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A scanned image, showing off the Lisa's impressive resolution for the time. Atkinson scanned the picture using a modified fax machine. He was always tweaking the half-toning algorithm, which mapped gray scales into patterns of monochrome dots. Atkinson had made versions of these for the Apple II, which the company distributed on demo disks, but these higher-resolution Lisa versions were much more impressive.
Credit: Photos courtesy Bill Atkinson. Captions adapted from Andy Hertzfeld's book "Revolution in the Valley."
Time line: Three decades of Apple innovation The products, people and events that shaped the Mac maker.
Gallery 1: Early fonts, graphics Historic Polaroids chart evolution of the user interface.
Gallery 2: Radical shift Soft-key based UI becomes mouse/windows-based.
Gallery 3: Lisa desktop Creating double-click, menu bars and more.
Gallery 4: Sketching out the Mac Before MacPaint there was LisaGraf.
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