Then another tool would take the formatted text and send it to a printer or phototypesetter
. Large-scale, comprehensive, interactive software packages did not appear in mainstream computing until the 1980s.
Dailies needed publishing systems, but a weekly ready to jettison a phototypesetter
that generated only galleys could cobble together PCs or Macintoshes, word-processing and page-makeup software, and laser printers.
At Sandia National Laboratories, the "times from the first request for information to installation were 25 months for the text-editing system and 48 months for the phototypesetter
" (Garner, Willis, and Ahr 1983, p.
(variable input phototypesetter
) permitted machines to be controlled by paper tape, modem transmission, or magnetic information contained on floppy disks.
Not wanting to teach archaic and antiquated methods, and remembering my director's comments, I bought a used computerized phototypesetter
(the district had no funds and this was a new course for the Orange County area).
In 1983, Typecraft was the first in the United Kingdom to develop pc- based (Commodore) software to drive a phototypesetter
. dps (Digital Publishing Systems) was licensed to sell dt's software in 1985.
Graphic elements and forms had to be tediously drawn in pen-and-ink, or composed on a phototypesetter
. Then, we had to cut and paste text and graphics together to manually assemble the finished pages."
The paperless society foreseen in science fiction never materialized, but plain paper laser typesetters are taking a bigger bite out of the phototypesetter
An 860 is used to transmit copy to a phototypesetter
in the company's print shop, where type is set without re-keying the copy.
A PDP 8 for each wire "was essentially doing that buffering," which accommodated the different speeds of the wire receiver and the editorial computer that fed a fast phototypesetter
, said Leon.
Dewar said his company had long offered newspapers a phototypesetter
translator, or "little black box," with software that converted one typesetter's coding to another's.
Also, the user can print text and graphics on virtually any type of microprocessor-based printing device, including laser electronic laser electronic printers, facsimile devices, phototypesetters