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Apple CD-ROM Explorer 1988

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[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de (221.07 MB)
MD5: 7052ee79e1fe1c98942ba3d846327292
For System 6.x
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de
Apple_CD-ROM_Explorer.img_.bin (160.00 MB)
MD5: fdf07a0f66ed3a9242d082f387d72d84
For System 6.x
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de
This app works with: Mini vMac

This disk shipped with Apple's first CD-ROM drive, the AppleCD SC, in 1988. It has four partitions: Audio CD, Macintosh, Apple II, and Apple IIGS.

It contains demo apps, audio and a HyperCard 1.2 based tour. The tour has beautiful black and white graphics.

Download #1 is a zip file containing: Image.bin and Image.cue for the full experience
Download #2 is a sit file of all files on the Macintosh partition. As the demo links to the Audio partition the experience is limited.

Architecture: 68k

Apple IIe, Apple IIgs, Macintosh Plus, Macintosh SE, Macintosh II. Minimum 512k memory.


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by MikeTomTom - 2021, January 24 - 1:28am

the experience is best on a SE with the AppleCD SC and the cd itself

@gijsmans: Yes, I think you are quite correct, an actual Mac capable of running the Explorer CD will have the best all-round experience. BTW, really appreciate your SE's photo.

Wow it certainly is a mix-mode CD-ROM Wink It has 60 audio tracks + the data track. Awesome. Thank you so much for the BIN/CUE copy. It's in perfect condition and exactly what was needed to have the full CD archived.

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by gijsmans - 2021, January 23 - 5:04pm

@ MikeTomTom - Made a copy using ImgBurn on PC. It created a bin and cue file. Combined both in a zip file. Hope this works. Also a sit file of the files on the Mac partition of the CD. And some screenshots. As shown, the experience is best on a SE with the AppleCD SC and the cd itself Smile

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by MikeTomTom - 2021, January 23 - 7:12am

@gijsmans: 2nd the thanks for this. Which must be close to being the earliest software CD-ROM I've seen to date.

Also 2nd the request to have this remastered as an unmodified CD ROM, for our archives. Thanks.

It's not the only Apple CD with Apple II content, tho'. The early Developer's CD's also had Apple II content and were mountable on the IIGS. See Phil and Dave's Excellent CD (screenshot #5) on that page shows the CD mounted on an Apple II (Gus) plus the CD includes Apple II software and utilities.

[Edit] - There appears to be no audio included on this CD-ROM. I suspect the original disc is a multi-session disk with separate audio tracks. If possible, can you please image this disk again, using ImgBurn on a Windows PC to created a true copy?

You may be able to use Toast, but ImgBurn is pretty much fool-proof at creating correct BIN/CUE image files of mix-mode CD media, but if there are no separate tracks it will generate a single ISO image file. Either will be OK for re-uploading.

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by Daxeria - 2021, January 23 - 6:20am

@gijsmans: Thank you for this amazing artifact! Could I ask you to image it again, though, so we can have a pristine copy? This image was mounted unlocked on a modern Mac, which added ".fseventsd" and ".Spotlight-V100" folders with today's date. You need to lock the image file before mounting it to safeguard it from being written to by the Finder.

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by gijsmans - 2021, January 22 - 6:40pm

This cd tries to explain what a cd is, who could you it, how you use etc. The ‘show’ is made in HyperCard 1.2 and is full of typical Apple 80’s graphics. Great ride. This could be the only Apple content cd made for the Apple II.