Mac Box Set (2009)

This Mac Box Set included a set of software that allowed users to purchase one product and install several products at once. The front of the box specified: “Includes Mac OS X Leopard, iLife ’09, and iWork ’09” and showed images of icon-like depictions of each product.

The back of the box had the headline “An upgrade to the Apple software for your Mac. All in one box.” Mac OS X Leopard was described, and iLife and iWork listed each of their component apps with one to three bullets describing key features:

Mac OS X Leopard
The world’s most advanced operating system.
• Automatically back up your Mac with Time Machine
• Flip through your files in the Finder with Cover Flow
• Keep your files organized using Stacks
• Preview a file without opening it using Quick Look
• Group your windows in spaces and quickly switch between them
• Show off your photos, movies, and presentations with iChat Theater
• Email personalized stationery, create to-do lists, and take notes

iLife ’09
• Organize photos by people using facial recognition
• Browse and search photos based on GPS location
• Fine-tune your movies with new Precision Editor
• Fix shaky clips using automatic stabilization
• Master piano or guitar basics with interactive lessons
• Learn how to play hit songs from original artists
• Create custom websites and publish anywhere

iWork ’09

• Choose from over 180 Apple-designed templates
• Write with full-screen view
• Easily lay out newsletters, posters, flyers, and more
• Mix tables, graphics, and charts on a freeform canvas
• Choose from over 250 functions
• Make sense of your data with interactive Table Categories
• Create sophisticated presentations with ease
• Build stunning animations with simple transitions
• Edit with powerful graphics tools

The box contained three install DVDs and printed and electronic documentation.

Source: Apple (product package)

Mac OS X Leopard v10.5.1 Retail Family Pack (2009)

This boxed retail version of Mac OS X is version 10.5.1, also known as “Leopard.” This particular box is the Retail Family Pack, licensed for “up to five computers in one household.”

Leopard (Mac OS X v10.5) was marketed to contain over 300 enhancements from its predecessor, Mac OS X v.10.4, Tiger. The Leopard Finder included a redesigned Desktop and Dock, a semi-transparent menu bar, and the addition of Cover Flow, a visual file navigation method borrowed from iTunes. This release also introduced Time Machine automated backups, Spotlight searches across multiple Macs, the Photo Booth app, and the Front Row system that served as a simple multimedia interface.

The design on the outside of the box is printed with a high-gloss finish and foil-metallic accents for the outer space design elements—a somewhat perplexing concept given the name of the OS was “Leopard.” The back of the box highlighted five operating system features: Cover Flow in the Finder, Time Machine automatic backups, iChat video chat effects, stationery in Mail, and Spaces window organization.

The box contained an install DVD and a color-printed manual. The exterior of the box lists the following contents:

DVD containing Mac OS X; printed and electronic documentation. Requirements Mac computer with an Intel, PowerPC G5, or PowerPC G4 (867MHz or faster) processor; 512MB of physical RAM; DVD drive for installation. • Some features require a compatible Internet service provider; fees may apply. • Time Machine requires an additional hard drive, sold separately. • iChat requires a compatible camera. • Some features have additional requirements; see 826-8133-A

Sources: Apple (product box), Wikipedia, Ars Technica

Mac OS 8 Demo Tour CD (1997)

This Mac OS 8 Demo Tour CD is in its original cardboard envelope packaging. It contains a single CD that touts Mac OS 8’s “Performance, Ease of use, Internet, Multimedia, Compatibility, Information, Personalization, and Dependability.”

This CD Contains all the files and applications to deliver a Mac OS 8 Demo experience. Upon inserting the CD-ROM, the user is presented with a Mac OS 8 graphic and three icons:
Mac OS 8 Demo
Read me
QuickTime 2.5

Double-clicking the Mac OS 8 Demo icon would launch the demo file. Double-clicking “Read me” would open the SimpleText application and provide directions on how to use the Demo application and list the system requirements of the Demo. The QuickTime 2.5 folder contained an installer for QuickTime 2.5, in case the Macintosh had an earlier version installed. Created in 1991, QuickTime is the multimedia framework developed by Apple to handle various formats of digital video, picture, sound, panoramic images, and interactivity.

Sources: Apple, Internet Archive, Wikipedia

Resource Library CDs (1998, 1999)

This collection of CDs include original cardboard packaging with each package containing 1–3 CD-ROM discs. Each CD package is titled “The Apple Sales and Marketing Resource Library” and features a color photo of an Apple computer. Each package is also dated.

