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February 2, 2004

Who invented the Wizard?

Posted 3832 days ago on February 2, 2004

Google has failed me, so... does anyone out there know who invented the wizard? By which I mean the step-by-step dialogs commonly found in all sorts of software (question arises from my work reviewing programming IDEs)?

Excel's Chart Wizard? Or I have a vague recollection that Microsoft Publisher 1.0 was an early example? Having said which, someone will pop up and say it has nothing to do with Microsoft...

Update - see this more recent post as a wizard inventor has now come forward.

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Re: Who invented the Wizard?

Posted 3786 days ago by Joseph T. Bradley • • • Reply

lol - your site is number one if you put that question in.

Re: Who invented the Wizard?

Posted 3786 days ago by Joseph T. Bradley • • • Reply

http://www.endicia.com/endicia-usa/Site/leadership.cfm <- say they made the first wizard like interface.

Re: Who invented the Wizard?

Posted 3786 days ago by Tim Anderson • • • Reply

They say 1997 - I'm sure there were wizards around before that. I think they mean in their industry, ie. direct mail software.

Re: Who invented the Wizard?

Posted 3786 days ago by Tim Anderson • • • Reply

For example, check this out:

http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/features/2001/oct01/10-15publisher.asp

- mentions page wizards back in 1991, which tallies with my recollection that Publisher 1.0 was a wizard pioneer.


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