The ideal image processing system would be one that people already know how
to use. Its components would be interchangeable with other computers in the
office and in the factory. It could be quickly programmed to do its job by nonprogrammers
and non-typists. And it would communicate and print reports
over the same network used by all the other computers in your company.
Does this sound like science fiction? It's not. The image processing system in
this scenario represents a trend toward standardization in the industry. Image
processing suppliers are realizing that they must move away from their
existing proprietary architectures and customized software systems in favor of
standard computers having a wide base of support hardware and software, and
a wider pool of knowledgeable users.
Gary G. Wagner,
"Macintosh as an image processing and analysis workstation", Proc. SPIE 1258, Image Communications and Workstations, (1 August 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.19947; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.19947