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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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All icons, buttons and GUI elements in Apple Lisa Office System are glyphs in special system fonts, and are drawn internally just like regular text.
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Featured GUIRhapsody Developer Release 2
The closest you can get to running Mac OS on Intel machines without emulation. Rhapsody is a direct descendant of NeXTSTEP/OPENSTEP, using an interface very similar to that of Macintosh System. Unfortunately, DR2 is the last issue for non-PPC machines (on Macintoshes, Rhapsody evolved into Mac OS X).


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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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