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DigiBarn TV Feature:
Video on the Intran Metaform system: "Bringing Information to Life"
Produced by Intran in the 1983-84 time frame

DigiBarn is proud to present digital restorations of an original Intran video from the later mature version of the product running on the Perq T2 workstation. In addition to the video, we have extensive coverage of the Intran story here at the Digibarn. We would like to thank Debbie Schilling and her Intran Online Reunion site for providing this rare video!

Press play to view Bringing Information to Life, the Intran Metaform system
(or view this piece larger on YouTube or at the DigiBarn Collection at Archive.org)

This is a promotional video for Minneapolis, MN based Intran company and its Metaform software system, a highly innovative interactive document and graphics platform that first appeared in the early 1980s on the PERQ workstation. Metaform and its associated products used a unique interface that one could argue has not been equaled today. Metaform was launched before the Lisa, Macintosh or many other computing systems that used a bit-mapped graphic screen and mouse. In fact Metaform and the PERQ workstation is a bridge between the innovative environments developed by Xerox on the Alto computer and the coming of consumer machines with graphical user interfaces (GUIs).

See also:

Our pages on the Intran story and the Perq T2 workstation.

View our videos on related systems: the Xerox Star 8010 and the Elixir applications and the Apple Lisa.

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