What's new

This page describes additions and changes that were made to this website.



October 7, 2009
  • Included Technical Note #076 titled Differences between the Philips 18x and 605 Development Platforms. It can be found in the Philips Interactive Media Technical Notes section.

    October 5, 2009
  • The previously unreleased document Mono II Player Status has been included under the CD-i Technical Documentation / System section.
  • Technical Note #061, titled Software Sprites in CD-i has been included in the Philips Interactive Media Technical Notes section.

    October 4, 2009
  • Created a section to house Philips Interactive Media Technical Notes under the heading CD-i Documentation. Included the first document designated Technical Note #069, titled Technical Status of the Philips 910 CD-i Player.

    October 16, 2005
  • The Complete CD-i Players Overview section has been updated with information concerning CD-i Emulation. Containing a brief description of the first serious attempt at CD-i emulation in CD-iCE and the newly released and active project CD-i Emulator.

    September 30, 2005
  • CD-i Fan has released his CD-i Emulator version 0.5.2 from the official cdiemu.org website with a time limited trial edition available for free download. The full unlimited CD-i Emulator is available for an initial payment of 25 Euros with free future updates on the base case version. The links section has been updated accordingly.

    September 11, 2005
  • Craig Elliott has released documentation and files on an extension to his previous project to create an adapter to convert a PS/2 PC mouse for use on a CD-i player. Available in the new CD-i Homebrew Downloads section.
  • Made an addition of a disclaimer to the CD-i Homebrew Downloads section.

    September 5, 2005
  • Craig Elliott has released documentation and files on his project to create an adapter to convert a serical PC mouse for use on a CD-i player. Available in the new CD-i Homebrew Downloads section.

    July 14, 2005
  • CD-i Fan released a new version of the CD-i Link program which allows you to communicate with a CD-i player through your PC using a nullmodem cable. Available through the PC/Windows section in a new CD-i communication tools archive.
  • Updated the CD-i Disc Image Downloads section with the CD-i Stub also developed by CD-i Fan which some players require to initiate the CD-i Link program. Source files have been included in a seperate file available from the same section.

    June 27, 2005
  • Created a new Press Information category under the CD-i Promotional Material section chronicling press releases for CD-online, CD-i/TV with touch screen, Showmaster and the announcement of the adventure game Lost Eden.

    June 6, 2005
  • Since the expiration of the icdia.org website hosting has now transferred to icdia.co.uk under the CDinteractive network for CD-i related websites. The ICDIA will be maintained on-line for archival purposes and will now receive updates when new resources become available.

    June 29, 2003
  • Put announcement on front page, explaining that this site is no longer maintained or updated. It will remain available online for archival purposes.
  • Replaced "contact me" links at many locations with referrals to CD-i discussion boards and news groups, as CD-i support is no longer given by me via e-mail.
  • Changed some entries in the FAQ to reflect current CD-i situation (mainly by removing referrals to never completed CD-i emulator and links to companies which formerly sold CD-i equipment).
  • Removed CD-i Player Manuals section, due to the fact that ALL manuals are now available from Philips Customer Care web site.
  • Updated Web Links section (mainly by removing outdated web sites).

    October 2, 2001
  • Added a live chat function to the site, in close co-operation with the guys from The Black Moon Project. It allows you to chat in real time with other CD-i users.
  • Added the new TOCSplit version 1.2 to the Video-CD 2.0 authoring tools page.

    September 15, 2001
  • The CD-i FAQ 2000 Edition is now also available in Italian! Marco Parisio made an Italian translation of the entire FAQ.

    August 26, 2001
  • Robin Burrows released a new version of TOCSplit, which allows you to write Video-CD 2.0 Toolkit disc images using CDRWin, Nero, Gear and other popular recording software. Available in the new archive and as a seperate download from the Video-CD 2.0 Toolkit page.

    June 25, 2001
  • Added a tool called Tonigy to the PC downloads section. It allows you to access CD-i discs under OS/2, view the files contained on a disc and watch video files. OS/2 only!

    June 14, 2001
  • Added the classic Video-CD 2.0 Toolkit software from Philips Media/OptImage to the PC/Windows downloads section. This software allows you to create (full CD-i compatible) discs using ALL of the features offered by the Video-CD 2.0 standard.
  • Slightly expanded the ICDIA CD-i software archive by adding some 15 titles.

    May 23, 2001
  • Added extra manuals to the user manuals section, including some portable and professional CD-i players.


  • May 14, 2001
  • Included the user manuals for a number of consumer CD-i player models.


  • April 27, 2001
  • Included the Application Note for 'CD-i Ready' discs in the CD-i Technical Documentation / System section. A CD-i Ready disc contains CD-i data preceeding track 1 of an Audio-CD.


