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Quartz

The final piece of Apple's imaging framework is Quartz. Announced only a year before Mac OS X's final release (a year is not a long time in the development of an operating system), Quartz provides a graphics model unlike anything seen before—with the possible exception of the NeXT computer.

In all previous versions of the Mac operating system, the graphics toolbox was called QuickDraw. QuickDraw was composed of a large number of routines for drawing and manipulating graphics primitives. Over the years, QuickDraw expanded to include new technologies such as color, but for the most part, it stayed the same. Windows computers quickly caught up with the Macintosh and offered programmers features similar to the QuickDraw toolbox. When Apple created Mac OS X, it decided to go all the way and create an entirely new imaging model that was far more advanced than the competition.


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