Originally Posted by j234k
Yeah, in addition to the Adobe/Apple spat, there are more similarities as well. Like the fact that a lot of the technologies in iPhone and iPad didn't come originally from Apple, but from Xerox, Palm, and others. And like Jobs taking technologies developed elsewhere and claiming that it is Apple innovation. And the fact that Apple is trying to use lawsuits to prevent other companies from using touch interfaces through lawsuits, just like they tried to keep other companies from using GUIs through lawsuits in the 1980's. And let's not forget what happened with Apple's own font technologies: they were just as bad and threatening towards others as Adobe was towards them.
It is an old canard that Apple "stole" technology from Xerox PARC. Steve Jobs visited PARC and immediately realized the commercial potential of the technology, which Xerox did not. Xerox and Apple came to licensing terms for the technology, which if memory serves was $ 1 million, which was a lot of money at the time considering the size of the market. Even if it was underpriced, that was Xerox's fault, not Apple's. Xerox saw a windfall for technology that they never planned to commercialize.
So while it's accurate that Apple did not invent the GUI, they recognized its importance, refined the concept and licensed it ethically.
And in 1984, when the Mac premiered with that GUI, it was laughed at by most of the industry. The attitude of programmers and developers was that "real men use command line interfaces" and Apple's competitors said it was a "toy". Almost no one recognized how important GUI interfaces would be. And when Microsoft finally recognized that they were important, their Windows 3.1 was a joke as compared to the Mac.
The reason why the font business was a disaster was because users, in essence, stole fonts. (A precursor to the stealing of MP3 music files.) Everything else, including different font formats, TrueType, PostScript, etc., was just a side show. That's why today, you have to dig pretty deep into Adobe's website to find anything about fonts. And in the case of fonts, since Apple doesn't sell them, but simply includes them with the OS, Apple was simply serving its users. Adobe didn't want to kill the "golden goose", but one of the reasons a LaserPrinter was $3000 was because of the licensing of Postscript. Would you be willing to pay $3K for a printer today? And that doesn't even include inflation.