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Welcome to guidebook, a website dedicated to preserving and showcasing Graphical User Interfaces, as well as various materials related to them.
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Site last updated on 6th October 2006:
two articles about Xerox: “Xerox xooms toward the office of the future” and “The lab that ran away from Xerox”, and a funny essay about... the cow metaphor
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Did you know...
The first Atari ST from 1985 has earned a nickname “Jackintosh” because of its GEM interface (very similar to that of Macintosh) and the name of the Atari’s then new owner Jack Tramiel (of 8-bit Commodore fame).
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Featured GUIRISC OS 3.11
This is one of the most popular editions of this largely unknown GUI for British Acorn Archimedes machines. It features some very interesting mechanisms, such as the icon bar at the bottom of the screen (years before Windows 95), unique pop-up menus and interesting use of drag and drop throughout the GUI.


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Featured componentShutdown complete
“You may now switch off your Macintosh safely.” “It is now safe to turn off your computer.” “The computer is now ready to be switched off.” Welcome to what probably is the most boring GUI feature of all times. Check out all the variations and see if at least one company tried to be more creative.


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Featured articleDesigning the Star user interface
April 1982 issue of Byte ran a thorough article on designing the Xerox Star user interface, seen through the eyes of five Xerox employees. Read the article, get to know the ideas behind the first commercial graphical user interface ever, and see some interesting screenshots.


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