Remember HyperCard?

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  1. Shake 'n' Bake macrumors 68020

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    HyperCard is one of, if not the best, application for the Mac. I got an iMac 233 for the sole purpose of HyperCard. It has introduced me to programming and I've made some really complex stuff with it. It is a shame that Apple did away with it.

    I would like to know if there's anyone who still uses it and what for.
     
  2. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3

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    Didn't Hypercard basically evolve into Automator and Applescript?
     
  3. Shake 'n' Bake thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Applescript was already in the OS. And HyperCard was way more powerful than Automator, but it wasn't really for the non-tech savvy.
     
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    I wish I were more familiar with it. I've been trying to get into Applescript, but all the tutorials I can find for it are either too simple, or require too much general programming knowledge. Hypercard seems like a pretty good starting point. Was it nixed in the OS X transition?
     
  5. Shake 'n' Bake thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Unfortunately, yes.

    You can get an iMac G3 cheaply and HyperCardhere. Just make sure the iMac has no later than 9.2.2 on it.
     
  6. Shake 'n' Bake thread starter macrumors 68020

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    It is pretty easy to learn. It is kinda like "fractured English." Try to pick up a reference manual for it. By Apple, of course, but there is a HyperCard for Dummies out there, but it has gone out of print.
     
  7. Signal-11 macrumors 65816

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    Wow, Hypercard.

    I remember learning Hypercard in my 7th grade computer class. It was the first class at that school that BASIC and they weren't letting 7th graders in the Pascal and C classes.

    A few years later when I first saw NCSA Mosaic, I flashed back to Hypercard. Good stuff.
     
  8. wackymacky macrumors 68000

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    I spent the summer of '88 writing a database that was a pile of hypercard staks.

    Haven't things eveolved. Hard to beleive this was before the WWW!
     
  9. wackymacky macrumors 68000

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    That's 'case HyperTalk is a high-level, Object-Oriented language.
     
  10. andiwm2003 macrumors 601

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    i loved hypercard. i wish they would make a few of the old programs again:

    mac write pro
    mac draw pro
    hypercard
    what happened to ragtime?

    good old times.....
     
  11. CaptMurdock macrumors 6502a

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    I found an old Hypercard stack on a Zip disk a year ago. It was basically a journal stack - "Personal Log." I actually had to open it with MS Word! Some really annoying page breaks, but I managed to extract the pertinent text -- some journal entries over a decade old!

    Echoes of a lost world...:cool:
     
  12. mysterytramp macrumors 65816

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    I use AppleScript from time to time, and I still want to type "put 1 into x" or "add 1 to x" or I'll have a repeat loop AS barks at and it's the way HyperTalk would have phrased it.

    When the Internet was still a government experiment, people would run bulletin board systems and share email using a protocol called QWK. The Mac had few if any QWK readers but I was able to kludge one together with HyperCard.

    I've still got a pile of HyperCard stuff. The original books, the original disks. CompileIt was a stack that would compile HyperTalk into XCMDs and XFCNs. There was a script editor replacement, and I think the company is still around selling an AppleScript editor.

    If anybody wants this stuff, PM me an offer.

    mt
     
  13. spice weasel macrumors 65816

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    Have you checked out Sal Saghoian's Apple Training Series: AppleScript 1-2-3? I know nothing about AppleScript except for the tidbits I've picked up on the MacBreakDev podcast when Sal's on it, but he is THE MAN when it comes to AppleScript. This is his latest book, and it's gotten great reviews.
     
  14. Unpaq macrumors newbie

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    HyperCard, ahh. :)

    I used to work at a company where we build a whole editorial system for major newspapers, and the major part of it was written in HyperCard!
    The rest were some XTensions for QuarkXPress.

    Of course we had to switch to something else once MacOS X came along.
     
  15. Shake 'n' Bake thread starter macrumors 68020

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    You know, the French car maker Renault used it to control their inventory system.
     
  16. john1620b macrumors member

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    Ah, HyperCard...good memories. I still have some animations I made in HyperCard from long, long ago. Is there anything to play them on a modern (10.5) system? I did some hunting a while back and couldn't find anything, so my guess is "No."
     
  17. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    Ragtime is still very much with us.
     
  18. mysterytramp macrumors 65816

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    What about this?
     
  19. john1620b macrumors member

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    Nice find. I'll have to try it out some time. Thanks.
     

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