It finally happened. HyperCard is gone.
More than 16 years since its original debut, HyperCard was pulled from Apple’s site towards the end of last month (March 2004). Created by Bill Atkinson of the original Macintosh team, HyperCard was a kind of easy-to-use, visual database system / programming environment that put custom application development into the hands of the average person. It was one of the very first applications to implement the concept of hypertext / hyperlinking / hypermedia. Originally offered freely to all Mac users, HyperCard was embraced by so many and became the vehicle of so much custom development that even the author was taken aback.
Many may recall the popular games by Macintosh development house, Cyan, who used HyperCard to create the landmark titles: The Manhole, Cosmic Osmo, and MYST.
Though many years had passed since Apple last updated HyperCard, version 2.4.1 (from 1998) has been available as a free download on Apple’s site until a few weeks ago. While the product was in great need of modernization, lacking many features that would be obvious additions today, there is no real, equivalent alternative for would-be HyperCard users/developers to turn to, which, I believe, speaks volumes as to the creative genius that went into the product. Many lament the passing of this old friend, and will not let its ride into the sunset go unnoticed.
During its life, HyperCard was ported to the Apple IIgs