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August 13, 2007 11:47 AM   Subscribe

Those guys in the first link are just a little too full of themselves. There were at least several more-fully feature paint programs available on the Mac before the PC's even had a GUI. They all had similar, if not more functionality than Paint has (even today). I believe MacPaint had a spray can, I know Super Paint did and i think Canvas did as well, nor did they invent the eraser. My suspicion is that all or most of the UI for all these programs came from Xerox.
posted by doctor_negative at 12:26 PM on August 13, 2007 [2 favorites]

Those guys in the first link are just a little too full of themselves.

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posted by Ogre Lawless at 12:31 PM on August 13, 2007 [1 favorite]

Dear doctor_negative: I think you may have mistaken parody for a real documentary. Please note that half the "MS Paint designers" were using Macs.

Also, I have a butterknife, and I have a box of sharp carving chisels, saws, and the like. I would like to carve a statue from a block of wood. Please watch while I spurn the tools completely, and film myself carving wood with the butterknife, set to annoyingly twee music.

When I'm done, I'll transcode the film to a digital format by hand-tracing each film frame using a slide scanner and MS Paint, and upload it by manually entering in strings of 1s and 0s through a 14.4 KBPS external fax modem hooked up to a VIC-20 I built from spare parts purchased on eBay.

I wrote a check for the parts. PayPal is too easy.
posted by caution live frogs at 12:32 PM on August 13, 2007

doctor_negative - I think it's time to have your parody detector circuit recalibrated
posted by kcds at 12:34 PM on August 13, 2007

doctor_negative, your comment forms a subtle extension of the documentary. Exquisite.
posted by jouke at 12:40 PM on August 13, 2007

posted by jouke at 12:40 PM on August 13, 2007

Doctor_negative out-satires MetaFilter. Film at 11.
posted by Plutor at 12:42 PM on August 13, 2007

You can't use such hackneyed material to mock such hackneyed software. It's embarrassing, like being the MS Paint of comedy.
posted by kingfisher, his musclebound cat at 12:44 PM on August 13, 2007

I thought it was really hilarious for the first 45 seconds, when I didn't know it was a satire yet, that the guy had "pipes" as his screensaver.
posted by The Esteemed Doctor Bunsen Honeydew at 12:45 PM on August 13, 2007

Whoops, got me. Having worked at MS, the level of smugness displayed here didn't strike me as unrealistic :)

And kcds, touché, turn about is fair play.
posted by doctor_negative at 12:45 PM on August 13, 2007

Why are you all picking on doctor_negative? All you fucking M$ fanbois. I'm so fucking sick of MetaFilter and the fucking Windows brigade dumping on every goddamned computer thread. Why can't the Mac get some love on this site?
posted by eyeballkid at 12:46 PM on August 13, 2007 [1 favorite]

Crap. I was hoping to get in before the doctor responded ;)
posted by eyeballkid at 12:47 PM on August 13, 2007 [1 favorite]

doctor_n I think it's great that you wrote a serious response to a serious seeming video and at the same time wrote a satiric response to a satiric video. Parallel realities or something.
Good post, fun thread.
posted by jouke at 12:54 PM on August 13, 2007

"...and the program opens right there on your screen. In a matter of minutes."

Worth it for that line alone.
posted by rusty at 1:00 PM on August 13, 2007

Actually, you can make the line thinner.

(I also used to know a trick for making gradients, but I forgot it.)
posted by JeremiahBritt at 1:03 PM on August 13, 2007

Christ to think of all the time i spent drawing in ascii in word perfect 5 for DOS when I could have used something this innovative!
posted by shmegegge at 1:59 PM on August 13, 2007

The perfect 12 colors. Hah! Rad.
posted by freebird at 5:10 PM on August 13, 2007

I think they're specifically parodying the videos on the Final Cut Studio web site. Which are fabulous videos, but ripe for parody. Nice work.
posted by fungible at 6:58 PM on August 13, 2007

I use paint all the freaking time. That program is actually very handy for the common resizing, cropping, and compositing a non-graphic designer has to do in everyday life.

And well done, doctor_negative.
posted by BlackLeotardFront at 7:51 PM on August 13, 2007

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