A Historical Analysis and Comparative Classification of the use of Computers in the Typographic Industry

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Thesis - Open Access

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Master of Science (MS)


Printing and Journalism


Although developments of the past several decades confirm a revolutionary expansion of graphic arts technology, the printing industry has traditionally been known for its lack of technological progress. It is frequently stated that printing techniques, until recently, were considered to be approximately 50 years behind other industries with regard to technological advancement. Such conditions were particularly true in the area of typesetting. To witness the unprogressive implements being used, all one had to do was visit a typica1 composing room entangled with the awkward mechanisms of conventional Linotypes, Intertypes, and other similar typesetting devices. Such composing systems are steadily becoming productively obsolete in various areas of the graphic arts. In an effort to meet contemporary production demands, manufacturers of typesetting equipment have been producing new and improved slug-casting machines capable of meeting requirements for a higher level of performance. However, the basic format, structure, and principle of most bot-metal composing units are similar to the original typecasters introduced to industry during the early years of this century. (see more in text)

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Computerized typesetting




South Dakota State University

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