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While I do like to keep my stuff original and restored back to factory specs, my original intent was to restore it back to it's original form. this one is a time capsule and tells a story. As unity mentions, i can just put in an original board if I want to do that but I have decided to keep it as is. This is a time capsule from 1987 which depicts a Mac 128k being upgraded to a Mac Plus which just came out the year before. I imagine this would have been a costly upgrade
Since you've got such a great example of a workstation from the dawn of DTP, let's put it into perspective. Here's a developmental timeline surrounding it's probable upgrade history:
I've fleshed this out using quotes from Wikipedia articles, the first section is devoted to the Applications used in DTP, but it was rapid hardware development that drove this software development. Enabled by the Postscript Design Language developed by Adobe's founders John Warnock and Charles Geschke (from Xerox PARC) a sea change in traditional typesetting and artwork production for print media took place.
The last quote is about the LaserWriter and how information about its development spawned the software of the DTP revolution.
Aldus Pagemaker 1.0 was released in July 1985 for the Macintosh and in December 1986 for the IBM PC.Aldus Pagemaker 1.2 for Macintosh was released in 1986 and added support for PostScript fonts built into LaserWriter Plus or downloaded to the memory of other output devices. PageMaker was awarded an SPA Excellence in Software Award for Best New Use of a Computer in 1986.
At this point, your 128K was already in use, well before the Plus became available, possibly having had its 512K memory upgrade professionally done even before the release of the 512K. The LaserWriter and Aldus Pagemaker were announced the same day, lighting the fuse of the DTP explosion.
Fontographer, developed by von Ehr for the Mac and released in January 1986 —before Adobe Illustrator— was the first commercially available Bézier curve editing software for a personal computer. High quality fonts in the PostScript format could be developed for a fraction of the cost of all other existing methods (URW’s Ikarus required systems costing over $100,000), leading to what has been called “the democratization of type design”: for the first time in history, numerous self-taught type designers without substantial capital investment produced fonts for professional use. Fontographer 2.0 was released eight months later in the Fall of 1986.
So Fontographer became the very first PostScript Illustration Program, widely used on Madison Avenue in the Graphic Design Shops and Advertising Agencies for a full year before the release of AI. It's "off label" prescription use for logo, letterhead and other scalable digital artwork for Linotronic output defined a ready market for Adobe's Illustrtator development.
The history of your find is something I find fascinating. I used Fontographer extensively as a tool for preparing artwork in its Postscript Font Type 3 output for import into my MacSignmaker vinyl cutting system. Illustrator's EPS was indecipherable for others in my industry for at least another year with the introduction of the first PostScript interpreter for Gerber's signmaking equipment.
Do you have a date estimate for your 512K->1MB memory upgrade card? I was using Fontographer at home after dinner on a Fat Mac at the time. It was faster to do it on the SE/20/Radius16 in the shop, but oh so convenient at home, especially with ThunderScan running on the ImageWriter Wide Carriage there. That extra half Meg of RAM would have come in very handy!
The Macintosh Plus computer is the third model in the Macintosh line, introduced on January 16, 1986, two years after the original Macintosh and a little more than a year after the Macintosh 512K, with a price tag of US$2599. As an evolutionary improvement over the 512K, it shipped with 1 MB of RAM standard, expandable to 4 MB, and an external SCSI peripheral bus, among smaller improvements.
I'm wondering if your 128K received its SCSI upgrade as it was relegated to something on the order of Font Library server status as design workstations were being upgraded to the Plus/4MB level? Dunno, but there's definitely some history there.
Adobe Illustrator was first developed for the Apple Macintosh in December 1986 (shipping in January 1987) as a commercialization of Adobe's in-house font development software and PostScript file format
Photoshop 1.0 was released on 19 February 1990 marking the establishment of the BIG Three of Desktop Publishing as it moved into the mainstream in the Nineties. PageMaker, Illustrator and Photoshop established the Macintosh with its revolutionary GUI and WYSIWYG interactivity as the content creation platform of the decade.
On to the fusion of the Page Description Language and the Printer designed to use it, which then sparked the very notion of Desktop Publishing.
Steve Jobs of Apple Computer had seen the LPB-CX while negotiating for supplies of 3.5" floppy disk drives for the upcoming Apple Macintosh computer. Meanwhile, John Warnock had left Xerox to found Adobe Systems in order to commercialize PostScript and AppleTalk in a laser printer they intended to market. Jobs was aware of Warnock's efforts, and on his return to California he started working on convincing Warnock to allow Apple to license PostScript for a new printer that Apple would sell. Negotiations between Apple and Adobe over the use of Postscript began in 1983 and an agreement was reached in December 1983, one month before Macintosh was announced. Jobs eventually arranged for Apple to buy $2.5 million in Adobe stock.
At about the same time, Jonathan Seybold (John W. Seybold's son) introduced Paul Brainerd to Apple, where he learned of Apple's laser printer efforts and saw the potential for a new program using the Mac's GUI to produce PostScript output for the new printer. Arranging his own funding through a venture capital firm, Brainerd formed Aldus and began development of what would become PageMaker. The VC coined the term "desktop publishing" during this time.Release
The LaserWriter was announced at Apple's annual shareholder meeting on January 23, 1985, the same day Aldus announced PageMaker. Shipments began in March 1985 at the retail price of US$6,995, significantly more than the HP model. However, the LaserWriter featured AppleTalk support that allowed the printer to be shared among as many as sixteen Macs, meaning that its per-user price could fall to under $450, far less expensive than HP's less-advanced model.
The combination of the LaserWriter, PostScript, PageMaker and the Mac's GUI and built-in AppleTalk networking would ultimately transform the landscape of computer desktop publishing. At the time, Apple planned to release a suite of AppleTalk products as part of the Macintosh Office, with the LaserWriter being only the first component.
While competing printers and their associated control languages offered some of the capabilities of PostScript, they were limited in their ability to reproduce free-form layouts (as a desktop publishing application might produce), use outline fonts, or offer the level of detail and control over the page layout.
TLDR or a reasonable synopsis?
Edited by Trash80toHP_Mini, 17 February 2017 - 04:01 PM.