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Old 01-26-2005, 08:53 AM   #1
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Default DTP Forum hits 16

Do you remember 1989?


It is shocking
to realize how long the forum has been around — 16 years, an epoch in computer time. Think how many major changes we have lived through: When we opened our doors on December 12, 1989, PageMaker was at version 2.0a (the first version to support automatic hyphenation and thus the first useful version), Ready,Set,Go! 3 was giving PM a run for its money, and QuarkXPress 1.0.3 had just been released. Illustrator 88 had, despite its name, just come out (for Windows as well as the Mac), and its Bézier curve drawing tools were stunning graphic artists even though it worked only in black-and-white. Adobe had licensed Photoshop from the Knoll brothers but the program would not actually appear until the spring of 1990. And there were lots of commercial fonts available, but the good ones all came from Adobe, through its alliance with Linotype.

The opening salvo in what would become known as “the font wars” had just been fired at the September 1989 meeting of the Seybold publishing conference when Bill Gates announced that Microsoft would adopt TrueType fonts instead of PostScript Type 1. When Windows 3.1 later came out with its inexpensive font packs — thus creating a mass market for fonts and satisfying that demand in a single product release — the DTP Forum got embroiled in its own font wars. And that was just the beginning. (We really need to write a history of this forum.)

Through all the years and all the industry changes, DTP Forum members have exchanged useful and (usually) civil advice with each other. The topics change with the march of technology, but the intelligence and good humor persists. All our members deserve a pat on the back for that.

   
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