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Guess it all finally wared-out

July 12, 2013

Old 1990s Mac software

System 7 compatibleGosh, look at that blurb on the Mac School box, “Apple Macintosh System 7 Compatible.” We’re talking 1991 here! My first Macintosh in 1992 was a IIci running System 7.1. Those were the days, huh? But who hangs on to this stuff for over 20 years — it’s been as obsolete as Hollerith punched cards for, well, ever.

Mac School was administrative software for teachers. Chancery Software, the publishers of the Mac School program, announced in 2001 that an OS X version was coming soon. In 2006 Chancery was purchased by Pearson Education, which is now Pearson School Systems. Chancery was founded in 1983 and based in Burnaby, B.C., Canada.

HyperStudio is a multimedia authoring tool. It is possibly the last surviving clone of the amazing Model-T of software: Apple’s HyperCard program, a kind of Swiss Army knife for creating stuff. Unfortunately, just as the Model-T was available in any colour, so long as it was black, HyperCard could be used to make anything — programs, ebooks, databases — anything — so long as it was in black and white. HyperStudio was created by Roger Wagner back in 1989 for the Apple ][gs. It has been in development ever since. It is currently marketed by Software MacKiev, and looks like a cool program — it’s certainly got the pedigree. Click on the images to enlarge them.

Twenty-five years of HyperCard
Why HyperCard had to die
Some more trashed vintage computer packaging
  1. ~xtian permalink

    The magpie in me is sad that this stuff ends up in the garbage. It needs to be donated to a tech museum.


    • I agree with your inner bird. Grabbed the manual for the HyperStudio scripting language, HyperLogo, just ‘cuz I want to see what it looks like. Didn’t actually look at the 5-1/4 floppies though. HyperStudio 3.1, and 4.1 are available at the Macintosh Garden, else I might’ve grabbed a CD.


  2. Ricardo permalink

    Do you still have Mac School? it’s been three years of this post but I’ve looked for that software forever!


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