Internet Archive Brings Back HyperCard

Internet Archive Brings Back HyperCard

HyperCard, the graphical hyperlinked Mac app that influenced the invention of the Web, was invented by Apple engineer Bill Atkinson after an acid trip 30 years ago this weekend. Now the Internet Archive has brought it back with a collection of over 3000 hypercard “stacks” that you can explore right in your browser. Each stack opens inside the Archive’s emulator of an early Macintosh computer.

You can explore stacks such as a guide to Seinfeld, origami instructions, chemistry clip art, a music sequencer, a tarot card reader, and an ebook of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Each one feels like a grainy CD-ROM or early web page. The browser interface takes a few minutes to boot up and runs pretty clunky, but you can download the stacks and run them on your own Macintosh System 7 emulator.


  • Much of what I know about programming and interface design I taught myself in Hypercard 25 years ago.

    Ah, good times… good times…

    *stares wistfully to the horizon*

    (it would also make a good case study for undergrad marketing students on how to kill a good product by not understanding how to sell it)

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