Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 29th Mar 2006 18:08 UTC
Apple Bill Atkinson was Apple Computer's main developer of the user interface that first appeared on the Lisa and later on the Mac. A passionate photographer, Atkinson had the foresight in the late '70s and early '80s to document his UI work for Apple in a series of Polaroids. The photos were published by another Mac pioneer, Andy Hertzfeld, in his book 'Revolution in the Valley: The Insanely Great Story of How the Mac Was Made'. Through Hertzfeld, Atkinson permitted CNET News.com to reprint the photos. Similar shots here.
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Imagine...
by vasper on Wed 29th Mar 2006 20:07 UTC
vasper
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2005-07-22

What would have happened if Apple and Steve Jobs had patented (if they could) Drop down Menus, drag-n-drop, popup menus, window resizing, and all the other cool "inventions"... as Microsoft describes software ideas.

Edited 2006-03-29 20:07

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RE: Imagine...
by SamuraiCrow on Wed 29th Mar 2006 21:57 in reply to "Imagine..."
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2005-11-19

Xerox patented the ideas first. Apple just happened to be the first (and maybe the last) to pay for a licence to what Xerox later considered to be free ideas.

Microsoft got sued for imitating the Macintosh interface a little too closely in Windows 1.0 and was forced to change to the crappy user interface in use until Windows 95 when the GUI got a rebuild to bring about the more modern looking Windows we are more familiar with.

The only reason nobody else got sued is because Xerox threatened to cancel Apple's licence and countersue them because Apple really had no standing in the Microsoft case thus other Xerox clones emerged such as GEOS on the Commodore 64, Workbench on the Amiga, and many, many others that I haven't used.

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