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I've doing some research into Apple's history and I need some examples. Since I'm new to macs (just over a year), perhaps some of the wise elders around here may know.

I'm looking for examples of software released on mac that caused Apple to change direction with their hardware. The more niche, the better.

The only examples I can think of is:

Internet (not really software but a huge catalyst of change) > iMac
Photoshop > Stronger Processors

Thank you in advance.
 

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I always thought it was hardware advancement or lack of, that dictates where software can and will go.
Somewhat true but not always the case. OpenGL and Direct X are probably the biggest examples counter to this argument. OpenGL and Direct X advance and provide incredible new features but routinely, there are no processors available to take advantage. Occasionally games embrace the absolute latest version of these driver sets and eventually the graphics add-on cards come out to support them.

I would say that high-end mathematics software and spreadsheets (Excel) were big driving factors is processors like the the 68040 and the "Wicked Fast" Mac IIFX. Until the FX basic spreadsheets ran reasonably but corporate level data management and manipulation took many processors cycles. Along came the hugely priced FX and monster-sized spreadsheets became the norm.
 

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The only examples I can think of is:

Internet (not really software but a huge catalyst of change) > iMac
For clarity's sake, I suggest you use "World Wide Web" in place of Internet. The Internet has been around for a very long time. It was only with the introduction of the WWW circa. 1993 that graphically-oriented online data was made truly accessible to the public.

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thank you guys for the excellent examples. please keep em coming if possible, the more niche the better!

if i end up writing about this, i will definitely give a credit back to ehmac, posters and this thread, thank you!!
 

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Photoshop did not push Apple to move to stronger processors. Their constant embarrassment compared to the PC community pushed them in that direction.

In terms of software released that made Apple change direction:

The development of the MP3, and release of media players like SoundJam MP, pushed apple to develop iTunes, then the iPod.
 

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QuickTime.

I remember seeing the early demo's of QuickTime when I worked at Apple. Until then video was Mpeg1 and required top level processors to run in small windows decently. When Apple developed QuickTime, video became scalable. You still needed the top level processors to run really well. One of the first QuickTime mov's I saw was the of Luke Skywalker flying his X-Wing down the channel on Death Star.

As the world developed a taste for full-blown multimedia, processors and sub-processors exploded.
 
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