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Apple subsidiary, FileMaker, returns to its original name from the ’80s [Claris]

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    NaraVara Link
    Filemaker is dead, long live Claris, second of her name! This is mostly just a nostalgia trip for me, and it's interesting that it coincides with rumors that Apple might be bringing the old...

    Filemaker is dead, long live Claris, second of her name!

    This is mostly just a nostalgia trip for me, and it's interesting that it coincides with rumors that Apple might be bringing the old rainbow logo back for things in the near future. Perhaps there's a 30 year cycle in software too?

    I can't be the only one who heard the old "funk" sound effect from the classic Mac OS in my head when I read the title.

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      chembliss (edited ) Link Parent
      Vintage apple design was way cooler, their current style looks so lifeless to me.

      Vintage apple design was way cooler, their current style looks so lifeless to me.

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      1. [4]
        NaraVara Link Parent
        Partly this might just be an overcorrection to make up for how many options modern technology gives us for being garish or going overboard with frippery. The sterility is a conscious attempt to...

        Partly this might just be an overcorrection to make up for how many options modern technology gives us for being garish or going overboard with frippery. The sterility is a conscious attempt to rein in impulses to throw in extraneous animations and reflectivity and stuff. In the past, resource constraints forced people to do a lot of extra work if they wanted to go overboard while it's cheaper and easier to jump the shark in an age of cheap memory and processing power.

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          chembliss Link Parent
          I get it if we're talking about GUI, I like the flat, minimalist aestethics that are ubiquitous nowadays. But if we're talking about hardware, specially computers, I prefer something more...

          I get it if we're talking about GUI, I like the flat, minimalist aestethics that are ubiquitous nowadays. But if we're talking about hardware, specially computers, I prefer something more cheerful. I've never bought anything Apple and don't like them much, but their old designs were great, I prefer them to anything anyone is doing nowadays, aesthetically. I really like the aspect of the first iMac.

          It's true that computers are smaller and more slim nowadays, but most designs lack in personality.

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            emdash Link Parent
            That's like, completely subjective duuuude. I couldn't disagree more. I love the aluminium finish and rigid construction of Apple's current hardware, especially the Mac lineup; to date no other...

            That's like, completely subjective duuuude. I couldn't disagree more. I love the aluminium finish and rigid construction of Apple's current hardware, especially the Mac lineup; to date no other manufacturer comes close to the same level of fit and finish. I guess "lack of personality" is a personal opinion, but what do you want exactly? What grey plastic chromebook does have personality these days?

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            1. chembliss Link Parent
              Or course it's completely subjective haha. And I agree, no Chromebook has much personality, neither do most laptops. I wasn't comparing Apple's designs to other current designs. I really don't...

              Or course it's completely subjective haha. And I agree, no Chromebook has much personality, neither do most laptops. I wasn't comparing Apple's designs to other current designs.

              I really don't know what I would like. Old laptops look better to me, with their straight angles and sturdy appearance. But now laptops are way slimmer (fortunately), so I don't know how that style could be translated into today's laptops. What I know for sure is that I don't like shiny, rounded, smooth surfaces, specially if they're of a clear color.

              Seems we're opposites in our laptop design tastes!

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  2. Akir Link
    Am I the only one kind of hoping for a new ClarisWorks? I remember using FileMaker when it was just the database feature in ClarisWorks/AppleWorks. It was so much more flexible and customizable...

    Am I the only one kind of hoping for a new ClarisWorks?

    I remember using FileMaker when it was just the database feature in ClarisWorks/AppleWorks. It was so much more flexible and customizable than Access ever was (or even is today). But I never could find a reason to buy it after they made it a standalone product, so so I have no idea how good it is today.

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