Chapter 1 Introducing Quartz 2D
The Apple Mac OS X operating system contains a powerful 2D graphics imaging library called Quartz. A large part of what gives the Mac OS X user interface the rich look that it has is the use of Quartz drawing by the Aqua user interface and the built-in application toolkits.
The Quartz 2D drawing library allows applications to draw text, curves and shapes, images, and Portable Document Format (PDF) documents in amazingly flexible ways. This rich drawing library supports drawing graphics to an onscreen window or an offscreen bitmap and creating new PDF documents or PostScript output data.
Quartz 2D is also known as Core Graphics, which is frequently abbreviated as CG. Quartz is a term aimed at consumers, whereas ...