The ImageWriter was a main staple of printing
from the Macintosh for a long time. Classic Macs
need a classic printer to accompany them. With
an Apple ImageWriter printer attached to your
Macintosh, you can get printed copies of your
work. With most computers ( in1984) what you see
on the screen and what you get from the printer
look very different. With Macintosh, what you
see is what you get. MacWrite produced exactly
this, while Microsoft Word did not (it bent the
rules a bit). It's ideal for printing on continuous-feed
paper, such as payroll checks or preprinted forms.
The ImageWriter II color printing
feature requires an ImageWriter
II Color Ribbon and color-compatible software
(Canvas and SuperPaint for instance). When the
ImageWriter was introduced it cost $545, the ImageWriter
II was introduced at a cost of $595.
The ImageWriter II is designed to use track paper that is fed through a slit on the back. It has the ability to feed regular sheets of paper, but this requires a special feeder attachment called an ImageWriter II SheetFeeder. Regular paper can be used without the SheetFeeder, but must be feed in one at a time. The ImageWriter II can also be used to print labels and envelopes.
Although the ImageWriter II is no longer being
produced, millions of them were made and are still
a common sight in schools. It is not uncommon
to see an iMac equipped with ethernet operating
next to a classic Mac with an ImageWriter II.
Some ImageWriter IIs have been in continuous service
for 15 years. These machines were built to last
a very long time.
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