DEGAS (software)

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DEGAS Elite v1.1 - lo-res menu
DEGAS Elite v1.1 - lo-res menu
Original author(s) Tom Hudson
Developer(s) Batteries Included
Stable release
DEGAS Elite 1.1 / 1986; 32 years ago (1986)[1][2][3]
Operating system Atari ST
Type bitmap graphics editor

DEGAS and DEGAS Elite ( D.E.G.A.S., Design & Entertainment Graphic Arts System) are bitmap graphics editors created by Tom Hudson for the Atari ST and published by Batteries Included.[4][5][6][7][8] Antic magazine published winners of an art competition for those using the software in July 1986.[9]

Hudson created some of the sample paintings that shipped with DEGAS.[10]


The working title of DEGAS was HUDraw,[10] where "HUD" stood for "Hudson."

Gary Yost of Antic Software wanted to publish DEGAS, but Hudson chose Batteries Included because "they were, in my opinion, the best Atari software company at the time."[10] Yost and Antic Software published Hudson's next program, CAD 3D.

File formats[11][edit]

Extension Resolution Colours Type
*.pc1 320×200 16 colours compressed
*.pc2 640×200 4 colours compressed
*.pc3 640×400 2 colours compressed
*.pi1 320×200 16 colours uncompressed
*.pi2 640×200 4 colours uncompressed
*.pi3 640×400 2 colours uncompressed

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  1. ^ Atari ST Slated to Get 7 Programs, InfoWorld, 26 May 1986, Page 62, ...Also scheduled for summer release is Degas Elite, a high-end version of Degas, said the firm...
  2. ^ News & Products:New Products From Batteries Included, COMPUTE! ISSUE 74 / JULY 1986 / PAGE 117, ...I*S Degas Elite, an upgraded version of the original Degas graphics and design program for the Atari ST, will be available soon for the IBM PC and compatibles, Amiga, and ST. The program includes everything in the original, plus features like FLIP, SCALE, ROTATE, and the ability to cut and paste between pictures on multiple work screens. DEGAS Elite files can also be integrated with PaperClip Elite text files, and all Degas Elite files are compatible with the original Degas...
  3. ^ News, Page 6 - Issue 23, Sep/Oct 86, ...The latter two are distinguished by the addition of 'Elite' to the title and a new Elite version of the highly acclaimed DEGAS is on the way. A number of ambitious enhancements to this program are planned making it the first of the second-generation graphics programs for the ST. Pictures will remain compatible with several other programs including PaperClip Elite which will enable text and graphics to be combined in any document...
  4. ^ Bass, Patrick (January 1987). "Degas Elite". Antic. pp. 90–92. Retrieved 4 February 2014. 
  5. ^ "Degas Elite". Personal Computer Museum website. Personal Computer Museum. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 4 February 2014. 
  6. ^ "Degas Elite". Centre for Computing History website. Centre for Computing History. Retrieved 4 February 2014. 
  7. ^ "D.E.G.A.S." Page 6. March–April 1986. Retrieved 4 February 2014. 
  8. ^ "Degas Elite". Page 6. March–April 1987. Retrieved 4 February 2014. 
  9. ^ "The Winners: $2,000 Degas art contest". Antic. July 1986. pp. 58–59. Retrieved 4 February 2014. 
  10. ^ a b c Doudoroff, Martin. "The Antic Cyber Graphics Software and the Pre-History of Autoesk 3d Studio". 
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