If ever there was a glimpse into the future, it was the life of Apple’s highly touted and much loved HyperCard.
This was the little app that spawned a whole generation of hypermedia systems; long before the public internet grew up. HyperCard did hyper text links, buttons, database, simple form layouts and much more back in the day.
Sadly, Apple allowed HyperCard to die a slow, withering death. Today, the whole world wide web is a modern day version of what HyperCard spawned.
Today, all we have are HyperCard wannabes such as BayCard.
Think of it as a stand of index cards. That’s a BayCard document. BayCard is actually easier to setup and use than the early versions of HyperCard. Instead of a complex scripting language, you get a few dozen interface widgets which can be dropped into a page within a stack.
These widgets do things, such as display tables and lists, link to or display web pages, and much more.
BayCard comes with 11 stack templates so you won’t have to re-create your old HyperCard stacks. The templates are useful, but more of an exercise in what you can do than a replacement for apps that do the same thing and more.
These include book, CD, and DVD collections. Notes, recipes, serial numbers, and medication database. And, there’s a blank template for you to build your own stack from the ground up.
If you’ve never programmed or used a scripting language such as AppleScript, you may enjoy what BayCard can build.
If you’ve ever used HyperCard, you’re likely to be disappointed in BayCard’s somewhat sophomoric capabilities. It’s kind of fun, but using it can be an exercise in futility.