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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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To prototype and test a Workspace Shell GUI for OS/2 2.0, IBM used the legendary, heavily object-oriented SmallTalk V/PM.
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Featured GUIGEOS V2.0 for Commodore C64
Graphical Environment Operating System for Commodore C64 was one of the first, if not the first GUI the author of this website has become fascinated with. GEOS tried to recreate Macintosh interface on a vastly inferior machine, and even if it was slower and more limited, it prolonged the life of a dying 8-bit platform.


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Featured componentTrash can
We’re seeing it happening over and over again. Mac OS 3.0 vs. 8.0, Mac OS X 10.1 vs 10.3 (both pictured), Windows 3.0 vs. 95, Workbench 1.0 vs. 2.0... Each time the GUI starts with white, and then goes metallic. You can usually see the effect throughout the whole interface – looking around at trash cans might be a good start.


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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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