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Harvard Graphics

 

Harvard Graphics

6 disk set of Harvard Graphics version 2.10

Harvard Graphics was a pioneering presentation program developed for DOS and Microsoft Windows by Software Publishing Corporation (SPC). Harvard Graphics, Inc. released the first version in 1986 as Harvard Presentation Graphics.

Contents

  • History 1
  • Harvard Graphics' Demise 2
  • Sources 3
  • External links 4

History

Harvard Graphics was one of the first desktop business application software programs that allowed users to incorporate text, information graphics, and charts into custom slideshow presentations. The original version could import data from Lotus 1-2-3 or Lotus Symphony, charts created in Symphony or PFS Graph, and ASCII text. It could export text and graphics to Computer Graphics Metafile and to pfs:Write, also manufactured by SPC.[1] Its use of vector graphics produced mixed results on the CGA and EGA displays common at the time, but output was usually sent to a slide printer or a color plotter.[2]

"Presentation" was dropped from the name for the second release, which came in 1987, developed by Mario Chaves, Carl Hu, Lenore Kirvay, and Dana Tom. Harvard Graphics 2.0 added the ability to import the latest Lotus 1-2-3 spreadsheet data before generating graphics, as well as drawing and annotations for graphs.[3] Version 3.0 was not released until 1991, offering improved editing functions, but its graphics and export capabilities were being outperformed by competitors like Aldus Persuasion and Lotus Freelance.[4]

Harvard Graphics' Demise

The market leader through the late 1980s, Harvard Graphics struggled as the market shifted to Microsoft Windows. SPC released a version for Microsoft Windows 3.0 in 1991, but its market share never approached the 70% it had commanded in the DOS market;[5] the Windows market came to be dominated by Microsoft PowerPoint and then the bundle of Powerpoint into Microsoft Office. In 1996, Serif purchased exclusive marketing rights to the product line of Harvard Graphics, Inc., and assumed product support responsibilities.

Sources

  1. ^ Rufener, Sharon L. (May 26, 1986), "Harvard Graphics Is Easy to Learn and Use", InfoWorld: 47–48 
  2. ^ Harvard Graphics: Our Company, retrieved 2010-01-18 
  3. ^ Miller, Michael J. (August 3, 1987), "Harvard Graphics 2.0:Simplicity Veils Powerful Program", InfoWorld: 47 
  4. ^ Fridlund, Alan (July 8, 1991), "Version 3.0 of Harvard Graphics improves drawing, color features", InfoWorld: 72 
  5. ^ Gibbons, Fred (August 9, 1993), "SPC's Gibbons: High-end Harvard Should Stand Alone", InfoWorld: 86 

External links

  • Official website of Harvard Graphics, Inc
  • Official website of Serif (Europe) Ltd
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