MacUser (US edition)

MacUser was a monthly computer magazine published by Ziff Davis in the United States while the UK edition was published by Dennis Publishing.

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Premier edition front cover
CategoriesComputing, Macintosh
Year founded1985
Final issue1997
CompanyZiff Davis
CountryUnited States

History and profileEdit

MacUser started publication in late 1985[1] as a four-color monthly and contained general interest Mac articles. In 1986 the magazine was acquired by Ziff Davis.[2][3] It had reviews and regular columns for novice and experienced users with a more humorous view of the Macintosh world than other publications of the time. Games were reviewed and well as business and productivity software. A unique feature, not available in other publications, was the inclusion of about 250 capsule reviews in each edition.[4]

The initial cover price was $3.50 with an annual subscription of $23 per year or $42 for two-years.[4]

In 1997, the publication was absorbed into Macworld as Macworld, incorporating MacUser (a name reflected subtly on the magazine's Table of Contents page) reflecting a consolidation of the Ziff Davis-owned MacUser magazine into the International Data Group-owned Macworld within the new Mac Publishing joint venture between the two publishers.[5]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Long-running Apple rag MacUser Magazine shuts its doors after 30 years". Apple Insider. 16 January 2015. Retrieved 17 February 2016.
  2. ^ U-M Computing News. UM Libraries. 1987. p. 69. UOM:39015072620332. Retrieved 24 May 2020.
  3. ^ Felix Dennis (12 June 2008). How to Get Rich: One of the World's Greatest Entrepreneurs Shares His Secrets. Penguin Publishing Group. p. 172. ISBN 978-1-4406-3246-4. Retrieved 24 May 2020.
  4. ^ a b Ted Hanss (1986). Magazines for Mac Users. U-M Computing News, Volume 1. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Computing Center. p. 32. OCLC 15471402.
  5. ^ "IDG and Ziff to Merge Mac Publications". PCWorld. PCWorld Communications, Inc. Archived from the original on 29 March 2010. Retrieved 12 September 2014.