Kid Pix is a bitmap drawing program designed for kids. Its creator, Craig Hickman, originally designed the program because he knew how difficult programs like MacPaint were for his son. It was released by Macintosh in 1989 and subsequently published by Brøderbund in 1991.
The program’s canvas takes up most of the computer screen, and the entire canvas is always visible to the user. The tools available for use are placed in a column of buttons down the left side of the screen. Instead of using menus to access the different options that each tool has (like in MacPaint), they are displayed in a row of icons along the bottom edge of the screen. This reduced complexity significantly. The color palette is situated below the tool icons and consists of a grouping of colored squares for each of the available colors.
The program was reduced to a very simple and streamlined software. Your basic tools were the Pencil Tool, Line Tool, Paint Bucket, Square Tool, and Circle Tool. There was an “undo” option and an eraser tool as well. The products “zanier” tools included a rubber stamp tool, a mixer tool that could distort and blur images, and a wacky brush that employed a bunch of cool effects. Kids could also insert text into their drawings.
Kid Pix is still available today. Since its inception, there have been many different machinations, including Kid Pix 2 and Kid Pix Deluxe.
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