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MacFormat 05 (Oct 1993) Magazine & disk

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MF05_Disc.sit (1.36 MB)
MD5: 7e2a652103ceddd4c2382daf9b6d96ae
For System 6.x - Mac OS 9
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de
This app works with: SheepShaver, Basilisk II, Mini vMac

Britain's best-selling Macintosh magazine, MacFormat Issue 5, October 1993, with cover floppy disk containing shareware and public domain software. This issue predates the mass distribution of CD-ROM (it wasn't until issue #13 before CD's 1st accompanied MacFormat's mag). This issue features a review of the then new Apple portable PowerCD Player. To immerse yourself in this experience check out "Apple Dreams" on this MG page.

1st DL, "MF05_Disc", is a StuffIt 3.5 archive containing a Disk Copy 4.x disk image of the original cover floppy disk that came with this issue of the magazine.

2nd DL is a PDF reconstruction of this magazine, using the scanned images reduced to 1600x1200 and 72dpi. OCR has been applied so that the text can be (mostly) used. The pages have been manually straightened too. The version has been to Acrobat 4. It is 70MB big. I have saved it in an ISO image so that it could be uploaded.

3rd DL via the Manual link above. is a PDF reconstruction of this magazine, using the scanned images in Top link's zip archive.

The cover floppy disk contains a ReadMe file and a self-extracting archive with:

Architecture: 68k


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by soudesune - 2020, November 18 - 8:56pm

JPEG-collection removed.
PDFs put in as PDFs, rather than as ISO or ZIP-files.

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by Gera - 2020, June 8 - 10:14pm

Great job!

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by soudesune - 2019, November 8 - 6:34pm

I have put up a new version of the PDF. Like the other issues I have done, I'm using the following standard:

1. PDF based on JPEG scans (quality 9 of 12) that are roughly 1600x1200;
2. Pages manually straightened in Photoshop;
3. Bookmarks & OCR applied;
4. Version set to Acrobat 4.

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by MikeTomTom - 2015, October 3 - 1:46am

Thanks, WhosIt.There. I appreciate it. I removed my rebuild of the floppy as it was not original - the MF floppy archive contained in the later MF CD (issue 36) are not disk images, rather they are the extracted content of the original floppies. Missing are the Readme text files that would have accompanied them and the folder hierarchies that they used.

My rebuild of the floppy was a close facsimile, but its always better to get the original if you can.

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by WhosIt.There - 2015, October 3 - 12:30am

My hopeless ISP finally seems to have fixed their problems (for the moment anyway!), so I've added a disk image of the magazine's original cover floppy disk. It will be the same as the other download which came from a disk image on the cover CD of a later issue of the magazine.

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by soudesune - 2015, September 14 - 9:29am

Many thanks for the PDF (click on «manual»)! It looks really good.

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by MikeTomTom - 2015, September 12 - 10:28pm

@soudesune: Thanks for completing the pics set. I don't know of an MF02 page tho'. I haven't noticed one over the past few weeks.

[Edit] I see that it has since been added to the MG.

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by soudesune - 2015, September 12 - 10:22pm

Pages 84 and 85 uploaded.
I've also uploaded another 40 pages to MF22.
Does anyone know where the entry for MF02 went to? I'm sure I uploaded it.

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by MikeTomTom - 2015, September 9 - 11:01pm

@soudesune: Thanks for fixing the 404's - What's required now are for Pics; "MacFormat_05_p084.jpeg" and "MacFormat_05_p085.jpeg" to be uploaded to the page, to complete the set.

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by soudesune - 2015, September 9 - 8:05pm

Pages 2 to 9 have been renamed and uploaded.

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by WhosIt.There - 2015, September 8 - 7:20am

I have got this cover disk and it does still work, so I made a disk image ... but I'm having problems adding it to this page thanks to my hopeless ISP's flakey internet connection. Sad

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by MikeTomTom - 2015, September 8 - 12:14am

@soudesune: Pics "MacFormat_05_p084.jpeg" and "MacFormat_05_p085.jpeg" have not been uploaded to the page, therefore as yet incomplete.

Also: Please read my previous post regarding the number of images in this page that are 404-ing.

Also: As sending up 100+ images individually is fraught with potential error and its difficult for readers to view collectively, it would make more sense to add only a few images to the page, and upload all of the images in a zipped archive so those who are interested could DL the lot in one go and then view them in a more suitable viewer. Even Preview on OS X is better suited to viewing these than in a browser. - Just a thought.

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by Kitchen2010 - 2015, September 7 - 9:55am

When you compile all this pages to a single PDF file, can you please put up a .cbz (= zipped folder of all the .jpg's) files, too ? It is more handy for reading sometimes !

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by MikeTomTom - 2015, September 6 - 11:14pm

@WhosIt.There: Do you have the floppy for this issue? Perhaps a scan of the floppy cover if you can manage it and upload to the page (after soudesune has finished uploading the remainder of the page scans). I have the content of this floppy disk but not the disk itself. I was planning to upload a Disk Copy 4.2 image of the disk if soudesune didn't have it. But if you can also image the content of the floppy, even better.

@soudesune: Of your scanned pages uploaded so far:
images MacFormat_05_p002.jpeg, MacFormat_05_p003.jpeg, MacFormat_05_p004.jpeg, MacFormat_05_p005.jpeg, and MacFormat_05_p006.jpeg - then - MacFormat_05_p008.jpeg, MacFormat_05_p009.jpeg and MacFormat_05_p010.jpeg are 404'ing with files not found on server errors.

This is because of 2 problems:
One, you have possibly uploaded these files with the same filename, to the same slot, twice.
Two, the uploading engine has a bug, in which if a file gets uploaded to the same slot with the same filename (that is, it detects a file with the same name on the server), it adds a "_0" to that file's name but it doesn't update the page link to reflect that change. This bug has been here for as long as I can recall.

So all of the above mentioned 404'ing files have an "_0" added to their names as in:
MacFormat_05_p003_0.jpeg, MacFormat_05_p005_0.jpeg and MacFormat_05_p009_0.jpeg etc, etc,.

And because of this bug there is no easy way to correct it in edit mode. The only fix is to reupload those files again. Please use a unique name for each, else if you persist in using the same filename the uploading engine will add an incrementing underscored number to the name each time you upload to the same slot - "_1", "_2" etc... and you end up with the same problem.

For example: Renaming MacFormat_05_p002.jpeg to MacFormat-05-p002.jpeg then re-uploading is sufficiently unique enough to fix the issue.

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by WhosIt.There - 2015, September 6 - 10:07pm

There weren't cover CDs for a while, but as the outline on the cover shows, there was a cover floppy disk on that issue. I do still have quite a few of the MacFormat cover floppy disks, but many of the arrived damaged and non-working thanks to shipping.