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Apple Developer CD Series, Volumes I & II (1989)

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AppleDev-Excellent-CD1-89.sit (98.24 MB)
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For System 1 - 5 - System 6.x
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[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de
developer-cd-series-vol-2.sit (109.38 MB)
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AKA "Phil & Dave's Excellent CD" volumes I & II, these disks from 1989 are the 1st of what was to become a long line of Apple Developer CD Series. These CD's predate System Software 7.0 by several versions.

                •                 “Developer Helper”                     •
                •                                                        •
                •   Volume 1:  Phil & Dave's Excellent CD (prerelease)   •
                •            © 1989 by Apple Computer, Inc.              •
                •                                                        •

“Phil & Dave’s Excellent CD” is the first of a continuing series of Developer-oriented compact discs (“Developer Helper”) which we are producing to help address the accessibility and organization of the tomes of information available to the development community. This first CD-ROM, “Phil & Dave,” is designed for the technical community, and it contains over 200 megabytes of documentation and tools which you have told us you need during the development process, as well as about 30 minutes of audio tracks for your listening pleasure. “Phil & Dave” contains both an HFS partition for use on a Macintosh and a ProDOS partition for use on an Apple II under either GS/OS or ProDOS.

Excerpt: from Read Me First! doc enclosed on CD Vol I

Included on these CD's are a number of early versions of Macintosh System software, from SSW 6.0.3 (vol I), SSW 6.0.4 (vol II) and earlier System releases. There are also multiple versions of HyperCard 1.2.5 or earlier, localized for various languages. As well as Macintosh software, these disks contain software and operating systems for the Apple II and Apple IIGS computers. Screenshot 5 above, shows the Vol I CD mounted on an Apple IIGS desktop (Gus emulator).

To mount either of the two (DL's 1 & 3) data only .iso images; Under a native classic Mac OS 7.0 - 9.2.2, you can use the "Virtual CD/DVD Utility" to double-click and mount. Otherwise, use Toast on classic or OS X, or Disk Utility on Mac OS X, to mount. Or, add as a disk drive in an emulator's GUI, or drop the image directly into an emulator's open window to mount (Mini vMac).

The two bin/cue files (DL's 2 & 4) must be burned to CD media in order to access their audio tracks. Use Toast on Mac OS or ImgBurn on Windows (or another burner of your choosing) for these.

Architecture: 68k

Although the included Mac software can run and is usable in SSW 6 and earlier, the CD image contains a several floppy disk images in "DiskMaker 1.3" format, an imaging software used by Apple before it had Disk Copy 4.2

As a consequence, there isn't a disk mounting software that can mount DiskMaker 1.3 disk images on a SSW 6.0.8 or earlier desktop that I know of (if anyone knows of one please let us know).

DiskMaker 1.3 disk images can mount on a Mac Desktop by dragging their icon over onto a Disk Copy 6 icon or into a running Disk Copy 6 window. However, this requires using a Mac OS 7.0 or later.


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by MikeTomTom - 2018, April 21 - 5:12am

Thanks mrdav. Good thing you had MagicISO to work with. I wonder how many of the dev CD's contained audio? I'm hoping one day a bin/cue of Vol III (Wanda) will also surface.

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by mrdav - 2018, April 20 - 12:50pm

--->So I hope thats OK with you.<---

Perfectly OK, Mike. You can delete the Toast image

For general interest: I derived the bin/cues from mdf/mds images that I found on The Macintosh Archive (wiredp7:// The conversion to bin/cue was a bit tricky and the usual tools in Win for converting directly to bin/cue did not result in anything useful. Here is what worked: I burned a CD using Alcohol 120% which mounted properly on a Mac. I then tried to make a bin/cue from the CD using ImgBurn and UltraISO but neither worked properly. They worked OK for CD2 but not for CD1. Ultimately I tried MagicISO on Win and that worked (finally) and I had something (bin/cue) that can be burned to CD on a Mac using Toast.

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by MikeTomTom - 2018, April 20 - 10:06am

@mrdav: Thanks very much for the bin/cues of these disks. Bloody awesome!

Some really awful tracks on the 1st CD Smile - A non-release tho' so i can can forgive them for it.

I had heard of the term "Apple II Forever" but had not known there was a song made for it too!

I want to replace the toast image above, "Excellent_CD2-89.toast_.sit" as it's not drag and drop mountable with Mini vMac - I think anything pre SSW 7 should be. I've created a replacement and can upload it later. So I hope thats OK with you.

Thanks again for these.

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by 24bit - 2017, December 21 - 12:50pm

Thanks Mike!
And for fixing those nasty bullets on the right hand side. Smile

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by noway - 2017, December 21 - 12:06am

Right. Sadly .Trashes, Desktop DB and Desktop DF date from 15/12/17.
I did not look before. Sad
Lets hope the original uploader drops by and uploads a untouched image.
CD and CD cover scans would be nice too.

I´m afraid the same misfits are true for the other CD images taken from you know where.

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by MikeTomTom - 2017, December 20 - 9:35pm

I don't think we'll see anything more historic (in CD form) than this. Thank you for this addition.