Introduction to HyperStudio
Overview of HyperStudio 5
Once you’ve installed the program, click on the icon in the dock, or launch HyperStudio as you would any application.

The first screen that appears is the HyperStudio “Home Stack”. A “stack” is the term used for a HyperStudio project file, and the word is related to the idea of a stack of note cards. So in HyperStudio, each screen is called a “card”, and the entire collection of cards (screens) that is saved in a file is called a “stack”.

You’re probably accustomed to applications opening with a blank screen, but in the case of HyperStudio, it opens with this pre-made HyperStudio file as a way of welcoming you to the HyperStudio environment. This Home Stack has answers to likely questions that a first-time user might have, such as, “What is HyperStudio?”, and “Can you show me some examples?”

You can use the Preferences setting in HyperStudio to start with a Home Stack that you make yourself, to open the last stack file that you most recently had opened, or with just a blank screen.

You can explore the Home Stack later, so for now, here is a brief review of the vocabulary and concepts behind HyperStudio.

In a moment, you’ll be introduced to the various key parts of a HyperStudio project. To summarize what is about to be introduced, here is a typical screen from a HyperStudio project as it is being worked on: :

Learning to use HyperStudio is as easy as understanding what is shown on this single screen.