Incisive post from Joe Clark.
Nuit Blanche. Slow-Motion Car Crash.
via Spy Films:
A polished, controlled, Apple fan-boy love-in. But as I’ve dropped a chunk of moolah on Apple over the years I guess I can forgive them all.
In the space of four days my sense of scale has changed. On Tuesday, my new iPad seemed like a rather overblown iPhone. By Friday, I found myself irritated at trying to read emails or type on the iPhone, which already seemed mean and cramped. A tabloid newspaper page seemed exotically large, a broadsheet like a street hoarding. The iPad just seemed natural. Maybe Apple has simply rediscovered what book publishers, over the space of 400 years, came to a more or less settled view on – the right shape of page for what the human eye and hands feel easy with.
As it grew close to shipping time, we changed the name of our software to FutureSplash Animator to focus more on its animation capabilities. We also were growing tired of running a company that didn’t have much money to spend, and began trying to sell our technology. After an unsuccessful pitch to Adobe and turning down a bid from Fractal Design, we shipped FutureSplash Animator in the summer (May) of 1996.
I remember downloading and playing with ‘FutureSplash Animator’. Mark me down as a dinosaur.