[rescue] Any interest in an ImageWriter I?

John Francini francini at mac.com
Sun Apr 8 23:14:46 CDT 2007

At one point I had an HP 7475A 6-color pen plotter.  Wrote some 
software in FORTRAN using GKS to do homebrew pie-chart and bar-chart 
plotting.  At first it took forever, because my algorithm for drawing 
was based on what you could do on a CRT, so the thing was forever 
switching pens.  Ended up having it 'sort' all the colors together, 
so that it did everything it needed to in a given color before moving 
on to the next.

This was in the mid-80s, on a MicroVAX I.

Plotters are fun to watch, though.  Especially bigger ones.


At 3:46 +0000 4/9/07, wa2egp at att.net wrote:
>-------------- Original message ----------------------
>From: Kevin <kevin at pipeline.com>
>>  Just curious to see if any are still out there in workable condition.  That
>>  was the one thing i truly coveted in the mid 80s. 
>>  /KRM
>I have one that I got from somewhere with a buttload of pens.  I also got an
>ATT&T one (?) which also works quite nicely.  There's something about a
>plotter that impresses me more than a printer.  They're also fun to watch.
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John Francini, francini at mac.com

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