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Apple combines Quartz, QuickTime and OpenGL—three of the most powerful graphics technologies out there—to take the Mac’s graphics capabilities beyond anything you’ve ever seen on a desktop operating system.
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It takes the hottest technologies to make the coolest graphics. And together with its ease of use and strong aesthetic appeal, the Mac platform’s stellar graphics capabilities have made it the choice of people who sign their work—like designers, art directors and film makers—around the world. Now creative professionals can rejoice: the personal computer enters the Quartz age with Mac OS X. Based on the Internet-standard PDF (portable document format), the powerful new 2D graphics system called Quartz delivers on-the-fly rendering, anti-aliasing and compositing of PostScript graphics with pristine quality. Thanks to Quartz, graphic elements that were sharp before will now be dramatically sharper—even when you greatly increase their size.

QTSee a QuickTime movie of the Quartz PDF Generator in action.

You can see the power of Quartz in the Mac OS X Aqua interface itself. Taking full advantage of Quartz’s powerful compositing engine, Aqua creates translucent controls and menus, and gives the system visual depth with drop shadows around the edges of windows.

Plus, we’ve built in support for PDF, enabling you to embed and manipulate PDF data (and even Save to PDF) with any Mac OS X application. So you can easily create Quartz-enhanced, graphic-rich documents that you can share with anyone. And since this capability is available to all Mac OS X applications, Macintosh developers have a whole new palette of creative tools.

Ratcheting Performance
Apple has paid close attention to the serious business of having fun: we’ve integrated OpenGL—the blistering hot 3D technology used by games like Quake 3 Arena from id Software, Madden 2000 from Electronic Arts and Star Wars Racer from LucasArts Learning—into Mac OS X. And the state-of-the-art plumbing in Darwin actually ratchets up OpenGL’s performance to a whole new level on Mac OS X, making it the ultimate PC platform for 3D games and graphics.

And of course Mac OS X includes QuickTime technology, the Internet standard for multimedia and the engine that powers iMovie and Final Cut Pro, Apple’s cutting edge digital video editing software. QuickTime lets you watch live streaming online events, play your favorite MP3 audio tracks, or create your own home videos. Mac OS X applications can embed any kind of audio, video, or image data that QuickTime can handle—pretty much the whole spectrum of anything worth seeing, watching or hearing on the Internet—giving you the tools to create spellbinding documents.

Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) is the open de facto standard for electronic document distribution worldwide. PDF is a universal file format that preserves all of the fonts, formatting, colors, and graphics of any source document, regardless of the application and platform used to create it.

Through QuickTime (whose file format is the basis for the MPEG-4 standard) we support almost every image, sound and video data type available on the Internet.

QuickTime Player for MacOS X.

Since its introduction in 1992, OpenGL has become the industry’s most widely supported 2D and 3D graphics API.

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