Below is a list of various drawing applications that are available to use with System 7 (68K).
I’m mostly interested in apps that can do both pixel and vector, and that support layers and transparency. The table below might be useful for at-a-glance comparisons. Apps run in both mono or colour, unless stated otherwise.
Deneba artWorks is a standout app that can do both pixel and vector, has layers and (partial) transparency. The bottom layer is opaque and all layers on top are transparent. Collections of pixels are managed as a special object, and there’s a limit of 8 layers. The user interface is brilliant.
Freehand is king of the vector apps. It really was so much better than Illustrator. Such a shame that it’s no longer around. To use it on iPad is quite something!
Also interesting is how many early versions of successful apps didn’t support layers (Photoshop, Freehand) or transparency (Photoshop).
One small disappointment: Macromedia Fireworks requires the PPC architecture so won’t run on my iPad System 7 setup. Sad face.
|artWorks||●||●||●||○||Bottom layer opaque|
|Canvas||●||●||●||○||Bottom layer opaque|
|ClarisDraw||●||●||●||Pixel drawing within specific objects only|
|Draw It Again Sam||●||●|
|Freehand 1.0–2.0||●||○||Layers not managed visually|
|ImageStudio 0.6||●||Custom brushes|
|SuperPaint||●||●||○||One layer each for pixel and vector|
|UltraPaint||●||●||●||○||Bottom layer opaque|
Key: ● full support, ○ partial support