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Multimedia World Fact Book

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[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de
1992_wfb.cdr_.sit (50.39 MB)
MD5: 019f1e7a61ea6e29a99b7be55701efbc
For System 6.x - Mac OS 9
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de (329.41 MB)
MD5: f786466812aafc49d3c8dbfa31690ae5
For System 6.x - Mac OS 9
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de
This game works with: SheepShaver, Basilisk II, Mini vMac

The 1992 edition seemed primitive compared to other CD-ROM products now being marketed. As the introductory statement points out, the product is "for the use of United States Government officials, and the style, format, coverage, and content are designed to meet their specific requirements." Unless later editions are available, be prepared for a rather boring, if fact-filled, presentation.

As the title implies, the Multimedia World Fact Book includes useful information about the world, its regions, and nations. It combines encyclopedic entries with more abbreviated notations typical of an almanac. Items from the KGB USSR Yearbook are particularly interesting for their unique point of view.
Description source: Fact Book

Contains 247 comprehensive country profiles. Includes information on geography, climate, natural resources, land use, people, population, language, government, economy, industry, transportaiton, military, etc. Also includes performances of national anthem segments, flags, and color maps from Hammond, Inc
Description source:

This CD-ROM also has been mentioned from Education Workbook as a resource to prepare for virtual visit to the Galápagos Islands.


A note about the downloads available above: Buy Link: Multimedia World Fact Book

'Multimedia World Fact Book' 1992 Edition PC/Mac CD image
(251 MB)
For PC/DOS and Mac OS 6.0 to 9.2

(If you start this download, you don't need to download the separate Audio CD available above)

Architecture: 68k x86 (Windows)

This is a hybrid CD-ROM for PC & Mac.

Basilisk likes to crash when you quit DiscPassage applications until v1.4.5, but works fine otherwise.
Please use DiscPassage 1.6 to avoid this crash.
To get the CD-ROM recognized by DiscPassage, you may need to write-protect it,
either in your host operating system or within the emulated Mac OS system.

Using Basilisk, the content listings of this CD-ROM are a bit messy, but the CD-ROM works fine otherwise in Basilisk.
If you mount both the Data CD partition and the CD-ROM's Audio partition at the same time, DiscPassage may complain about "can't process this disc", because it tries to read the Audio CD partition first. Simply go to the DiscPassage's "File" menu, call "Disc" and select the data partition of the CD-ROM to continue.


IIGS_User's picture
by IIGS_User - 2016, December 11 - 10:48am

Hi Mrdav,

I was in the same question years ago.

See DiskPassage, anyone?, where I've posted it already.

There must be some differences in the PC and Mac partitions of these CD-ROMs, while today the PC partition probably will be mounted first, which doesn't contain the Mac application.

Do I have to use the DiscPassage application that is available on its own page here?


A newer version of DiscPassage works well with older titles,
but the other way, newer titles with older version of DiscPassage
may not work, if features has been added.

Because it seems to be missed on the CD-ROMs today,
I added the separate entry for the DiscPassage application.

mrdav's picture
by mrdav - 2016, December 6 - 4:27am

I am unable to find a Macintosh DiscPassage executable on any of these disc images. Do I have to use the DiscPassage application that is available on its own page here?

IIGS_User's picture
by IIGS_User - 2012, May 18 - 3:44pm

Interesting Read about your own country, this time (if you're non-english native speaker)
in a different language.

It says, language used in Germany is German, but this seems no(w) longer to be true.
In German, the country is called "Deutschland", but today it is more a "Gemischtsprachenland"
("Multi-Language-Country") rather than "Deutsch"-Land ("German"-y).

In Germany, there is known a joke: "What means the Y sign written on the car sign of German military cars?"
Answer is: "The end of Germany."