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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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New set of posters with mouse pointers:

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The icons for Windows Vista will reportedly convey over 1500 times more data (but not information!) than icons for original Macintosh System (196608 vs. 128 bytes each).
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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 componentWelcome splash
This is how four different operating systems (Rhapsody DR2, GeoWorks Ensemble 2.0, Whistler 2257 and Amiga OS 2) look while launching. Check out how other GUIs say “coming right up!”


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Featured splashAcrobat Reader
Splashes for Acrobat Reader 1.0 and Adobe Reader 6.0Acrobat Reader 1.0 had a nice, simple, red/black/white splash screen. Ten years later Adobe Reader 6.0 revisited and, in some ways, reversed that design idea. Four versions in the middle, however, tried to entertain us with colourful drawings. Find out which approach you prefer more.


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