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Preliminary Practical Primer to QuickDraw GX, Part I

QuickDraw GX had a great deal of advance press, which isn't surprising given that it was originally supposed to ship with the first release of System 7 three years agoShow full article

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Preliminary Practical Primer to QuickDraw GX, Part II

What a week! The more I learn about GX, the less it turns out that I (or other people) know. I had hoped to explain GX fonts this week, but I'm holding off for next week in hopes of presenting more complete informationShow full article

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Preliminary Practical Primer to QuickDraw GX, Part III

This article is the third and last in the TidBITS QuickDraw GX mini-series. This part introduces QuickDraw GX fonts, pointing out amazing features and potential problems. If you've owned a Mac forever, you probably remember the old-style font world of bitmapped fonts, downloadable PostScript fonts, and (toward the end of the 80s) DeskWriter fontsShow full article

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