This page is a wiki. Please login or create an account to begin editing.

Multi-Ad Creator 3.7 UK/AUS

No votes yet
Year released:
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us
multi-adcreator.sit (1.75 MB)
MD5: 620ab9247dd109fb33f77373e6a1abe0
For System 6.x - Mac OS 9
This app works with: SheepShaver, Basilisk II, Mini vMac

Multi-Ad Creator 3.8 ($650, Multi-Ad Services) is probably the best-kept secret in professional Macintosh publishing. While it's used by a zillion newspapers, magazines, and in-house ad departments, Multi-Ad's marketing is so bad that most people still don't know about this very cool program. Multi-Ad Creator is clearly designed to make ads, but you could make any one-page piece with it. Here are a few of my favorite features:

  • Importing graphics is a snap, and you can easily make 1-bit TIFFs transparent or colorized.
  • Masking—a Mask palette with FreeHand or Illustrator-like pen tools lets you easily auto-mask any imported image or trace areas in an image.
  • The Starburst tool has no peer, even among drawing programs.
  • Powerful text handling, especially the style sheets, go beyond—far beyond—anything you've ever seen, including not only character styles, but also algorithmic styles ("the first line of the paragraph should be in Helvetica, then change to Palatino; put a Zapf Dingbats bullet at the beginning of the paragraph," and so on).
  • Controlled export of an entire ad (or just a portion of it) as an EPS or DCS (separated EPS) file for inclusion in a multipage layout program.

Trying to describe all of Multi-Ad Creator's features in one section like this is just plain cruel.

  — The Macintosh Bible (6th Edition)

Architecture: 68k PPC

PPC Accelerated, probably a fat binary PPC/68k. Still runs sweetly on G3/OS9.2.2!