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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Rev Overcomes Most if Not All HC Limits
by dshafer on Tue 9th Jan 2007 19:39 UTC
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I was an early HyperCard user and developer and I've been using Revolution now for several years. For what it offers, I think it is badly UNDER priced, not overpriced as has been suggested here. And despite its HyperCard roots, it overcomes or eliminates virtually every limitation of HyperCard that made that product less than the resounding success it might otherwise have been.

1. It's full color, no kludges.
2. It's cross-platform including Linux.
3. It creates true standalones, no runtime required.
4. It implements custom properties to avoid many of the programming holes and hassles in HC.
5. Apps it creates are blazingly fast.
6. 90% of what one needed to write an external for in HC is built into the Transcript scripting language.

There are lots of other things but those will probably suffice to dispense with the "it's only HC redone" myth.

I call it HyperCard in color, cross-platform on steroids. (Appropriate apologies to Mark McGwire and Barry Bonds, et. al)

This is an insanely great development tool for people who want or need to develop cross-platform applications including those that use the Internet. While I wouldn't use it to create a word processor or a spreadhseet program (who needs more of those anyway), and it lacks the ability to deliver apps in a browser easily (though it has an available browser plugin that's killer), there isn't much else that *I* want to build that I wouldn't turn to Rev for as the proper tool.

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