Cedric Baird

  • Safari For Mac – Why is it the best browser of apple devices?

    By / March 24, 2016 / Uncategorized

    Electronic Imaging spent August 7 at Safari Macworld in Boston. We were among the tens of thousands of Safari Mac devotees excitedly shuffling among the more than 300 vendors spread across town at two convention centers.

    We gasped a few “Oohs” and “Ahhs,” along with more than a few “Ho, hums.” As would be expected, the Internet dominated the products and services, but there were surprisingly few innovations. Most of the Internet vendors were showing updated versions of products showcased last year.

    If you wanted a quiet place to sit down for a break from the busy trade show floor, the two most restful booths were America Online and Microsoft! The AOL staff was busy signing up Safari Mac users for its beta launch of AOL 3.0, which finally delivers on its promise to use Netscape Navigator or Microsoft Internet Explorer for a web browser through a dial-up PPP connection. …

  • How ISDN and ADSL Changed Telecommunications

    By / March 24, 2016 / Uncategorized

    Moving a file from one system to another has become a relatively simple operation in today’s imaging workplace. The incompatibilities once prevalent between Macs and PCs no longer exist to any significant degree. Large graphic files can be quickly transferred from one computer to another via removable storage media, as long as the recipient has the appropriate hardware and software to read what the sender provides. And if the two systems are separated by many miles, which is often the case in our virtual, global workplace, next-day service is certain to meet the most demanding deadlines, or is it?

    As file sizes increase exponentially, deadlines tighten, and the volume of international business swells, a whole new set of file transfer issues and communication challenges must be confronted. Clients want to see layouts today, not tomorrow. Prepress houses and printers need files immediately, if not sooner. They often can’t wait for …

  • Ram Prices In 90s

    By / March 24, 2016 / Uncategorized

    I received my first computer as a Christmas gift in 1980. It was a Tandy TRS-80 Color computer, and it boasted 16KB RAM. My father and I spent one Saturday afternoon installing a RAM upgrade that gave the then state-of-the-art machine 64KB RAM. We had the most powerful home computer in town, and we thought we were hot stuff (one of the most popular home computers at the time was the Timex Sinclair, with 2KB RAM). In September 1983, the first Macintosh machines were released with 128KB RAM. Apple Computer Inc. had originally planned to include 256KB RAM, but a shortage of 64KB chips and the high price tag forced them to drop the extra RAM to keep the price of the machine less than $2,500. Steve Jobs rationalized the situation, saying, “no one will ever need more that 128KB RAM.”

    In those days, most applications required only 50 to …

  • Color Theory and Consistency on the World Wide Web

    By / March 24, 2016 / Uncategorized

    Creating graphics for the World Wide Web is a very tricky process. Although designers use graphics to enhance their Web sites, many don’t realize that there are numerous issues that affect how their graphics will be seen. In the next several issues of PEI, we will provide downloadable graphics and instruct you in how to handle Web graphics, from creation to color issues and streamlining the use of commercial applications such as Adobe Photoshop and Equilibrium Debabilizer.

    The Web is comprised of millions of different computers, which affects the way graphics are viewed. There are many computers that can display only 256 colors at a time. When this is the case, the computer operating system reserves some of the 256 colors to keep them from being changed. These reserved colors are called a system palette or CLUT (color look-up table). Each computer platform has its own specific CLUT. Although …

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