The CD contents include:

November 1998 (1 CD)
Pictured: Power Macintosh G3 (beige desktop) with keyboard, mouse, and monitor
CD 1
Interop Seminar Materials
Apple Loan Reseller Sign Up
Mac OS 8.5 Interactive Demo
Mac OS 8.5 Data Sheet & FAQ
“e-mail” and “Beige” Commercials
PowerBook G3 Overview & FAQ
PowerBook G3 Sales Pres
USB Sales Fact Sheet & Pres
Apple Commercial Credit
New/Revised Data Sheets

January 1999 (3 CDs)
Pictured: Macintosh Server G3 (tower)
CD 1
Tales of the iMac
“Hal” Commercial
Publishing Market Guide
MacWorld Product Intro Materials
New Product Presentations
New Product Photography
Mac Products Guide
Data Sheet Library
CD 2
In Concert
SFX Machine
Conflict Catcher
Mac OS 8.5.1 Update
fusion EFFECTS
Unity DS-1
Retro AS-1
4D V6
CD 3 (Apple PowerSales)
New Apple Products (MacWorld)
Jeff Hansen

April 1999 (2 CDs)
Pictured: G3 Tower (blue and white)
CD 1
PowerSales Apr 1999
Gistics AppleScript ROI Rpt
Ed ANAT Volume Lic. Promo
AMA/Enhancing the Workflow
Small Business and iMac Presentation
PM G3 AV for Education Data Sheet
Power Macintosh G3 Poster
Pfeiffer Technology Report
PowerBook Ad Slicks
Mac OS X Server Material
(and more)
CD 2
Myth II: Soulblighter
Dark Vengeance Demo
Hoyle Card Games Demo
3D Ultra NASCAR® Pinball
Quest For Glory V: Dragon Fire
M.Y.O.B. Trial Version 8
Lode Runner 2 Demo
Civilization II Demo
AppleWorks 5
(and more)

August 1999 (1 CD)
Pictured: iBook (blueberry)
CD 1
QuickTime 4
[Resource Library CDs appear to be lost]

My collection also contains the May 1999 Resource Library CDs without the packaging.

Source: Apple

ClarisWorks 4.0 for Macintosh (6 3.5-inch disks, 1996)

In early days of personal computers, a series of “Works” applications were released with a few traits in common. Software packages such as Microsoft Works, AppleWorks GS (for the Apple II GS), and ClarisWorks, all contained a package of simplified applications sold as a set and were usually accessed through a launcher application. For example, when launching AppleWorks, a user would launch the application and decide if they wanted to create a word processing file, a spreadsheet, a drawing document, or a database by clicking the appropriate icon.

ClarisWorks has a complicated history. In general, it began as AppleWorks (with earlier versions under different names), switched to ClarisWorks, switched back to AppleWorks, and was replaced by iWork.

This set of six 3.5-inch floppy disks contain an installer for ClarisWorks 4.0.

A fascinating history of ClarisWorks/AppleWorks is available from Bob Hearn on a page published by MIT. I wholeheartedly agree with the author who writes, “RIP ClarisWorks, ‘the best-loved application for the Mac,’ 1991–2007.”

Interestingly, this history is somewhat preserved by Apple’s iWork concept. Currently, Apple’s three productivity apps—Keynote, Pages, and Numbers—are referred to collectively as iWork. Although the apps are separate, their user interfaces and behaviors make the apps function very much as a set. This may also be the reason so many users incorrectly refer to iWork as “iWorks.”

This set of disks was among the final 3.5-inch floppy disks produced by Apple since in 1998 Apple released the iMac and officially stopped including floppy drives in their products. My collection also includes a ClarisWorks 4.0 CD installer, also from 1996.

Sources: Wikipedia (AppleWorks, floppy disk), Macintosh Garden, MIT

Macintosh Educational Software Guide 1992 (3.5-inch disk, 1992)

The 3.5-inch floppy disk was used in the very first Macintosh computer in 1984 after its initial introduction by Sony in 1981. By 1992 the format had evolved several times and was used as a relatively inexpensive and reliable way to share digital files before the Internet. At the time, the CD-ROM was gaining popularity, but most users had access to 3.5-inch floppy drives.

This Macintosh Educational Software Guide from 1992 contains a compressed HyperCard Stack.

HyperCard was a software application and development kit for Apple computers that allowed users to create and/or read hypermedia documents, a format that was used before the World Wide Web. The system was developed and used extensively between 1987 and 1994, and retired in 2004.