  • April 21, 2001
  • Added the full listing of our ICDIA CD-i Software Archive to this site, the world's largest CD-i software collection containing some 1,000 titles.


  • April 20, 2001
  • Included the technical documentation for the DSP56001 digital signal processor that is used in the Digital Video cartridge in the Technical Documentation / Hardware section.


  • April 8, 2001
  • Revised the CD-i weblinks section. Re-arranged the sites according to subject and included links to the CD-i Emu and CD-i discimage download websites!
  • Minor update to the FAQ, it now includes some info about the CD-i Emu project.


  • April 3, 2001
    The Microware OS-9 manuals are now available in Portable Document Format (PDF) instead of Rich Text Format. Corrected layout and other conversion errors. These manuals give an in-depth technical overview of CD-i's operating system.

    March 22, 2001
  • Added a new tool called Dart Karaoke Studio CD+G to the CD+G creation tools page under PC/Windows downloads. It allows you to create karaoke music CDs with CD+Graphics pictures and lyrics that can be displayed on a CD-i player among others.

    February 21, 2001
  • The CD-i FAQ 2000 Edition is now available in Portable Document Format (PDF), for easy off-line reference. It can be downloaded from the FAQ index screen. Slightly updated the FAQ (both online version and PDF version), corrected minor errors.

    January 14, 2001
  • Added a fantastic article by Alan Cawson and Leslie Haddon of the University of Sussex and Ian Miles of the University of Manchester, giving an in-depth overview of the conception and marketing of CD-i over the years. A lot of interviews held by the authors resulted in a unique inside view of CD-i's history starting in the late 70s. It should be read by anyone with the slightest interest in multimedia in general and CD-i in particular. It can be found in the Articles section.

    January 9, 2001
  • Added the latest version of the CD-i Filesystem Driver for Windows, the tool that allows you to read the contents of a CD-i disc and view MPEG sequences from CD-i titles on a PC, to the PC/Windows download section under Disc Tools. It has many new features and bug fixes, and now comes with the program sources! Also updated the article about the driver.

    January 2, 2001
  • Added Media Raider to the PC/Windows Downloads section, under Disc Tools. It allows for the extraction of MPEG data from certain CD-i disc. Not as sophisticated as ISO Buster!
  • Included a document which lists Philips' CD-i specific patents in the Technical Documentation/ Hardware section.

    December 20, 2000
  • Added an Interactive Forum to this site. From now on, you will be able to participate in discussions about CD-i software and hardware, the creation of CD-i and Video-CD titles, accessing CD-i discs on other platforms and lots more!
  • Added CD image files of various versions of the MediaMogul CD-i authoring package for CD-i development players and authoring boards in the CD-i Development Player Downloads section.
  • Divided the Promotional Videos section into two parts: general CD-i system videos and CD-i software videos. Added 3 software videos and 2 general promotional videos.

    November 28, 2000
  • Added CD+G Creator to the PC/Windows downloads section. It allows you to include graphics according to the CD+Graphics standard on a CD-Audio disc. These graphics can then be displayed on a TV set using a CD-i player.

    November 25, 2000
  • Added a brochure (with picture) of the I2M MediaPlayback Professional, the PCI version of the CD-i interface card for PCs, in the Philips Media Brochures section, under Professional CD-i players.

    November 10, 2000
  • The ICDIA will host the official mirror archive of the former Philips/OptImage/PMpro Professional Technical Support website that was available from www.cdprosupport.com. It contains the full site from 1998, when it was taken down. Look for it under CD-i Resources.

    November 9, 2000
  • Devided the PC/Windows download section into four seperate sections: CD-i disc tools, CD-i authoring tools, Asset conversion and management and Drivers and utilities for I2M authoring boards.
  • Added the drivers and support applications for the PCI versions of the Philips/I2M MediaPlayback and MediaAuthor CD-i boards for PCs

    October 31, 2000
  • Created a new section called 'Historical advertisements and publications'. Here, you'll find some scanned advertisements and other publicity statements that show important landmarks in CD-i's history.


  • October 30, 2000
  • Added a picture of the Grundig CDI 110E CD-i player to the overview of non-Philips CD-i players.


  • October 26, 2000
  • Microware Systems Corporation kindly supplied us with three complete OS-9 2.4 manuals (Technical Manual, Technical I/O Manual and Using Professional OS-9) for exclusive publication on this website. CD-i's operating system was based on OS-9 2.4. These manuals can be found in a dedication section under CD-i Documentation.


  • October 25, 2000
  • Added a picture of the Sony IVO-V11 portable CD-i player to the overview of non-Philips CD-i players.


  • October 7, 2000
  • Added a picture of the Memorex CDI 2200 to the overview of non-Philips CD-i players.


