The European HyperCard User Group (eHUG), an affiliate of the International HyperCard User Group (iHUG) plans to attend the Apple Expo 2002 in Paris.
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” that users can navigate and search for the information they need. By clicking on a button, users can view related text, see a graphic, hear a sound, watch a QuickTime movie or listen to text aloud.
“We intend to introduce HyperCard to Macintosh users who don’t know this excellent personal authoring kit yet and to bring back HyperCard to the memory of those who used it in the past but didn’t continue developing their own solutions to their personal needs,” Mark Schonewille, eHUG co-ordinator, told MacCentral. “We also aim at attracting Apple’s attention to make clear that HyperCard is used all over Europe rather than in the USA only — currently, Apple seems to be very reluctant to sell HyperCard in Europe, which eHUG considers to be a very odd marketing strategy.”
The European HyperCard User Group consists of iHUG members living in Europe who receive the group’s newsletter in five languages. Currently, the eHUG Web site is available in three languages. If you’d like to receive the group’s newsletter, send an e-mail to
Europe@iHUG.org with a request.
“We are also looking for people who would like to support eHUG at the Expo,” Schonewille said. “More information about opportunities to support eHUG and about joining the eHUG team at Paris can be obtained by sending an e-mail to the same address.”
iHUG and eHUG are working to convince Apple to revive and rejuvenate HyperCard, including Carbonizing it for Mac OS X. At one time, Apple planned to ramp HyperCard to version 3.0. Those plans have stalled, however, as the company says 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 five-day Apple Expo kicks off in Paris, France on September 10, and concludes on September 14. The event happens at Paris Expo, Porte de Versailles, Hall 4. Attendees can now