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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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Did you know...
Write and Paint were originally thought to be bundled with Windows 1.0 only as a promotional offer, similarly to what Apple did with original Macintosh. However, both Paint and Write (and its successor, WordPad) are included with Windows to this date.
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Featured GUIWorkbench 1.0
Maybe it was simple, ugly, user-unfriendly and inconsistent. Maybe it never lived up to its full potential. Maybe it was as ill-fated as the computer it ran on. Still, it faithfully served many Amiga 1000 users and with full multitasking in 1985 it was something they could take their pride in.


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Featured componentMedia player
Spot 1000 differences between Media Player in Windows 3.1 and its equivalent in Longhorn Milestone 5. It is obvious that current GUIs are much more into multimedia than those designed for earlier, office PCs. Witness the evolution yourself.


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Featured advertisementVisi On
“It promised to take the work out of work. The personal computer courted you with endless promises. It would do your job faster, make life easier, send you home happier. It would do the heavy lifting, you would do the heavy thinking. Alas, reality fell short of the dream.” That’s the beginning of a 20-year-old advertisement of Visi On, a commercial GUI for PCs predating both Mac OS and Windows. If this fragment still rings true, check out the rest of the ad.


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