Exploring Vintage Mac App About Boxes: A Journey Through Time

Exploring Vintage Mac App About Boxes: A Journey Through Time

Riccardo Mori, a consultant and aficionado of vintage Macintosh computers, has been diligently cataloging an impressive collection of About boxes from old software found on CD-ROMs and floppy disks.

For those unfamiliar, About boxes are small dialog windows that appear when you select the “About…” option from an application’s menu.

Exploring Vintage Mac App About Boxes: A Journey Through Time

Unlike the simplistic About boxes of modern software, those from the early Mac era were often elaborate, featuring animations and detailed graphics, such as the animated “system bomb” in the About box for SoundEdit by Farallon Computing.

These About boxes bring back many memories for me, as they were a common sight on the numerous Macs we used at my workplace back in the day.

While I choose not to repost all of Mori’s findings here to encourage direct traffic to his site, I do want to highlight a few notable examples.

In 1985, I was part of a team that produced our company’s annual report using Aldus Pagemaker 1.0, despite frequent software crashes.

Exploring Vintage Mac App About Boxes: A Journey Through Time

MacPaint was a popular tool to demonstrate the graphical capabilities of early Macs, featuring a portrait of creator Bill Atkinson in its About box.

Exploring Vintage Mac App About Boxes: A Journey Through Time

I continue to use Ambrosia Software’s SnapzPro X for capturing screenshots.

It’s remarkable that their logo has remained consistent over the years, albeit updated.

Exploring Vintage Mac App About Boxes: A Journey Through Time

Running Windows 3.1 on a Mac via SoftPC was notoriously slow, a setup that still haunts my dreams to this day.

Explore more of these nostalgic pieces by visiting Mori’s About box page.

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