Why is Konfabulator 'Pretty?'

Mark Swindell mswindel at santacruz.k12.ca.us
Fri Dec 9 18:23:40 CST 2005

I think they were ok with HyperCard staying a fun toy for amateurs, but 
they didn't want to blur the line by giving it full-blown professional 
UI potential.  Then their platform would have been populated by 
half-baked applications that worked poorly but which could have 
appeared superficially to have been produced by professionals and would 
have helped define the Mac "experience" as amateurish.  That would have 
been bad for business and their reputation.

DTP programs used the computer to produce docs, for good or bad, but 
they "weren't" the computer in the same way a Hypercard stack "became" 
the computer while it was in use.  Same for web pages, later on.   They 
were documents, not applications.


On Dec 9, 2005, at 3:03 PM, Bill Marriott wrote:

> You mean, like how they abandoned desktop publishing because of all the
> horrid newsletters that sprung into existence? And how the web never 
> took
> off because of all the ugly sites? :)
> Bill
> "Mark Swindell" <mswindel at santacruz.k12.ca.us>
> wrote in message
> news:3e8f7badaa4353e28739d750b1cd8224 at santacruz.k12.ca.us...
>> HC's rep was so tarnished by all the unsightly crap put out there by 
>> "the
>> rest of us"  that they didn't want it associated in any professional
>> context with their upscale brand identity.  Sure, there  were nuggets 
>> of
>> gold among the piles of HyperCard coal, but even they were covered in
>> black (and white) dust and hard to find.
>> -Mark

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