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PippinFinder is a simplified single-application launcher that is placed in the System Folder of a "Pippinized" CD-ROM in place of the standard Macintosh Finder desktop.[1] However, an inactive copy of Finder 7.5.3 can still be found on many released disks.[2] For CD-ROMs that contains more than one application, a Pippin Launch file is added to provide a rudimentary interface to make a selection (for example, Super Marathon).[3]

Un-Pippinizing a Pippin OSEdit

On Pippin console configurations with a developer ROM or dongle, the "Finder" found in a "Pippinized" System Folder (which is actually the PippinFinder) can be replaced with Finder 7.5.3, or Finder 7.5.6 from an installation of Mac OS 7.6. Other extensions, libraries and control panels can be updated as follows from a Universal Installation of System 7.5.5, with the noted exceptions:[2]

Do not include from System 7.5.5:

  • Apple Guide files
  • Ethernet files
  • Monitors and Sound control panel
  • Open Transport files
  • QuickTime
  • Shared Library Manager

Retain from Pippin System Folder:

  • Monitors control panel
  • QuickTime
  • Shared Library Manager
  • Sound control panel

Remove from Pippin System Folder:

  • MacTCP control panel
  • PPP control panel

Optional updates (if memory permits):

  • Appearance Manager for System 7.x (if the Mac OS 8 or other desktop theme is desired)
  • MacTCP 2.0.6
  • Open Transport 1.1.1 or 1.1.2


  1. Technical Notes: PippinFinder, version 002, Apple Computer. 1996-04-18.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Hacking the Pippin, Vintage Mac World. 2007-10-22. Archived 2017-08-17
  3. Technical Notes: Pippin Launch, version 001, Apple Computer. 1996-05-02.
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