4. History

My work thru the years

Distributed Instruments for Computed Expression -- 2017

Digital Instrument for Computed Expression -- 2000

Archive of John Henry Thompson's interactive art source code.

Personal and commercial projects over the years:

1988 Garden of Interactive Delights.

Video Artifacts 

[John Henry Thompson 199x ARTLIFE HQ ] 55:51 minutes

Presentation made to MIT Media Lab around 1997.
Summary of my art and work on Director authoring tool
and ideas for the future.

John Henry Thompson Demo 1988] 8:36 minutes

Demo video of music videos and custom visual effects
create on MIT Visible Language computer,
and MIT Film/Video Section video equipment.
Last section created on computers at the just open MIT Media Lab.

[John Henry Thompson Demo 1985-03-29] 53:20 minutes

Full versions of Color Dance video and other music videos.
Some videos shoot on super 8 and transferred to video.

[ Shani Dance 1984 ] 29:59 minutes

Full version of Shani Strothers Tie-Die dance video,
Audio experiment with processed audio.
Spoken words are from Shani Strothers poem.
Uncut video for Color Dance.

Director Video Clips

Macromind Inc.

What New York Times said about the 2005 acquisition: 

"Macromedia, based in San Francisco, 
had a profit of $41.5 million in 2004, 
on revenue of $370 million. 
The company has about 1,200 workers, 
while Adobe, with annual sales of more than $1.7 billion, 
employs about 3,700."

MacroMind was founded by Marc Canter and his then wife 
Devorah Canter in Chicago in the 1980's.

They moved the company to the SF Bay area in 1989 
with the first round of venture funding.

The Chatter Box interpreter in prior art letter was the conceptual basis 
for the Lingo programming language that I implemented 
for the Adobe/Macromedia Director, a application for multimedia authoring.

Lingo started out as a dialect of BASIC
evolved to a dialect of HyperTalk and Smalltalk
and ended as a dialect of JavaScript.

Along the way I wrote a Lingo to convertor from Java 
(with type inference) around 1997.

I added JavaScript as an alternative scripting option 
to Adobe Director in 2003.

Prior art

When I became a full time employee of MacroMind in 1989 
I had to list all my prior inventions since from then on any 
new inventions were to be property of the company, 
thus the need for this letter.

I think the legal term is prior art.

Lingo Praises

Praise for Lingo received via Facebook 2017 from Minty Hunter.

Praise for Lingo received via Facebook 2017 from Agyenim Wiredu.

Adobe Director Retired

"... Sale of Adobe Director and Contribute will stop on February 1, 2017.   We will also stop ongoing updates and support for Adobe Shockwave on Mac devices on March 14th after the last release of the product. Effective April 9, 2019, Adobe Shockwave will be discontinued and the Shockwave player for Windows will no longer be available for download. ..."