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This 1980s Programming Language Sparked a Revolution. Now You Can Check Out the Source Code

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Exterior of the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA.

Adobe shipped the first release of PostScript in 1984, two years after the company was founded.

Credit: Computer History Museum

Adobe has granted permission to the Computer History Museum (CHM) to release the source code for an early version of its PostScript programming language, first released in 1984 and a predecessor of Adobe's Portable Document Format (PDF).

CHM said, "PostScript and the Adobe Type Library revolutionized printing and publishing, and kickstarted the explosive growth of desktop publishing starting in the 1980s."

CHM's David C. Brock said the vision of Adobe co-founders Chuck Geschke and John Warnock was that "any computer could connect with printers and typesetters via a common language to print words and images at the highest fidelity."

Added Brock, "By treating everything to be printed the same, in a common mathematical description, PostScript granted abilities offered nowhere else. Text and images could be scaled, rotated, and moved at will."

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