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Painter 5.5 Web Edition

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painter_5.5_web_edition_c....sit (251.02 MB)
MD5: 1d9bc8298ba2f0e710061560dd3c7fda
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de (349.57 MB)
MD5: 173c9a4b82d02b7c48363d531bf7cb83
For System 7.0 - 7.6 - Mac OS 9
This app works with: SheepShaver,

Painter 5.5 Web Edition is a transitional version of this program developed by Fractal Design/MetaCreations. With MetaCreations gaining full control of Painter's production, they shortly afterward released Painter 6.0.

Painter 5.5 Web Edition

Don't be confused by the name. There is no "non-Web edition" of MetaCreations Painter 5.5 Web Edition. Instead, this is an upgrade to MetaCreations Painter 5.0, the popular natural-media painting program. Though most of the upgrade's new features are Web specific, longtime users will be glad to see a new editable text function and support for Adobe Photoshop 5's layers complementing Painter's existing array of painting tools.

Painter 5.5 sports the same interface as version 5, a somewhat palette-heavy, complicated affair that more or less succeeds in organizing the program's many tools and variants. Painter also makes extensive use of floaters, similar to layers in Photoshop. However, unlike Photoshop layers, floaters can be different sizes and can function as plug-in utilities as well as image repositories.

Painter's tool set is both a strength and a weakness. No other product comes close to offering the sophistication and power of Painter's brushes and tools, but the sheer number of options makes this a program that can take a while to learn. Still, the results are worth the effort.

Excerpt: Macworld review of Painter 5.5 Web Edition (Wayback Machine)

Painter was the first application to give artists virtual access to the real tools used by painters and illustrators: paint, chalk, paper effects, etc., and also let them interact with it using Wacom tablets. Since it's introduction, some astounding results have been obtained using this software.

Top DL: Full install set for the 5.5 Web Edition, Mac only. Note, this image appears to have an extra ISO 9660 mount point, showing the same (Mac only) content but with truncated DOS "8 x 3" filenames, odd, but it doesn't affect the installation from the mounted Mac part.
You can decompress this file with StuffIt Expander and then burn the .iso image to a CD-R disc. No serial number is included, but it's not too hard to find it on the Internet.

2nd DL: Full install set for the 5.5 Web Edition, Mac and Windows, in the form of a zipped hybrid Mac/Windows CD-ROM image. Use MacZip to extract if using a classic Mac OS. The extracted .iso also mounts nicely on a classic system using the Virtual CD/DVD Utility, otherwise use Toast to mount or burn the image. If running Virtual PC on a classic Mac OS and mount this image with the Virtual CD/DVD Utility on the Mac, the PC partition mounts as a CD-ROM in Windows under Virtual PC.

See Also: Painter 1.2, Painter 2, Painter 3, Painter 4, Painter 5, Painter Classic, Painter 6, Painter 7, Painter 8, Painter IX, Painter X

Architecture: PPC x86 (Windows)

Painter, like all image-editing and paint applications, enjoys lots of RAM, fast processors and speedy hard drives.


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by caramelmania - 2019, April 28 - 7:54pm

Hi! I just came across here,wanted to say thank you!! I use Painter 5.5 really long time on windows,
Now on windows7 using MetaCreations Fix.But recently my HDD crashed,also my CD is broken while moving to new home..
Your second link worked just fine.I also have old ibook.(I'm "former"Mac user now cannot afford Macintosh)If Something happens my ibook,I can use your file.Thank you!!!

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by MikeTomTom - 2015, October 2 - 10:24pm

Added true Mac/Win hybrid image to page.

My previous comments (below) were made with regards to the original file (Top DL) uploaded to this page, they do not apply to the newer listed item (2nd DL).

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by MikeTomTom - 2014, November 16 - 5:51am

Only now have taken a closer look at this archive.

It appears to be a Mac HFS mounted install set only, with an extra ISO 9660 mount point, showing the same content but with truncated DOS "8 x 3" filenames. - This only becomes apparent if you mount the .iso with the virtual CD/DVD utility (which mounts both HFS & ISO 9660 parts), or mount the burned CD in a Windows PC.

That is, there is a Mac only Painter 5.5 installer on the disk... Curiously there are some minor hidden Windows files; A Windows Acrobat Reader installer, some hidden Windows ICC Profiles and a hidden Windows image viewer in the Art gallery folder. No Windows installer of Painter 5.5 for PC's is on the CD image tho'.

The ISO 9660 mount point was created in March 2012, just prior to this archive's upload. The Mac HFS part was Created and Modified in 1998, which is what you'd expect, so the ISO 9660 anomaly is a later addition created (for reasons unknown) by the archivist.

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by MikeTomTom - 2012, March 12 - 5:36am

Many thanks for archiving this. A few years ago, the 5.5 Web (Windows) edition was given away free on a PC magazine CD, I have a copy of that. I had wondered if the Mac version was also given away on some Mac magazine CD at the same time, perhaps? Anyway, having Mac & Windows versions on the same CD is great.