  • September 25, 2000
  • Added an article about CD-BackGround Music (CD-BGM) in the CD-i Related Technologies section.
  • Added a dedicated section listing all GoldStar / LG Electronics CD-i players in The Complete CD-i Players Overview.


  • September 16, 2000
  • Included two documents about the MC68341 Integrated CD-i Engine and the Motorola CD-i Base Case Video Board in the CD-i Technical Documentation / Hardware section.


  • September 10, 2000
  • Included an extensive article describing the CD-i broken NV-RAM issue in the CD-i Articles section. This problem sometimes occures when you cannot delete items from the CD-i player's memory even if you are urged to do so at startup.


  • September 7, 2000
  • Added a picture of the Grundig CDI100V to the overview of non-Philips CD-i players.


  • September 6, 2000
  • Added a new section to the site: CD-i Related Technologies. This section will list playback devices for CD-i subset formats. For now, it includes a listing of all available Photo-CD players.
  • Included a document describing all menu features of Philips' Photo-CD on CD-i application 3.x in the CD-i Technical Documentation / Software section.


  • September 5, 2000
  • The CD-i Technical Documentation section has been devided in a Software and a Hardware section. A technical document describing the M48T08 Timekeeper NV-RAM has been added to the Hardware section.


  • August 24, 2000
  • Included manuals about installing OS-9 utilties on a CDI 605 system, accessing them, setting up a TCP/IP network on a CDI 605, using SCSI devices and configuring the PC-DOS file manager in a new section called Authoring Manuals.


  • July 12, 2000
  • Expanded the amount of downloadable files! Now ShowBuilder and HAL90, both CD-i development tools for Windows, are available on the site.
  • Included a new asset management tool, MediaStockRoom, for download.
  • You can now even download various versions of the CD-i runtime application for Video-CD (3.2 and 4.1.1) and Photo-CD.


  • June 16, 2000
  • In co-operation with The CD-i Collective, we now offer several promotional videos of consumer CD-i titles to be downloaded in MPEG-1 format. Expect more videos to be added soon!


  • June 7, 2000
  • Now the FAQ contains a note about playback problems of CD-Extra (CD-Plus or Enhanced-CD) discs on CD-i playes in section 5.


  • June 5, 2000
  • Updated the FAQ with a question regarding the playback of MP3 files on CD-i players (it's not possible!) and a question about playing back your pictures on TV using your CD-i player (this is possible!).
  • Updated the CD-i Web Links listing with some sites of interest for CD-i users.


  • May 19, 2000
  • Included an archive of issues of the The Interactive Engineer newsletter that was published by Philips and PIMC to support CD-i developers in the CD-i Documentation section.


  • March 21, 2000
  • Added some kind of mission statement, describing the goals and purposes of the New International CD-i Association.


  • March 17, 2000
  • Finally, after a lot of requests, the technical specification for CD-i pointing devices is available for download at the Technical Documents section.
  • Included the CDI 180 graphic tablet in the pointing devices overview.
  • Updated Affiliated Sites overview with more sites that provide a link to the ICDIA.


  • March 13, 2000
  • Added a section with articles about CD-i authoring, including information about video formats, MPEG, MediaMogul and CDMotion. Expect this section to grow in the near future.


  • March 9, 2000
  • Changed contact information in sections 7 and 11 of the CD-i FAQ 2000. Info is now correct accoring to information provided by the mentioned companies.
  • Included information about CDMotion and ViaCD-i in section 7 of the CD-i FAQ 2000.
  • Updated CD-i Links and Affiliated Sites overviews
  • Added new tool, MoguLike, to PC downloads section.


  • March 4, 2000
  • KennisOnline.com and the International CD-i Association (ICDIA) have joined forces, resulting in a combined website. This website can be found at www.icdia.org. The CD-i section at KennisOnline.com will soon be removed, so make sure to update your bookmarks! Jorg Kennis, the webmaster of the CD-i section at KennisOnline.com, will be responsible for the content of the new site at ICDIA, and he will maintain all Internet-related activities of the ICDIA, such as development support via e-mail.


  • March 2, 2000
  • Included an archive of classic articles published by the ICDIA (International CD-i Association) as part of the upcoming merger of the KennisOnline.com CD-i Section and the official ICDIA website!


  • February 27, 2000
  • Completely revised the Complete CD-i Players Overview. Corrected errors that were still in it according to new "old" information from Philips with regard to the used PCB, player shell, input ports and CD drive mechanism. Now it also includes a list of OEM-versions produced by Philips for other companies.
  • Revised the Overview of Digtal Video cartidges. Now it includes both "slash" and AH# versions, including the used ROM-version, chipset and compatibility issues.


  • Please note that this What's New section just opened by the end of February 2000, and that changes made in the fist months are not listed here.

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