FatBits

I downloaded open source bitmap painting app Paintbrush after a memorabilia moment around MacPaint.

But I was unhappy to discover that it didn’t support the FatBits feature — which I think was one of the greatest designs ever in MacPaint. The idea was simple: you could turn bits on and off with just a click. It’s the kind of thing you can only do right in a monochrome, pixel-based editing program. You can learn more about MacPaint over here.

Luckily CloudPaint supports it but it doesn’t support the shortcut of double-clicking on the pencil to activate FatBits. That was a cool thing to see in action.

There was also an integrated “help” screen … let me find it. Ah, here.

It appeared just like that — in the middle of the canvas. I know — radical, huh?

The above video is a lot of fun to watch. Enjoy! —JM


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