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PostPosted: Tue Jul 20, 2010 1:00 pm 
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This maybe of interest to a few people who adore old school Macs.


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 20, 2010 1:23 pm 
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He even wrote an elaborate character-recognition routine to turn pixilated characters back into text, but in the end removed it because he wanted MacPaint to be used as a great drawing program, and not as an inadequate word processor.

Bummer! That sort of thing, text editing in raster graphics software, wouldn't be common until more than a decade later.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 20, 2010 4:52 pm 
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“pixilated”? I guess pixies are involved.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 20, 2010 5:13 pm 
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Leopold Porkstacker wrote:
I guess pixies are involved.

I always thought tiny leprechauns running around inside chips were how computers work, but I suppose it could be pixies...someone's gotta read that text in MacPain and turn it in to normal characters.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 20, 2010 11:20 pm 
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I have finally achieved the impossible and then i misplaced it.
the one thing, and I know you will think this weird, is that I really miss the text capability and the various fill patterns like halftones, hashes, bricks etc.... I had so much fun playing with all the weird dimensions I could create with patterns.
then a few months ago I found a simple graphic program that allowed me to insert the various textures, and now I have misplaced the program and the texture files.
Macpaint was and still is my all time favorite simple graphic program.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 21, 2010 3:40 pm 
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So long as the pixies look like Bjork, it's all good.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 21, 2010 3:55 pm 
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I suspect that anyone who used MacPaint in 1984 will always remember it fondly. It was a really remarkable program at the time, and just plain fun.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 22, 2010 7:47 am 
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I liked MacPaint a lot.

Speaking of MacPaint and the Quickdraw source code, did you all know they were instrumental in the formation of the Electronic Frontier Foundation?

Seriously an Apple Employee mailed out the quickdraw source code in an act of subversion. Apple got the FBI to chase it down (try and remove it from the wild), teenagers houses got raided by agents with guns and axes. John Barlow and others thought axes were far too blunt a computing instrument and founded the EEF.

Seriously (long wide ranging article, sorry)

Now 25 years later the code is of historical interest. Back then looking at it or passing it around was industrial espionage and of interest to our federal security apparatus.

Apple still has trouble with young workers letting bits or prototypes out.


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 22, 2010 7:28 pm 
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I was the first person I knew to run my 128K Macintosh out of memory solely running MacPaint! :o I was a “power user” long before the term had a chance to be born. :? :shock: Of course, up until that point I had been programming long graphics demos in BASIC for my 48K Atari 800 (not an 800XL, rather, a late-model GTIA-chipped 256-colour Beige machine), and two of them ran the available memory down to less than 1 Kilobyte.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 22, 2010 8:18 pm 
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8600w/G4 wrote:
... did you all know they were instrumental in the formation of the Electronic Frontier Foundation?...

I had no idea. Thanks for sharing that!

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