Aesthedes graphic design workstation on eBay
legalize at xmission.com
Fri Oct 10 22:23:58 CDT 2008
OK, talked to the owner today. Apparently there was more in the
auction than was obvious from the ebay listing:
- 3 20" Barco monitors (PAL video format)
- Main cabinet (approx. 450 lbs with box steel frame)
- Operator's console/table (approx 50. lbs, with membrane keypad and tablet)
- Printer: possibly made by Kodak, about 2'x2' with stand, has color
resolution to 1/100"
- Scanner: unknown brand, a separate peripheral from the main unit
- Some sort of side piece for the unit, not shown in the photos on the
net, that is driven by either an XT or an Apple ][. I believe this
is some sort of console processor, but its unclear.
- Large external power supply assembly
- 3 totes full of manuals, etc.
The totes contain the contents of a 40 hr. training course that tells you
how to operate the unit from start to finish. Apparently the idea of
training 40 hours to run the thing put off the current owner so he
never turned it on. It was mothballed in the mid 90s and has been
kept in a good location, but moved around several times after being
The current owner told me a number of stories about this unit; I have not
verified any of them.
This particular system was used to create a large mail-order catalog
(~1000 pgs) in the 80s and 90s to allow for rapid turnaround on late
changing details in the catalog (product discontinued, price changed,
etc.). The system was the result of a cooperative design effort
between Apple, Kodak and Xerox to create the ultimate system for 2D
graphic design. It originally came with two large drum scanners (SciTek
brand), but since those were easily resold, they are not bundled with
the Aesthedes. Later, Apple put together a system for the same market
that addressed ~85% of the functionality of the Aesthedes for less
than 10% of the cost. However, some graphic designers claim that the
Aesthedes is still one of the best systems there is for graphic design.
Supposedly the "Peanuts" strip was rendered with this system at some point
(why, I don't know, it seems totally overkill!). The current owner
came by the system because the company that purchased it went out of
business and couldn't find a buyer for it. The current owner obtained
the system along with a bunch of other equipment in a package deal from
the company as it liquidated its assets.
I'm guessing this thing is going to need a bonafide wood crate for the
main unit at the very least. There's a Craters & Freighters in
Minneapolis, so I'm going to get a quote from them. I would not be
surprised if packing and freight shipping was in the 2-3K$ range,
hopefully it will be more on the 2 side and less on the 3 side.
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