Apple hides a classic Mac OS Easter egg in Ventura
Did you know that during the macOS section of WWDC 2022 keynote, Apple SVP Craig Federighi talked about how the “Crack Product Marketing Team” came to Ventura’s “Stunning Surf” and “Lush Sedimentary Plain”, inspiring the new name of MacOS? Apparently, they ran away with an old friend while they were there and decided to bring it back to the operating system.
As noted by ShadowFacts, Claus the Dogco is back after disappearing from Mac a long time ago. In the beta of macOS Ventura, Clarus can be seen if you open the page setup in an app that supports it (like pages) like the old Clarus. ShadowFacts was also able to draw a high-resolution image from the Ventura code. Longtime Mac users will notice that Clarus Ventura seems to have found a good groomer, as its coat has lost its pixelated look and is much smoother.
Claras the Dogco is a creation of graphic designer Susan Carr, who created icons and other graphical elements for the original Mac operating system. He created Cairo, a font set of icons that included an animal that looked like a partial dog and partly a cow. Claras was used in the page setup window to help the user adapt the page, but then Claras disappeared.
MacOS Ventura is in beta and we’ll have to wait and see if it will be included in the final release this fall. At McWorld we certainly hope so – after all, we’ve been pinning for Clarus for years.