Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 12th Mar 2007 23:02 UTC
Apple After yesterday's trip down memory lane with OS/2 2.1, I will today take you even further back. With the help of the recently released Apple Lisa emulator, ToastyTech (another invaluable tool for (G)UI fanatics such as myself) updated its set of screenshots from the Lisa Office System (version 3), the first commercially available graphical user interface for home use. "This Lisa emulator tries to give you the full experience of using an Apple Lisa. The backdrop is a photo of a Lisa that changes as the power light comes on and when you 'insert' a disk. It even plays the sound of the Lisa disk drive running as you access the disk. To start the emulator you must press the 'Power button' just as you would start a real Lisa." Read more for a few notes.
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RE[2]: Hmm
by tryphcycle on Tue 13th Mar 2007 16:10 UTC in reply to "RE: Hmm"
tryphcycle
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2006-02-16

all this regurgitated chatter regarding the advent of the GUI. You's think people would have it down already! if you look at the Xerox Star and the Alto... and compare it to the Lisa and the Mac, you will see that they are NOT all that similar. Apple was the first to market with the "desk-top: metaphor.... the star and alto were TOTALLY different! they may have been the begining of the GUI, but apple did not COPY Xerox GUI. they just took the idea and RAN with it!

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RE[3]: Hmm
by Mellin on Tue 13th Mar 2007 16:26 in reply to "RE[2]: Hmm"
Mellin Member since:
2005-07-06

Apple hired some of the people from Xerox PARC

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RE[3]: Hmm
by Dave_K on Tue 13th Mar 2007 17:42 in reply to "RE[2]: Hmm"
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2005-11-16

Actually the Xerox Star featured a desktop metaphor similar to that of the Lisa/Mac. Apple did come up with a decent number of new ideas, but there were more similarities between the Xerox and Apple GUIs than there were differences.

Maybe without Xerox and other pioneers leading the way Apple would still have developed a GUI. But without the work at Xerox it's pretty obvious that the GUI developed at Apple, and at every other company afterwards, would have been very different.

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