Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Happy Birthday, Photoshop! has a great story entitled 20 Years of Adobe Photoshop.

It is a mark of the ubiquitousness of this amazing piece of software that it has become a verb: "photoshopping" (as in digitally manipulating an image -- usually with the intent to decieve).

The Knolls brothers originally called their program Image Pro when they released in it 1988. After unsuccessfully pedaling it to both SuperMac and Aldus, they finally hit paydirt with Adobe Systems, a little company founded to market the page description language known as PostScript.

Version 1 was available only for the Mac. The first Windows version was 2.5. The first version I owned was version 3, which I got bundled with a scanner; it introduced layers. The rest, as they say, is history.

The story has lots of screenshots of early versions as well as video clips of interviews with the creators. Thanks to Slashdot for mentioning the story.



Dan Brekke said...

Photoshop is truly a part of the vernacular and of our world. Oddly, I've never owned a copy and have never used it. I keep thinking I should, but I can never quite scale the price wall (and I'm averse to using a ripped-off copy). Maybe someday.

Dr Ralph said...

For years I've tried the open source tool GIMP but while a noble effort, it's just not there. Maybe in the next release. On Windows, Paint.NET is an impressive open source alternative.