Artifact Details

Title

Interview with Dick Shoup

Catalog Number

102694952

Type

Moving Image

Date

1987-08-14

Credits

Shoup, Dick

Participants

Shoup, Dick, interviewee

Identifying Numbers

Deprecated CHM identification number VT 525.93

Duration

00:15:10

Format

U-Matic

Description

Richard Shoup (1943 - 2015) developed the SuperPaint graphics system at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) in 1973. SuperPaint was developed to allow artists and video producers to take advantage of computer technologies.

This interview, recorded in 1987, features a demonstration of the various technologies and functions used in SuperPaint. It begins with an explanation of how the newly available technology of the frame buffer enabled new possibilities for computer graphics and also shows use of the SuperPaint menu interface and tablet input.

Shoup discusses the influences on SuperPaint's design, and his work with NASA creating graphics for the Pioneer Venus space missions. He then discusses the impact of the frame buffer on raster graphics, and re-loads an M.C. Escher image to demonstrate how the frame buffer outputs images to a screen. The interview concludes with Shoup demonstrating the graphics tablet's use with the system.