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MacFormat 08 (January 1994) Magazine & Disk

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[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us
MacFormat_08_Jan._1994_1600x1200_72dpi.iso (76.58 MB)
MD5: 91817ceec98ac13fcdbd5b92a7b5536c
For System 6.x - Mac OS 9
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us (240.84 MB)
MD5: be2cf0b3060632134b3e65d1dc096fec
For System 6.x - Mac OS 9
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us
MF8A_img.sit (1.36 MB)
MD5: b8357207fd96a28f930e334f53a79b6b
For System 6.x - Mac OS 9
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us
MF8-DiskB-image.sit (794.14 KB)
MD5: 2de8f66548c852d636754669bd61dbcb
For System 6.x - Mac OS 9

Here is the January, 1994 edition of the English Mac magazine, MacFormat. It is still in its garish style and hasn't settled down to the more elegant design that would follow soon.

MacFormat gives a good impression of how times were for Mac users in the mid-nineties. Apple seemed to be doing well, it was the world's no. 2 computer manufacturer and one computer in 8 on a desktop was a Macintosh. Still, trouble was on the horizon. «Chicago» (a.k.a. Windows '94) was still in development and would have to be pushed forward another year. Although Intel's Pentium had been launched a few months' previously, it had not made a big indent into PC sales.

Apple had realised that SCSI was a problem — either because it was too expensive (but still my favourite bus of all time on account of its flexibility and relative speed — it was all things to all men and fast to boot) or because their implementation was too slow. There is a small article inside on a new bus called 'FireWire', which would be faster than SCSI and a lower cost implementation. Drivers wouldn't be available from Apple until Mac OS 7.6 (some three years' later).

Remember, btw, that the prices in the ads are pounds sterling and appreciate how expensive everything was back then.

The top download is a PDF copy of the magazine. I scanned it in on a Kyocera copier, reduced the cropped pages to 1600x1200 (ish) at 72 dpi and made a PDF in Acrobat Pro v8. I ran OCR on the new PDF and lowered the PDF version down to Acrobat 4. The site won't allow direct uploads of 78MB PDFs, so I put in an ISO-image and uploaded that.

Architecture: 68k

Software on these disks will be suitable mainly for System 6 and 7 Mac OS's.


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by MikeTomTom - 2019, October 17 - 12:49am

Thanks for getting into creating PDFs of your MacFormat mags, soudesune. MF issue 8 was the very 1st Mac magazine I had purchased. It brings back a lot of good memories.

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by soudesune - 2019, October 16 - 9:25pm

PDF copy uploaded. See the paragraph about the third download for details. It is 78MB big. It might run on a classic Mac (Anyone want to try it on a Quadra 950 with 128MB RAM and Acrobat Reader 4?), probably on a beefy G4 but my guess is that an Intel/AMD machine is needed for it.

The PDF is by no means perfect. The scans need a little more care and I'm still learning Acrobat and Photoshop, so hopefully later issues will be better and smaller.

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by WhosIt.There - 2015, November 26 - 6:57am

The magazine's second "Bonus" cover floppy disk that I have is corrupted and won't mount on the Desktop. That happened from time to time due to problems in production or shipping. Sad

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by WhosIt.There - 2015, November 25 - 9:43pm

the prices in the ads are pounds sterling and appreciate how expensive everything was back then.

Since many companies simply exchange the US price's $ symbol for a £ symbol, things are still more expensive in England than in America.