What ever happened to… SuperPaint

SuperPaint box

The beautifully packaged SuperPaint

A recent post by davidthedesigner on working with current design software made me think back to one of the earliest graphics pakages I ever used: SuperPaint. Beautifully packaged in a boxed slipcase with a hard-backed ringbinder style manual that contained 3 floppy disks, this was my very first experience of using a computer to develop graphic images.
Using an Macintosh SE/30 4:40 (state of the art at the time). I was able to draw and ‘paint’ using a mouse and keyboard and print out my work via a laser printer. No colour on screen or via the laser’s output, but I still remember the thrill of doing all this myself from a small desk in my own home.
I suppose it’s all taken for granted these days with all the RAM and power at the designer’s disposal. Large colour screens, fast processing, high resolution colour output. I wouldn’t want to turn the clock back for a second but I did feel like a pioneer and it was very exciting in a geeky kind of way.
This is from Wikipedia:
SuperPaint was a graphics program capable of both bitmap painting and vector drawing simultaneously. It was published by Silicon Beach Software and originally released in 1986 for the Apple Macintosh. SuperPaint was one of the first programs of its kind, combining the features of MacPaint and MacDraw together. Later versions were published by Aldus until about 1992. In September 1994, Aldus was absorbed by Adobe in a $525 million 1.15:1.00 common stock exchange.
SuperPaint made some tasks easier than present day pixel paint or object oriented applications. Superpaint could create vector graphics drawings and transfer them back and forth between the vector graphics and pixel paint layers, hiding and recalling either layer.
All this on three floppy disks!!!
Silicon Beach Software was an early developer of software products for the Macintosh personal computer. It was founded in San Diego, California by Charlie Jackson and his wife Hallie. Jackson later co-foundedFutureWave Software with Jonathan Gay, the company that produced the first version of what is now Adobe Flash.

SuperPaint logo

SuperPaint start up screen

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