Adobe Illustrator 1.1 software in a box with user's manual and a video training tape.

Illustrator helped the Macintosh cement its place as the computer of choice for the graphics industry by complementing the already unique painting and drawing tools MacPaint and MacDraw. This heralded the beginning of a movement away from drawing on paper to drawing on the computer.

Adobe Illustrator is a vector drawing program using Bézier curves, which stores images based on smooth lines, circles and arcs as mathematical descriptions, and which displays them as objects that can be edited to change size, shape and position. A line segment, whether curved or not, is saved not as a line, but as five numerical (vector) positions. Adobe Illustrator took a leap forward as a drawing program by adopting the use of Bézier curves. This gave greater precision than then existing programs such as MacDraw. Illustrator images were saved as PostScript files, which could be sent direct to a PostScript LaserWriter printer and stored on the printer during printing, freeing the computer on which the graphic was generated to continue its operations.

The object was used by the donor in his profession as a graphic artist. Around 1985, the donor 'fell in love with the Macintosh because it had black text on a white screen, not green or orange text on a black screen, and came with painting and drawing programs'.

Version 1.0 of Adobe Illustrator was released in 1987 and was followed later in 1987 by version 1.1.

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Physical Description

Box containing the following: This package contains Adobe Illustrator 1.0 user's manual, two 3.5 inch floppy disks (Disk 1, Program and Disk 2, Tutorial} and a video training tape ('Meet Adobe Illustrator'). The manual is for version 1.0; the Program disk is for version 1.1. The box and manuals have greenish covers with bluish spines.

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