According to its accompanying envelope—found digitally, but not a part of my collection:

The “MacEduGuide ’92” compressed HyperCard stack on this floppy disk includes information about more than 1,300 software programs for students, teachers, and administrators in K-12 schools. Each product listing includes the following information:

  • Product description
  • Publisher’s name, address, and phone number
  • Education pricing (when available)
  • Grade range
  • System requirements
  • Additional items included with the software
  • Product review citations in educational software journals
  • Publisher’s policies (copy protection, site licensing, 90-day free trial, and so on)

The special features of this stack allow you to search for information using any combination of elements: title, publisher, subject and topic, specific grade or grade range, and system requirements.

You can print any or all of the product lists and product information. The “mailer” button that appears with each product description allows you to print a letter to the publisher requesting additional information.

Further, the HyperCard Stack was compressed using the .sea compression method popular at the time for Macintosh computers. While Windows primarily used .zip for compression, Apple used .sea (Self Extracting Archive). The format was built into the Macintosh Operating System at the time and did not require a “helper app” to open and decompress the file.

Sources: Macintosh Repository, Wikipedia (floppy disk, HyperCard, archive formats)

Tiger World Premiere brochure (2005)

This Tiger World Premiere brochure was given at Apple stores the evening of the “Tiger,” Mac OS X, version 10.4, operating system’s release. A giveaway accompanied the event. The front of the brochure reads: “Win a PowerBook G4, an iPod, or other prizes. Friday, April 29, 6 p.m. to midnight.”

The back of the brochure has the headline: “Rethought. Reengineered. Reborn.” Several of Tiger’s “over 200 new features” are highlighted below, including: Spotlight, iChat AV, Automator, .Mac, Dashboard, Safari RSS, QuickTime 7, and Mail.

Upon release, Tiger cost $129.95. While Tiger was the current Mac OS, Apple transitioned to Macs with Intel chips. Therefore, Tiger was the first Mac OS to support the Intel architecture on Mac. Tiger was preceded by Mac OS X 10.3 Panther and succeeded by Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard.

This 1-page brochure measures 4.25 x 8.75 inches and was printed with metallic ink.

iLife ’09 box (2009)

iLife is a suite of software by Apple that has included the apps iMovie, iDVD, iTunes, iPhoto, GarageBand, and iWeb.

iMovie began as a free app released in October 1999 along with the iMac DV as an easy-to-use video editing app.

iDVD was announced in January 2001 and released with the Power Mac G4 that included a SuperDrive that could read and write CDs and DVDs. iDVD introduced a way for users to design customized DVDs with menus, graphics, photo slideshows, and movies that could be played on standard DVD players.

iTunes was originally released in January 2001 as a media player and organizer for the Mac.

iPhoto was released January 7, 2002, as a way to import and organize photos and perform basic photo editing.

GarageBand was released in 2004 as an easy way for beginner and advanced musicians to create and edit music.

Finally, iWeb was introduced in January 2006 as an app to create and maintain websites without having to know or write HTML or other coding languages.

The original version of iLife was released in 2003 and cost $49. It included iPhoto 2, iTunes 3, iMovie 3, and iDVD 3.

iLife ’04 (2004) cost $49 and included iPhoto 4, iTunes 4.2, iMovie 4, iDVD 4, and GarageBand 1.

iLife ’05 (2005) cost $79 and included iPhoto 5, iTunes 4.7.1, iMovie HD 5, iDVD 5, and GarageBand 2.

iLife ’06 (2006) cost $79 and included iPhoto 6, iTunes 6.0.2, iMovie HD 6, iDVD 6, GarageBand 3, and added iWeb 1.

iLife ’08 (2008) cost $79 and included iPhoto 7.0, iTunes 7.3, iMovie 7.0 (HD 6), iDVD 7.0, GarageBand 4.0, and iWeb 2.0.

iLife ’09 (2009) cost $79 and included iPhoto 8.0, iMovie 8.0, iDVD 7.0.3, GarageBand 5.0, and iWeb 3.0. iTunes was removed from iLife ‘09.

iLife ’11 (Late 2010) dropped to $49 and included iPhoto 9.0, iMovie 9.0, iDVD 7.1, GarageBand 6.0, and iWeb 3.0.2. In January 2011 a version of iLife ’11 became available on the Mac App Store at $15 per app featuring iPhoto 9.1, iMovie 9.0.9, and GarageBand 6.0.5. iLife ‘11 on the Mac App Store dropped both iDVD and iWeb.

iLife ’13 (2013) was free to previous iLife users and included iPhoto 9.5, iMovie 10.0, and GarageBand 10.0.

