If you don’t remember the WWDC 2022 keynote, Apple SVP Craig Federighi spoke about how Apple’s “crack product marketing team” discovered the “beautiful branding” and “lush alluvial plains” of Ventura that inspired the new name macOS. Apparently, they also ran into an old friend while there, and decided to bring her back into the OS.
That’s right, Clarus the Dogcow is back after disappearing from the Mac a long time ago. Clarus can be seen when you open Page Setup in an app that supports it (such as Pages) like the Clarus of yesteryear. Longtime Mac users will find that Clarus seems to have found a good groomer in Ventura, as his coat has lost its grainy look and is a lot smoother.
Clarus the Dogcow is a creation of Susan Kare, the graphic designer who created the icons and other graphical elements of the original Mac operating system. She created Cairo, a font set of icons depicting an animal that looked part dog and part cow. Clarus was used in the Page Setup window to help the user with page orientation, but eventually Clarus disappeared. (Apple’s developer site once had a tech note about Clarus’ origins, but it’s been removed.)
MacOS Ventura is now available to all users and if you’ve been waiting to download, Clarus may convince you. After all, we’ve been craving Clarus for years. motherfucker!