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GrayView.cpt (101.92 KB)
MD5: 008aed2b8970425843a98a87a7f5bcd0
For System 1 - 5 - System 6.x
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GrayView_1.16.cpt (31.22 KB)
MD5: d7996853c24a3b70e2af36853a90df3c
For System 1 - 5 - System 6.x
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gv116.cpt (21.81 KB)
MD5: a858744c954b88034f14d1e8ed820292
For System 1 - 5 - System 6.x
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GrayView.cpt (58.79 KB)
MD5: 2a6c21a1cabba144063882131f7436d5
For System 1 - 5 - System 6.x
This app works with: Mini vMac Mini vMac II

GrayView is a basic grayscale image viewer (and later editor) for early Macs that was initially developed in order to display ThunderScan "SCAN" files and convert them into 32-gray shade images.

From the Read Me for v1.9.8a4:

[GrayView] started as a program to display ThunderScan™ SCAN files in true gray scales on a Mac II. [GrayView's author, David Fry,] completed that phase of the program in August of 1987 and freely distributed early versions on bulletin boards and via user groups. The latest public version of that software was 1.16. It did nothing more than display and save PICT files, and allowed you to save pictures as StartupScreens.

In September of 1987 [Fry] decided that [he] wanted [GrayView] to do real things so [he] set to the task of adding various MacPaint-like features and trying to understand what it was that people would want to do with gray scale and color pictures. [Fry] had never written real MacPrograms before, and [had] no experience or training in graphics programming. [Fry] started discussions with people about commercial distribution; that was very encouraging and [he] fully intended to sell the final version. ImageStudio started to become known at this point, obvious competition. [Fry] worked intensely on GrayView for two months. [He] worked hard to make it commercial quality, with pleasant dialog boxes, low memory warnings, etc.

But [Fry was] a graduate student in mathematics [at the time] and the program was taking a lot of time from [his] studies. [He] finally decided in December [of 1987] to halt work on GrayView, cancel discussions with distributors, and move on. [Fry] wasn't sure if [he'd] ever want to sell the program later so [he] never released it wide spread, like the earlier versions.

DL#1: v1.01
DL#2: v1.16 - adds compatibility with MultiFinder
DL#3: an alternate archive of 1.16
DL#4: 1.9.8a4 - adds very basic editing capabilities, but was left unfinished

The downloads on this page were sourced from Mac Giga-ROM 2.0, as well as Giga-ROM 4.0.

Architecture: 68k