SuperPaint had the ability to capture images from standard video input or combine them with preexisting digital data. SuperPaint was also the first program to use now-ubiquitous features in common computer graphics programs such as changing hue, saturation and value of graphical data, choosing from a preset color palette, custom polygons and lines, virtual paintbrushes and pencils, and auto-filling of images. SuperPaint was also the first graphics program to use a graphical user interface and was one of the earliest to feature anti-aliasing.
SuperPaint was used early on to make custom television graphics for KQED-TV in San Francisco, and later to make technical graphics and animations for the NASA Pioneer Venus project mission in late 1978. Due to differences with management at PARC, Shoup left Xerox to found graphics company Aurora Systems, while colleague Alvy Ray Smith went to work at New York Institute of Technology. In 1980, Smith and others joined Industrial Light and Magic, George Lucas' movie special effects firm, and this group later founded Pixar. Shoup won an Emmy award in 1983, and an Academy Award shared with Smith and Thomas Porter in 1998, for his development of SuperPaint.
SuperPaint 3.0 is fallible, but strong. (graphics software from Silicon Beach Software Inc.) (Software Review) (Mac) (Evaluation)
Feb 01, 1992; SuperPaint was the first Mac graphics program to combine MacPaint-like bitmaps and MacDraw-like objects into a single...