to use TomeViewer
What is TomeViewer?
TomeViewer is a
utility for Mac OS which can be used to view the contents of
installation tomes (like the ones used by system installers and
-updaters) and to extract files from such tomes without running the
Where can I get
freeware and the latest version (1.3d3) is available for download from
for example -
How to use
To open TomeViewer, doubleclick its icon.
Choose File>>>Open... from the menu bar (or press "Command-O")
Select the folder or volume (i.e. a Mac OS installation CD) that
contains the tome you want to open.
In case you are using a download Mac OS update, mount the disk image
Browse the folder or volume to find the tome.
(When using a Mac OS 9 installation CD or a download update, the
system installation tome is usually located at Software
Installers>>>System Software>>>Mac OS 9.x.)
Select the tome and click "Open".
Alternatively, just drag-and-drop the Tome onto the
Now you get a window displaying the contents of the tome.
Select the file(s) you want to extract (hold the "Option"-key pressed
to select more than one file at a time).
In case you need more information about one or more file(s), highlight
it (them) and select Archive>>>Show Info... from the menu bar
(or press "Command-I").
Once you have selected the file(s) you want to extract, click the
button in the top left corner of the window (or select
Archive>>>Expand... from the menu bar or press "Command-E").
You can choose a name and destination for the file(s). In case you
selected multiple files (and don't want to change their names), click
"All". Otherwise, enter a name and click "Expand" (you can rename and
save each file separately).
The extracted files are now available from the location you saved them
In case you extracted extensions or control panels, just drop them
onto the System Folder and they will be put in place automatically.
However, when replacing other files with the ones you have extracted,
it might be advisable to back up the old files first.
Mac OS X?
be used in OS X's classic environment.
However, TomeViewer can't handle Mac OS X package files (.pkg); you
would need an application like CharlesSoft's Pacifist to open those files.
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TomeViewer 1.3d3 © Apple Computer, Inc. 1994-97
1.3d3 was written by Mark Young and Jonathon Suker.
Pacifist Copyright 2001-2002 © Charles J. Srstka
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update: February 11th, 2006