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The Story of How Photoshop Was First ‘Barneyscan XP'

Posted On: May 25, 2018   |   Posted By: Peta Pixel

The Story of How Photoshop Was First ‘Barneyscan XP'

Did you know that before it became the most dominant photo editing program on Earth, Photoshop was first sold as “Barneyscan XP”?
After creating their original program, brothers John and Thomas Knoll began looking for investors and customers. The first company to bite wasn't Adobe, but rather a Berkeley, California-based company called Barneyscan, which created and sold the first high-quality 24-bit desktop color scanner.
Barneyscan was having trouble attracting buyers because photographers couldn't do much with the photos digitized with the scanner.
“Though the scanner arrived on the market in late 1988... there was little interest in our product,” wrote Barneyscan co-founder Steve Schaffran in 2010 at TDI. “Since there was no good software to do anything with the pictures, we created problems for people. Even displaying them in full resolution was impossible for most.
“Why pay $10,000 to scan 35mm slides if the only thing you could do is look at one quarter of a 1.5 megapixel image on your 0.3 megapixel...

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