BarneyScanXP


BarneyScan 35mm Scanner

PhotoMac image editing software had shipped earlier in 1988, it offered a way to view 24bit images on the 8 bit monitors of the day. (24 bit displays were still in beta at that point). It used a technique called dithering to approximate more colors by mixing color dots. However, it still faced the 8mb limit for images. The PhotoMac software was incredibly slow to work with. Every edit would cause the screen to refresh and it would take a minute or so to do so. BarneyScanXP (v0.63a) offered a similar dithering technique, but it was lightning fast compared to PhotoMac. BarneyScanXP offered some cool new editing tools and supported "virtual memory". Virtual memory (Photoshop still uses to this day) allowed you to open up very large images, it would use the hard drive to store the image, when it ran out of RAM. This was exactly the image editing tool I'd been looking for to handle those "large" files for the printer

BarneyScanXP aslo supported what it called plug-ins, code that allowed BarneyScanXP to talk to scanners, cameras, printers, etc. directly. This would turn out to be a useful feature that Kodak would exploit with a number of products. BarneyScanXP was purchased by Adobe in late 1989 and renamed Adobe Photoshop.

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