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HyperCard

A software package by Bill Atkinson for storage and retrieval of information on the Macintosh. It can handle images and is designed for browsing. The powerful customisable interactive user interface allows new applications to be easily constructed by manipulating objects on the screen, often without conventional programming, though the language HyperTalk can be used for more complex tasks.

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["Apple Macintosh HyperCard User Guide", Apple Computer 1987].

HyperCard

An early Macintosh application development system from Apple that was one of the first visual tools for building hyperlinked applications. "Stacks" of "cards" were built that held text, graphics, sound and video with links between them. Complex routines could be embedded in the cards using the HyperTalk programming language.

The HyperCard program had to be resident in the computer to run the stack (the program). Although HyperCard compilers were available from third parties, a runtime engine was eventually included in the stack so that HyperCard did not have to be installed on the target machine. HyperCard came out in 1987, and although it was used to create myriad applications, and many programmers loved it, Apple stopped enhancing it after the turn of the century and stopped selling it in 2004. See hypertext and LiveCode.
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Building our tool in HyperCard has provided us with a useful collection of interface components.
Another possibility is to combine HyperCard with language arts.
Such change underscores the need in today's libraries for flexibility in the guides and pathfinders being produced, and this study shows the ability of HyperCard to allow easy expansion and revision.
At the conference center and at the hotel, the HyperCard stack and all the associated multimedia data were automatically loaded from the network onto the internal hard disks of 65 Macintoshes.
One of the great advantages of HyperCard is that the screens is the tutorial can be used in other types of bibliographic instruction, such as transparencies and LCD projections.
Considering all columns in Table 2, some spot comparisons show that HyperCard (functionality of 90%) produces more types of forms than Demo (73%) or Prototyper (54%).
0, HyperCard users that work with frequently changing data can index just the modified text, which is then merged with the existing index file, saving both time and effort.
In one instance, I designed a stand-alone, interactive interface in HyperCard to make a select group of materials engaging to elementary school students.
ToolBook is similar in intent to Apple's HyperCard, and Windows users will be able to execute, though not develop, ToolBook applications.
The disc uses Hypercard as a front-end, providing the user with five avenues of inquiry into the contents.
He is author of "The Complete HyperCard Handbook," one of the all-time bestselling Macintosh books with nearly 500,000 copies in print.
The software drivers necessary to run either the videodisc or videotape platform from within a software package such as HyperCard must be purchased separately, usually from third-party vendors.