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1980's desk accessories (DA)

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For System 1 - 5 - Mac OS 9
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For System 1 - 5 - Mac OS 9

This is a compilation of some of the most popular desk accessories (DA's) for 1980's Mac OS. Desk accessories (DA) were a thing of the early Mac OS allowing an user to work as usual while having a (small/simple) application running in the background as a foreground app, basically enabling the user to have multiple foreground applications at the same time. Example DA's that come to mind at first are the calculator and the clock. Some programmers have achieved other DA applications. Some are games, others are utilities and others are simply novelties. For instance, Measles launches trailing balls that bounce around your screen. In the 1980's, to be able to work with an application and have those trails appear in the foreground was an impressive feature. Bouncy takes the control of your mouse cursor and bounces it slowly around the screen, which is super annoying, but again, an impressive feature of this ancient desk accessory.

1st archive contains these DA from various (some unknown) authors:

2nd archive contains these DA from various (some unknown) authors:

Architecture: 68k

Note: Not all desk accessories are stable under PowerPC Mac OS versions, so it is advised not to run them under Mac OS 9. The best OS to run these is under System 6.


Franky233's picture
by Franky233 - 2020, April 14 - 8:14pm

Yep. But it's from the original archive I've found... Smile

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by IIGS_User - 2020, April 14 - 7:59pm

Font/DA Mover is part of Mac OS System 6, and the Tetris DA is part of the very game made by Spectrum Holobyte.

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by cbone - 2018, September 30 - 7:51pm

I love these game DAs! Smile

Of course, games were only part of what DAs did. One of my favorite tools was Flashwrite 2. It was like notepad on steroids! There were so many great tools like Cal, Easy Envelopes, ToDo!, BinHqx, PopChar (was this a DA?), DiskTop, KeySwapper, a really neat, mini address book-maker whose name I've forgotten Sad and IIRC, After Dark started out as a desk accessory as well Wink