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The Mac Basics Tour features an animated character who introduces novice users to computer concepts. Eric Quakenbush created the character and environments that explained desktop metaphors in simple language.

Eric Quakenbush created, illustrated, and animated the tour's "host" character to deliver the content and demonstrate new concepts to first time Macintosh users. Developed electronic storyboarding techniques that enabled the team to react quickly to updates of the tour. Produced testing spec for SCM testing. Responsible for visual development, navigation, and user interaction.

Mac Basics started out as a black and white tour for the Macintosh SE and fit onto a floppy disk. It was created in VideoWorks, a precursor to Macromedia's Director software.


Eric created a tool to track content and interaction for the tours. The customizable content required careful planning and tracking in pre-production.
The host character, Jay, was also used as an animated character for Apple's Text to Speech software.

Additional characters were designed for the tours, Connie got into the Text to Speech application also.

Return of Basics Guy - by

I just got round to watching the pre-release iPhone Guided Tour movie and something was nagging me about the host. He seemed so familiar. Then it hit me. My mind went back 15 years to the day I opened my first Mac (a meagre LC II which cost about as much as a Mac Pro tower would today). As part of the welcome procedure there was a little show called Macintosh Basics featuring this guy on the left. Compare:

Fig. 1. The Macintosh Basics guy.

Fig. 1. The iPhone Guided Tour guy.

The later incarnation keeps the no-nonsense coiffure. The multicoloured Apple logo sweatshirt has been superseded by a Jobs-like black Gap top, his eyesight isn't so hot, and I noticed he's even settled down with Mrs Basics, but no doubt about it, it's him. Also, um, his framerate is better this time around.

I reckon Steve iphoned his friends at Pixar and said "Resurrect Jay" (for that was his name) "but fire up the RenderMan - this time we need him 3D."

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