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Old January 31 2009, 12:09 AM   #1
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Classic Mac Backgrounds (Images in thread)

I've been on a bit of a tile wallpaper kick lately, as evidenced by my current desktop:



Does anyone know of a website that has the classic Mac backgrounds? I ran several Google searches with no luck other than one or two. Remember the backgrounds for Mac OS 7/8/9? I'm looking for those. There was one OS in particular that had about 200 or so tiled backgrounds. I remember using them in my computer programming class back in high school (ca. 1998-99).

Oh, and to keep this thread open should I find those backgrounds, let's talk about Classic Macs and Classic Mac ads. I found this background (notice I'm saying background now instead of wallpaper? I'm learning!) and I loved it:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...MacDesktop.jpg


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Old January 31 2009, 12:18 AM   #2
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Re: Classic Mac Backgrounds (Images in thread)

I don't know where you can find them, but I do recall that System 6 had a capability to *design* a 16x16 (or so) pattern that would tile over the background. I used to always set it to be the profile of a Star Destroyer.

And I do love the design of this website:
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Old January 31 2009, 12:29 AM   #3
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^ Oh cool!
I loved those old games, and it's great to see the Mac editions. I used to play Oregon Trail on an old Apple IIe in my 4th grade class.

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Old January 31 2009, 12:58 AM   #4
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Re: Classic Mac Backgrounds (Images in thread)

Mac OS 8.5 and later came with full on themes (colors and desktop images). Mac OS 8.0/8.1 was the first version with the built-in ability to display images as a desktop background (and came with a few interesting ones and some extras on the installation CD). System 7.5.x and Mac OS 7.6.x had some interesting tiling patterns, but to display full images in System 7.x to Mac OS 7.6.1 you needed a third party app called Decor.

Additionally, starting in Mac OS 8.5 the system supported full theme changing of the interface... and Apple included a number of examples in the 8.5 Beta, but sadly pulled those and the documentation on how to make them by the final release. That didn't stop people from reverse engineering themes of their own. The only time Apple stepped forward to stop anyone was when people made an Aqua theme that looked like Mac OS X.

Here are some of the Mac OS 8.5 Beta Themes and the Aqua theme that I have on my PowerBook 3400c/200...


I'll go through and see if I can find some of the earlier tile patterns that came with 7 (I don't have a system running any version of 7 right now).

On the subject of ads, I started using Macs not because of an Apple ad but an ad for an application called Theorist that I saw in a Physics Today magazine back in 1989. The ad was similar to this one...


When I found out that the software was Mac only, I quickly found my platform of choice. Even using systems like NeXT, SGI and Sun (none of which I could afford) moved me from Macs... well, until Apple acquired NeXT at the end of 1996, then I started paying especially close attention to NeXT (which ran on PCs by that point).

To give you an idea of what Theorist is like, here it is running on my PowerBook Duo 2300c/100...


Which is using a NeXT theme, which is better seen here...


And an image comparing Mathematica with Theorist on that same system.


So Apple didn't convince me to use Macs, it was a completely different company's application.
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Old January 31 2009, 01:05 AM   #5
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Re: Classic Mac Backgrounds (Images in thread)

Interesting stuff. That background with the 3d dock from os x in the original post is playing with my head.
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Old January 31 2009, 02:21 AM   #6
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Wow, Shaw, thanks for the great screencaps! Also, thanks for looking to see if you can find some of those older tiled wallpapers.

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Interesting stuff. That background with the 3d dock from os x in the original post is playing with my head.
Oh yeah I know, but somehow, it just looks right to me.


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