Prograph (was Re: MacWorld part 2)

Peter T. Evensen pevensen at siboneylg.com
Mon Jan 24 11:49:56 EST 2005


I developed 5 engines (21 titles) in Prograph CPX.  I loved Prograph, 
although I was disappointed when they finally released it for Windows and 
CPX (the ABCs) didn't live up to the cross-platform promises (it took a lot 
of work to work around bugs on Windows).  It seems their application 
classes were Mac-centric and so it was difficult to shoe-horn them onto the 
Window's API.

I was sad that Pictorius tried to make themselves into an internet company, 
rather than pursuing Prograph and making it a better cross-platform 
development environment.

I am surprised to see it reborn as Marten.  Looking at the website, though, 
it appears that it is Mac only.

At 10:22 AM 1/15/2005, you wrote:

>On Jan 14, 2005, at 6:45 PM, Dan Shafer wrote:
>
>>As some of you may know, I wrote one of two books published on Prograph 
>>before that product/company essentially went belly-up. (Hmmm. I hope I 
>>don't have the decidedly unhelpful effect on *all* the companies whose 
>>products I write books about. heh heh)
>>
>>My friend (like me) was a fairly ardent fan of Prograph and we were both 
>>sad to see it go away. It truly is the ONLY completely visual programming 
>>environment I've ever seen and although it takes a while to wrap your 
>>head around it, its power was truly amazing. And it really is fully 
>>object-oriented.
>
>I paid the big bucks for Prograph.  It had a name like Prograph CPX 1.0 or 
>something.  I figured since I liked LabVIEW and functional programming, 
>that it would be great for me.
>
>The problem was that it crashed every few minutes and didn't work in 
>between.  It had zillions of bugs and zero support.  I threw it away.
>That was so frustrating since I wanted it to work.  I imagine a lot of 
>folks were cheated this way.
>
>So, it wasn't you, Dan.  The company cheated folks and forced them to turn 
>the name into a curse word.  They did it to themselves.
>
>(I didn't see any OOP.)
>
>Dar
>
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