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Claris BrushStrokes 1.0v1

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[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de
claris-brushstrokes-img.sit (1.21 MB)
MD5: 66c8b2f70ff34dedaf45f910a9f945a5
For System 6.x - Mac OS 9
This app works with: SheepShaver, Basilisk II,

Sophisticated Color Paint Software for Novice-to-Expert Business Users, Students and Artists - BrushStrokes from Claris Clear Choice is a 32-bit paint program for the Macintosh which offers a rich set of customizable tools and features. Designed to provide maximum power and enjoyment, the product provides a unique "How to Paint Guide" to instruct even the most "artistically impaired" user to discover their hidden creativity.

- Excerpt above, quoted from a Claris Corp press release, 1992, announcing the formation & new product line of its "Claris Clear Choice" subsidiary.

This copy of BrushStrokes had been pre-installed. Missing, is the "How to Paint Guide", a small but excellent manual designed for the novice in mind. A copy of the original install set as Disk Copy 4.2 image files would also be nice.
I have repackaged this copy into a locked Disk Copy 6.3 image file and compressed with Stuffit 3.6 for better backwards compatibility.
MD5 checksum: 66c8b2f70ff34dedaf45f910a9f945a5 *claris-brushstrokes-img.sit

On first launch only, it will ask to be personalized. The serial field is optional and not required.

Architecture: 68k

68k code (runs OK on PPC).

System requirements:
• All models of Macintosh that use a 68020 or later processor
• 3 MB of RAM for Mac OS 6
• 4 MB for Mac OS 7.0 and later
• 1 MB of disk space 2 MB for a complete installation
• System Software 6.0.5 or greater
• System Software 7.0 required to use Publish & Subscribe, and Anti-aliasing features.

Runs OK on PPC. Basilisk II OK, SheepShaver also good (including 9.0.4). Allocate lots of memory to it (15MB+) if you want to create 300 DPI paintings in millions of colors.

Will not run on 68000 CPU Mac's such as Mac Plus, SE or the Mini vMac emulator.


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by MikeTomTom - 2010, October 11 - 6:00am

@Vitoarc: Thanks again for posting this up. It works really well under Basilisk II for me, so I'm not getting any issues there. Not a virgin as you say, but something that works is better than nothing at all, IMO.

The downsides for me with BrushStrokes is:
Choosing Invert (selection) Inverts the colors of the selection and does not invert the selection itself (this is not what I want it do).

Saving a file in any other than PICT format, the bitmap you are saving remains as "Untitled". It saves a separate file in the format you choose, if its not as PICT.

To a lesser degree, it only can open/save PICT, StartupScreen and Tiff - but thats not too much of an issue for me.

For me, the big plus is that it helps make my Claris collection more complete (a big fan of Claris softwares) Laughing out loud

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by Vitoarc - 2010, October 10 - 5:11pm

You're welcome MikeTomTom!

Let me know how this works for you. I've tested it and it seems like it's working well. The app was taken from a college CD that contained some unique programs. It wasn't exactly a virgin and needed to have the original S/N and "Registered to" fields removed. Hence why it was uploaded as a full copy and not an installer version.

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by MikeTomTom - 2010, October 10 - 11:13am

@Vitoarc: Thanks for putting this one up. Another one for the Claris collection Smile

It been years since I've had this and I'd lost my disks for it during a property move some time back.

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by Vitoarc - 2010, October 10 - 1:07am

Thanks to Balrog for helping me get this upload ready for distribution. Smile