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Need to bring an ancient HyperCard stack into the 21st century!

Hi, I need to somehow get an old HyperCard 2.1 stack to work on modern computers. I work in the Zoology Dept. of an Australian university and we have an old stack about frogs which contains very localised and esoteric information - data, pictures and audio that really aren't compiled anywhere else. Any ideas on how to transfer this onto a modern Mac OS?

I know this isn't precisely the wheelhouse of this site, but I've posted here previously and found you guys to be knowledgeable and friendly. Are there any other more appropriate forums you can think of where I could ask for advice?

The stack is from version 2.1 of HyperCard and is sitting on an iMac G3 running OS 9.1. The pictures and some movies are kept as individual files in separate folders. However the audio seems to be embedded in the stack.

Any suggestions?

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Quoting from:
https://discussions.apple.com/message/21588615#21588615

"If you don't need a newer version, and if you don't need color, try Mini vMac, which emulates a Mac Plus and up to OS 7.5.5."

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I've some experience programming a modern "Last Chance To See" Reader application using Xojo, which was easy to develop because its pictures and sound files are kept as individual files in separate folders, but the audio files of your stack could be extracted with ResEdit, probably.
But try the Mini vMac solution first, if possible.

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Thanks for the suggestions.

I want to steer clear of Mini vMac (much as I love it for personal use) and keep things as simple as possible. I have found that there are in fact companies who will convert HyperCard stacks for use on modern systems - a niche market, but one still worth pursuing, it would seem! Given that I'd be spending the department's money and not my own, I think I'll probably go down this route, unless it is prohibitively expensive.

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I have found that there are in fact companies who will convert HyperCard stacks for use on modern systems

A nice way, thought. Smile

rlawson's picture
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Hyperactive Software can do it, they will convert it to RunRev.

http://www.hyperactivesw.com/mctutorial/rrtutorialtoc.html

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Have you given SuperCard a try?