In many ways Illustrator’s release was a gamble: the Macintosh did not have high market share, the only printer that could output Illustrator documents was Apple’s own LaserWriter (also very new and expensive), and the drawing paradigm of B?zier curves was novel to the mainstream user. Not only did the Macintosh show only monochrome graphics, but display options were basically limited to its built-in 9″ monitor. Illustrator helped drive the development of larger monitors for the Macintosh.’

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