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Inside Macintosh CD-ROM

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[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de
InsideMacintoshCD.ZIP (137.60 MB)
MD5: 80c6d7eb0444e1a804abe970ef57b5cc
For System 6.x - Mac OS 9
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de (130.50 MB)
MD5: f055df5df633cd987f618b1e401dbfae
For System 6.x - Mac OS 9
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de (47.24 MB)
MD5: 6208c73ab54b9d8f789b1b2686526fd0
For System 6.x - Mac OS 9
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de
This app works with: SheepShaver, Basilisk II,

More entries to Inside Macintosh can be found in the Inside Macintosh entry, some with higher quality PDFs generated from the original sources from Apple.

See also: Inside Macintosh, Apple Developer CD Series, Volumes I & II (1989), Apple Developer CD Series Volume III: A Disc Called Wanda, Apple Developer CDs 1992, QuickTime 2.0 Software Development Kit CD-ROM, Making It Macintosh, Designing Cards and Drivers for the Macintosh Family, Apple Guide to the Macintosh Family Hardware

Architecture: 68k PPC

The DocViewer is included within the disk image.


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by MikeTomTom - 2018, November 23 - 9:35pm

Thanks, Duality. Much appreciated. And for removing the OS X (.DS_Store) contaminated entry.

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by Duality - 2018, November 23 - 9:16pm

Ah, so the diff shows something interesting. The first is actually based on the fourth download, that later revision of the Inside Macintosh CD. Not the earlier one as the previous description implied.

computer:~ username$ diff -br /Volumes/Inside\ Macintosh\ CD-ROM /Volumes/Inside\ Macintosh\ CD-ROM\ 1
Only in /Volumes/Inside Macintosh CD-ROM 1: .DS_Store
Only in /Volumes/Inside Macintosh CD-ROM 1: .Trashes
Only in /Volumes/Inside Macintosh CD-ROM 1: .VolumeIcon.icns
Only in /Volumes/Inside Macintosh CD-ROM 1: .fseventsd
Only in /Volumes/Inside Macintosh CD-ROM 1/Aliases - copy to your disk: .DS_Store
Only in /Volumes/Inside Macintosh CD-ROM 1/Apple Docviewer: .DS_Store
Only in /Volumes/Inside Macintosh CD-ROM 1/Books: .DS_Store
Only in /Volumes/Inside Macintosh CD-ROM 1/Collections: .DS_Store
Only in /Volumes/Inside Macintosh CD-ROM: Desktop
Only in /Volumes/Inside Macintosh CD-ROM: Desktop DB
Only in /Volumes/Inside Macintosh CD-ROM: Desktop DF
Only in /Volumes/Inside Macintosh CD-ROM 1/X-Ref: .DS_Store
computer:~ username$

I'll remove the first download, since it's not something that's encoded in a usable form on a Mac OS earlier than Mac OS X.

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by Duality - 2018, November 23 - 9:11pm

The fourth does seem to be a later rev of the third, sharing the recursive diff without the binary sludge. Mostly QuickTime, Sound, and QuickDraw GX:

computer: username$ diff -br /Volumes/Inside\ Macintosh\ CD-ROM\ 1 /Volumes/Inside\ Macintosh\ CD-ROM\ 2
Binary files /Volumes/Inside Macintosh CD-ROM 1/Apple Docviewer/DocViewer:Builder Q&As and /Volumes/Inside Macintosh CD-ROM 2/Apple Docviewer/DocViewer:Builder Q&As differ
diff -br /Volumes/Inside Macintosh CD-ROM 1/Books/QD GX Environment & Utils /Volumes/Inside Macintosh CD-ROM 2/Books/QD GX Environment & Utils
Binary files /Volumes/Inside Macintosh CD-ROM 1/Books/QD GX Graphics.idx and /Volumes/Inside Macintosh CD-ROM 2/Books/QD GX Graphics.idx differ
diff -br /Volumes/Inside Macintosh CD-ROM 1/Books/QD GX Objects /Volumes/Inside Macintosh CD-ROM 2/Books/QD GX Objects
diff -br /Volumes/Inside Macintosh CD-ROM 1/Books/QuickTime Components /Volumes/Inside Macintosh CD-ROM 2/Books/QuickTime Components
diff -br /Volumes/Inside Macintosh CD-ROM 1/Books/Sound /Volumes/Inside Macintosh CD-ROM 2/Books/Sound
Binary files /Volumes/Inside Macintosh CD-ROM 1/Desktop DB and /Volumes/Inside Macintosh CD-ROM 2/Desktop DB differ
computer: username$

... I'll have a closer look at that first compared to the third. That's going to be a messy diff, but I'd be surprised if there were substantial differences beyond the root directory.

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by MikeTomTom - 2018, November 23 - 8:41pm

Thanks, Duality. Is the 4th download a later revision of the Top and 3rd DL's?

Also, the Top DL, has this been modified by OS X, or simply a compressed .dmg? And the zipped (3rd DL) Toast image of the same content is also the same? One should be removed as a double-up. Any preference for a "stayer"?

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by Duality - 2018, November 23 - 6:11am

I went and checked the four entries because I was curious how it compared to's archive of Apple documentation. See the MG "Inside Macintosh" entry for what else I found.

In the process, I replaced the original description with a bulleted list to hash out what's here. I hope that's easier to understand.

Funny thing is that I too put together PDF printouts of these DOCMaker files for my own convenience. Though I think the messy zip file of Mac OS 8+ web sourced documentation in the "Inside Macintosh" entry has better quality graphs and much more comprehensive information. It might also be a straight dump of, which is not at all a bad thing.

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by IIGS_User - 2015, April 5 - 8:53am

What's the difference between first and third file above?

According to the revision changes, the internal PDF file above (2nd d/l) contains the DocViewer stuff converted to PDF, which is fine.

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by wazeem - 2011, November 6 - 5:04pm

thanks - I changed the filename to ".iso" and then used XP to burn the cd, this worked for me. Some time ago converted SpInside Mac to pdf (like a true Geek would) - will be interesting to see the differences.

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by MCP - 2011, November 6 - 1:21pm

When downloading files from the web, double-clicking is never the way to go. Drag and drop. Always drag and drop. Open Toast, drag it and drop it onto Toast, specifically the "Disc image" tab. Or if you're using Mac OS 9 or ealier, use this:

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by IIGS_User - 2011, November 6 - 11:11am

.toast = .cdr, which should be the same file format.
So I think you could just change the file extension and try again.

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by wazeem - 2011, November 6 - 10:43am

I can't seem to open this file. Sure it unzips on both Mac and XP but the resulting image file is InsideMacintoshCD.toast which also has both file types set as "text" so my Mac thinks its a Simple Text document. XP doesn't know what to do with this file either. I imagine if I copy this to a CD all I'll get is a CDROM with a file called "InsideMacintoshCD.toast" on it. No further forward.
Can I simply change the file types so something Toast knows about? What would those types be?

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by MCP - 2011, February 14 - 6:57pm

Excellent, thank you for uploading this! I will mirror this as a Toast image in the Old Mac Archive in coming days.

UPDATE: And here it is:

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by IIGS_User - 2011, February 12 - 4:18pm

Compressed zip of dmg format

Yep, this doesn't match to the content stored inside, which should be stored as .img.sit (or .cdr.sit).

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by MikeTomTom - 2011, February 12 - 1:01am

An excellent addition... However... could you (or someone) please re-upload it in a more user-friendly format? - Not everyone who has a Mac or a classic emulator runs OS X