the ISEPIC Cartridge
2017 marked the re-issue of the original “Freezer” cartridge first released in June 1985. It only remained on the market for 6 months before it was thought to have vanished into Commodore history.
Below is a great article from KILOBYTE Magazine here:
Article used by permission:
The ECHO was developed by Jim Drew.
The Echo and it’s software was released before the Shadow (Megasoft)
The Echo software also because the Supercard version
From Jim Drew, “ECHO was sold for about 6 months or so (through my company called “UnderWare”) before it was renamed as Supercard and sold through Utilities Unlimited, a spin-off company that Reggie created due to the Shadow disaster which destroyed Megasoft. UnderWare had ads in Compute!, RUN, and several other magazines. I sold ECHO, X-RAY (a density display), and a few other products. ”
Phantom by Trilogic info sent to me by Draven
This 1541 board worked with the Doppelganger software – Link is HERE
From the ad below: This is a fastloader, Fast formatter, 60 additional commands, Write Protect ignored – no need to notch disk, plus tons more. Check out the ad and then photos of this board:
The release order of Commodore snap shot cartridges
1. Isepic was the first
2. Codebuster (This is the same cartridge as SnapShot 64 and Clonebusters)
3. Final Cartridge
4. Super Snapshot
5. Freeze Cart (Europe)
6. Action Replay
Codebusters was renamed for a very short time to Clonebusters for Micro W.
Then for marketing reasons then name was changed to SnapShot 64.
List help from Craig Ernster
Iceclone was a clone of Isepic by Starpoint.
It also uses the exact same software as Isepic.
I have never seen this clone before but Craig Ernster sent me these photos.
In 1986 this ad appeared by Micro-W. I almost missed this at the bottom of the ad: The NEW CLONE BUSTER cartridge for the 64. It goes on to say that it is the best memory capture device available. Snapshot your software and save it out to standard Commodore DOS. This will back-up most 64 software and remove the annoying error tracks and difficult to load protection.
“Ron Smith: …Codebuster/SNAPSHOT 64 was rom based while all of the Super Snapshot series was rom and ram. The product was also sold for a very short time under the name of Clonebuster (or something like that … it was a US company and we parted ways quite quickly)….”
Here are PDF instructions: Clonebuster_Instructions
Photo’s by Jim Drew