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MacBytes
May 8, 2005, 10:45 AM
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Link: arstechnica history of the GUI (http://www.macbytes.com/link.php?sid=20050508114537)

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dornoforpyros
May 8, 2005, 12:20 PM
there's just something so damned appealing about those simple black and white icons.

GodBless
May 9, 2005, 05:57 AM
Good GUI history (at least I think because I only skimmed it).

GodBless
May 9, 2005, 06:00 AM
there's just something so damned appealing about those simple black and white icons.
I hope that was sarcasm. Then again the black and white desktop pictures on Tiger are nice :D.

SiliconAddict
May 9, 2005, 08:15 AM
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About dang time. I submitted this article the day before Tiger was release. :rolleyes:
This is quite possibly the single most comprehensive review of an Apple OS I've ever seen. Very well done, very thought out, very critical (Where necessary), and VERY LONG

Edit: Never mind. This wasn't the Tiger review. Its the GUI review that pretty much sucked. There is hardly ANYTHING there from post 80's.

If anyone wants a extensive review of Tiger:
ARSTECHNICA Tiger Review (http://arstechnica.com/reviews/os/macosx-10.4.ars)

Belly-laughs
May 9, 2005, 10:28 AM
… Its the GUI review that pretty much sucked. There is hardly ANYTHING there from post 80's.

I thought this was a quite good read. Itīs the pre 90īs that are interesting anyway, with all the pioneering work going on, without the common DOS user even knowing about it.

shamino
May 9, 2005, 06:02 PM
It's a good article, but not without its flaws:


It reinforces the myth that Apple borrowed most of the Mac UI from Xerox as a result of Xerox employees coming to work for Apple. In fact (according to the articles on Folklore.org (http://www.folklore.org/)) most fo the key components of the Mac GUI had already been developed before any Xerox employees came to work for Apple.
They forget to mention pre-X11 GUIs for UNIX platforms, like SunView and NeWS on the Sun platform and others that were developed by HP and SGI for their respective platforms.
Although 32-bit OS/2's Workplace Shell (WPS) is mentioned, the most significant piece of it (which is barely implemented by anyone else today) is not mentioned. Specifically, the ability for folders (including the Desktop) to contain icons that represent things other than files.

Modern GUIs have a simple form of this - icons to represent disk drives and printers - but they usually stop there. With the WPS, applications could (and often did) use this facility to put application-specific non-file-object icons on the desktop.

Jaffa Cake
May 9, 2005, 06:19 PM
I thought this was a quite good read. Itīs the pre 90īs that are interesting anyway, with all the pioneering work going on, without the common DOS user even knowing about it.I read the article earlier today (through a link from another site, actually :o ) and I found it an interesting read too. It's fascinating how far some aspects of the GUI have moved on, while others haven't changed that much at all...