What is Multimedia Computing?

by Farzad Naeim, John A. Martin & Assoc, Los Angeles, United States,
Nicole Mitskog, John A. Martin & Assoc, Los Angeles, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Computing in Civil and Building Engineering


Computing changed dramatically in the 1980s. The emergence of the personal computer desktop as a standard has spawned the existence of an incredible 60 million personal computers worldwide. The focus of the 1980s on smaller, faster computers and more advanced software with more features had many positive benefits the engineers and educators. To enhance this productivity, the challenge of the 1990s will be to make computers more personal and integrated with the way people work: the indispensable tools that people reach for when they want to design a structure, to be educated, informed or entertained. Multimedia computing is a new technology that is bringing a brand new horizon to computing. Multimedia computing is simple: the integration of sound, video, animation, photo-quality images, with text, graphics and computing. Yet this simple idea will have a remarkable impact on the way the computers will be used in 1990s.

Subject Headings: Imaging techniques | Computer software | Structural design | Graphic methods | Computer programming | Multimedia | Computing in civil engineering

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