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#1
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us
insidemacgames_1993to1995.sit (85.35 MB)
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
#2
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us
insidemacgames_1996.sit (83.78 MB)
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
#3
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us
insidemacgames_1997to1999.sit (74.77 MB)
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
#4
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us
insidemacgames_45cds.sit (1.73 MB)
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
Emulation
This app works with: SheepShaver, Basilisk II,

This e-zine application used to be distributed online and on CD-ROM. Each issue has a wealth of info about our beloved old Mac games.

The top three archives contain all 57 issues that were released in DOCMaker format, from February 1993 (1x01) through February 1999 (7x01). Subsequent issues were on-disc web sites that are too large to collect here.

Thanks to marktrade at Archive.org, dozens of IMG CD-ROMs can now be downloaded in full!
Discs from 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, and 2000 are currently available.

The fourth archive on this page is a DiskTracker catalog of the 45 IMG CDs that have been uploaded.

The website began as a downloadable magazine at AOL, with authors from AOL's Mac Games forum. The first issue was published February 1993, featuring a preview of Graphic Simulations' F/A-18 Hornet 1.0. The newsletter soon turned to distribution via floppy disk, and in 1995 via CD-ROM, which enabled on-disc extras.

In 1996, Deniz left IMG to work for Bungie Software for nearly four years as a producer for titles such as Marathon 2: Durandal for Windows, Abuse, Weekend Warrior, and Marathon Infinity, and a project leader for Myth II: Soulblighter. In 1999, Deniz returned to take the helm of IMG, which was now a website. In 2000, the CD-ROM distribution of the newsletter was dropped, although an occasional games CD-ROM is distributed to subscribers.

  — Wikipedia

See also: MacSense, MacUser

Compatibility
Architecture: 68k PPC

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Bolkonskij's picture
by Bolkonskij - 2018, April 5 - 8:20pm
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Well thank you for taking the time to write such an extensive answer, MikeTomTom. There should be a "thank you" button, really. It now works. PDFWriter 4.0 did the trick. Appreciate the help!

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by MikeTomTom - 2018, April 2 - 11:38pm

Both Macs don't have a printer configured, could that be the culprit?

Most certainly is.

On my eMac running 9.2.2, my choice of Acrobat is version 4.05a, which is what I use. And I print to PostScript using Apple's LaserWriter 8 print driver software, then print to PDF via Distiller.

However, you don't need a printer set up if you instead use the Acrobat PDFWriter print driver. You get this driver either from a full Acrobat install, or you can DL the driver separately. Both are available from here if you don't have either. The PDFWriter print driver prints directly to PDF cutting out the middle step of creating a .ps file and then printing to PDF. The results I find are OK - I prefer the results from printing to .ps first, then distilling to PDF. But if you want a quick PDF without any fuss, then PDFWriter is fine to use.

I've converted a DOCMaker publication here for you to look at: IMG-1x03-93-04.pdf (Right-click to DL). It's issue "IMG 1x03 • 93/04". You will find it looks pretty good, until you get to the "Nascar Challenge" section. Then you'll begin to see some glaring flaws with DOCMaker splitting pics across page breaks. - See [Edit] below.

Another downside IMO is when DOCMaker prints, it stamps today's current date in a footer on each page. There is no way to turn this off in DOCMaker stand-alone doc's settings. I think it would be better if it would print the date the document was created, if it has to date stamp pages at all.

The text is good tho', I used .ps to Distiller and all fonts are embedded Type 1 subsets.

[Edit] I've discovered that you can post-edit these 'zines using the full DOCMaker document creator, before you print them to PDF. This means you can insert Page breaks anywhere in the document (It's a pity the IMG creators didn't use this feature when they created their 'zines) and you can turn off the current date stamp in the footer of the document.

Here's my post-edited copy you can compare against the above: IMG-1x03-93-04-postedit.pdf.
I think you'll see it's a good improvement, with no pictures split across page breaks.

  • A couple of things to note:
    1. There is a copy of the DOCMaker document creator here but it has little detail about it, version wise. You can find a full copy of DOCMaker on any of the MacFormat cover CD's here, versions will range from 4.1 to 4.6 circa 1996 (I used v4.1 for the post-edited copy).
    2. The IMG 'zines with a bluish icon carry their own custom Creator ID; Img@, this needs to be changed to Dk@P before the DOCMaker editor will recognize and open it for editing. Use Creator Changer to easily change this to DOCMaker's Creator ID.
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by Bolkonskij - 2018, April 2 - 10:23am
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Thanks for taking the time to reply MikeTomTom!

Unfortunately, neither on my eMac running 9.2.2 natively nor on my iMac G5 (running Classic) can I get the issues to be printed to .ps. (which would be great, as I have a ps printer). Been trying with issue 01/93, opens fine in classic mode too btw. Whenever I click on "print" or "page setup" all that it does is playing the "bing" alert sound.

Console.log shows no error, but then not sure if the classic environment logs these to the OSX console. Both Macs don't have a printer configured, could that be the culprit? (but shouldn't the dialog window come up anyway?)

No sort of online converter for DocMaker to PDF files I suppose? :-/

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by MikeTomTom - 2018, March 30 - 9:44pm

Is there a way the convert these issues from DocMaker format to something like a PDF?

It's easy to run the DocMaker file and print it to ".ps" (PostScript) on a classic Mac OS 9.2.2 or earlier then drop the .ps file onto Adobe's Distiller to produce a high quality PDF. Or, print from the DocMaker file directly to PDF, using Adobe's "PDFWriter" print driver (tho' Distiller gives the best results). If DocMaker runs in "Classic mode" on an OS X 10.4x or earlier, then you should also be able to print direct to PDF using OS X's native print drivers (I haven't attempted to run DocMaker files under Classic as yet, so don't know if they do work).

