MacAdvocate CD-ROM (1997)

The 1997 Apple MacAdvocate CD-ROM is a marketing CD from Apple designed to allow Macintosh fans to convince other computer users to consider buying a Macintosh.

The inside of the CD explains the purpose of the CD:

Are you a MacAdvocate?

Do you plan your winter and fall vacations around the San Francisco and Boston MacWorld shows? Do you find yourself looking at Windows PC users and asking, “Why would they buy one of those without looking at a Mac?”
If you answered yes you probably are a MacAdvocate.
Welcome to the club.
As a fellow MacAdvocate, we want to provide you with the materials you need to win others over to the Macintosh—and the freedom it represents. That’s why we created this CD.
The 1997 MacAdvocate CD features all kinds of tools—such as product sheets, technology showcases, research studies, interactive demos, and system updates—you need to dazzle your friends and help you make the case that Macintosh is, simply put, the best personal computer you can buy. We’ve also included a couple of surprises, just to keep things interesting. So pop this CD into your local Macintosh and have a look. And feel free to give it to any of your Windows friends (yes, it runs on PCs too).
Because, after all, if we don’t show them, who will?

The CD part number is shown as L02177A.

iWork ’05 box (2005)

iWork is the name of Apple’s productivity suite of software including Keynote, Pages, and Numbers. The first two versions of iWork did not include a spreadsheet option.

iWork was originally referred to as a replacement to AppleWorks, but iWork has never provided a standalone database app and did not include a standalone drawing app (although its draw features are now similar or better than those provided in the AppleWorks Draw component).

As of 2020, at least ten different versions of iWork have been released.

iWork ’05 (released January 2005) included Keynote 2.0 and Pages 1.0. This version was released on CD-ROM.

iWork ’06 (released January 2006) included Keynote 3.0 and Pages 2.0. This version was released on CD-ROM.

iWork ’08 (released August 2007) included Keynote 4.0 and Pages 3.0, and added Numbers 1.0. This version was released on CD-ROM.

iWork ’09 (released January 2009) included Keynote 5.0 and Pages 4.0, and added Numbers 2.0. This version was released on DVD-ROM.

Beginning in 2010 iWork began to be offered for iPad and was released and updated through the Mac App Store.

This is the original box for iWork ’05. Its artwork matches the design concept for iLife ’05 released at the same time, a design concept Apple has not used since these versions.

Source: Wikipedia

Apple CD media (1996)

My collection of Apple CD and DVD media includes operating systems, applications, software collections that shipped with devices, promotional media, diagnostic tools, and educational content. In general, Apple-branded CD or DVD examples in original packaging have been presented separately, while single discs or collections of discs are presented chronologically.

Apple CDs from 1996 include:

  • Macintosh System 7.5 Update 2.0 For system software versions 7.5, 7.5.1, and 7.5.2 (U95073-052B, 1996)
  • Apple LaserWriter CD-ROM Version 1.0 For Mac OS and Windows (CD Version 1.0, 691-1229-A, 1996)
  • Apple Color Printing CD (1996)
  • Apple Macintosh CD, Power Macintosh 5260/100 (SSW Version 7.5.3, CD Version 1.0, 691-0992-A, 1996)
  • Macintosh PowerBook 1400 series (SSW Version 7.5.3, CD Version 1.0, 691-0954-A, 1996)
  • Apple Macintosh CD, Macintosh PowerBook System Software for PowerBook 5300/2300/190 computers and PowerPC hardware upgrades (SSW Version 7.5.2, CD Version 1.2.1, 691-0911-A, 1996)
  • Apple Internet Connection Kit (Version 1.1.5, 691-1096-A, 1996)
  • Apple Network Administrator Toolkit (U96073-026A, 1996)

In 1996 Macintosh computer system software was able to fit on a single CD. Apple used a standard white CD envelope with a white cloth-like back and a clear plastic front for system CDs. When multiple CDs were required, each CD shipped in a separate standard envelope.

Apple Color Graphics Sampler CD (1991)

Back in 1991, working with color on a computer—even a Mac—was apparently a novel activity. So novel that Apple released this Apple Color Graphics Sampler CD to showcase the benefits of color. Although basic color had been displaying on Apple screens since the Apple II in 1977, it took until 1991 for color to become a feature that regular people could produce and control in documents.

The CD is “designed to help you easily see the benefits of using color on the Apple™ Macintosh™ computer. We’ve provided the sampler so you can quickly see color performance—right after you pull your Macintosh monitor out of the box.”

Among other assets, the CD contains two image folders, 24-bit and 8-bit, and demos of applications including MacDraw Pro, Pixelpaint Pro, MacroMind Director, and Photoshop 1.0. It also has screensavers Dark Side of the Mac, Flowfazer, and Moire 3.02.

