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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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Did you know...
BeOS was initially available only on a dedicated machine called BeBox. PowerMac and Intel releases followed, with R3 being the first Intel version (quickly replaced by R3.1). This is similar to NeXTSTEP, which started on NeXT computers. The first version of Intel processors was also 3.0.
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Featured GUIWindows 1.0
Admit it, you probably never used nor seen one. The first, 1985’s version of freshly-renamed Interface Manager was ugly, non-functional (didn’t even have overlapping windows!) and never gained much market share. It took Windows another five years to become widely recognized.


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Featured componentSettings
The complete Control Panel for first Macintosh System, designed by Susan Kare, consisted of only one, feature-packed window. Some of the controls certainly required some imagination, but one might miss the simplicity while looking at today’s vast GUI settings.


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Featured iconMac OS X icons
From 32×32 to 128×128 pixels, from symbols to photorealistic images, from jagged edges to full 8-bit transparency. Mac OS X redefined the icons, although many people wonder if the old definition was really that bad. What do you think? Compare the Mac OS X icons with the other GUIs on one of the icon charts.


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