31832Re: anyone seen this old computer?
- Jul 31, 2013The first Apple II (1977 release) was done twice, first manually by a sub-contractor that apparently wasn't very good and then done over digitally. I think I heard that Jobs didn't like the artwork originally provided by the subcontractor. It could have been someone else or a team decision (more likely) to do it over. The do over cost Apple several months of time in digitizing the hand done artwork.
I presume the final artwork was printed on a plotter from digital files. Whatever process they used, it supported diagonal lines.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Jeff Jonas" <jeff_s_jonas@...> wrote:
> > > Those boards are a work of art. Look at those layouts!
> > Yes, gorgeous. Those are hand-taped boards
> > designed by someone who cared.
> I was disappointed by the book "the art of the engineer"
> because it didn't have things
> I considered the human touch in machinery,
> such as decorative spokes inside wheels and gears.
> Even lab equipment had style with decorated panels
> (kinda like border decorations)
> and meters with simple yet elegant pointers
> that were probably inspired by clock hands.
> As to PC board layout, I remember a fellow
> at a drafting table using red/blue for a 2 sided board
> with photo separation for the 2 sides.
> I have a few scraps of "rubylith": a peel-off
> red plastic that was used for PC board design.
> It was cut by hand (X-acto knife, compass with blade)
> or by a plotter with a cutter
> (similar to the hobby/craft decal cutters).
> PC board layout software of the 80s to 90s
> was really horrible and looked it.
> Only horizontal or vertical traces,
> and later 45 degree, but no concept of curves.
> Those PC boards are an eyesore :-(
> Even chip design in the 80s required HUGE color plots
> for manual review.
> -- jeffj
- << Previous post in topic Next post in topic >>