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RedShift 1.2

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[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us (446.15 MB)
MD5: 11395f3bf4775f450eb22cddf15bf7cd
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
This app works with: SheepShaver, Basilisk II,

In 1994, RedShift was the world's most popular multimedia astronomy program on the planet. It still holds up pretty good today. With RedShift you can explore the Solar System and beyond, and simulate astronomical events over a 15,000 year period, and much more. You can pause any animation and click anything (stars, nebulae, planets, moons etc) to pull up info on that object. Much of the text has hyperlinks leading to even more info and perhaps even better, RedShift contains a complete online Penguin Dictionary of Astronomy.

What possibly lets it down somewhat, are the postage-stamp-sized QuickTime ".movs" which thankfully are only a very small part of this otherwise stellar multimedia experience. When this was released in 1994, QuickTime was still in its infancy, it's .mov files were tiny and at best, optimized for a 256 color display.

This copy of RedShift was a giveaway promo on MacFormat magazine issue 52, July 1997.
MD5 checksum & filename: 11395f3bf4775f450eb22cddf15bf7cd *

Originally released in 1994, this CD was remastered in 1997 by MacFormat as an HFS only disk. (a) To include QuickTime 2.5 on the CD and (b) I'm guessing, because of the intended target, MacFormat's Mac user-base.

However, MacFormat's remastering of the RedShift CD to HFS still contained all of the original Windows files and executables. So I have rebuilt the CD as a hybrid HFS/ISO-9660 disk, back to how it would have been when originally released in 1994. All of the files that were on the original are intact, the Mac side is as it was when MacFormat rebuilt it and it now plays well on both Mac and Windows PC's.

Use MacZip to extract if using a classic Mac OS. The extracted .iso also mounts nicely on a classic system using the Virtual CD/DVD Utility, otherwise use Toast to mount or burn the image. If running Virtual PC on a classic Mac OS and mount this image with the Virtual CD/DVD Utility on the Mac, the PC partition will then mount as a CD-ROM while running Windows under Virtual PC.
RedShift runs well under VirtualPC (Win98) on my beige G3.

iTunes Buy links:
Redshift - Astronomie (by USM)
Redshift Pro - Astronomy (by USM)

Mac AppStore Buy link:
Redshift - Astronomy (by USM)

See Also: RedShift 2 and RedShift 3

Architecture: 68k PPC x86 (Windows)

Macintosh 68030 or 68040 CPU or any PPC Mac or Mac clone capable of running a classic Mac OS, 7.0 - 9.2.2 - Basilisk II and SheepShaver are also OK. It does not run on Mini vMac.

The RedShift application on the CD is FAT formatted (contains both 68k & PPC native code), which you can copy to your hard drive if desired.

RedShift runs directly from the CD. On a fast Mac this is good enough but on a slower Mac or Basilisk II or SheepShaver, the RedShift program (FAT) can be copied to your hard drive - the CD or .ISO is still required to be mounted for the program to access (600 MB of data).

There are also folders containing the 68k & PPC only versions of RedShift which you can use if you prefer. If the icons you see are initially "generic"; Copying the application to your desktop and rebuilding the desktop, will restore the proper icons for RedShift.

Its recommended in the "ReadMe" that if you copy the program to your drive, that you should also copy the five sample settings files to the same location. In the root level of the CD these sample settings files are: "Focus on Phobos, Focus on Mimas, Earth and Moon, Saturn with big moons, and Jupiter with big moons". Double-clicking any of the samples will launch the program into an animated demo and is a good way to start exploring RedShift.

Note: RedShift is optimised to run in 256 colors, but if your display is set to 1000's or millions of colors, RedShift runs its animations in 8 bit gray-scale which is not so good. On PPC Mac, you will be alerted and offered to change your settings to 256 colors but the 68k version does not, so you need to be aware of this if you run this on a 68k Mac or Basilisk.

On Basilisk II the animation is fairly choppy, not so bad on Sheepshaver but still choppy. Much better on the real deal.

Even choppier, but works. You can mount a CD of this and share it over a network (AppleTalk over TCP/IP).


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by soudesune - 2019, December 7 - 5:35pm

Review from MacFormat 19 (Dec. 1994) added.