Contents of the README file
Painter's Apprentice is a bitmap editor in the genre of MacPaint, PC
Paintbrush, Dr. Halo, etc. Painter's Apprentice requires an EGA or VGA
and a mouse driver compatible with Microsoft's.
Painter's Apprentice is a freely copyable program. It is not a demo,
nor is it crippleware. However, it is only part of a larger package.
The larger package contains fonts, images, file format documentation
and driver sources and is not freely copyable.
BECAUSE PAINTER'S APPRENTICE IS LICENSED FREE OF CHARGE, WE PROVIDE
ABSOLUTELY NO WARRANTY, TO THE EXTENT PERMITTED BY APPLICABLE STATE
LAW. EXCEPT WHEN OTHERWISE STATED IN WRITING, RUSSELL NELSON AND
PATRICK NAUGHTON PROVIDE PAINTER'S APPRENTICE "AS IS" WITHOUT WARRANTY
OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED
TO, THE IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A
PARTICULAR PURPOSE. THE ENTIRE RISK AS TO THE QUALITY AND PERFORMANCE
OF THE PROGRAM IS WITH YOU. SHOULD THE PAINTER'S APPRENTICE PROGRAM PROVE
DEFECTIVE, YOU ASSUME THE COST OF ALL NECESSARY SERVICING, REPAIR OR
IN NO EVENT UNLESS REQUIRED BY APPLICABLE LAW WILL RUSSELL NELSON
AND/OR PATRICK NAUGHTON BE LIABLE TO YOU FOR DAMAGES, INCLUDING ANY
LOST PROFITS, LOST MONIES, OR OTHER SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL OR
CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF THE USE OR INABILITY TO USE
(INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO LOSS OF DATA OR DATA BEING RENDERED
INACCURATE OR LOSSES SUSTAINED BY THIRD PARTIES OR A FAILURE OF THE
PROGRAM TO OPERATE WITH PROGRAMS NOT DISTRIBUTED BY RUSSELL NELSON
AND/OR PATRICK NAUGHTON) THE PROGRAM, EVEN IF YOU HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF
THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES, OR FOR ANY CLAIM BY ANY OTHER PARTY.
ABOUT.SCR About Painter's Apprentice screen
DISNEY.MAC A MacPaint (ReadMac) image of Disney Characters
EPSONFX.PRI Epson FX - some other printers are compatible with this.
EPSONMX.PRI Epson MX - many other printers are compatible with this.
FNT.LDI .FNT loader
GEMINI.PRI Gemini 10X driver
HELP.SCR Help Screen
HP82905B.PRI Hewlett-Packard 82905B driver
IBMPRO.PRI IBM ProPrinter and Graphics Printer driver
IBMQUIET.PRI IBM Quietwriter driver
IPA.LDI .IPA loader
INSTALL.BAT Install PA into the correct subdirectories
LA50.PRI Digital Equipment LA50 driver
LASERJET.PRI HP LaserJet driver
MAC.LDI .MAC loader
MPI99.PRI MPI 99 driver
MV.COM Move files from one place or name to another.
MVP.PRI MVP driver
NOR10.FNT Norwood font (10 pt)
NOR12.FNT Norwood font (12 pt)
NOR14.FNT Norwood font (14 pt)
NOR18.FNT Norwood font (18 pt)
NOR9.FNT Norwood font ( 9 pt)
OKI192.PRI Okidata 192
OKI83.PRI Okidata 83
OKI83S.PRI Okidata 83 sideways
PA.COM Painter's Apprentice
PA.DOC Documentation for PA.
PA.DSC Description file.
POOH.IPA Winnie the Pooh
POTS10.FNT Potsdam font (10 pt)
POTS12.FNT Potsdam font (12 pt)
POTS14.FNT Potsdam font (14 pt)
POTS15.FNT Potsdam font (15 pt)
POTS18.FNT Potsdam font (18 pt)
POTS9.FNT Potsdam font ( 9 pt)
PROWRITE.PRI C.Itoh Prowriter
QUICKIES.SCR Quickies (accellerators) Screen
README. This file.
SCR.LDI .SCR file loader.
SERIF10.FNT Serif font (10 pt)
SERIF12.FNT Serif font (12 pt)
SERIF18.FNT Serif font (18 pt)
STARSR.PRI Star SR driver
SYSTEM9.FNT Sans-serif font (9 point)
THINKJET.PRI HP Thinkjet printer driver
If you received this program as a .ZOO file, you can simply unzoo it, and the
proper subdirectories will be created.
If you received this program as a .ARC file, you have to run
INSTALL.BAT from the subdirectory containing all the files with one
parameter--the pathname in which to install PA.
PA needs to find its files, and it looks for the base subdirectory containing
the BIN, SCRAPS and FONTS subdirectories in several ways:
o An environment variable set to the base subdirectory.
o A subdirectory called \PAINT, equivalent to saying "set PAINT=\PAINT".
o In the current subdirectory, equivalent to saying "set PAINT=.".
Russell Nelson has hacked on a number of programs, including
History.com, Find.exe, BT (Boot Through), Ef (Edit Fat), and a number
that you might not have heard of. Russell Nelson is also the author
of Freemacs, a freely copyable programmable editor for the IBM-PC and
Patrick Naughton is also the author of xmac and hacked on xlock, two
programs for the X Window System. Patrick is now working for Sun
Microsystems, and is no longer supporting Painter's Apprentice.
Painter's Apprentice is NOT BEGGARWARE
Most so-called shareware packages are really beggarware. "If you use this
software, please pay me for it." When you send in your money, all you get
is thanks. Well, Painter's Apprentice is NOT BEGGARWARE. We have two
schemes for getting paid for Painter's Apprentice without begging, the
REST of the package, and the NEXT version, both outlined below.
The REST of the package
When you got your copy of Painter's Apprentice, you only got part of
the whole package. We wanted to keep the archive file small so that
more people would download it. The REST of Painter's Apprentice has
a LOT more fonts, more internal documentation, and driver sources.
If you send us $35, we will send you the REST of the package.
The NEXT version.
A lot of people who use shareware packages and don't pay are getting a
free ride from those who do. Well, we have a new scheme to stop that.
It's called contract programming. The best way to pay for programming
is to find a lot of people who want a program written, and get THEM to
pay for it in advance. The program should be freely copyable, so that
people who weren't around when the program was written can still
benefit. The problem is finding the people who want the program enough
to pay for it.
We have written Painter's Apprentice and given it out to the world.
We have done this in the hopes of finding those people who want a
paint-type program for the PC. Having found those people, we want
them to pay for it by buying the REST of the package. The way that
we have chosen to do this is to delay writing the next version of
Painter's Apprentice until we have been paid for the previous
version. If we don't get paid enough, we will assume that an
insufficient number of people are using Painter's Apprentice and we
will devote our efforts to software that people WILL use.
If there is sufficient interest in PA to continue supporting it, I plan on the
o Screen capture to .IPA file.
o VGA resolution (640x350) support.
o RGB monitor (640x200) support.
o Arbitrary Shape Select (MacPaint's Lasso).
o Improved font handling.
What you get if you pay:
convert.comAn image file format converter.
printipa.comAn offline .IPA file printer (no mouse required).
driver sourcesSource for all the printer drivers.
loader sourcesSource for all the image file loaders.
file formatsDocumentation on the .FNT, .IPA, .MAC, and .SCR file formats.
A large number of fonts.
A large number of images.
Send a purchase order, check or money order for $35 (New York State
residents add appropriate sales tax) to:
11 Grant St.
Potsdam, NY 13676.
You will receive in return mail three diskettes containing the above software.