The folks from
iHUG, the International HyperCard Users Group) are returning to Macworld San Francisco again to show support and try to keep HyperCard alive and well. You can learn more about HyperCard and iHUG at the Users Group lounge on Wednesday, Jan. 9, from 10-11am.
“One of Apple’s most successful and widely used software applications for creating on the Mac will be celebrated once again at Macworld,” iHUG spokesperson Steve Collins told MacCentral.
HyperCard is an Apple-created tool for creating custom software solutions for users at all skill and experience levels. Introduced in 1987, HyperCard organizes information into “stacks” of cards that users can navigate and search for the information they need. At one time, Apple planned to ramp HyperCard to version 3.0.
Those plans stalled, however, as the company decided doing so would require moving resources and people away from currently successful development strategies in order to set up a full team with all its complementary support structures. The most recent version of HyperCard, 2.4.1, was released in 1998. iHUG wants to see HyperCard come to Mac OS X.
Drop by the User Group Lounge and you can discuss HyperCard with one its “gurus,” Charles Flickinger. You can also get a copy of iHUG’s free CD containing software created with HyperCard. The CD also links the user to the world of HyperCard through the HyperCard Mail List.
“iHUG would like to remind all Macintosh users that HyperCard uniquely embraces both beginners and experienced programmers eager to create their own applications with ease and unlimited possibilities,” Collins said. “HyperCard’s near standard English programming language, called HyperTalk, is a natural for beginners and its ability to harness cutting edge technologies such as QuickTime and AppleScript make it irresistible to experienced programmers.”