GUIdebook: Graphical User Interface gallery
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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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Three of 14 posters for Macintosh’s 20th birthday present its groundbreaking GUI:

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To promote Windows 1.0, Microsoft sent out a press kit featuring... a cotton washcloth to clean windows. Link points to external site
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Featured GUIMac OS X 10.2 Jaguar
Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar was the first release of Macintosh operating system to use product codename as the actual release title. It was also universally regarded the first really mature version of Mac OS X. In GUI department Jaguar introduced Quartz Extreme (utilizing video acceleration for desktop composition), refined Aqua interface, slightly enhanced Finder, and improved accessibility features. Check out the rest of the changes and compare Jaguar to other releases of Mac OS.

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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 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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