MacPaint set the original drawing standard for the Mac back in the mid-1980s. Apple’s flagship drawing app lived for a few more years before being put out to the digital pasture in 1998, a full 10 years after the last full version. Is there a MacPaint counterpart 30 years later?
That Was Then, Now Is Then, Too
Browse the Mac App Store and you’ll find a dozen paint and drawing apps similar to Paint Pad. Some have a price tag, a few do not, others are ridiculously priced (high).
Paint Pad falls in the middle of the competition and doesn’t offer much more than MacPaint did 30 years ago other than color.
It does all the expected basics which makes it a good learning tool for the K-1 group, but any child in the second grade needs a drawing app with more tools.
There’s the requisite eye dropper, file, curve, rectangle, ellipse, pen, text, eraser, rounded rectangle, and each shape can be filled with color or gradient.
Images can be dropped in, rotated, resized, flipped or combine multiple images into one. Pens can be configured for line width, color, and fill color.
Everything about Paint Pad smacks of MacPaint, circa 1988, over 25 years ago.
That makes me ask a simple question. ‘Why?’
Why would a developer recreate that which Apple deemed useless a few decades ago? Will it bring back good memories for those of us who cut our digital design teeth on MacPaint? No. Is Paint Pad useful for the pre-school crowd that have access to a Mac and want to improve their drawing skills? Possibly, but I’m sure an iPad would be a better choice.