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Infographic: A Visual History of Design Tools

Infographic: A Visual History of Design Tools

This infographic displays the progression of graphic design tools, on a timeline covering the last 27 years. Starting with MacPaint in 1984, passing by now obsolete applications such as Macromedia Freehand, xRes, and Adobe Pagemaker and ending up with some of the new kids on the block including Pixelmator, ArtRage and iDraw for the iPad. It is a great, visual way to see how long some of these applications have been in development, especially in relation to their competitors and milestones on the timeline. You might even have a little shock when you realize which tool is the longest running on the timeline.

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    Mikko

    Mikko

    Fireworks has invalid year number (1990), altho the position in timeline is correct (1998).

    Aug 13, 2011 at 5:30 am
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    Tony Thomas

    Tony Thomas

    Thanks Mikko, that’s fixed now

    Aug 14, 2011 at 7:56 am
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    Rochdale Web Design

    Rochdale Web Design

    Thats an awesome graphic, great to see how we have proceeded over the past years!
    Thanks

    Sep 16, 2011 at 8:09 pm
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    Kayo

    Kayo

    Gosh, I wish I would have had that infromiaotn earlier!

    Sep 17, 2011 at 11:02 pm
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    Vancouver photobooth

    Vancouver photobooth

    There was so so many great design tools that have been offered over so many years.There has been so many great uses for them. The technology has definitely gotten better since then.

    May 14, 2013 at 3:49 pm
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    bowen

    bowen

    I am always searching online for articles that can help me.

    Jul 8, 2013 at 2:51 am

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