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Tue 23 Jan 2007

The joy of MacDraw, rediscovered in EasyDraw?

Category : mac and the internet

Joelle popped by with a question about manipulating grouped shapes on the Mac. That had me reminiscing about MacDraw, an application so simple yet incredibly useful. It was bundled free with the Mac pluses on System 6 in the late 80's and later evolved to MacDraw II and later, I think, Claris Draw.

I've missed it since leaving the Classic environment in 2002 and a google check revealed a couple of successors. Both are expensive as this sort of application is used by professionals. How sad!

Joelle later said EasyDraw might do the job for her.

I remembered the Humboldt penguin (Spheniscus humboldti) genealogy tree that we drew for the 1991 article, "Presenting Big John and Co.: Penguins of the Jurong BirdPark". Graphic Converter could not read the file in 1999 when Ria created that article archive for me.

Since I still have my old documents on hand I fired up EasyDraw and found it is able to read old MacDrawII files! So here it is:


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Posted at 11:23AM UTC by N. Sivasothi | permalink | , .