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Dabbler 2.0

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[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de (9.49 MB)
MD5: 49a815e5bd934d353e0ca56dd71ed80e
For System 7.0 - 7.6
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de
Dabbler-2-Installer-sea.sit (9.55 MB)
MD5: 99892ec8f1b0640ea366740a40a84908
For System 7.0 - 7.6
[www].se [ftp].se [mirror].us [mirror].de
Dabbler_2SE.iso_.sit (304.15 MB)
MD5: 4575b25fc2011c5bec94cbabdd94feb5
For System 7.0 - 7.6
This app works with: SheepShaver, Basilisk II,

Dabbler 2.0 (by Fractal Design) was released as a lighter version of the professional art program "Painter", and later re-branded as "Art Dabbler" (after Fractal Design had merged with MetaCreations). Dabbler was aimed at the non-professional "home market" but it had enough features and tools, to make it attractive to a wider audience.

Welcome to Fractal Design Dabbler
Thank you for purchasing Fractal Design Dabbler® 2-the art tutor inside your computer. Dabbler is the innovative Natural Media paint program that teaches you how to draw! At Fractal Design, our mission is to bring out the artist in everyone, whether they are professional graphic designers, or a closet doodlers.

Excerpt: from enclosed "Read Me" doc

Register with s/n:

[Top DL]: Mac OS X zipped archive (requires unzipping on Mac OS X system before using).

[2nd DL]: Same as above but in a StuffIt 5.5 compatible .sit archive (Unstuffing on classic Mac OS 7.1.x '020 or higher CPU, is OK).
MD5 checksum & filename: 99892ec8f1b0640ea366740a40a84908 *Dabbler-2-Installer-sea.sit

[3rd DL]: A hybrid Mac/PC disc image containing English, French and German installers.

See also: The earlier Dabbler 1.0 and Dabbler 2's professional sibling, Painter 4, from the same period.

Architecture: 68k PPC x86 (Windows)


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by MikeTomTom - 2018, October 2 - 12:06am

Thank you for adding the CD image to the archive, mrdav. Very nice to see it here.

Edit - Perhaps the top two archives are no longer necessary. The CD image has it all and then some. Plus it's the original install set.

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by MikeTomTom - 2015, July 26 - 8:22pm

  it now transpires that Dabbler (PPC) will work on SheepShaver anyway!

I'd gone by what you had written earlier and went straight for the 68k install without bothering to check the PPC side.

Its good to know the native PPC side works too, after all. Smile

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by megrex - 2015, July 26 - 12:07am

Aaaah! right ... I stand corrected!

I've re-worked the write up.

Thanks for the re-pack also. I thought it best to stick with MacRUS' file - in case I introduced some incompatibilities of my own.

Re: Install 68k vers. in SheepShaver.
No, I didn't think of that - 68k emulation _within_ the PPC emulation.
I tend to go .... Think SheepShaver -> Think PPC ... only. - Thanks for the tip.

I'll go back and have another look at Mathcad 6 now
- that's what I _really_ want to get going on SheepShaver - for the speed boost that Basilisk or classic mode can't match.
All that being said however it now transpires that Dabbler (PPC) will work on SheepShaver anyway! - Don't know what's changed - maybe I inadvertently had it on the unix drive - maybe a reboot "settled it in".

I've got so much stuff floating about - due to all this "recent activity" - don't really know what's what.

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by MikeTomTom - 2015, July 24 - 10:03pm

Fractal Design created and sold Painter as far back a 1990 (there's a 1992 version 1.2 of Painter here at the MG). Dabbler was produced later, as a cut down version of Painter in a similar vein to how Adobe's PhotoDeluxe was a cut down version of Photoshop. Both Fractal Design's Painter & Dabbler were acquired by Metacreations before Corel acquired the rights.

With regards to running this on Sheepshaver, a clue is that it runs on Basilisk II.

That is, there are several native PPC Mac programs that cannot run on Sheepshaver because Sheepshaver doesn't emulate an MMU. Its often graphics related programs that come up against this brick wall.

The workaround is to install the 68k version of the program, if one exits. In this case, the Dabbler 2 installer offers the option of installing a 68k, PPC or Universal (FAT) copy of the program. Opt for the 68k only, install. Its not native PPC, but its perhaps the only option for getting this to work OK on Sheepshaver.

The 68k version of Dabbler works fine on Sheepshaver, BTW.

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by megrex - 2015, July 24 - 12:06am

If you can get this working on your SheepShaver installation - please let us know.