Studio One on the Mac SE.
March 4, 2008 4:35 PM   Subscribe

OldMacFilter: I have fond memories of using a program called Studio/One on my Mac SE to generate monochrome bitmap art and animation. It was a straightforward, user-friendly program with a very solid System 6 vibe. I also seem to recall other programs from the same company - I seem to recall Studio Eight and Studio 32 as being the other products. My question is, where could I find more information about this wonderful program, to fill my nostalgia for old-school Mac-ness? What company made it, and how could I most easily create animations similar to what it produced? And what were Studio Eight and Studio 32 like? Does anyone else remember this stuff?
posted by Sticherbeast to Computers & Internet (6 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
My college art department was a bit late to the game in introducing computer based art courses, but when they finally added a computer lab - all macs - they all had Studio 32. Only two machines had Photoshop (2.0, I believe) but at the time I definitely preferred Studio 32. I've done a few searches over the years, but there's not much info out there about it, unfortunately. Hopefully someone else here has more insight!
posted by blaneyphoto at 4:44 PM on March 4, 2008

I remember Studio 8! I made cassette covers for my band's demo tape with it.

I was in engineering school and had access to several image manipulation programs in the Mac lab. I recall evaluating Photoshop and Studio 8 and very much favoring the latter. When I found out one of my professor's sons wrote Photoshop, I recall biting my tongue regarding my preference.

No idea where you'd find copies now. The umich mac archive?

Guess not, but there may be other goodies there for you.
posted by nonmyopicdave at 7:16 PM on March 4, 2008

Best answer: Yeah, it was by Electronic Arts (brief reference in its Wikipedia entry). The versions (always in numerals) signified the bit depth supported by the application; Studio/1 = black and white, Studio/8 = 256 colors, Studio/32 = "millions of colors" with alpha transparency. If you can track down a copy of one of them and a Mac ROM of the right vintage, it might run in a 680x0 emulator like Basilisk II on top of a modern operating system. Some reimaginings of the pixel-art/animation feature set:

Pixen (free/open source)
Pixel Ninja (shareware, free demo during development)
posted by disarray at 7:25 PM on March 4, 2008

If you ever come across the software, use mini vMac + a handy guide.
posted by Monochrome at 8:15 PM on March 4, 2008

Studio 8 was the main reason I shelled out $6000+ for my first Mac [IIcx] back in 1989. Better pixel-pusher than PS CS.
posted by panamax at 10:41 PM on March 4, 2008

It's not in the Info-Mac HyperArchive either, but that's another great place to dig around for classic apps.
posted by mumkin at 1:03 AM on March 5, 2008

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