Apple Pugetsound Program Library Exchange

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Apple Pugetsound Program Library Exchange
Type Users' group
Established February 1978; 40 years ago (1978-02)
Founder Val Golding
Members 8,900
Current President Mike Pfaiffer

The Apple Pugetsound Program Library Exchange (A.P.P.L.E.) is a users' group established in 1978 by Val Golding.


The group provided software, hardware and support services for the Apple world until 1990. Val Golding left the group in 1984 and the group became a Co-Operative in 1985.

From 1990 to 2001, the group existed as a user's group only providing support to local northwest computer users. In 2001, Bill Martens began to look into the possibility of preserving the information associated with the company and in contacting many of the former writers, board members and staff, found that there was an interest in preserving and rebuilding the company. Thus in February 2002, this effort began in earnest with the production of Call-A.P.P.L.E. Magazine being restored once again.


A.P.P.L.E. is an all volunteer Apple / Macintosh users group. None of the members of the board or of the staff are paid and are dedicating their time to this project for the love of the computer world.

While much of the current group is still based in the Seattle area, production is now handled in Japan and Canada.

The purpose of the group is to provide information, software, hardware, documentation, and support to all levels of users regardless of the Apple computer that they are using. For those members who wish to support our efforts can check the section below on volunteering. We always encourage the enhancement of the "user helping user" concept and continue to believe that this is the best way for those who need help to gain the assistance they need.

The A.P.P.L.E. is one of the oldest official Apple Users Groups in existence and specializes in providing users usable freeware and shareware. They also publish the magazine, Call-A.P.P.L.E. on a monthly basis in addition to online libraries.


A.P.P.L.E. has published numerous books over the years, most related to modifying or programming the Apple II and Apple /// Series computers. The first book published by the group was the personal notes of Steve Wozniak and Randy Wigginton. The 300 plus pages were photocopied and the "Wozpak" was produced complete with program tape. The book was later typeset and reproduced as the "Wozpak][" with floppy disk.

Other books included the "Call-A.P.P.L.E. In Depth" series and the "Call-A.P.P.L.E. Compendium" series which were primarily related to the source code listings from the magazines. Most of these books included floppies classified in the Anthology series.[clarification needed] The Anthology disks were mostly Applesoft and Integer basic programs from the monthly issues of Call-A.P.P.L.E. magazine. The 1981 Pascal anthology was produced by current A.P.P.L.E. president Bill Martens. Most of these books and software are still available today in CD or DVD format.

A.P.P.L.E. has produced 19 volumes of Call-A.P.P.L.E. magazine from 1978 to 1990 and 2002 to 2007. The magazine is produced on a monthly basis and contains information about all aspects of Apple computers all the way from the Apple-1 to the latest Macintosh computers with Mac OS X.

A.P.P.L.E. has also produced other publications over the years including /// Cheers! (1984–1985), 32 Little Apples (1984–1986), Mac A.P.P.L.E. (1986–1988), Mac Horizons (1988–1989), The APDA Log (1984–1989), The Mac Tech Quarterly (1989–1990) and the Co-Op Spirit (1991–1994).