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ktinkel
12-15-2007, 12:24 PM
The DTP Forum began on CompuServe on December 12, 1989.

Since then we have gone through many changes — from all-ASCII to CompuServe Information Manager (and for many of us, off-line readers like TapCIS), and then to web-based CompuServe. Finally, in 2004, we moved here, to our own independent web site.

When we began, page layout software was the big issue; we eagerly awaited the next updates to PageMaker, QuarkXPress, Ventura Publishing, and other programs, many of them virtually forgotten. But we used to get excited about updates in those days. Competition was fierce, between Aldus (later Adobe) and Quark and between users of the different programs.

Graphics programs were also important in those days, especially Adobe Illustrator, Aldus FreeHand (little sister of Fontographer from Altsys), and Corel DRAW.

Fonts have always been part of the forum, though never so contentiously as in the early 90s when we had huge “font wars” over clones and knockoffs, formats, price, and more. Typography was hot; how many threads did we have on “desert island” and “most hated” fonts? On correct spacing and settings to ensure it? On typeface selections? Too many to count.

Then color and prepress became the hot topic. Photoshop had designers doing the sort of work (perhaps not the quality) as had been done by experts at Scitex workstations or using old-fashioned cameras at the print shops. Some of us remember when the first affordable ($2,400) color scanner came on the market. We avidly discussed trapping, rich blacks, halftone standards, and other topics that not too much earlier had been the province of experts at our printers’ offices.

Later, as designers began to design web pages, we started talking about HTML, and learned to cheat it with clever (now rightfully despised) stratagems as the transparent pixel spacer (for indents and line-spacing), the abuse of tables for layout, “blink,” and more.

Whew! We should have a slightly belated 18th birthday party.

Bubbles, anyone? :D :D :D

terrie
12-15-2007, 02:23 PM
A belated Happy Birthday to us!!!

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Terrie

Mike
12-16-2007, 01:37 AM
Wow. happy birthday to us all.

It's a bottle of Cava tonight! (I bought some earlier this week at 3 bottles for £10 and couldn't resist.)

ktinkel
12-16-2007, 05:53 AM
Wow. happy birthday to us all.

It's a bottle of Cava tonight! (I bought some earlier this week at 3 bottles for £10 and couldn't resist.)Oh good — hope it was enjoyable.

iamback
12-16-2007, 07:57 AM
The DTP Forum began on CompuServe on December 12, 1989. (...)

Whew! We should have a slightly belated 18th birthday party.

Bubbles, anyone? :D :D :D
Wow - congratulations all around. I'll stick to beer bubbles, if you don't mind - proost!

ktinkel
12-16-2007, 08:19 AM
Wow - congratulations all around. I'll stick to beer bubbles, if you don't mind - proost!Why not? Beer bubbles are as good as any other! Chin chin!

don Arnoldy
12-16-2007, 10:24 AM
The DTP Forum began on CompuServe on December 12, 1989. We should have a slightly belated 18th birthday party.Eighteen!! Does this mean we are now an adult forum?

--don

Steve Rindsberg
12-16-2007, 12:06 PM
I'm wish [hic] *with* you. Kampai.

ktinkel
12-16-2007, 12:29 PM
Eighteen!! Does this mean we are now an adult forum?Well, I dunno. See any signs of it? <g>

Maybe when we are 21 . . .

ElyseC
12-19-2007, 07:58 PM
Why not? Beer bubbles are as good as any other! Chin chin!Ditto those of hard cider! Cheers!