|A bit of History..|
Dataflow Software was founded in 1985 by Rajiv Bhagwat. This was
the time when personal computers were becoming popular worldwide.
One of the first developments included a Devanagari word processor for
Apple II. This was later transferred to a PC clone to become a
full-fledged DTP application. Back then, Macs were the only
alternative to big typesetting equipment. Entry of cheaper personal
computers opened up this technology to a wide variety of printing houses.
Thus, Dataflow was the first company to introduce the software for
DTP in Indian languages. Dataflow's Devyani software was
released in November 1986 and it started off the DTP industry in India.
Several Newspaper and Magazine installations followed
and the mushrooming DTP bureaus quickly standardized on Dataflow's
Among the most prominent customers, the Times of India group
was the first large group to embrace Devyani DTP. It is used both
by The Maharashtra Times and by The Navbharat Times. (The very first
newspaper was 'Navbharat Times', Lucknow edition.) The Indian
Express, Sakal and the Tarun Bharat group were also among the early
followers. Newspapers from Lucknow, Delhi, Aurangabad, Goa, Gauhati
and other far away places started using Devyani. Today, in the
city of Mumbai alone, more than 22 newspapers use Dataflow's software.
Devyani started off the development of softwares for other
Indian languages and their fonts.
Dataflow was again the first company to introduce Oriya, Gujarati and Urdu on
computers. Urdu, due to right-to-left writing combined with top-to-down placement
of characters within a word, still remains a difficult script to computerize.