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Contact: Katelyn Lyster, Content Evangelist, Katelyn@InfiniteCanvasApp.com, 510-239-7893
Join Infinite Canvas for an Evening Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Hypercard with Creator Bill Atkinson
Sunday, August 12, 2012, 6:00-8:00 pm at the Hillside Club in Berkeley, California
Bay Area–based Alacrity Software is sponsoring this special event in honor of the upcoming release of HyperCard-inspired iPad app Infinite Canvas.
Berkeley, California / August 10, 2012 — Before the World Wide Web, HyperCard was the first popular hypermedia system. Creator Bill Atkinson described it as “kind of a construction kit that lets normal people make their own software.” First released in 1987, the program combined a user-modifiable graphic interface with a database for storing information. Users were able to create “stacks” of virtual index cards that they could fill with text, sound, and images. The intuitive interface allowed all sorts of users to become software developers. As Atkinson said, “A lot of people are going to get opened up, enabled, empowered to control their computer. That’s really what we’re trying to do.”
So when Christopher Allen and his team at Alacrity Software set out to develop their newest project, Infinite Canvas, they drew inspiration from Hypercard. The Infinite Canvas app gives iPad users tools to create a wide variety of rich content — comics, graphic novels, creative portfolios, magazines, photo journals, children’s stories, art gallery tours, travelogues, tutorials, and more. Just like those early Hypercard users, Infinite Canvas creators will be able to build tantalizing non-linear multimedia content that they can easily share with others.
The Infinite Canvas Viewer will be available for public download from the Apple App Store on Friday, August 10, 2012 at bit.ly/infinitecanvasapp. There will be a library of canvases available which can be downloaded for free using the app. Users will be able to create their own canvases in the near future when the Infinite Canvas authoring tool makes its debut.
To help celebrate Infinite Canvas’ heritage and the groundbreaking work done by Bill Atkinson with Hypercard, Alacrity will be sponsoring this Sunday’s Berkeley Cybersalon featuring a special appearance by Atkinson himself. The public is invited to attend this event at the Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar Street, Berkeley on Sunday, August 12, 2012, 6:00 – 8:00 pm. Bring your HyperCard stories (and your stacks!)
Alacrity also invites people wherever they might be to share their own stories of how HyperCard inspired them. Join the conversation on Facebook or Twitter at the URLs below and use the hashtag #hypercard25th.
For more information about Infinite Canvas, please visit www.infinitecanvasapp.com.