As mentioned in the previous post about file system write support, one major motivation for experimenting with it this point was the interest about getting HyperCard to work on MACE. So, after we added it a few days ago, and after fixing a few bugs, we already got quite a few default stacks (included with HyperCard) to at least open up and display something! Below is a HyperCard screenshot extravaganza what we can do right now (click on pictures to see full size!!!):
As you can see, there’s a lot of stuff appearing correctly, but also a lot of things still broken and needing work. Cool stuff that works:
- Most of cards open up and actually do sensible stuff
- Most of drawing tools work (see the mess we made in the Home card!). I think they also share a lot of code with MacPaint tools, as some have same toolbox bugs present in both MacPaint and HyperCard
Stuff that needs a lot of work still:
- Corrupted texts appearing here and there around places (such as between months in calendar & weird mess in some lists)
- Bunch of error messages popping up here and there
- Font setup dialog is not displaying font names correctly as using some still unimplemented selectors at least in List Manager
- Cannot get back to Home stack, which apparently does not close correctly and cannot be reopened without restarting entire HyperCard application
- HyperCalc stack does not appear to work well at all, all fields are empty and the “help” popup does not appear
- File system writing needs improvements, especially to add the Standard File package so we wouldn’t anymore have to use the hard-coded filenames
- TextEdit support is not yet complete, so most of text input does not yet work (with the exception of text drawing tool, which like MacPaint does not use TextEdit)
- A bunch of other misc bugs here and there
Anyway the current status looks quite promising, and as eventually bugs will get hunted down & features added, the state of this application should improve over time.
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