Retina OSX on the Original Macintosh

I saw this great post about how tiny the original Macintosh screen was compared with the current (and enormous) Retina 5K iMac screen.

So I thought I’d take the opposite approach. Below are 1-to-1 pixel mockups of how Mac OSX Yosemite would have appeared on the original Macintosh’s 512×342 pixel screen.

Enjoy!

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Comments (19)

  1.  Rate Comment Up Rate Comment Down  error|1

    Hey, wasn’t the original macintosh black and white?

  2.  Rate Comment Up Rate Comment Down  error|1

    As an owner of an original Macintosh, I find this post very amusing. I wish I recalled what happened to the keyboard. I moved so many times and unfortunately, it went AWOL.

  3.  Rate Comment Up Rate Comment Down  error|1

    You need to convert those to black-and-white dithered — no grayscale.

  4.  Rate Comment Up Rate Comment Down  error|1

    Mine is an exact replica of the one shown minus the keyboard. Have never seen a black and white one.

  5.  Rate Comment Up Rate Comment Down  error|1

    That first image would be more like this:

    https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/234750/Mac.png

  6.  Rate Comment Up Rate Comment Down  error|1

    Haha, much better Mark. Oh the memories…

  7.  Rate Comment Up Rate Comment Down  error|1

    Amazing that a dock icon takes up 2/3rds of the original mac screen.

  8.  Rate Comment Up Rate Comment Down  error|1

    Floyd–Steinberg dithering!

  9.  Rate Comment Up Rate Comment Down  error|1

    Next up: Calculating how many floppy disk swaps to boot up Yosemite.

  10.  Rate Comment Up Rate Comment Down  error|1

    The original Mac was … beige.
    It was never white.
    Does the new iMac run Photoshop?
    You could color correct it…
    and make it look authentic.

  11.  Rate Comment Up Rate Comment Down  error|1

    I wonder if people won’t need glasses so much in the next generation because they are looking at terrific screens?

  12.  Rate Comment Up Rate Comment Down  error|1

    This is amazing. thanks!

  13.  Rate Comment Up Rate Comment Down  error|1

    It would also be fun to scale that Mac up to the dimensions needed to contain the retina image.

  14.  Rate Comment Up Rate Comment Down  error|1

    Great work! Thank you.

  15.  Rate Comment Up Rate Comment Down  error|1

    Is Yosemite really that large? Or is it because we’re putting Retina scale images onto a non-retina screen?

  16.  Rate Comment Up Rate Comment Down  error|1

    Just for giggles, here’s a page with a couple of annotated UI examples from a system I wrote over twenty years ago which is still in use today, although not maintained by me.

    http://www.oofile.com.au/adsother/SearchAndReport.html
    (Written in the 4D system which provided efficient, native compiled client-server database and UI applications).

    The 512×342 screen was incredibly crisp and when I bought my first Fat Mac 512kb in about 1985 it was actually the best value computer I could buy with that quality screen and processing power.

    Through the early 90′s, I wrote many business and government systems which were designed to run on these screens. This included magazine publishing and classified advertising as well as technical systems such as transport modelling.

    The Macintosh SE 30 was a little powerhouse which still had that tiny B&W screen and had enough processing grunt that a common third-party extension we used converted the screen into a virtual window onto a screen much larger, so we moved the mouse around to drag over and see more content, just like using the accessibility mode zooming in on an iPhone today.

  17.  Rate Comment Up Rate Comment Down  error|1

    Another that occurred to me a year or two ago–the original Mac used 400kB floppies. It’s now entirely possible to have a single icon file bigger than that (include a 1024 x 1024 version, and design something not very compressible–imagine, say, an icon of a computer monitor showing full-color static that’s genuinely random).

  18.  Rate Comment Up Rate Comment Down  error|1

    And keep in mind, those 400kB floppies had to hold the OS and a few applications, and still leave room for documents. You can find articles in MacWorld from 1984 and 1985 talking about optimal layout of a floppy….

  19.  Rate Comment Up Rate Comment Down  error|1

    Jesus you need to find girls and get a life

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