Adieu Hypercard

It appears Apple has finally killed off the moribund HyperCard.

I remember it well, it was an amazing product that really opened my eyes to how cool a software could be. It was so damn easy to make functional little software stacks, I made a stack that housed all my bibliographies during my college years, and outputted them in a suitable format for WriteNow, my trusty old word processor. The real problem with HyperCard was simple: It was a memory hog – and slower than tar on my Macintosh SE. If I started up HyperCard, nothing else would run on my computer with its paltry 2 megabytes of RAM. And once I moved up to a color computer with more oomph, HyperCard was fossilized, stuck in the old black & white world with 9 inch screens System 6.

I guess Apple never really knew what to do with the software and stopped promoting after a couple years. But they were heady times in the late 80’s, lot’s of stacks swapped around on floppies. Some really amazing stuff was created with HyperCard – and the greatest was If Monks Had Macs. This collection of stacks was incredible, they were a quantum leap beyond anything else I had ever seen done in HyperCard. Provocative essays and quirky explorations, If Monks Had Macs was probably the first successful multimedia I experienced. For those that are interested, If Monks Had Macs has been updated and released for both Mac and PC, using a successor to HyperCard, Runtime Revolution.