1980's desk accessories (DA)

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What is 1980's desk accessories (DA)?

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.

The first compilation (1980s_DA.sit) contains these DA from various (some unknown) authors:

  • 3D Tic-Tac-Toe
  • Adventure!
  • BlackJack
  • Bouncy
  • Delay
  • Flow
  • Fun House
  • Maxwell
  • Measles
  • neko
  • Phonemes
  • Poker
  • Push
  • Seek 'n Destroy
  • Slow Death
  • Speech Tester
  • Talking Moose
  • Tea Time
  • TimeOut
  • WolfPack
  • Wrap

The second compilation (1980-s-Da-2.sit) contains these DA from various (some unknown) authors:

  • Backdrop
  • Desk Accessories
  • Deskpaint
  • Font/DA Mover v3.8
  • Fonts
  • Stars
  • Suitcase
  • VirusDetective
  • TETRIS da
  • Word Finder® DA


Download 1980's desk accessories (DA) for Mac

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1980's DA compilation #1 / compressed w/ Stuffit
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1980's DA compilation #2 / compressed w/ Stuffit
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SysFont DA / compressed w/ Stuffit
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Motorola 68K

System Requirements

From Mac OS 4.0 up to Mac OS 9.2

Compatibility notes

Architecture: 68K

Mac OS 4.x - Mac OS 9.2.2

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


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