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BMUG PD-ROM II beta (1989)

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PD-ROM_II_beta.dmg (574.40 MB)
MD5: 123655ce9d95c22edc85a23a985ee5fe
For System 6.x
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de
BMUG_Newsletter_Archive.sit (18.85 MB)
MD5: dbde2cf6d6762b24ba9722720966f7c6
For System 6.x
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Support_Apps.img_.sit (7.19 MB)
MD5: 053f98d8ad3eebad17888395eb8bae61
For System 6.x
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de
This app works with: Mini vMac

This may have been an in-house beta that somehow found its way into circulation; I purchased it along with a batch of other CD-ROMs on ebay. As far as I know, it was never officially published in this form.

The jewel case is identical to that of the original 1988 PD-ROM. However, the disk inside it is clearly different: the image stamped on the disk does not match other photos I have seen of the 1988 disk (scan of disk forthcoming), and the disk, when mounted, identifies itself as "PD-ROM II beta."

The contents likewise do not appear to match either those of Volume I (1988) or Volume II (1990). In particular, most of the shareware folders on the beta disk have been updated to August 1989, and the newsletter folder contains PageMaker versions of the two 1989 newsletters. The 1990 disk no longer has the Newsletter folder, and contains files further updated through 1990.

The present upload is a .dmg image that I made for easy access under OS X. I did make a proper toast/sit image on my classic Mac, but I neglected to transfer that image to my modern Mac before I went out of town, so the .dmg will have to do until I get home and can upload the .toast version (in about two weeks).

The originally uploaded pdf, also visible in edit mode:

Architecture: 68k

Designed for compatibility with Systems 5(!) and 6. Some apps may still work in Mac OS 7-9, but proceed with caution. Many files are likely not 32 bit clean.


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by tanaquil - 2016, May 22 - 2:16pm

Neat, thank you! Out of curiosity, how did you manage that? I couldn't get print to PDF to work on my OS 7 machine, and had to open it using ClarisWorks on my OS 9 machine to get a pdf, hence the distortion. It would be nice to know how to do such things while staying closer to the source.

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by 24bit - 2016, May 22 - 11:05am

Thanks for caring pl212, its always nice to view the original look.
However these old bitmap fonts seem to be less readable, at least with my 10.11.5 notebook. Smile
I added tranquil´s "Manual" the way Daxeria and IIGS_User did that before.

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by pl212 - 2016, May 22 - 2:38am

I took the liberty of generating a new PDF of the Fall 1984 newsletter with the original bitmapped fonts (New York, etc), from MacWrite. The original PDF is still present, but strangely the system only shows one "Manual" at a time. Thanks for this disc!

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by MikeTomTom - 2016, May 19 - 9:54pm

when I do remember to scan, I always do it before stuffing. I just forgot this time.

Thanks, I was referring to any stuffed archives that might be on the original ROM not commenting on your archival behavior Wink

However, after actually looking at this particular CD content, it looks like they haven't used compression throughout, so scanning the image as is with Disinfectant isn't a issue here.

What I did notice immediately was the wealth of info and unusual editors and programming tools that I didn't know about, included on this disk. So thank you very much for archiving it here.

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by tanaquil - 2016, May 19 - 9:26pm

Yeah, when I do remember to scan, I always do it before stuffing. I just forgot this time.

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by MikeTomTom - 2016, May 19 - 9:13pm

I'll have to do another round of Disinfectant on my virtual machine.

Keep in mind too, that Disinfectant does not look inside of compressed archives (.sit, cpt, etc) when it scans for nasties.

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by tanaquil - 2016, May 19 - 5:15pm

Update: I uploaded a new copy of the Newsletter archive with a clean copy of the Support Apps folder (including Acta Reader this time). Left the separate Support Apps upload intact, because why not. Thanks again to 24bit for the quick catch.

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by tanaquil - 2016, May 18 - 9:26pm

Oops! Thanks very much for catching the infection. I'll have to do another round of Disinfectant on my virtual machine.

I noticed that the 1988 disk has an "Acta Reader" app that might be easier than using Acta Classic, anyway. Not sure if the same app is on the 1989 disk.

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by 24bit - 2016, May 18 - 6:55pm

Nice work, thank you!
The 1984 (oldest) stuff must have been the hardest to convert, the later MacWrite files should not be that difficult. Thats what I hope, at least. Smile

On a side note, Sophos reports that the Acta app is infected with Mac/nVirA.
Those beasts like to slip in when one is in a hurry.
I´m adding a cleaned Support Apps image for those not wanting to hunt themselves.

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by tanaquil - 2016, May 17 - 6:47pm

TL;DR Addendum re: the archives of the BMUG Newsletters:

This beta disk DOES contain the folder of newsletter articles which was omitted from later versions of the PD-ROM (look for it inside the Business folder).

Of the pre-1989 material, only the Fall 1984 newsletter, which was originally issued on floppy disk, never in print form (five files in MacWrite 1.0, 25 pages in all!), appears exactly as it went out to readers. All of the subsequent folders (1985, 1986, 1987 - 1988 is not represented) contain various versions of the raw material that went into the published newsletters - MacWrite files, MacPaint/MacDraw images, etc. Some have original page numbers, some do not. Some material that had to be cut-and-pasted to be made copy-ready, or printed out from a proprietary application (e.g. apparently the index of the club's shareware disks was being kept in OverVue 2.0), is not included. Still, there is a wealth of fascinating material in these folders.

The copy-ready versions of the two 1989 newsletters, which presumably were added to the beta disk, perhaps while the newsletters were actually being put into production, are in PageMaker 3.0 format, and are the closest to being "final" versions - whether they are actually identical to the print newsletters, I can't say without closer inspection.

For those who, like me, are interested in exploring the contents of the newsletters, I put together a folder that I hope will be helpful: the original Newsletters folder, copied directly from the PD-ROM, together with a folder of applications that should help to access the files contained within.

For some reason, Mac OS 7 and above insist on viewing many of the earliest files as aliases - they are not. The easiest solution is probably to view the Newsletter folder in System 6; second easiest, in OS 7 or above, is to drag the file onto its parent application, at which point the erroneous alias identification will usually fix itself.

I was hoping to assemble readable PDF copies of each newsletter for easier browsing, but that proved much more difficult than I thought, for the reasons noted above. I did make a pdf copy of the Fall 1984 newsletter though, uploaded to the Manuals section - enjoy!