Lisa Desktop Manager

The Lisa Desktop Manager was the software shell which Lisa users used to control their Lisa documents. It provided a very sophisticated yet simple to use user interface. These papers attempt to give some insight into this wonderful program’s features which were many years ahead of its time. Even its successor, the Macintosh Finder, was a poor substitute from a user interface perspective. The Desktop Manager was internally named the “Filer” by Apple’s Lisa developers. It also had for a short time the name “LisaDesk” as seen in the Lisa 1 Owner’s Guide screenshots of the alpha-version Filer.