1985: Aldus PageMaker was the one for me. I used it for the first time on a Mac (of course) at my college newspaper in 1986 and I've been a Mac addict ever since. I guess that was my first Mac Minute. <br><br>
Kewl! I cut my Mac teeth on MacWrite, MacPaint, and Aldus PageMaker back in '85! I remember when a sales rep from Quark visited the agency I was working at in '87, and oh how we snickered at that app. PM was GOD! <br><br>And I also remember when an Adobe rep visited my shop in NYC in '99, trying to persuade our studio to try InDesign. He left about 50 discs so the whole creative dept could try it out. Man was that first version a dog!<br><br>Times do change, eh? <br><br>
Back in 85 I took a class on "information processing" using PCs and WordStar. It was very powerful but had such a strange interface. The instructor was a friend of mine and I was the only male in the class. <br><br>One class period I took my Apple Iic to class to show the "girls" how different machines work. I showed them Apple works. I thought it pretty powerful also. I think I was one of the few people in the nation to actually legally own a version.<br><br>But when I got my Mac, I was took a class uisng PageMaker. Wow. that was an Ap. I used it up until I went ot OSX and Adobe didn't upgrade it. I really miss it. I use InDesign but I don't have the need as I did all those years preparing for my Classes.<br><br>I would certainly agree with Photoshop. The Beta version out last week finall has improved some of the features so they are <br><br>
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I'm a bit surprised MacDraft 1.0 didn't make it. For scientific publications making circles and arrows with text was amazing in 1985 on MacDraft. Amazing compared to using a Rapidograph pen the year before or those rub on letters.<br><br>MacPaint wasn't even close.<br><br><br><br><br>
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<OL><B>"Amazing compared to using a Rapidograph pen the year before or those rub on letters."</B></OL>Yeah, but out of all the old-school tools, Rapidographs and sheet after sheet of Letraset rub-ons still occupy a sweet spot for me. I always wanted to get custom sheets of Letrasets done, like with my logo or something. I had no practical use that would have justified the cost. I just <B><I>wanted</B></I> to have them. <br><br>
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<OL><B>"Man I hated cleaning Rapidograph pens. "</B></OL>Dunno why I never bought one of those ultrasonic jewelry cleaners just for that purpose. I was forever bending those little 3×0 needles.<br><br>
I only see 4 killer apps on that list. The rest were unique at their time, but they really didn't "create" an industry, or change the world, so to speak.<br><br>The four on the list I think DID do those things:<br>MS Excel: Nothing else has even come close to matching it.<br>Aldus Pagemaker: It reinvented the design & print industry.<br>Adobe Photoshop: I don't really need to explain that, right?<br>Netscape Navigator: Actually, it was called Mosaic when it was released, but it brought us the WWW.<br><br>The rest of those apps are/were niche applications who's impact was either a non-issue, or only impacted a very small group of people - the only possible exception being Windows 3.0 which impacted a huge group of people but brought not a single thing innovative or useful.<br><br>CreativeGuy for daily tips, tricks and commentary on all things graphic design.
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Rapidographs, Letraset, Rubylith and Amberlith (remember overlays and register mark tape?). Rubber Cement or hot wax. T-squares, straight edges, Xacto blades. And AdMarkers. Gawd, you could get so high on marker fumes! And let's not forget stat cameras and the lucy. Readers and galleys. And the life blood of the graphic arts/ad agency universe — messengers!<br><br>Were those the days or WHAT? <br><br>
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