download the update here.    

  01/16/14  No progress as yet on upgrading the programs to 32 bit.  I never realized how much time being retired requires.  I'm hopeful that I will be able to get to the programs soon, but then again I've been hoping that for quite some time.  So we'll see.

 04/02/13  The .wdd2dos converter was not writing the names of converted divisions.  That has been corrected.  You can download the update here.   

09/07/12   If you're getting a "Path Not Found" error when saving or cloning a MicroManager in the MicroManager Manager program, download this update.  

08/29/12   I have received a number of e-mails since the release of Baseball for Windows 5.75 asking me if I am going to update my utilities for 64 bit Vista, Win7, BBW 5.75, etc.  The answer at this point is "probably".

A little background - my programs were written in Visual Basic 3.0, which produces 16 bit programs.  16 bit programs will run on Microsoft's 32 bit operating systems.  They will not run natively on 64 bit Microsoft operating systems, not because of any inherent technical limitations, but because Microsoft made a conscious decision to not allow their 64 bit systems to support 16 bit code.  Thus my programs can be installed on Vista32, Win7-32, etc., but not natively on Vista64 or Win7-64.  My programs, which rely on ma_bb.ini, will not work with Baseball for Windows 5.75, which uses a different file scheme than 5.5 and does not use the ma_bb.ini file.  

     That said, however, most of the utilities have been converted to 32 bit already, they just haven't been tested.  (Some additional work is required to accommodate the different directory structure of BBW 5.75.)  There is an awful lot of work going on at work, so my hobby time right now is limited.  But my intentions are to upgrade my baseball programs to be compatible with BBW 5.75 and 64 bit operating systems.  I'm just not sure when that will be.


12/21/11  Not to beat a dead horse, but I recently acquired a Windows 7 64 bit computer.  I expected to install BBW on it and provide a step by step list of what I did, similar to what I provided for installing BBW on a Vista computer.  However, there is almost nothing to tell.  I purchased a computer with Windows 7 Professional 64 bit, downloaded and installed Microsoft's free XPMode Virtual Machine, and installed BBW on the Virtual Machine just like on any other XP machine.  Installing the XPMode Virtual Machine was as straightforward as downloading one file from Microsoft's site and double clicking on it.  If you are going to get a Win7 64 bit computer, it seems to make sense to get a Win7 Professional box.  The XPMode machine has come in handy for a number of other things as well.

11/12/10  Bill Staffa has requested that I no longer provide the Merlin program for download.  It has therefore been removed from the site.

 Installing Baseball for Windows and my programs in VISTA 32 bit:  Click Here


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About the Programs

These programs are all full featured Windows programs and will work under Windows 3.1, Windows '95, Windows '98, Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows ME, Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7.  If you are running a 64 bit version of any of these operating systems you will need to first install a 32 bit virtual machine and then install the programs to the virtual machine.  Note that the Baseball programs  will not work with Baseball for Windows 5.75.  They feature point and click controls and have built in Help files.  You may have read about some of them in the APBA Journal.  The Football Programs were distributed by APBA on the Football for Windows CD.  The program "bundles" contain the programs as well as all of the other files needed to run the programs such as Help Files and .dll files (except for vbrun300.dll, see below).  The latest versions of programs are usually available separately for a short time after the update is released so that you don't have to download the whole bundle over and over again. vbrun300.dll  is required to run these programs but is not distributed with the programs because most people have it already.  If you need this file, click on it to download it. (225k)  Unzip vbrun300.zip and extract vbrun300.dll into your windows\system directory (folder).

It is okay to share these programs with your friends.  It is also okay to link to them from other sites.  But please link to the complete distribution bundles with all the included files, not just the latest .exe files.  You may want to consider, however, linking to the files here rather than reposting them so that your visitors always get the latest version.

zipper All of the files have been zipped with PKZIP.  Just click on the icon or file name to download the zip file, unzip it, and then either run the included setup program (for bundles) or copy the new version of the files to the directory on your hard drive where the program currently resides.  If you need an unzipper program, you can download one from PKWare's Home Page, WinZip's Home Page, or InfoZip's Home Page.   A free, easy to use alternative is JustZipIt.
 

MZap If you like to poke around in data files with a hex editor, then I recommend the MZap Hex Editor (11k).  I like it because it shows the file contents in hex and decimal and ascii all at the same time. This makes it easy to identify names, codes, stats, etc., all from one view.