Clarus, The Dogcow
The dogcow is a hybrid animal, half-dog, half-cow, created by Apple’s designer Susan Kare and trademarked by Apple together with its signature noise MOOF! This mysthic creature named Clarus made many appearances in Apple applications between 1983 and the beginning of the 21th century. For example, the dogcow icon was used in Apple printer setup dialog boxes for many years to show the orientation of the paper.
Its name comes from the word Claris, an Apple’s office software at the time.
In Apple’s “Disk Copy” application Clarus wagged its tail and flipped over while the process of copying was developing.
In April 1989, Apple issued official Macintosh Technote #31, further explaining the animal’s origines, history and habits. Later, in the mid 1990s, the company included the dogcow in its real-world Icon Garden. Then the image was used in the Mac OS Page Setup print dialog box (slightly redrawn to fit the Page Setup dialog box, now it looked more «bovine»).
On Mac OS X, the dogcow was replaced on printer dialog boxes with a stick figure. The innovation inspired many users to start a worldwide petition Save our Dogcow, which was signed by over 8,000 peuple. One developer even invented ClarusX, a utility which allowed users to reinstate the dogcow in Apple’s printer dialog boxes.
Note: Of course Clarus is a female, as are all cows.
Address of the Clarus, the mascotte, the Clarus museum: clarus.chez-alice.fr
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