Thankfully, there are no laws requiring this arrangement. The
NeXT Computer System presented an opportunity to re-examine what computers
have come to, and where they should be going. It's the first
computer to offer a unified system for generating both on-screen and
printed images: the Display PostScript system.
This imaging system brings to the NeXT Computer all the advantages of
the PostScript standard. It allows the merging of text and graphics
onto a single page. It provides access to literally hundreds of
fonts from the Adobe type library, including classical and contemporary,
foreign languages, scientific symbols and musical notation.
It also makes possible the link between the link NeXT Computer and
professional typesetting machines based on the PostScript language, such
as those from Linotype, which are capable of achieving 2400 dots per inch
Because NeXT's on-screen image is generated by Display PostScript, you
can enjoy many of the benefits of PostScript immediately, instead of
having to wait until you seem them in print. Whatever font, type
size, degree of rotation or magnification - your work is always displayed
With the screen data already in PostScript form, producing laser output
becomes a much simpler process. The NeXT Computer just re-images the
screen data to match the printer's resolution and sends it along.
Having eliminated the redundant computing hardware, the NeXT Laser Printer
is available at a price that actually qualifies it as a personal printer.
At the same time, it raises the quality of laser printing to 400 dots
per inch, compared to the industry-standard 300. That's an
improvement in overall resolution of more than 75% (160,000 dots per
square inch vs. 90,000). The NeXT Laser Printer is also capable of
300 dpi quality, only now you can think of it as draft mode.
There are other features to make printing more efficient, as
well. The paper tray is adjustable to accommodate a variety of paper
and envelope sizes. And a straight paper path lowers the risk of
paper jams associated with more circuitous routes.
The NeXT Computer System is designed to be exactly that - a complete
system. Placing a printer of such quality on your desktop means an
end to having to walk down the hall to retrieve documents from a shared
printer. Or wasting time in line as others print before you.
Now laser printing is economically feasible for the individual, and at
a higher quality than has ever been possible. This is the future of