Paul Kafasis, writing at the Rogue Amoeba blog, celebrating the company’s 20th anniversary:
For many years, noted Mac collector Stephen Hackett has
done wonderful work with the MacOS Screenshot Library. The
library offers screenshots of the Mac’s operating system dating
back to the Mac OS X Public Beta in 2000, and we’re such fans that
Rogue Amoeba has sponsored it for several years now. It‘s often
helpful as a reference, but it’s also simply enjoyable to look
back at the way things once were.
Amazingly, Rogue Amoeba’s own story dates back nearly as far as
Mac OS X’s. We opened our virtual doors in 2002, and since then,
we’ve shipped nearly 1,000 different versions across our product
lineup. Given that amount of history, we thought it would be both
useful and fun to document our own products.
Late last year, we asked Stephen if he’d help us spin up our own
archive. He was up for the challenge, so we provided him with a
pile of important releases, and he set to work documenting them
with his array of old Macs. When Stephen was done, he provided us
with a large collection of screenshots, sorted by product and
Our team then curated these images and built a way to show them
off. We created galleries for each product and dug up details and
stories about each individual update. It was a lot of work, but
the end result feels weighty, a worthwhile repository of much of
our company’s history.
This is just wonderful. A few thoughts: