What Does MacDraw Mean?

MacDraw is an early drawing and graphic design software introduced by Apple for its Macintosh systems in 1984. The program was vector based and was the first WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) drawing program, whereby the user can draw and edit designs and print the draft exactly as it appears on the screen.


Techopedia Explains MacDraw

MacDraw was a popular application for computer-based vector drawing. The original MacDraw application generated bitmap images without coloring options, whereas MacDraw Pro, released in 1991, supported additional color control options. MacDraw files were stored in the MACDRAW format and were only able to be edited in MacDraw until later versions were released which allowed importing, copying and pasting of data.

MacDraw is now discontinued due to the availability of updated and more sophisticated drawing software on the market.


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