Pictorial History of the Macintosh GUI from 1979 to 2000
July 1979 Prototype
July 1979 Prototype - Developed on an Apple ][
- Area for application status messages
- Cursor controlled with cursor keys to layout
lines, text, boxes and data fields.
- Prompt and Message ares. Arrows indicate
possible cursor movements.
- Softkey Area shows the current set of ten
- Iconic prototype panel for selecting drawing
Special FlipBooks for browsing choices for ruler, font, pattern
and line styles.
- Cursor controlled with the mouse or cursor
- Menu area with choices selectable via the
Mouse or the Softkeys.
- Iconic panel on top of the window.
- Cursor now controlled with the mouse. Used
here in a dialog box.
- Scrollbar with an elevator to show the
current vertical position.
Horizontal arrows slip pages left or
- Pull down menu bar attached to the window
with the window grow icon.
- Windows that collpase to their folder tabs
for viewing multiple documents. The Scrap for cutting and
- Pull down menu moved to the top of the
- Horizontal and vertical scrollbars are
attached to the window frame.
- Multiple overlappying window with
- Browser-like display with individually
Looks a lot like the NeXT-style "Browser
View" in Mac OS X, doesn't it?
Notice the dialog slides out from under the menubar.
Reminds you of
the new feature in Mac OS
Lisa Office System
Lisa 7/7 Office System
3.1 (1984, Final
Notice the Desk menu
holding both running apps and Desktop items with open items indicated by
a checkmark. Lisa Office System was a cooperative multitasking
environment with protected memory.
Summer 2000: Mac OS X (January 2000 MacWorld
"Prototype" snapshots Copyright© 1997 by the
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page or intial screen of the document. Take from Interactions, vol 4,
issue 1, pp 40-53.
"Lisa Office System 1.0" and "Lisa 7/7 Office System
Copyright© 1998 Tom Stepleton.