Linked by alcibiades on Tue 9th Jan 2007 14:54 UTC
General Development Revolution is descended in spirit from Hypercard (HC). When Apple's support for HC withered, Scott Raney developed Metacard (MC), a near clone. Metacard was then bought by Revolution (RR), based in Scotland. Metacard was two quite distinct things: an engine, and an IDE. When Metacard was sold, the MC IDE became public domain. It still exists, is volunteer maintained, and it can be used with the latest RR engine. Some on the RR user mailing list prefer the much simpler MC IDE to the RR IDE, at least for initial project development. Other IDEs are possible, and there is a third party (non-free) IDE called Galaxy.
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HyperCard resembles Authorware
by DeadFishMan on Tue 9th Jan 2007 18:00 UTC
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Never used it as I rarely stepped across a Mac a few years ago but based on its description, it sounds an awful lot like Macromedia´s Authorware which was all the rage on the late nineties.

Authorware offers pretty much the same capabilities but instead of the card/stacks paradigm, you had a white book where you could start a sort of flow chart (kinda like Visio) where each block had a special purpose: losangles were interactive if-elses, rectangles would be the whole screen (or portions of it) and so on and then you could literally "draw" your application connecting the dots.

As any other Macromedia product back then, its scripting capabilities were provided by Lingo which was quite nice and powerful (Director users will agree with me here) and it also could be extended by using external ActiveX controls that one could develop on Visual Basic.

Authorware and Director kinda overlapped on each other´s features and intended uses, but I always felt Authorware as being more natural and pleasing to use. At the time, I was working for a small multimedia shop (you know, companies that produced websites, interactive CD-ROMs and such) and we used it a lot to produce interactive online courses.

The final result needed to ship certain runtime dlls but it was OK from a performance point of view. I really wish that something open source were made along these lines.

I´ll take a look into PythonCard now thanks to your article as it sparked my curiosity about it... ;)

Edited 2007-01-09 18:01

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