SV630 - Mac Interface for SV6500 Printer


Digital AV WS

The SV6500 printer was becoming a hot commodity. It had been discovered that you could transfer the printed thermal prints to ceramic coffee mugs. The printer had a Centronics parallel interface, so it was pretty easy to connect it to a PC and we had a bi-directional card and developer toolkit for the PC. I felt sales would be even better, if we created a Macintosh solution for printing to the printer. Only Macs, at the time, had decent color support for image editing. PC's were mostly monochrome, unless you added something like the $8000 TARGA board, which provided video capture and editing with special software. Connecting the printer to the Macintosh II would also require a bi-directional interface card. This would alllow users to to upload images that were captured in the video framestore of the printer, as well as being able to send an edited image back to printer.

Working with a local developer, I designed a Mac software program, called "SVPrinter" which gave you control over the printer and the ability to upload and save captured images to the computer. It also featued a reverse image feature, just for imprinting mugs. I suggested we market it as "The Only True Color Capture Board that gives you something the others don't, Hard Copy Output." This was the very first digital imaging app for the Mac, created by Kodak.


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