Pictor Paint

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Pictor Paint was an improved version of PCPaint, the first IBM PC-based mouse driven GUI paint program. It was written by John Bridges, the primary author of PCPaint, and bundled with GRASP GRaphical System for Presentation also written by John Bridges. It was also called "The Painter's Easel".

Pictor Paint saved its files in a compressed format with the file extension PIC, which was the same format used by PCPaint.

In 1994, GRASP development stopped and so did development of Pictor Paint. John Bridges terminated his GRASP publishing contract with Paul Mace Software, and went off to create GLPro (the next generation of GRASP) with GMEDIA.

Along with GLPro, came GLPaint, the successor to PCPaint and Pictor Paint.


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Document by Microtex Industries, Inc.
Revision Date: 2/9/88
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