Typesetting technology

 

 
The term "typesetting technique" includes in a broader sense:
- The manual type setting from around 1440 (invention of Gutenberg with the movable
   metal letters sorted in the type case; a lead-tin-antimony alloy)
- The machine type setting from around 1900 (sentence lines cast in lead (monotype /
   Linotype)
- Phototypesetting from around 1950 (copying individual characters with light
   through a template on photo material)
 
and finally
- The Phototypesetting by CRT from 1965, the technology invented by Hell, to complete
          and
   to expose newspaper pages (incl. pictures) fully electronically to photo material.

  

Dr. Hell used the expression "filmsetting", however, later the common wording changed
to "phototypesetting".
 
 
From lead typesetting to light typesetting
from „für uns alle" ; issue No. 24/ March 1974   ; German
 
 
The typesetting system developed by Hell consists of the input devices for capturing
text, symbols and layout, the typesetting computer, which sends all the data necessary
for the exposure of the film to the
 
        Heart of the Hell invention, the Digiset
 
(Exposure with CRT picture tube or laser).

 

The final product is a film, the complete "final page", which is copied onto the printing plate.
 
 

The Digiset- develpoment: time table of the first Digisets   (German)

       
 
 

An overview about the phototypesetting development at the Hell company

       
   
   
       
 
 
  Typesetting computer
 
       
  Digigraph  
       
     
       
       
 

Articles about the phototypesetting system  DIGISET:

I.a.: Typical workflow of lead typesetting using punched tapes