Artifact Details

Title

Desktop Publishing Pioneer Meeting, day 1 session 4: Technology in the 1980s

Catalog Number

102738491

Type

Text

Date

2017-05-22

Contributor

Baltes, Cheryl, Editor

Publisher

Computer History Museum

Place of Publication

Mountain View, CA

Extent

38 p.

Format

PDF

Description

Session 3 of the Desktop Publishing Pioneer Meeting focuses on desktop publishing technology in the Day 1, Session 4 of the Desktop Publishing Pioneer Meeting focuses on desktop publishing technology in the 1980s. The session begins with a discussion of the motivation behind Donald Knuth’s development of TeX and the grassroots efforts behind its spread. Steve Kirsch then gives a brief history of FrameMaker and its earlier history and development period. An extended discussion focuses on PostScript, including a synopsis of its main technological innovations, relationship with key industry collaborators (such as Adobe, Apple, and ITC), and the differences between PostScript and competing approaches. The participants also discuss page description languages, various printer and font technologies, PageMaker, and Adobe Illustrator. The session concludes with a discussion of the market factors that led to the shift toward desktop publishing, including changes within the printing and typesetting industries and reductions in the costs of memory and hardware.

Category

Transcription

Collection Title

Desktop Publishing Pioneer Meeting

Credit

Computer History Museum

Lot Number

X8209.2017