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Fine Artist

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Fine Artist
Developer(s)Microsoft Kids
Operating systemMicrosoft Windows
TypeRaster graphics editor

Fine Artist is a raster graphics editor program created by Microsoft Kids in 1993. Using this program, it is possible to create paintings. The interface and environment is especially targeted towards children and is set in Imaginopolis with the main helper being a character known as McZee. Fine Artist was announced by Microsoft on 7 December 1993 [1] and was released in 1994. It ran on both MS-DOS 3.2 and the Windows 3.1 operating system.[2] A version for Apple Macintosh was also released. Fine Artist is discontinued, but can still be acquired from online stores and auction websites such as eBay.

The program took place in McZee's home of Imaginopolis and had several levels of a building each with a different topic (e.g. one for creating new images, one as a gallery of existing images). The design of the program was very similar to that of its sister program Creative Writer. The program runs full screen and creates an all-inclusive environment.

Fine Artist was considerably more powerful than Microsoft Paint, as it included clipart that could easily be manipulated and have sound effects that could be incorporated into the painting[clarify]. Fine Artist also used sounds heavily where each tool would make a different noise.

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  1. ^ "microsoft's timeline from 1991 - 2005". Archived from the original on 2005-07-23. Retrieved 2008-08-13.
  2. ^ Creative Writer & Fine Artist manual