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I am fascinated by this Apple II based typesetting system from the early-to-mid-1980s. Competing systems were using 8" drives and workstation like configurations, although <10 years before used paper tape. Looking for more info. #retrocomputing

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I recall that the going printer set-up on any machine involved a serial port to a line printer, config of which you needed to set up on the computer...and there were two different early ASCII standards: 7 bit and 8 bit. Commodore got famous for using the 7 bit set but it wasn't the only one. And there was the then-proprietary IBM EBCDIC.
Right but this is for a professional typesetting system. I'm not sure how it did the batch/send to the typesetter. But I'm interested to learn more about this system 😀
Well, the state of the art at that time there was no such thing as batch/send to any typesetter or printer, either way. You just sent data to the machine you’re attached to and it’s the end machine that does the rest…UNLESS you’re talking about the IBM mainframes, which DID have what’s called a job spooler as a Virtual Machine (yep, that's how old VM is). That was IBM proprietary at the time, tho, and that was passed to IBM-offspring Microsoft systems, not Apple or Unix or etc.
Well, the state of the art at that time there was no such thing as batch/send to any typesetter or printer, either way. You just sent data to the machine you're attached to and it's the end machine that does the rest...UNLESS you're talking about the IBM, which DID have what's called a job spooler as a Virtual Machine. That was IBM proprietary at the time, tho.
I lament the asymmetric layout so common of the time. What I would have really loved would have been turning it on the side, so you had a portrait monitor with the mobo along the left side and a single horizontal floppy at the bottom.

Even without interlacing, using a 6x8 pixel font would give you a 40x40 character display. Not too shabby, but the font isn't the greatest.

With a long persistence monitor and a non-traditional 2:5 interlace timing, you could have a 80x80 character display with 12x8 pixel font (very tall aspect ratio pixels).