Incidentally, this is the earliest Apple-branded CD-ROM in my collection.

Source: MacWorld

Apple Learning Series 3-6 Curriculum CD collection (2000)

This Apple Learning Series 3–6 Curriculum CD set contained 10 CD-ROM titles curated and sold by Apple Education as a bundle. The PDF spec sheet touts that, “students can create their own maps, learn to use a spreadsheet, explore electrical principles, explore a rainforest, use onscreen math manipulatives, understand word problems, practice vocabulary and spelling, create interactive stories, and even get to know Ben Franklin.”

CDs are included for Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies and Reference. Apple provides the following descriptions:

Language Arts

Carmen Sandiego Word Detective, The Learning Company
With this engaging program, students solve word challenges to stop Carmen from turning all words into gibberish. To solve some of the challenges, students select adjacent letters to spell out words, spell words that are said aloud, and return words and punctuation to their correct locations within a story. The program allows teachers to create customized lists of spelling words and to track student progress.

Imagination Express Destination: Time Trip, USA, Edmark
This program allows students to create interactive stories using scenes from six different time periods: 1640, 1776, 1865, 1929, 1945, and today. In their stories, students can combine animated stickers of people and objects with text they enter on the screen, narration and other sounds that they record, and prerecorded sounds. In addition to stories, students can use the program to create items such as postcards and newspapers. The options available can be customized according to the needs of the students.


Math Mysteries: Whole Numbers, Tom Snyder Productions
Part of the Math Mysteries series, this title includes two CDs, both of which have students join the passengers and crew on a cruise ship to solve math word problems. With the Whole Class CD, the teacher introduces specific math skills and the students collaborate to identify the problems, collect information, and solve the problems. Then on their own or in pairs, students use the Mystery CD to practice and reinforce skills in solving word problems. The CDs cover basic operations and single and multistep problems.

Mighty Math Calculating Crew, Edmark
The “crew” in this innovative math program consists of four superheroes who challenge students with math problems in multiplication, division, number lines, fractions, money, and 3D geometry. Activities such as Superhero Superstore and Dr. Gee’s 3D Lab feature onscreen manipulatives to help students understand the underlying math concepts. The difficulty level and activity topic can be adjusted with the program’s Grow Slides component.

The Cruncher, Knowledge Adventure
The Cruncher teaches students how to use spreadsheets and graphs by having them solve problems and apply mathematical concepts to real-life situations. The results can be displayed with graphs and charts and annotated with sound effects and animated illustrations. The program also includes a Show feature, which explains, step by step, how The Cruncher solves the specific formula; projects that allow students to use The Cruncher to solve interesting, real-world problems; and tutorials.


A Field Trip to the Rainforest Deluxe, Sunburst Technology
With this program, students travel through the rainforests of South America, Africa, and Southeast Asia, learning about the plants, animals, and people who live in these areas, as well as the status of rainforest resources and current and future preservation efforts. Students can consult a comprehensive field guide for more information on these topics, take notes and add pictures using the program’s journal feature, and play a rainforest trivia game.

Thinkin’ Science Series: Zap!, Edmark
Students explore light, sound, and electricity in Zap!, part of the Thinkin’ Science series of educational software. In this engaging CD, as they prepare to produce a concert, students explore three learning environments: Laser Lab, where they experiment with light and color; the ElectroLoft, where they experiment with circuit building and repair; and the SoundWave Studio, where they learn about sounds and their waveforms. Students learn more about the topics covered with the “Sci-Clopedia” and take their own notes with the Notebook feature. The program’s Grow Slides feature lets teachers set the topics to be covered and the level of difficulty.

Social Studies and Reference

MapMaker’s Toolkit, Tom Snyder Productions
Mapmaker’s Toolkit is a versatile program for creating maps to use in the classroom. The CD includes more than 450 current and historical maps that can be used as they are or customized to change the features displayed, add color and text, and mark different elements such as transportation, population, crops, and weather. The maps can be printed in different sizes (including as a poster), presented electronically with the slide show feature, or posted publicly on the Internet.

What’s the Big Idea, Ben Franklin?, Scholastic
Based on the award-winning book of the same name, this engaging and humor-filled CD presents Ben Franklin in his different roles as writer, printer, scientist, inventor, diplomat, and founding father. Students can either watch and hear each chapter in a video format, or read and hear each chapter in a more detailed text format. Games for each chapter help students reinforce what they learn. The CD includes audiovisual “side trips,” a glossary, and a Teacher’s Resource room with assignments, bulletin boards with ideas for displaying student work, and challenges.

World Book 2001, World Book
This two-CD set combines the text and illustrations of the World Book Encyclopedia with the impact of video, sound, animation, and Internet resources. Students can easily access specific information with the program’s search tools and use the highlighting and sticky notes features to keep track of what they find. Includes an atlas, a dictionary, a Homework Wizard to help students with assignments such as reports and timelines, and Internet links to additional resources and updated information.

