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HyperCard Player v2.1 (magic edition)

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hcplayer-21.sit (1.14 MB)
MD5: 0fe50fd258e96f2f0c1c5d2d2ddd14b0
For System 6.x - Mac OS 9
This app works with: SheepShaver, Basilisk II, Mini vMac

A transitional HyperCard Player version 2.1 - Transitional in the sense that this "player" was distributed by Apple before Claris took over the complete control of the HyperCard project.
Subsequent releases of the HyperCard Player were under the full control of Claris (including their version of the 2.1 Player). With the demise of Claris, it briefly went back to Apple before the eventual demise of HyperCard itself.

What makes this Player special (and fun), is that one can simply go to the last card of the "Home" stack, type the word magic into the "Message" box ["Command + M"] and this "player" becomes the full HyperCard Program v2.1. There is absolutely no difference between this "player" and the full commercial release of this version except that it doesn't include all of the example stacks with the "player" distribution.

All subsequent versions of the HyperCard Player after this, were well and truly user limited.

This Apple release was distributed on 1.4 MB or 800k media. Both the 1.4MB and 800k disk images are included in this StuffIt .sit archive. All disk images are in Disk Copy 4.2 format and "Stuffed" into a single StuffIt 3.6 ".sit" file.

MD5 checksum & filename: 0fe50fd258e96f2f0c1c5d2d2ddd14b0 *hcplayer-21.sit

Architecture: 68k

Purely 68k code. Will run on Mas OS 6 or newer, has no problem running on PPC Macs.

The included "Audio Help" stack when launched, attempts to create a "Help" menu. This conflicts with the Mac OS 8.0 and newer, "Help" menu. Its not fatal and the "Help" menu code can be edited out of the "Audio Help" stack's Script if you want to run this stack on Mac OS's 8.0 - 9.2.2.


Dog Cow's picture
by Dog Cow - 2010, October 4 - 2:36am

And earlier than that, too:
Subject: Re: HC 2.0 magic trick
Author: Bruce Carter
Date: 08 May 1991 7:57 pm

MikeTomTom's picture
by MikeTomTom - 2010, October 4 - 2:32am

@Balrog noted:

This is "HyperCard Lite," not really a "player."

I guess you could say that this is HC "Lite" and not a "player". However, it was distributed as a player with only 2 levels activated and nowhere in any documentation to say there was more to it than what you could see. I found out about the "magic" key via usenet discussions back in the mid '90's.

As far as the HyperCard program itself goes, there is no difference between this "magic" version and what got sold at full retail. The "Lite" bit is the lack of additional example stacks, tools and documentation that you'd normally get with a retail version. That is; There are gazillions of freeware stacks, XCMDs, XFNCs & documentation available online to make up for that shortfall. There is nothing to prevent you from creating your own HyperCard stacks and tools with this.

Balrog's picture
by Balrog - 2010, October 4 - 1:53am

This is "HyperCard Lite," not really a "player."

IIGS_User's picture
by IIGS_User - 2010, October 3 - 6:07am

Purely 68k code

This is true. The first version to support PowerPC code was version 2.25 (the PPC-only version), the first full version supporting Fat Binary (68k + PPC) was version 2.3