One caveat is DocMaker's single page layout for each chapter that often spans several pages when printed; Pictures in the document will be cut in two if they happen to be where a printed page ends and begins a new page.

But otherwise, you can print an entire document as a single PDF with embedded fonts. The text looks great, it's just a pity about the layout format of DocMaker with regards to the embedded pictures when printed.

Bolkonskij's picture
by Bolkonskij - 2018, March 30 - 2:13pm
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Is there a way the convert these issues from DocMaker format to something like a PDF? I'd really like to read them, rather printed on paper than on the screen...

@Daxeria - aw, just saw your comment! Unfortunately the disc went with an old PowerMac that I sold about two years ago... Sad

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by Daxeria - 2016, March 6 - 7:57am

@Bolkonskij: Nope. You'll have to download the full IMG CD-ROMs to get the videos, slideshows, and demos.

Speaking of which, though, do you still have the December 1994 CD mentioned in the earliest comment on this page? That's one of the discs that no one else has found yet. If you could upload it to the IMG 1994 page, it would be hugely appreciated!

Bolkonskij's picture
by Bolkonskij - 2016, March 5 - 4:12pm
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I went back to reading up on certain games in IMG. I realized that the enclosed quick time movies do not work. Example is issue 95/01-02. They're not included with the downloads?

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by psients - 2015, June 12 - 1:34am
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It's good to see my uploads on archive.org getting attention so quickly (I am marktrade) and that there is still interest in Inside Mac Games CDs. I hope this encourages others to preserve their collections as well.

As per my previous comment two and half years ago, this constitutes the entirety of my IMG collection. I've uploaded the Student Resource Set as well, which contains free preview editions and demos from 1993:

http://macintoshgarden.org/apps/apple-student-resource-set

And I will upload the "Best of" 1996 disc as soon as I find it. I appear to have misplaced it, but all it is is a compilation of content from the 1996 CDs already uploaded.

psients's picture
by psients - 2013, December 29 - 5:30am
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I have 41 issues starting from January 1995, just about everything from volumes three through seven, plus the Apple Student Resource Set. I also have a "Best of 1996" issue of IMG. Please someone contact me who can offer assistance in preserving these for future generations.

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by eisnerguy1 - 2012, March 18 - 8:08pm

Thanks MCP!!

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by MCP - 2012, March 18 - 11:15am

I've replaced the link with the version I have at the Old Mac Archive. It's not the exact same file; I think I have the e-zines organized a little differently, but they should all be there. If someone else has another external link they would rather see in its place, feel free to replace it.

And do keep looking for more Inside Mac Games e-zines!

Dog Cow's picture
by Dog Cow - 2011, March 11 - 4:05pm

The Apple Student Resource Set CD-ROM has some older IMG preview magazines.

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by Winterlast - 2011, March 10 - 2:10am

Thanks, bertyboy!

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by bertyboy - 2011, March 4 - 8:06pm

I have another 4 issues - from MacWorld and MacFormat cover discs:
November 1995
November 1996
September 1996
December 1996

I'll pull them frm the CDs and up them to MU so you can format them correctly and add to the archive. I remember reading the really early editions back in the day, SO much info, each one was a treasure chest of info on Mac games - sounds sad, but this was before the internet, where you could only buy Macs from Premium Resellers and I could fill a suitcase with Mac software and books in the US and fly back to the UK, saving money over buying the same stuff in the UK - if I could ever get it. Said it before, back in the day when you ordered a Mac by giving the dealer a large amount of flexibility in what you wanted, ie. "A IIci or a IIsi, any size disk, any amount of RAM." Then wait 9 weeks (I got fast-tracked) and get just the Mac and an Apple monitor (they were easier to get), but no keyboard. Had to wait another 2 weeks for the Apple Extended Keyboard (and it was over £200 with edu discount).

We all keep saying how expensive the Macs were back then, just priced a new 12-core Mac Pro, the fast CTO one) with a handful of extras (RAM, video card, and a new 27in monitor, just under £8000. Ouch.

Attila's picture
by Attila - 2010, February 25 - 4:08pm

Thanks to bertyboy uploading his old BMUG discs, I've managed to find more issues to add to this archive. Does anybody else have old BMUG or IMG discs?

Attila's picture
by Attila - 2010, January 20 - 3:31pm

The best way to find stuff like this in your collection is to use DiskTracker to make a database of all your cd's, and whenever you need to find something, just search the DiskTracker file instead of having to insert one CD after another. It's made things infinitely easier for me to search my old CD collection. MacAddict CD's not only had the DiskTracker software, but included a catalog of all their previous CD's!

rexscar's picture
by rexscar - 2010, January 20 - 1:57am

think i've got a few somewhere...
I also have about twenty MacFormat & MacAction CDs from the nineties. i'll have to go through 'em...
Smile

Attila's picture
by Attila - 2009, August 18 - 6:28pm

It's pretty important to check those old discs for updaters, patches, and cheats that we may not already have on this site. I've got some old mac CDs myself, just not IMG discs.

Bolkonskij's picture
by Bolkonskij - 2009, August 17 - 10:30pm
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I still have one disc (December 1994, with issues Nov '94 and Oct '94 as well) that our family got from the store where we bought our Macintosh. I remember looking through the folders of the disc again and again, hunting for screenshots and demo versions - back then I could barely form a proper english sentence and understood close to nothing. (yeah, hold it, I know, still can't do it properly Smile)

Anyway, great memories. They were doing an awesome job with those CDs back then, something I realized when I knew enough english to actually read all the articles. Finding information on new Macintosh games etc. had always been very difficult, especially during the early and mid 90s. As I said, I still have one disc and I'll try to add it to the file as soon as I get back from a short trip next weekend. Thanks for uploading it!