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Magic Slate

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MagicSlate.sit (360.27 KB)
MD5: 92010a2df348f6bfd1baa272028a9c71
For System 1 - 5
This app works with: Mini vMac

Magic Slate lets you create wonderful and outrageous designs in mere minutes. It has some amazing special effects like Zoom and Nest that will make you squeal with delight, and you never quite know what you might get if you keep playing with them.

Naturally enough, it has a lunatic manual that starts with a one-line introduction before leaping directly into the meat of the program. The manual sometimes skips over details, like how to do a particular thing. And the first half was prepared on an ImageWriter. Of course, the second half was done on a LaserWriter. But the manual is brilliant in conveying the philosophy behind the program; that software should provide "personal enrichment," and that the best way to learn how to use Magic Slate is to play with it. That's great. As a former school teacher, I think the best way to learn about anything is to play with it.

Magic Slate was designed by a crazy person, Russ Gray. I haven't met Russ yet, but I have spoken to him. He's great. His code may not conform entirely to the Mac interface, but Russ knows what he likes and he understands the machine on a level that most of us will never know about. And Russ understands us. As he says, there are a lot of Mac users who were really excited about MacPaint at first, then became very depressed when they realized they couldn't draw the Japanese lady.

A lot of little things were left out of Magic Slate, like being able to save a graphic directly, so the program would have room for even more features and to keep the program consistent within itself. Russ told me his biggest problem was finding room for all of the things he wants to include. For example, several menus are called from other menus.

This is a valuable tool. Magic Slate can teach a rank novice very sophisticated techniques and concepts of design. After working with the program for a while, you begin to understand things like balance, composition, and rhythm. And it's easy to carry these new understandings over to other areas, thus developing a new appreciation for art and graphics. Besides, Magic Slate is a lot of fun.

  — Michael D. Wesley, MacUser

Disk images are in dc42 and DART format. Works with emulators and Floppy Emu.

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