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For System 6.x - System 7.0 - 7.6
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Guides on emulating older applications

Reputedly the first image manipulation program available for the Macintosh computer--preceding the first release of PhotoShop by two years--this software can manipulate 24-bit color images with only a 256-color display by optimizing and updating the image regularly.

Some sources have its original list price as $695 dollars US.

Architecture: 68k

Minimum requirements: 68020 processor and System 6.0.2 or later.


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by vintagegeek - 2013, June 6 - 1:11am

Just installed this on my IIsi running OS 7.0.1. It ran very nicely. Only had to install the program image to use it. Don't know what the other 3 disk images do. Guess I'll have to read the manual.

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by MCP - 2011, August 17 - 7:22pm

I've uploaded the manual as a PDF and updated the external download link to include the PDF in the archive.

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by MikeTomTom - 2011, August 15 - 6:19am

24bit got further with this than me in Fusion. I tried on Basilisk II and then Mini vMac Mac II beta version (68020 CPU & 256 color mode). All I got was the install screen for name place and then nothing.

Until... I tried inserting the serial number where the name field goes, instead of a name - and it accepted that! (the SN is in the supplied PDF doc in a couple of the pics)
[Edit] I think this was pure coincidence. I tried again with a plain name and it got accepted also.

This was using the Mini VMac Mac II. Unfortunately, PhotoMac does really funky things with video calls and it would at best only show images inverted in this emulator, then mostly crash shortly afterwards. Will try it in a real 68k box next.

[Edit]: I've just tried this on a Mac 660av running SSW 7.1.1 and yes it works on an actual Mac, but I think it is very flaky software. Perhaps there was a bug fix release after this one? For example, often it will not launch properly and you have to double-click the program several times to start it running in the Finder. And because it does really weird video calls I don't think this will be usable on Basilisk II as that prefers a fixed screen depth and this program tries to set your display to 4 bit or some custom pallet of very few colors.

One of the screenshot links on this page is broken and needs fixing (gets a "The requested page could not be found" error on "photomac01.png"). 24bit?

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by MCP - 2011, August 15 - 12:04am

The packaging didn't indicate any kind of copy protection; I think it's just incompatibility that causes it to close that way. I didn't get any further than that point. This is version 1.0, and I don't know if there were any revisions to help with compatibility later. Color software from this era (or any software, really) often seems to run into trouble with later equipment or operating systems if it hasn't been updated by the developer.

Also, this software employs some unusual tricks which could play havoc with anything other than the exact hardware it was developed for.

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by 24bit - 2011, August 15 - 2:56pm

Fusion_PC seems to be the only emulator capable of running this one.
I wonder, if there was some kind of registration code needed?
PM asks me for name and company at first run, but refuses to start the second time - only displaying the names I entered previously. Besides that, the app looks interesting. It will save pict and tiff files, has a couple of swatches, airbrush and simple image manipulation features.

Maybe I´ll set up WIN98 in Virtual Box, to see how far I can get with Fusion_PC.

The screenshots above dont look as good as in the emulator, as the application is adapting palettes all the time in the 256 colour Fusion emulator.

The sreenshots are also here:

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by MCP - 2011, August 14 - 3:25am

I'm not providing screenshots because I can't get it to run on any of my setups. Probably someone with Basilisk II setup as a Mac II can run it, or a real Mac with a 68020 processor and a hard drive. It doesn't like PPC and my 68k machines don't have the math coprocessor that it insists on having in order to run.

So if someone else is interested in this, please take time to upload some screenshots for us!