Yeah, Java applets were visually ugly and not suited to animation.
But I don't understand why this was the case.
Maybe it was just that Sun was clueless about animation -- even though they were pushing it as Java's first use case -- and didn't have anyone of Macromedia's background on board?
And yet wasn't a lot of the movie industry using Sun workstations at the time? Or am I thinking about Silicon Graphics and 1990s Sun was more of a corporate thing?
@natecull You just went beyond my experience with that last question.
What does come to mind is that Java UI widgets felt very similar in scope to Mac and Windows ones; nothing more domain-specific than that.
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