HP DraftMaster I
roger.holmes at microspot.co.uk
Thu Aug 30 14:20:25 CDT 2007
> From: Fred Cisin <cisin at xenosoft.com>
>> Which port are you using, serial or parallel?
> With a Draftmaster I?
No, you got me. My mind had strayed forward to the HP DesignJets
(large format ink jet printers) where a higher data rate was very
useful, and back to several other manufacturers such as Watanabe
(Graphtec) and a whole host of others. For some reason HP stuck with
serial and HP-IB. I can't remember which was their first parallel
plotter, maybe the electrostatic model (HP7500?) which could emulate
a pen plotter using HP/GL or take semi vector data plus raster fills
using HP-GL/2 and proper raster with RTL as well I think. Now that
must be a rare animal now, and probably difficult to get consumables
for. At least it never dropped ink on the floor, we still have big
patches of yellow and magenta on the carpet in the office which
leaked out from another electrostatic we borrowed to write a driver
for. Very clever engineering which cut paper off a roll, wrapped it
around a big drum, plotted the four colour passes and ejected the
paper. It just got bored if you didn't use it for a few weeks and got
incontinent. Can't remember the name.
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