If you remember MacPaint, then don’t tell anyone. You’re older than you think. Way back in the day, when Apple’s birth pangs brought us the Mac, it also brought along MacPaint, a bitmap graphics app sans color. The claim to fame was point and click drawing and integration with MacWrite, Apple’s Mac word processor. MacPaint died in the late 1980s.
MacPaint Lives (almost)
If MacPaint were alive today, it would look something like iArt Pro. Instead of being priced at $125, as MacPaint 2.0 was back in 1988, it would be priced at $7.99, the same as iArt Pro.
What you get with iArt Pro is familiar to MacPaint users. A color palette, a lasso, an eraser, fill with color, color picker, a pencil and brush, a magnifier, assorted tools from rectangle to curve to line, and effects from blur to sharpen to burn to dodge and a few more.
But iArt Pro’s interface is nothing like MacPaint.
iArt Pro is misnamed and shouldn’t be considered pro anything. I’d like to say that it’s about as simple as a painting app can be. It’s not. $5 less and you can try iPaint which is ruthlessly crude (three brushes and nine colors but no eraser). Free gets you Paintbrush which is really closer to MacPaint and priced right.
If Paintbrush looks familiar to you, and you remember MacPaint, then Social Security is nearer than you think. If you’re into drawing and sketching but prefer a tool that goes beyond elementary school, SketchBook Express is as good as it gets.
The tools are familiar but advanced, as if MacPaint had continued to be developed with a variety of pencils, brushes, erasers, fill tools and more.
MacPaint was discontinued back in the last century, but lives on in a variety of Mac apps, but in this case, free is better than $7.99.