Drag and Drop
was pioneered by Apple
with Macintosh System 7.5
in mid-1994. It was a new interface paradigm
that allowed text
to be transferred both inter-app and intra-app without involving the clipboard
. In other words, rather than taking several steps to copy
, the user simply selected the item, dragged it with the mouse
to its destination
, and dropped it off.
This sounds like a mundane feature, but at the time it was a huge timesaver for people in Design/Publishing who copy and paste thousands of times a day. With Drag and Drop came the Clipping feature (and the Secret About Box easter egg.) Clippings allowed the user to drop a block of text or a graphic to the desktop for storage. You could then drop the clipping icon back to where you wanted the text/graphic, and it would appear intact. This extended clipboard functionality to allow multiple items to be stored at once. Plus, since clippings were stored on the hard drive, you didn't have to worry about the out-of-memory errors associated with copy/paste, a big issue in 1994.