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Mac OS Scrapbook app

Contributed by Emma Steinhobel on May 26th, 2021. Artwork published in
May 1991
Mac OS Scrapbook app 1
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The Scrapbook application from Mac OS 7.0.1 (1991) uses Susan Kare’s pixel font Toronto for its introduction. Included in a collection of apps designed to make the system feel more like a physical desk (called Desktop Accessories, or DAs, in computing), this digital scrapbook could store text, images, and sound clips. It was included in every Mac OS revision until Mac OS 9.1.

The OS itself is set in Chicago, as was the norm for Mac operating systems until Charcoal became the default in 1997.

Mac OS Scrapbook app 2
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Mac OS Scrapbook app 3
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Mac OS Scrapbook app 4
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Mac OS Scrapbook app 5
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Mac OS Scrapbook app 6
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Mac OS Scrapbook app 7
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5 Comments on “Mac OS Scrapbook app”

  1. Emma, do you know for a fact that Toronto was designed by Susan Kare? Of course she was a leading member of the Apple Macintosh design team, together with Bill Atkinson and Andy Hertzfeld. I’m asking because this specific design – unlike Monaco, New York, Geneva, Chicago, San Francisco, Athens, and Cairo – is not included in Kare’s portfolio of Macintosh bitmap fonts (see also her Behance page), and not included in the list of her typeface designs by the Klingspor Museum. It’s not that I’d doubt her involvement, but it would be great to have some confirmation.

    P.S.: I found this, on Wikipedia:

    With the sole exception of Bill Atkinson’s Venice typeface, the fonts included with the original Macintosh were designed by Susan Kare, who also designed most of the Macintosh’s original icons.

    There’s no citation, but I’ll go ahead and add Susan Kare as the designer of Toronto to our typeface page.

  2. Arthur de Koning says:
    May 26th, 2021 12:02 pm

    I worked with the early Macs and though I remember there widgets being named DA’s I thought this was short for Desk Accessories (hence “DA’s”, not “DO’s”). As it turns out, the term Desktop Ornaments was an earlier name during development , which never was used for the final product.

  3. Thank you, Florian, for doing that extra research! Yes i had found her portfolio and noticed that Toronto was not included in that main list– but after reading through that same Wikipedia article and this excellent site from Andy Hertzfeld, I concluded that the wikipedia article is most likely correct (despite the fact that there is no citation there) and believe that she drew Toronto.

    (If anyone out there knows this to be false, please let me know!!!)

  4. Another update! I was looking back through Andy Hertzfeld’s site for an answer to Arthur’s comment about DO’s and DA’s (definitely just slipped up there and muddled the two, thank you for catching that!) and found this post which is evidence enough for me that Kare did in fact design Toronto.

  5. I just talked to Susan.

    Yes, designed that bitmap font. Called Toronto bc I’m half Canadian! (Ping Pong was early name I think before cities because it was so rounded, but maybe my memory is hazy.)

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