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Chapter 1. Meet Illustrator 10 > Where Illustrator Fits In

Where Illustrator Fits In

Illustrator is important because its creation set current events in motion. Prior to Illustrator—back in the mid-1980s, when the world was learning to pronounce Mikhail Gorbachev and Scritti Politti—Adobe was a small company that had invented the PostScript printing language. PostScript revolutionized the world of typesetting and jump-started the career of at least one computer book author, but it didn't exactly make Adobe a household word (except in New Mexico, where adobe houses are quite common).

The problem with PostScript was its inaccessibility. In theory, PostScript let you design incredibly ornate, twisty-curvy lines and fill them with any of several million color options. But unless you wanted to resort to PostScript programming—the equivalent of instructing a friend to draw an object by reciting numerical coordinates over the phone—your options were limited to text surrounded by a few straight lines and rectangles.


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