Multipaint

Multipaint 2018 (Version 1.8.2018, Fifth release)

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.

Features & Download

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 (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.

Latest version

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.


See also:

A blog post detailing some of the 2018 features

Pixel Polizei, a multi-platform graphics utility

PETSCII, a multi-platform text art editor

Multipaint Gallery

Here are example works, some made with older versions of Multipaint.

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.

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

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

Alien (C64 multicolor) 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

Contact

Multipaint 2016-2018 by Tero Heikkinen. Comments and queries can be sent to the address below: