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MacFormat 21 (Feb. 1995) Magazine

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This is the February 1995 issue of the U.K. mac magazine, MacFormat. The PDF was scanned on a Kyocera Taskalfa as a JPEG at the highest level. The images were manually corrected for straightness with the ruler tool and cut to the ratio 1:1.33 The images were then reduced by batch job in Photoshop CS3 to 1614x1200 at 72dpi. The PDF was made in Acrobat 8 from these images. The version was set to Acrobat 4, bookmarks were set and OCR was applied. The final size of the PDF is 98MB.

The future is being glimpsed at in this issue: FireWire is introduced as a concept and Apple are talking to Sony (amongst others) into fitting FireWire sockets into video recorders and cameras. There are barely digital cameras and video cameras are large. This is the era of SSW 7.1 and VHS. DVD is unknown.
Will the Internet make the CD-ROM obsolete? We will have to wait and see. Certainly, the Macintosh Garden has kept my use of CDs very much alive. The Internet is the Next Big Thing. Unfortunately it is sloooow (28K modems, if you are lucky, and 40MHz processors aren't nifty. MacFormat does have an offer of £5 per week to join the Internet.

The theme this month is desktop video. There is a demo version of Adobe Premiere 4.0 on the CD. There are reviews of the aforementioned Adobe Premiere 4.0 as well as VideoFusion, VideoDirector, VideoShop & MediaFactory. There are reviews of editing extras as well: Gryphon Dynamic Effects & CoSA After Effects
Further articles list tricks of the trade, give recommendations (one gigabyte of space is fine...) as to all of the hardware that will make your life easier. One of the ads unhelpfully suggests the Performa 460 and CD-150 for £1000 as a 'Multimedia Starter System'. It does have 8MB RAM though.

As always, the prices of things are eye-opening: an grayscale A3 laser will set you back £2,100, a 2-speed CD-ROM (CD 300e) is a snip at £200 and the RasterOps MoviePak NuBus card (it provides full-motion capture (30 fields per second) and full-screen at 60 fields per second for £2000. NuBus is almost dead and I'm not sure people were aware that a whole new architecture was just around the corner: PCI.

There is also an article on removable drives - opticals, flopticals, DAT and recordable CD-ROMs. Disks for the latter cost £20 and the drives cost between £2,000 and £7,000. This was a time when it was cheaper to fly from London to the US, by the same items at the same price but in dollars, fly back again, cheat customs and still save money on buying the same things in the UK.

I learnt that the Internet provider CIX has a network of 56GB (oooh!) all on optical disks. That is a lot of optical disks. The largest ones at the time were 1.3GB. It is one of the best places on the Internet to find shareware and freeware, but you have to be registered with them.

The CD-ROM, inlay cover & booklet can be downloaded as an image here. The floppy image can be found here.

Architecture: PPC (Carbonized) x86 (Intel:Mac) x86 (Windows)


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by soudesune - 2020, November 19 - 2:34pm

PDFs put in as PDFs, rather than as ISO or ZIP-files.