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Old 12-12-2009, 01:31 PM   #1
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Default Happy [20th] birthday to us!

December 12, 2009 marks our 20th anniversary. Thom Hartmann, Brad Walrod, and another bunch of us launched the forum on CompuServe in 1989. I am pretty sure we were the first on-line DTP group.

We are trying to find old members and persuade them to drop by so we can reminisce about old days like a bunch of old codgers.

The “wars”: PageMaker v Quark (which morphed into Quark v InDesign); Adobe PostScript fonts v Apple/Microsoft TrueType; fonts in general; Mac v Windows, especially after Windows 3 and its bundled TT fonts. There were tussles involving Ready, Set, Go! and Ventura Publisher (both of them good software hampered by lousy karma).

Fontographer and other font editors, leading up to FontLab, then scads of font-modification tools. Font formats: Type 3 (rather quickly dispatched), Type 1; TrueType; now OpenType; with web fonts looming.

We also noted (lived through) the development of desktop scanners (remember when scanning in color required three passes, with filters)? The ascendancy of Adobe in general, and Photoshop in particular? The confusing genesis of Acrobat (which began life as Carousel, until Kodak objected, in defense of its slide holder). And much more.

Through it all we had fantastic members and generally very good times. We (and much of CompuServe) were the preserve of high-tech knowledge, no matter how rapidly it evolved.

What’s your DTP Forum story?

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