Can we recover this 1986 computer art? ⛏️
Welcome Hello Chip Dippers It’s time for another Quick Bytes, Apple Appetizer So, quick recap No, not that kind of recap We’ve… …recapped the boards, cleaned the boards, refurbished the external port, and electrocuted ourselves.. ..reflowed the unlock solder, reflowed the floppy port solder, asked Jerry for help Swap the bonds filter, had a nervous breakdown, removed the scuzzy chip, refurbished three floppy drives ..tried to floppy cables, tried four system disks, lightbrighted the case, and gone into therapy And then this happened You stup.. (bleep)..ing, piece of (bleep) That wasn’t me swearing.. it was Puppyfractic We made her wash her mouth out with soap and water And, you know, I really thought that swapping the Integrated Woz Machine, IWM Chip woz going to solve it But it wozn’t ..the.. woz You know what I mean Then finally, thanks to the amazing floppy EMU It’s not .. not a flightless bird, that’s gone limp I finally got this machine to boot for the first time The fact that the machine is now fully future-proofed and that I have the ability to load any disk I want .. virtually .. Was not than good enough But I did get suggestions to try that EMU on the internal port It’s a good idea Let’s give it a go! Huh. It works which narrows down our problem to either those two floppy cables or the three floppy drives Or a completely unrelated problem on the Logic Board Relating to powering the drive motors, which the EMU doesn’t have Maybe that’s why it’s flightless But back to that floppy emulator its creator It’s creator essentially told me it’s time for a new Logic Board And faced with the two choices of throwing this one in the trash Or keeping it alive using the emulator Well, you know me Rest in peaccccCB I can’t do it See, told you, you know me But from rest in PCB to trust in PCBWay They’ve got a great 5th anniversary flash sale on right now! And as we all know, PCB stands for Perifractic Can’t Bin-it But stop the press, we’ve just received this kind donation from eBayer, biff_howard_tannen Wait.. Well, anyway, he sent us this known working yellow stripe the floppy cable You can’t use a red stripe SE cable with the Macintosh Plus That would be ridicuwous So, let’s see if this gets any of our three internal drives working Well sadly, Biff’s kind donation didn’t get us back to the future I tried all the system discs, I tried all three floppy drives It still didn’t work And, you know, I did see comments from people saying you could try 20 floppy Macintosh drives And none of them would work And we just have to draw a line somewhere So we’re gonna keep this machine alive using the floppy Goat .. uh..EMU So, now we have our working machine Here’s what I’ve wanted to do that for many years You see back in 1986, my only access to the magical Macintosh Was the one owned by my friend Matthew’s Dad, Philip Here’s Matthew with it Here’s Philip with it And here’s me with.. a goat. Yeah, I don’t have a picture with a Mac Until now! Anyway, we would spend hours upon weeks just messing around with MacPaint Back then, it was somewhat of a marvel and the first time ever that you can actually create art in one program Then move it into another like the equally inspiring MacWrite Originally called MacSketch, MacPaint was written using Pascal and Assembler in 1984 So quite recently then By Apple’s Bill Atkinson Here’s an actual photograph of him The interface was designed by Susan Kare For me, that woman’s touch explains why it was so intuitive to use And why even Photoshop today borrows from the layout? Naughty Adobe MacPaint also featured a menu containing all sorts of goodies called AIDS But this was soon renamed to Goodies Phew, Goodie Now on that system, we created some really cool stuff I even had this image featured in MacUser Magazine But over the years, that Macintosh was itself put into retirement We don’t know where it is now but to his credit bet he found a way to convert those Mac Paint files into bitmap .BMP format And so, I was able to keep them through these past three decades But now I finally got a working Macintosh again The thought does arise.. Wouldn’t it be cool to convert them back again into their original format? And once again, load them onto a real Macintosh with MacPaint Now that challenge on today’s menu isn’t as simple as it may seem And in a second, we’ll look at the recipe ingredients we need Don’t eat the blue pill Keanu! These are the recipe ingredients we need First, capacitors ..oh, wait, sorry wrong slide We’ll need a real Macintosh Check. A floppy emulator Check. The bitmap files Check. But also some way to convert them Uh.. let me check And a way to get them onto the virtual MacPaint disc So thank goodness.. remember that emulator? Well, this would have been a much quicker Quick Bytes So first thing I’m gonna do is take the flash card out of the floppy emulator Put it into my real Macintos, well, not real Futuristic Macintosh And you can see it mounted there Then I found this program. It’s called GraphicConverter by Lemke Software And it’s the only one that actually has, supposedly, a file format for converting MacPaint files So I’ve selected all my Bitmap files and let’s start the function Op! That was quick Almost too quick, but apparently there they are Next I’m gonna use the emulator, Mini vMac, running on the modern day Mac And use this import FI Tool which will allow me to drag-and-drop files And save them onto the virtual disks And in this case, I’m using the virtual MacPaint disc from the floppy emulator flashcard But there’s a problem.. the MacPaint files are not actually showing the MacPaint icon Which means they won’t load And of course with the Mac changing the file extension doesn’t help either So if I go to the File>Info I can see here the problem The Kind is just Document And the icon is wrong Try dragging-and-dropp.. no Well, then I found this: Creator Changer 2.8 And it will allow you to click Make Like and make one file like another file So here, I’m choosing a real MacPaint file And it’s gonna copy those info attributes across And you can see now the icon is correct And as for where to open it? It says MacPaint Let’s try it with vMac Emulator and yes! Look at that! For the first time ever.. well in 33 years These files are kind of running on a Mac So now I’m gonna repeat the process and drag and drop all the other converted Mac files From my real Ma.. old, new Mac.. to the emulator And then convert each one to a MacPaint file type And there we go! I’ve got now all the files on this virtual disk In theory, if I put this in.. I should see the same thing Yep! Let’s load up MacPaint! Let’s try opening a file Yesss! Ooh. look at that! For the first time since, probably 1987 – 1988 My MacPaint Mouse is back on Mac Wait, that’s.. who’s that? That’s not right. Do something about that. Let’s check our other files Fred & Co Hamster Cages Ohhh, yes This extremely lifelike depiction was done by my friend Matthew And it’s of his old pet hamster Rest in Peace, Hammy Do you remember the show Take Hart with Tony Hart? Well, let’s have a little gallery of our finished conversions See Mum, I told you I be on TV one day So there it is, our finished project! The working, future-proofed and restored Apple Macintosh Plus Featuring my original 1986 artwork, Back to Mac Thank you so much for joining me on this journey! It’s been quite a ride, hasn’t it? But we have many more exciting journeys and delicious Retro Recipes to come So make sure you’re subscribed Comment below and Cheerio!