david at dvglasgow.wanadoo.co.uk
Fri Nov 18 05:30:24 EST 2005
On 18 Nov 2005, at 6:03 am, Jesse Sng wrote:
> we were looking at using the
> brand new (then) mTropolis 2.0. Anyway we got burnt by that and it
> took me many years before I got rid of the mTropolis box that was
> sitting on my shelf.
Mine's still there! Funky chimney top hat and all. Still got the
goldfish tutorial, too. And the bile still rises when I think about
how I paid for it just before it was killed.
I had no idea anyone out there still uses it. Has its cross platform
performance been limited by newer versions of Windows?
I was also intrigued by the account of the mTropolis metaphor. My
recollection is that it was sold as being free of metaphors and this
was a *Good Thing*. As it happens, I am not convinced by that
argument. I could go on about why, but it would probably be too
I switched to Hyperscript (before Transcript), and struggled for a
short while before there was a 'ker-ching' moment. I think this is
when the metaphor becomes clear in your mind. It doesn't mean you can
make fast efficient code, or realise the full potential of the tool,
but you can make an outline plan of possible alternative routes to
achieve your goal. Also, extensions to the metaphor have a place to be
put. So, for example when you realise the difference between groups
and backgrounds, you get a happy feeling.
Oh dear, I did go on about metaphors. Sorry, didn't mean to.
I have positive memories of mTroplolis, and look forward to
contributions from top hatters, converts or no.
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