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MetaCard 2.x

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#1
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us
MetaCard_2.2.zip (11.10 MB)
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS X
#2
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us
MetaCard_2.3.zip (9.67 MB)
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS X
#3
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us
MetaCard_2.4.1.zip (31.41 MB)
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS X
#4
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us
MetaCard_2.4.2.zip (29.49 MB)
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS X
#5
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us
MetaCard_2.4.3.zip (29.27 MB)
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS X
#6
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us
MetaCard_2.5.zip (27.73 MB)
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS X
Emulation
This app works with: SheepShaver, Basilisk II,

One of the many Apple HyperCard clones/competitors, MetaCard was particularly incredible for its cross-platform support, contrary to the likes of SuperCard. Around the time the 2.x versions came, the project was acquired by RunTime Revolution Ltd. (later LiveCode Ltd.), who went on to develop the project further, and to this day lives on in the form of the product "LiveCode".

This page focuses on the files & software provided by MetaCard Corporation, found in their website, http://www.metacard.com/ . Using Archive.org's Wayback Machine, you can inspect what they offered, and when. Currently, it's mostly the 2.1.x (and earlier) version files that are missing.

If Runtime Revolution files, including the "MetaCard" files found in their Yahoo! Groups page at https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/MC_IDE/info, are to be uploaded, I suggest creating a separate page here on Macintosh Garden for clearer distinction.

The original MetaCard website, although existent, doesn't host the files anymore, and archive.org could not back them up, because they were provided over FTP download links. Instead, the files here were found in the following locations:
MetaCard 2.2: https://www.medvet.umontreal.ca/techno/eta6785/metacard/metacard.htm
MetaCard 2.3 ~ 2.5: http://www.canelasoftware.com/mc/
Each download on this page is provided as a ".zip" for maximum reach, as it contains software for various OSes and hardware platforms. On Mac OS, they can all be decompressed using at least StuffIt Expander 5.5.1, which is both PowerPC and 68k compatible. The Mac files found within are already all ".sit".

Since both Runtime Revolution and LiveCode software are directly related to MetaCard, the following links might be of interest:
Runtime Revolution download pages: https://web.archive.org/web/20040213075159/http://www.runrev.com/Revolut...
https://web.archive.org/web/20040810183815/http://www.runrev.com/revolut...
https://web.archive.org/web/20100824044915/http://www.runrev.com:80/down...

LiveCode:
https://downloads.livecode.com/livecode/

Some links for further information:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LiveCode#Compatibility
http://www.jonhoyle.com/maccompanion/columns/200602.html

Compatibility
Architecture: 68k PPC PPC (Carbonized)

SSW 7, Mac OS 8, Mac OS 9, Mac OS X, Windows, GNU/Linux, Solaris, UNIX, IRIX and more.

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Jatoba's picture
by Jatoba - 2019, April 21 - 4:35pm

Went to great lengths to get this one right, both file-wise and information-wise. If it wasn't for the mirror at canelasoftware, these versions of MetaCard would simply be gone, perhaps forever. I couldn't find it anywhere else after hours of searching & digging.

I plan to soon upload Runtime Revolution (with a Mac OS 9 focus) and LiveCode (with a Tiger & Leopard focus), as well. A new page that mirrors the "MetaCard" Yahoo! Groups files would also be interesting, but downloading each and every file from there might be quite daunting. (For the curious, a SuperCard Yahoo! Groups page also exists: https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/SuperCard/info)