Apple has donated the original source code to MacPaint to the Computer History Museum. Released in 1984 with the Mac, it is fondly remembered not only by those who used it, but also by computer scientists for numerous first-of-a-kind innovations. Those who spend a lot of time using Adobe Photoshop constantly use such features as […]
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MacPaint Source Code Donated to Computer History Museum

Apple has donated the original source code to MacPaint to the Computer History Museum.

Released in 1984 with the Mac, it is fondly remembered not only by those who used it, but also by computer scientists for numerous first-of-a-kind innovations. Those who spend a lot of time using Adobe Photoshop constantly use such features as the lasso tool for selecting non-rectangular shapes, and the paint bucket for filling closed areas with a pattern, and later, color. Both first appeared in MacPaint. The program was unique at the time for its ability to create graphics that could then be used in other applications.

MacPaint was a huge deal back in the day. It was before my time, but from everything I’ve heard from long-time Mac users, this was the Mac application that showed of the power of the GUI. MacPaint was also heavily used in the company’s advertisement efforts prior to the launch of the original Macintosh, which of course, was the original computer that MacPaint debuted on.

You can get all 5,822 lines of Pascal and 3,583 lines of 68000 assembly that comprise MacPaint, here. Apple has also handed over the QuickDraw library that weighs in at 17,101 lines of 68000 of assembly code.

Amazing how small this application was in terms of size, yet created a lasting legacy for itself.

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