Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 24th Apr 2014 19:19 UTC
Amiga & AROS

Via Ars Technica.

A multi-institutional team of new-media artists, computer experts, and museum professionals have discovered a dozen previously unknown experiments by Andy Warhol (BFA, 1949) on aging floppy disks from 1985.


Warhol's Amiga experiments were the products of a commission by Commodore International to demonstrate the graphic arts capabilities of the Amiga 1000 personal computer. Created by Warhol on prototype Amiga hardware in his unmistakable visual style, the recovered images reveal an early exploration of the visual potential of software imaging tools, and show new ways in which the preeminent American artist of the 20th century was years ahead of his time.

Great to have this stuff preserved properly now. At the time, the Amiga was so ahead of the competition that most people didn't really understand what they were looking at. It took the competition - Apple, Microsoft - a decade, or even longer, to catch up. Andy Warhol demonstrated this huge technical lead by creating these works of art on the Amiga in 1985.

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RE: Memories
by tupp on Mon 28th Apr 2014 04:18 UTC in reply to "Memories"
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The Mac was not the first GUI DTP machine... not by a long shot.

Here is a video demo of Intran's Metaform software for the Three Rivers Perq machine:

This video was released in 1983-1984. So, Intran obviously already had an advanced GUI and WYSIWYG DTP package when the first primitive Mac was barely out the door. Note that the video's accompanying text (from the DigiBarn Computer Museum) says that Metaform was launched before Apple's Lisa and Mac computers.

Heck, the Perq was first released in late 1979 -- four years before the first Apple GUI machine!

Sorry fanboys, but the actual truth is that there were several other advanced GUI/graphics players before Apple.

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