The End of Dreamcard?

Timothy Miller gandalf at
Sun Mar 5 20:23:31 EST 2006

--snip about 50 messages--

I shoulda asked a simpler question!

I read this whole thread the best I could. Maybe I overlooked it, but 
I still don't know the answer to my main question, which should have 

I have a bunch of stacks that began in Hypercard, then got modified 
and extended in Dreamcard. They don't use every command and function 
in the catalog, but they are fairly complex. When Dreamcard is no 
more, what will I have to buy so that I can continue entering and 
changing data, and modifying and extending the stacks?

It looks like the answer is Studio, but I'm not sure.

I hope someone will clarify that.

If the answer is "Studio," then an editorial follows. Otherwise, 
ignore subsequent lines.

If I have to buy Studio, I will buy it. I have no choice, really. If 
so, the cost is annoyingly high, but not the main problem. The main 
problem is that I will be driving a V-12 Jaguar down the block to the 
convenience store. This couldn't be a good thing for me, or users 
like me.

I can't spend the rest of my life chasing ever new and more complex 
technology, just so I can run a fairly simple sole-proprietor 
business. I can't anxiously scan a list like this every day for the 
rest of my life, just to keep up with the technology, so I can 
continue running simple stacks.

But I can't allow my stacks to become obsolete, either. Starting over 
with paper and pencil, or hand-entering all my data into some shabby 
one-size-fits-all commercial product is not very attractive. That's 
why I switched from hyperCard to Dreamcard.

What ever happened to "a computer as easy to use as a toaster" ?  :-( 
Sad to say, I kinda thought Dreamcard would be resurrecting that 
quaint idea.

I guess I might be a compared to a guy who built his first few 
automobiles by hand in his spare time, out in the barn. At some 
point, that just isn't feasible anymore, unless it becomes a 
profession, or full-time hobby, or you become an old coot with 
nothing better to do.


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