Seen at Weird Stuff Warehouse: A software package in an enormous box. The place has 2 copies of this and lots of other similarly enormous software packages. I was curious to know what all that space was for. Fortunately, this copy was unwrapped so I was able to open it up and see exactly what was inside.
It comes with language reference, user reference, design reference, tutorials, and 5 more books that aren't labeled on the spine.
I looked it up and 4th Dimension Database is still an active product. It's 32 years old at this point and is so old that they managed to snare the simple domain name 4d.com
way back in the day.
, who has a group dedicated to showcasing "Retro Software Packages -
Back when software came with ten pounds of manuals."