OT: Course Builder (was: The End of Dreamcard?)

Marian Petrides mpetrides at earthlink.net
Sat Mar 11 15:15:06 EST 2006


Indeed, there was a scripting language in World Builder. Bill  
Appleton (a native Knoxvillean) went on to turn that into Course  
Builder, which was a delightful visually-oriented way to create  
software. He went on to develop SuperCard after that.

Eventually, Discovery Systems of Knoxville (comprised of 2 or 3 of  
the folks involved in the inception of Course Builder) acquired the  
rights to Course Builder and marketed it for about 10 years.  Alas,  
all good things must come to and end and it finally became  
financially infeasible for them to continue marketing Course  
Builder.  They had wonderful, free tech support (you often got one of  
the authors if you called for help).  I was very sad when they  
finally folded shop. :-(

Thanks for the trip down memory lane!

Marian

On Mar 4, 2006, at 3:40 PM, Dan Shafer wrote:

> I think you're right, Robert. I seem to recall writing a piece on
> interactive fiction in that time frame and interviewing Appleton  
> for it. My
> memory is a bit fuzzy but I think he did have a scripting language  
> of sorts
> in that quit-delightful tool.
>
> On 3/4/06, Robert Brenstein <rjb at robelko.com> wrote:
>>
>>> Andre Garzia wrote:
>>>>
>>>> On Mar 4, 2006, at 5:31 PM, Richard Gaskin wrote:
>>>>
>>>>> Which multimedia authoring tool had a scripting language and  
>>>>> premiered
>>>>> at the Boston expo the year before HC was released?
>>>>
>>>> Was it Director known as VideoWorks first??? did I won? Gee, I was
>>>> only seven years old! :-D
>>>
>>> Good guess, but Director/Videoworks didn't add a scripting language
>>> until after HC was released.
>>>
>>> Hint: the developer's first name was Bill, and his last name started
>>> with an "A", but it wasn't "Atkinson".
>>>
>>> --
>>>  Richard Gaskin
>>>  Managing Editor, revJournal
>>
>>
>> Would you mean World Builder by Bill Appleton (Silicon Beach  
>> Software)?
>>
>> Robert
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