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Chapter 6. Printing > QuickDraw: Type and Graphics Unite! (BW)

QuickDraw: Type and Graphics Unite! (BW)

Macintosh was the first computer to make it easy and affordable to mix type and graphics onscreen. It did this through system software known as QuickDraw. QuickDraw is actually a computer language that “draws” to the Mac screen, although as you'll see a little later, it can also draw to a printer. In addition to plain ol' QuickDraw, you may hear about QuickDraw 3D, designed to quickly draw three-dimensional scenes onscreen, and QuickTime VR (Virtual Reality), designed to draw interactive panoramic pictures onscreen. In this chapter we'll stick to plain ol' QuickDraw.

The important thing about QuickDraw is that it works as a standard way to get things onscreen. The Mac OS and your applications—word processing, database, graphics, whatever—all use QuickDraw to write to the screen. Things were different in the IBM PC world at the time the Mac made its debut. Most applications—especially graphics—wrote to the screen in their own proprietary manner. And fonts were written to the screen one way and graphics another, so it was tough to get both united on a page. WYSIWYG wasn't even dreamed of on the typical PC desktop. QuickDraw made WYSIWYG a reality.


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