Quite possibly . . .

Richmond Mathewson geradamas at yahoo.com
Thu Mar 12 15:41:13 EDT 2009

"However, if he means create a multiuser network device scanning  
utility that can give you details on every device known to man, then  
somehow decrypt every installed piece of software's license code,  
interfaces with all Office products from every age since it's  
inception, hacks into the NSA secure server, and bounces the data off  
a spy satellite, then of course the answer would be, "nope." "

Presumably the answer would be "nope" had HyperCard been able to do
all you listed above: which it was unable to.

A further quote from the same source:


"Runtime took over the Metacard engine a couple of years ago and has effectively transformed Hypercard into a modern cross-platform development tool."

is quite misleading; because Metacard was never Hypercard. Metacard
was a "remake" of a large part of Hypercard by (plug yer lugs, Judy)
Dr Scott Rainey; and as such is was undisputably brilliant.

As Dr Rainey, for reasons best known unto himself, decided not to
implement ALL the capabilities of Hypercard, it is NOT a 'grown-up'
Hypercard; more like Hypercard's cousin; i.e. possessing quite a
large amount of the same DNA, but not all.

The question had better be rephrased:

Is Runtime Revolution the cross-platform application development tool for people who have been hanging around breathlessly waiting for Hypercard's
second coming?

And, the answer would have to be:

Well, almost.

sincerely, Richmond Mathewson.


A Thorn in the flesh is better than a failed Systems Development Life Cycle.


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