Artifact Details

Title

Color Imaging System

Catalog Number

102741267

Type

Physical object

Date

1988

Manufacturer

Barneyscan Corporation

Place Manufactured

U.S.

Identifying Numbers

Model number 3515
Serial number 767

Dimensions

overall: 8 1/8 in x 8 5/8 in x 15 3/8 in

Category

I/O/A/V

Curator Notes

The Barneyscan played an important role in the origins of the most successful photo editing software to date – Photoshop. In 1988, Photoshop’s creators, brothers John and Thomas Knoll, licensed their newly created software to Barneyscan Corporation and it was bundled with the company’s slide scanner as “Barneyscan XP.” Although the scanner itself was not a commercial success, the combination of relatively inexpensive hardware and software was groundbreaking since competitive products for photo editing were prohibitively expensive. Adobe soon after bought the rights to the software and it was renamed Photoshop. Photoshop has cemented itself as a game-changer in a wide swath of industries - from journalism, fashion, science, marketing, entertainment and even forensics.

Credit

Computer History Museum

Lot Number

X7453.2015