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Warning: C64 geek pr0n! A Mind Is Born

Posted by jpluimers on 2017/04/20

Geek pr0n on the C64:

Making a demo in just 256 bytes would be a formidable challenge regardless of platform. A Mind Is Born is my attempt to do it on the Commodore 64. In the absence of an actual 256-byte compo, it was submitted to the Oldskool 4K Intro compo at [WayBackRevision 2017, where it ended up on 1st place.

Source: [WayBackA Mind Is Born



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(35) Introducing Macintosh System 7.5 Product Overview – July 15, 1994 – Apple VHS Archive – YouTube

Posted by jpluimers on 2017/04/20

Some 23 years ago…

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“Galiad Computers Ltd.” that provided software in the 1990s to Polyvroom for vector based font design (plus some dry transfer lettering history)

Posted by jpluimers on 2017/04/19

Every now and then I complete more pieces of my early 1990s vector fonts era. This time I’ve found back the name of the company that provided some parts of the software that we used at Polyvroom to produce vector fonts (both PostScript and TrueType): “Galiad Computers Ltd.” from Israel. I don’t remember Eitan Mizrotsky though.

At the time of writing, seems down, but the Web Archive has old copies of it. I totally forgot they did some more public Border Software as well.

Another party involved back then was Visualogik. They still exist, so I will get in touch with them one day.

Mecanorma, LetterPress and Letraset dry tansfer lettering (click to enlarge).

Mecanorma, LetterPress and Letraset dry tansfer lettering (click to enlarge).

I also learned that Trip Productions has reorganised a few years ago and now the letter rubbing part of Polyvroom (that they made for/with Mecanorma, LetterPress and Letraset lettering you could rub off: dry transfer lettering – image via @GraphicsVectors) is now licensed to ProCraft BV. The text is not completely accurate (Trip took over late 1994 when Polyvroom went belly up), bug gives a good impression:

Mecanorma was a French company and leading manufacture of instant lettering. The rub down lettering was manufactured by a Dutch company called Polyvroom BV. Around 1985 the company called Trip Productions took over Mecanorma and Polyvroom. In the following years Trip Productions BV developed digital fonts and produced the rub down lettering from Lisse in The Netherlands.

The main product of Mecanorma was always the production of the rub down lettering. It was not easy to to scale down the company when the market of the rub down lettering did almost disappear because of the new technology in the world. Many of the production lines for the rub down lettering were closed down. The rub down lettering is a decal technology and to survive Trip Productions did try to focus on that technology for a long time with success.

In 2012 the decision was made that they had to turn the company around. A new company was formed called Trip Licenses BV and they focus on the license of the Fonts and Patents the company has. The production and sales of the rub down lettering is still active and licensed to ProCraft BV in The Netherlands. The digital fonts are licensed to House of Type (ITF Inc.) in the USA.

I also found this about the Mecanorma Collection on MyFonts which has a more accurate timeline:

Mecanorma Collection

FollowAlong with Letraset, the French company Mecanorma was one of the major vendors of instant rub-down lettering. Along with licensing typefaces from other vendors, Mecanorma commissioned original typeface designs.

From 1989 until 1994, Mecanorma worked with another Dutch company Visualogik to create digital versions of their typefaces. These typefaces were released in Type 1 format, bearing a “MN” suffix. In addition, Monotype licensed and digitized some of Mecanorma’s typefaces. In 1995, Mecanorma stepped back from the professional graphics market and entered into other areas such as home decoration. During that time, their decorative materials, including their instant rub-down lettering, were manufactured by the now defunct Dutch company, Trip Productions BV.

In 2004, International TypeFounders (ITF) licensed the digital typefaces from Trip Productions BV and released them as the Mecanorma Collection. This helped to preserve one of the finest digital font libraries of display typefaces around, combining real arts and crafts into the tools of today.

In 2014, International TypeFounders entered into a permanent agreement with Trip Consultants BV, the legal successor of the French type foundry Mecanorma. As the exclusive worldwide digital rights owners of the collection, ITF have now republished the Mecanorma Collection in OpenType for the first time.



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MacOS System 7.0.1 Compilation : Apple Computer : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive

Posted by jpluimers on 2017/04/17

Cool stuff to compare when I have my Macintosh SE/30 up and running again: [Archive.isMacOS System 7.0.1 Compilation : Apple Computer : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive

Everything can either:

There is quite a bite included:

System Programs: Applications: Games: Utilities: Toys:
HyperCard, BBEdit Lite, Risk, HD Setup, Alarm
Macintosh MacDraw, Cannon Fodder, Disinfectant, Clock,
Basics, MacPaint, Shufflepuck. Disk Copy, Calculator,
Control Panels. Microsoft Excel, ResEdit, Note Pad,
Microsoft Word, TeachText, Puzzle,
Microsoft Works, Compact Pro, Mac Gzip,
Orion, Mar, Scrapbook.
Pagemaker, Stuffit Expander,
ZTerm. Stuffit Lite.

The [] downloads:

00_coverscreenshot.jpg                          04-Apr-2017 04:51     50.9K
00_coverscreenshot_thumb.jpg                    04-Apr-2017 04:51     3.0K
_screenshot.gif                                 04-Apr-2017 04:51     62.7K
hd1.img                                         04-Apr-2017 04:12     20.4M
hd2.img                                         04-Apr-2017 04:12     20.4M
mac_MacOS_7.0.1_compilation.gif                 04-Apr-2017 04:51     4.2K
mac_MacOS_7.0.1_compilation_archive.torrent     16-Apr-2017 21:33     4.5K
mac_MacOS_7.0.1_compilation_files.xml           16-Apr-2017 21:33     3.8K
mac_MacOS_7.0.1_compilation_meta.sqlite         04-Apr-2017 04:51     14.0K
mac_MacOS_7.0.1_compilation_meta.xml            04-Apr-2017 05:49     4.2K
mac_MacOS_7.0.1_compilation_reviews.xml         16-Apr-2017 21:33     633.0B
screenshot_00.jpg                               04-Apr-2017 04:51     50.9K
screenshot_00_thumb.jpg                         04-Apr-2017 04:51     3.0K


Via (and more background info at): [WayBackIn-browser Mac OS 7.0.1 emulation, compatible software suite arrives at the Internet Archive

A pair of 20MB hard drive compilations contain a full MacOS 7.0.1 environment that runs in a browser, and contains an assortment of applications spanning from 1984 to 1991 has appeared on the Internet Archive, with the entire bundle able to be run inside Safari.


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Please Help Us Track Down Apple II Collections « ASCII by Jason Scott

Posted by jpluimers on 2017/04/03

Conditions are very, very good right now for easy, top-quality, final ingestion of original commercial Apple II Software and if you know people sitting on a pile of it or even if you have a small handful of boxes, please get in touch with me to arrange the disks to be imaged.

For example, piles and piles of educational software has returned from potential oblivion, because it’s about the preservation, not the title. Wonderfully done works are being brought back to life and are playable on the Internet Archive.

In other words: if you have or know someone who has disks with original, uncracked software that cannot be copied easily, let the team at the WayBack machine know as they have the resources that can help preserve that software.


Source: [WayBackPlease Help Us Track Down Apple II Collections « ASCII by Jason Scott

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