Interview wtth inventor of hypercard Bill Atkinson
ambassador at fourthworld.com
Fri Oct 20 20:57:59 EDT 2017
Richmond Mathewson write:
> RunRev did buy Metacard, but not at the start.
> I believe (this is where Heather can put us ALL straight) RunRev was
> initially designed as an alternative interface (front-end/GUI) to the
> MeatCard one.
Heather's asleep, so maybe I can help:
MetaCard premiered in 1992, and by the late '90s Crossworlds Computing
(Kevin's first company) published a more feature-rich IDE that could run
with that engine.
Dr. Raney actively encouraged that, and other IDEs like FreeGUI (a
since-abandoned project to deliver more of a HyperCard-like feel). He
wrote the MC IDE for his own needs, and found it a good testament to the
power of the language that others could serve their own needs by making
tools and even complete IDEs with relative ease. He used to say about
those: "Let a thousand flowers bloom".
Around the turn of the century Kevin arranged a bundling agreement with
MetaCard Corp. This may have been about the same time Kevin changed the
company name to Runtime Revolution Ltd. During that time one could
choose to purchase licenses for Revolution from Kevin's company or
MetaCard from Scott's company, and presumably there was a royalty
arrangement between them.
In 2003 LiveCode Ltd. acquired the MetaCard engine, and MetaCard ceased
operations as a seller of the engine. The MetaCard IDE was released as
open source under the MIT License at that time, so folks could maintain
and extend it as long as they like.
A few years later Kevin rebranded both the company and the engine to
become what they're known as today, LiveCode.
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