Jobs’ commitment to personal computers’ graphical interface, mouse and WYSIWYG, or “What You See Is What You Get,” changed all our lives forever. Many of you can surely remember the early Internet, when only numbers and letters were transmitted from computer to a remote machine.
These developments changed dissemination of news forever, and those of us in the newspaper industry are acutely aware of Jobs’ influence.
Before Jobs and Apple computer, typesetting was accomplished by phototypesetters, hulking machines that cost $50,000 to $125,000 and suffered frequent breakdowns — requiring repairs that were likely to cost more than the purchase-price of a high-end desktop computer.
Reporters used typewriters to compose their articles, often typing them up several times in their entirety for a final draft.
When Denton Publications armed their employees with Apple computers — we were “early adopters” — our reporters and editors gained speed and creativity, as well as pursuing higher standards in our work. Those costly and unreliable phototypesetters were scrapped.
The Apple computers gave us remarkable capability to readily compete with the corporate giants in getting vital news out to the public on a timely basis.
Jobs’ innovation of a graphical interface, combined with the Internet a decade or so later, prompted a seismic shift in publishing, as people began obtaining news faster and more conveniently via the Internet.
A new generation has increasingly adopted this digital conduit as more convenient and satisfying.
We at Denton Publications embraced this trend early on — about a decade ago — delivering community news on an array of websites, when many other newspapers were depending solely on newsprint. Since then, we have continued our commitment to digital news delivery by continually enhancing our online offerings.
Also, we have the most advanced digital pre-press composition equipment that can deliver the highest-fidelity printed products — also an indirect result of Jobs’ remarkable vision.
We at Denton Publications are thankful for Steve Jobs’ incredible talent and imagination. Although he has passed on, his remarkable contributions to society — which are bringing us all closer together — live on through the innovations he left behind.
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