Multipaint 2018b (Version 18.10.2018, Fifth release fixes)
With Multipaint, you can draw pictures with the color limitations of some typical 8-bit computer platforms. The screen formats supported are Commodore 64 high resolution, Commodore 64 multicolor, Commodore Plus/4 Hires, Commodore Plus/4 multicolor, ZX Spectrum, MSX 1 and Amstrad CPC0.
Multipaint in action, in Commodore 64 multicolor and MSX flat aspect mode.
Multipaint features common drawing tools, color clash emulation, cut brushes, dither patterns, grid / snap, 20-step undo, spare page, magnify modes, direct executable export, export as source, import/export in native formats and much more.
Download Multipaint application for Windows/Linux/Mac (zip)
Download Multipaint Processing sketch 18.10.2018 (zip, manual not included)
Download Multipaint manual separately (pdf)
Keysheet with highlighted important options
NOTE to Mac users (1st of August, 2018): The Multipaint icon graphics problem is fixed. There may still be security/quarantine related issues with the mac.
As Multipaint is written in Processing, it should run in Windows, Mac OS X and Linux 32/64 bit systems. For running the application, you need the Java Runtime Environment. Especially on Mac OS X, the chosen Java version may affect screen refresh speed. Processing binaries cannot be guaranteed to work correctly across all operating system versions. In that case it might be helpful to install Processing and run the sketch instead.
Multipaint 2018 (version 1.8.2018) is the fifth release of Multipaint. This version introduces a preview window, alternate palettes for C64 modes, basic aspect ratio switch for MSX and customizable mousewheel/middle button options.
Most importantly, the mac icon graphic bug was fixed. A more complete list of new features is included in the manual.
NOTE: I am phasing out the 'b' Intelligent drawing mode. So it does not have an icon although it is still shown in the manual. The 'b' key still works, though, and can be useful in some brush drawing operations.
The 2018b fixes a few glitches introduced in the 2018 version.
A blog post detailing some of the 2018 features
Pixel Polizei, a multi-platform graphics utility
PETSCII, a multi-platform text art editor
Multipaint may have problems finding the prefs.txt file, leading to reduced features. It appears that no one solution fits all, but based on Mac users' comments here are some things to consider:
Here are some works where Multipaint has been put to use.
Special thanks to Jonathan Eggelton who gave permission to include his work. Jon takes inspiration from C-64 game covers and loading screens. You can view more of his work through this CSDb page.
I have also permission to include works by Andy Green. Andy has been very prolific in creating ZX Spectrum art, both re-imagined loading screens and new images. To see more, check Andy's ZXart gallery and his Facebook page.
The demogroup GOTU made a demo on Commodore plus/4 called Promised Land, and told me they used Multipaint for the graphics. See the entry at plus4world!
The first three images are loading screens for an add-on to the multi-platform text adventure Hibernated 1: This Place is Death, which is called Eight Feet Under. The pictures were made by Rail Slave. Get Hibernated from here, it's quite an atmospheric game.
Eight Feet Under (C64 multicolor) by Rail Slave
Eight Feet Under (Amstrad CPC) by Rail Slave
Eight Feet Under (ZX Spectrum) by Rail Slave
Red Heat (C64 multicolor) by JonEgg
River Raid (C64 multicolor) by JonEgg
Toki (ZX Spectrum) by Andy Green
Doomsday Castle (ZX Spectrum) by Andy Green
From Promised Land (C plus/4) by DLST/GOTU
Für Desire (C64 multicolor) by Dr. TerrorZ
Remote (C64 hires) by Dr. TerrorZ
Queen (C64 multicolor) by Dr. TerrorZ
Infestation (C64 multicolor) by Dr. TerrorZ
Mi Amis Vice (C64 multicolor) by Dr. TerrorZ
Boabots (C64 hires) by Dr. TerrorZ
Lawless of the West (C64 hires) by Dr. TerrorZ
Countryside (C64 hires) by Dr. TerrorZ
Star Kerk (MSX) by Dr. TerrorZ
Imjarvi UFO Incident (C64 multicolor) by Dr. TerrorZ
Sommaren e Kårt (C64 multicolor) by Marq
Spaghetti West (C64 multicolor) by Dr. TerrorZ
Inside Job (C64 hires) by Dr. TerrorZ
Battlecat Action Figure (C64 hires) by Dr. TerrorZ
Unhanged (ZX Spectrum) by Dr. TerrorZ
Multipaint 2016-2018 by Tero Heikkinen. Comments and queries can be sent to the address below: