Apple Cyberdog (1996)



Cyberdog is a breakthrough approach to the Internet, using Apple’s new technology, OpenDoc. Cyberdog provides you with the ability to browse the World Wide Web, read and write email, follow usenet newsgroup discussions, utilize file transfer services to share files, explore gopher-space, and remotely login to computers via telnet. In addition, Cyberdog also incorporates the ability to view text, movies, sounds, pictures, and quicktime VR files on the Internet. All of these services are included without the need for helper applications.

In addition, Cyberdog provides you with a common infrastructure which helps integrate all of these parts into one very useful set. Cyberdog has a notebook, which like a bookmark or favorite places file, allows you to store those sites which you visit often, or would like to keep track of. However, in addition to storing references web pages, your notebook can also store email addresses, newsgroups, references to ftp and gopher sites, telnet sessions, references to pictures, movies, text documents, and sound files on the Internet.

With other applications, after you’ve quit it can be very difficult to go back to a place if you didn’t bookmark it. Cyberdog keeps a log of everywhere you’ve been, even across sessions! So that if you knew you went to a really cool site, but can’t remember where it was, check the log – you can view it chronologically, alphabetically, or hierarchically, which shows you a map of how you got to a site. Like the notebook, the log keeps track of much more than just web pages.

All of this may sound pretty good so far, but it’s really just the beginning. You can use Cyberdog’s DocBuilder part to create your own custom front end to the Internet. In this otherwise standard document you can place buttons which take you to anyplace on the Internet, or you can embed live views of sites or data on the Internet. If, for example, you like to follow a particular newsgroup, you can have that newsgroup open and sitting inside your DocBuilder document. You can also embed live web pages, which when clicked on, actually work.

And finally, Cyberdog doesn’t try to take all of this disparate information and present it in one format like html (like some other applications do), Cyberdog presents all of this information using interfaces which are appropriate for that particular content. What’s more, other people can write parts which display certain types of information, and you can use their parts instead. For example Netscape could write an html browser part so that you could be using Netscape to surf the web, but still have all the other great features of Cyberdog just as integrated as always.

Cyberdog is the greatest thing to hit the Internet since the Mac.

If you use a Macintosh and you use the Internet, Cyberdog is for you.


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