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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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Check out exclusive posters commemorating various obsolete GUI elements and applications:

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Did you know...
Apple Lisa interface initially supported scrollbar boxes that were proportional to the displayed portion of the window, but the designers abandoned this idea, fearing that users will have problems understanding it properly. It took years for the idea to resurface; proportional scroll boxes appeared in Mac OS 8 in 1998, and also earlier in Windows 95.
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Featured GUIMac OS X 10.3 Panther
The first Mac OS X edition to grace this website is version 10.3 from 2003, (code)named Panther. More evolutionary than revolutionary, Panther brought in new metallic logo, brushed-metal Finder, a neat feature called Exposé (for quick access to all open windows) and Fast User Switching, among other changes.


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Featured componentOpen file
File selector dialogs in both System 1 and Windows 1.0 looked and behaved very primitively. In time, with thousandfold increase of number of files available to the user, file opening dialogs evolved into bigger and way more complicated features.


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Featured iconFinder
The icon for Mac OS X’s Finder (application and file manager) changed slightly between 10.2 Jaguar and 10.3 Panther editions of the system. Is this the only icon that was updated? Check it out in the big icon chart.


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