arstechnica history of the GUI

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  1. MacBytes macrumors bot

    Jul 5, 2003
  2. dornoforpyros macrumors 68040


    Oct 19, 2004
    Calgary, AB
    there's just something so damned appealing about those simple black and white icons.
  3. GodBless macrumors 65816


    Jan 22, 2005
    Good GUI history (at least I think because I only skimmed it).
  4. GodBless macrumors 65816


    Jan 22, 2005
    I hope that was sarcasm. Then again the black and white desktop pictures on Tiger are nice :D.
  5. SiliconAddict macrumors 603


    Jun 19, 2003
    Chicago, IL

    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
  6. Belly-laughs macrumors 6502a


    Jun 8, 2003
    you wish
    Those were the days…

    I thought this was a quite good read. It´s the pre 90´s that are interesting anyway, with all the pioneering work going on, without the common DOS user even knowing about it.
  7. shamino macrumors 68040


    Jan 7, 2004
    Purcellville, VA
    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 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.
  8. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

    Jaffa Cake

    Aug 1, 2004
    The City of Culture, Englandshire
    I read the article earlier today (through a link from another site, actually :eek: ) 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...

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