Apple II MouseDesk 2.0

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Apple II MouseDesk 2.0 was a computer desktop that helped manage disks and files easily. Mouse Desk shows pictures, called icons, that represent disks and files, so it's easy to see where everything is. You work with icons to copy, delete, or organize files and it speeds up selecting and running applications by clicking the application icon to start it.
If you don't have a mouse, you can still use Mouse Desk, but it's more difficult.

This is an early incarnation of a Graphical User Interface (GUI) as used on the Apple Macintosh but running on the Apple II.

This application started its life as Mouse Desk by Version Soft, a French company. The authors are Luc Barthelet, Stéphane Cavril, Bernard Gallet, Henri Lamiraux, and Richard Danais with contributions by Alexis Gerard, Jim Gerber, Pat Pahl, and Joel Bernard. International Solutions, Inc (ISI) was founded by Mark Kvamme to market the Version Soft products worldwide.

Mouse Desk Version 1.5 added Desk "Accessories" (Calculator, Date, and Puzzle) and Mouse Desk 1.6 added the Selector program for easier use of mass storage devices.

Desiring a mouse-based solution for the Apple II line, Apple Computer licensed the software and released Mouse Desk 2.0. It was also rebranded as Apple II DeskTop and released as the initial GUI interface on the Apple IIgs System Software disks, before the native 16-bit GS/OS replaced it in later versions. Some members of the Version Soft team also moved to work at Apple.

The application was developed using the MouseGraphics ToolKit by Apple, which provided the graphics primitives for drawing shapes and text to the complex double-hires graphics screen, and the windowing primitives such as events, cursors, menus, windows, scrollbars and mouse support. The library and early versions of Mouse Desk initially adhered to the Lisa interface guidelines before evolving to match the look and feel of the early Macintosh.

Also included with the disk: "Apple presents Apple".

Platform: Apple IIgs with 256Kb RAM  Disk 3.5 drive 

               OS: ProDOS           

System Software (SS:) Utility Program (UP:) Desktop

Version:  2.0



Platform : Apple II
Format : Disk 3.5
Publisher : Apple
Authors : Version Soft,
Date : 1986
Product Code :

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Information About Apple:

Item Manufacturer Date
Apple Computer Inc. 1 Apr 1976

 

 

 

This exhibit has a reference ID of CH66079. Please quote this reference ID in any communication with the Centre for Computing History.
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