This is the retail packaging for iLife ’09. The box features a stylized version of the word “iLife” in the Apple Myriad font where each letter represents a feature of the iLife apps: “i” uses film and a lens to represent iMovie, “L” uses the bulletin board design of the iWeb icon, the second “i” uses music notes on staves to represent GarageBand, “f” uses a generic background pattern, and “e” features a sunset similar to the iPhoto icon. The back of the box shows the four iLife apps with three or four bullets each that highlight each app’s features.

Source: Wikipedia (iLife, iTunes)

Apple Developer Connection Select Membership box and DVDs (2007)

The Apple Developer Connection Select Membership box was sent to new members of the Apple Developer program that served as a “welcome kit” to the ADC program. Based on its contents, this membership box was sent in February 2007 (the DVD design features a large 02/07 in red-orange Apple Myriad font). After the box was sent, new content could be downloaded from the Apple Developer website and no new physical media (CDs/DVDs) was necessary.

This Apple Developer Connection box contains a welcome letter, a set of DVD-ROMs (Developer DVD Series—February 2007), and the then-current Mac OS X Leopard Developer Preview DVD.

The welcome letter reads:

Welcome to Apple Developer Connection Select Membership.

This orientation package includes the resources you need to get started-all in a convenient case that can be used to store the Mac OS X releases and monthly Developer DVDs you’ll receive as part of your once-a-year membership.

The enclosed brochure provides an summary of your Select benefits, including:
• Early access to Mac OS X, Xcode Tools, and other Apple technologies
• Two one-on-one discussions with Apple’s developer technical support engineers
• Significant savings on one Apple hardware system for development and testing
• Access to ADC’s state-of-the-art Compatibility Labs up to two times a month

You also get the Leopard Early Start Kit-exclusive, advance access to a complete set of development resources to help you develop applications for the next major release of Mac OS X.

More information on your membership may be found in ADC “Frequently Asked Questions” at Feel free to contact us with specific questions at

Again, welcome to ADC Select Membership. We look forward to helping you develop and market world-class Mac OS X products and solutions.

Apple Developer Connection

The DVD contains the following folders:

  • About this DVD (html-based reference library)
  • What’s New (software updates including Airport Update 2006-002, Security Update 2006-008 PPC, Security Update 2006-008 Universal)
  • ADC Reference Library (html-based library)
  • Development Kits
    • Apple Loops SDK
    • AppleScript SDK
    • Bonjour SDK for Windows
    • CardBus DDK
    • Core Audio SDK
    • DotMac SDK
    • FireWire SDK
    • Image Capture SDK
    • iMovie Plug-in SDK
    • iTunes COM for Windows SDK
    • iTunes Visual Plug-ins SDK
    • Kernel Debug Kit
    • Kernel Debug Kit 10.4.6
    • Kernel Debug Kit 10.4.7
    • Kernel Debug Kit 10.4.8
    • Language Analysis
    • Mac OS X USB Debug Kit
    • Multiprocessing 2.1v2 SDK
    • PCI DDK 1.1.1 Mac OS X
    • Power Manager DDK for Mac OS X
    • QuickTime for Java Windows SDK
    • QuickTime for Windows
    • QuickTime SDK
    • Sherlock Channel SDK
    • Software License Agreements for UDIFs
    • Text Encoding Converter 1.5
    • USB Debug Kits
  • Tools
    • Developer Utilities
    • Localization Tools
    • Networking & Communications
    • QuickTime
    • Testing & Debugging
  • Xcode Tools (Xcode Tools 2.4.1 Release for Mac OS X v10.4 Tiger)

Source: Apple

Mac OS X Server box (2003)

This box is the retail packaging for Mac OS X Server, Version 10.3 Panther. The artwork on the box changed considerably from the previous Jaguar-fur-covered X in Apple Garamond to a new, more blocky serif font with a metallic finish.

This version was released on October 24, 2003, and added LDAP-based Open Directory user and file management.

A new Workgroup Manager application allowed for a vast improvement for configuration. Other network services were added or improved including SNMP, Apache web server, mail server, OpenLDAP, AFP, print server, SMB version 3 (improved Windows compatibility), MySQL (4.0.16), and PHP (4.3.7).

The box indicates that it contains Mac OS X Server v10.3, Admin Tools, Xcode, getting started guide, electronic documentation.

Source: Wikipedia (Panther, Mac OS X Server)