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Welcome to guidebook, a website dedicated to preserving and showcasing Graphical User Interfaces, as well as various materials related to them.
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Site last updated on 6th October 2006:
two articles about Xerox: “Xerox xooms toward the office of the future” and “The lab that ran away from Xerox”, and a funny essay about... the cow metaphor
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Three of 14 posters for Macintosh’s 20th birthday present its groundbreaking GUI:

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For many years since 1986, GEOS operating system was bundled with Commodore 64C, at one point being the second best selling GUI-based operating system in the world, surpassed only by Mac OS.
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Featured GUIRISC OS 3.11
This is one of the most popular editions of this largely unknown GUI for British Acorn Archimedes machines. It features some very interesting mechanisms, such as the icon bar at the bottom of the screen (years before Windows 95), unique pop-up menus and interesting use of drag and drop throughout the GUI.


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Featured componentHelp
The help system for Apple II’s GS/OS 5 was so simple – seven windows in total – that we can reproduce it here in its entirety. As GUIs grew more and more complicated, so did the help windows, evolving into huge, slow, Internet-driven monstrosities. Check it out yourself.


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Featured iconClock
The icons for clock usually show some fixed hours, such as 3 PM in Windows 3.x and five past five in OS/2 Warp. This icon, from Windows 1.0, is an exception and always shows the current system time.


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