Photos: Mac's early beginnings

Photos: Mac's early beginnings

Summary: Part 1--Early fonts, graphics: Historic Polaroids chart evolution of the user interface.


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  • From spring 1979, this photo shows the very first characters ever rendered on the actual Lisa display system, featuring the 720-by-360 resolution that remained constant all the way through to the shipping product. No Lisa existed yet; these were done on a wire wrapped prototype card for the Apple II. Note the variable-width characters.

    Captions adapted from Andy Hertzfeld's book "Revolution in the Valley."

  • This shot shows more proportional text, about the Lisa display system, rendered in a font designed by Atkinson.

    Captions adapted from Andy Hertzfeld's book "Revolution in the Valley."

  • These are the first graphics primitives Atkinson wrote for LisaGraf, which was eventually renamed QuickDraw.

Topics: Operating Systems, Hardware

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