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Icon MetaCard is a cross-platform multimedia authoring tool and GUI development environment for Unix/X11 workstations and Microsoft Windows 95 and NT. Using MetaCard is an easy way to build Motif and Win32 applications, Computer Based Training (CBT), on-line documentation, and a wide variety of other products.

Though MetaCard is primarily a graphical development environment, it can also be used strictly as a scripting language to solve the same types of problems Perl, Python, and Tcl are used for.

Current Version:   2.1.1

License Type:   Commercial

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Source Code Availability:   No

Available Binary Packages:

  • Debian Package:   No
  • RedHat RPM Package:   No
  • Other Packages:   Yes (gzipped tar file with installation script available from

Targeted Platforms:

Windows 95/NT, SunOS, Solaris, Sun3, DEC, SGI, HP, IBM RS/6000, SCO ODT, UnixWare, Linux. A port to the Macintosh is underway.

Software/Hardware Requirements:

6MB Disk Space, 4MB RAM recommended.

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User Comments:

  • "I have used a wide range of Unix development tools on many types of Unix platforms. Metacard is the best cross platform tool I have ever used. I have been developing software for over 20 years. Metacard has exceeded all my expectations and has made it possible for us to provide a easy to use GUI front end for our systems management product which distinguishes us from our competitors."
  • "MetaCard is the multimedia cbt authoring tool of choice for SGI's Edcuation, Design, & Technology (ED&T) group. Using MetaCard has increased our productivity and creativity."

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