Somewhat shockingly, a PDF was still downloadable on the Apple website in 2020.

Source: Apple

Apple Remote Desktop 3 box (2006)

This version of Apple Remote Desktop was released in 2006.

According to Apple, “Apple Remote Desktop 3 is a suite of integrated desktop management tools that facilitate a wide range of IT tasks. Using a single affordable product, you can distribute software, control and configure computers, offer live online help and training, run detailed reports, and implement security policies. Because Apple Remote Desktop allows you to work remotely and efficiently, you can accomplish more in less time—without ever needing to leave your desk and often without interrupting your users.”

This PDF from 2003 was still available on Apple’s website in 2020.

Source: Apple

Apple Service Source CDs (1995-1998)

This collection of Apple Service Source CD-ROMs is from 1995–1998. These CDs were provided by Apple to allow authorized repairs of Apple equipment.

The CDs contain the following types of files and information:

Service Source Startup—A HyperCard document explaining the contents of the CD-ROM and a folder containing Service Source Files.

System Stuff (folder)—Applications and system files such as Apple QuickTime extension file, the Apple CD-ROM driver, 32-bit Color Quickdraw, and TeachText.

Disk Images (folder)—Applications such as HyperCard.

Clips (folder)—QuickTime movies and animations that demonstrate difficult repairs and the locations of hard-to-find components.

Viewer (folder)—Inside Mac Viewer, a utility to display archived and international-only service information.

Apple TechStep (folder)—release notes for late-breaking and critical information about TechStep tests.

AppleOrder (folder)—AppleOrder application.

Q-Stack TAC (folder)—HyperCard stack to send technical questions to the Apple Technical Assistance Center.

What’s New.Archive (TeachText document)—text file that archives the “What’s New” section of previous releases of Service Source, organized by release date and product.

Source: Macintosh Repository (1995, 1997, 1998)

Apple CD media (1999)

My collection of Apple CD and DVD media includes operating systems, applications, software collections that shipped with devices, promotional media, diagnostic tools, and educational content. In general, Apple-branded CD or DVD examples in original packaging have been presented separately, while single discs or collections of discs are presented chronologically.

Apple CDs from 1999 include:

  • Mac OS 8.6 Updater CD (1999)
  • Mac OS 8.6 (Version 8.6, 691-2312-A, 1999)
  • Mac OS 9 (Version 9.0, 691-2386-A, 1999)
  • Macintosh PowerBook G3 Series Software Install (SSW version 9.0, 691-2458-A, 1999)
  • iMac Software Install (SSW version 8.6, CD version 1.1, 691-2376-A, 1999)
  • iMac Software Restore (SSW version 8.6, CD version 1.1, 691-2375-A, 1999)
  • Software Bundle (600-7647-A, 1999)
  • iBook Software Install (SSW version 9.0, 691-2472-A, 1999)
  • Apple Network Assistant (Version 4.0., Z691-2474-A, 1999)
  • SoftRAID For Power Mac G4 and Macintosh Server G4 computers (1999, SSW version 9.0, CD version 2.2.1, 691-2534-A, 1999)
  • AppleCare Service Source For Power Macintosh computers before G3 (includes AppleCare License Booklet, November 691-2508-A, 1999)
  • Mac OS 9, Not for resale
  • A New Take on Digital Video (Final Cut Pro demo)

Apple shipped CD bundles in cardboard envelope packages in 1999. The envelope design shown here is orange with a white Apple logo.

Apple CD and DVD media (2008)

My collection of Apple CD and DVD media includes operating systems, applications, software collections that shipped with devices, promotional media, diagnostic tools, and educational content. In general, Apple-branded CD or DVD examples in original packaging have been presented separately, while single discs or collections of discs are presented chronologically.

Apple CDs and DVDs from 2008 include:

  • Mac Pro Mac OS X Install Disc 1 (Mac OS X version 10.5.2, AHT version 3A146, Disc version 1.2, 2Z691-6202-A, 2008)
  • AppleSeed, Mac OS X Server Leopard Install DVD (Version 10.5.4, Build 9E26, 2008)
  • AppleSeed, Mac OS X Leopard Install DVD (Version 10.5.4, Build 9E25, 2008)
  • Aperture 2 Install (Version 2.1, 0Z691-6229-A, 2008)
  • AppleCare Protection Plan (0Z691-6203-A, 2008)
  • Xsan 2 Install Disc (Version 2, 0Z691-6025-A, 2008)
  • Software Bundle (unopened, 607-3207, AirPort Extreme, 2008)
  • A Tour of 21st-Century Learning, February 2008 (L361532A)