What was the flow-based image editor, early '90s Irix?

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What was the flow-based image editor, early '90s Irix?

Unread postby merrillaldrich » Sat Aug 24, 2013 9:39 am

From about 1994/5 I taught Architecture visualization in a lab of O2s with Alias PowerAnimator. I am old now, obviously :-). Back around that time, maybe one gen before, I vividly remember a flow-based image editing tool (a graphic UI with modules you could plug together to make an image editing "program," like FBP) but I can't remember what it was called. Does anyone remember or have a screenshot of that tool?

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Re: What was the flow-based image editor, early '90s Irix?

Unread postby mia » Sat Aug 24, 2013 12:28 pm

tvpaint?
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Unread postby vishnu » Sat Aug 24, 2013 5:32 pm

TV Paint screenshot from our very own listing of IRIX commercial software:

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Unread postby mia » Sat Aug 24, 2013 6:18 pm

so amiga~ish.
Good app though, works nicely and it's fast.
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Re: What was the flow-based image editor, early '90s Irix?

Unread postby vishnu » Sat Aug 24, 2013 7:41 pm

mia wrote:so amiga~ish.
Good app though, works nicely and it's fast.

You've got the IRIX version? Wherever did you find it? :shock:
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Unread postby mia » Sat Aug 24, 2013 8:20 pm

This is good old stuff.

TV_Paint36.zip
md5sum: 662fc6b2c6bf26938187d3689bd24a44

I imagine that's the one and only version for irix.
Barco Creator is also worth trying btw.
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Re: What was the flow-based image editor, early '90s Irix?

Unread postby vishnu » Sat Aug 24, 2013 11:42 pm

According to the Wikipedia article the last Amiga version is "distributed publicly," whatever that means. It also says version 3.6 was the first port to IRIX and DEC Alpha. It must have gone over like a lead balloon on IRIX but it looks like they slogged along with the Alpha port for a while. I can't remember who said it but one of the contributors at Unix Review once commented that "Alpha is the chip that makes everything that Intel does look silly." :P
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Unread postby mia » Sun Aug 25, 2013 5:38 am

It was probably on AlphaNT.
A nice application, honestly, but really meant to be used with a tablet.
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Re: What was the flow-based image editor, early '90s Irix?

Unread postby vishnu » Sun Aug 25, 2013 10:25 pm

Here's a totally off topic question, did Visual C++ exist on AlphaNT?
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Unread postby jan-jaap » Mon Aug 26, 2013 12:20 am

vishnu wrote:Here's a totally off topic question, did Visual C++ exist on AlphaNT?

Yes, up to version 4.2, IIRC
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Unread postby PymbleSoftware » Mon Aug 26, 2013 1:11 am

vishnu wrote:Here's a totally off topic question, did Visual C++ exist on AlphaNT?


We used it to create the WindowsNT/Alpha version of Digital Fusion. I think it maybe have gone as far Visual C++ 5.0 or Visual C++ 6.0, I was doing WindowsNT x86 digital fusion work with VC++ 6.0 at the time.

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Unread postby GL1zdA » Mon Aug 26, 2013 1:18 am

jan-jaap wrote:
vishnu wrote:Here's a totally off topic question, did Visual C++ exist on AlphaNT?

Yes, up to version 4.2, IIRC

Up to 6.0 actually.
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Re: What was the flow-based image editor, early '90s Irix?

Unread postby SiliconClassics » Mon Aug 26, 2013 8:44 pm

TVpaint definitely doesn't have a node-based architecture with interconnecting modules - it's a very simple app.

There weren't many node-based graphics apps in the early to mid 90's - perhaps you are thinking of Softimage Eddie? There's a quick screengrab of it here.
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Re: What was the flow-based image editor, early '90s Irix?

Unread postby vishnu » Fri Sep 13, 2013 2:08 pm

If it was more mid to late 90's it could be NothingReal's Shake:
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Re: What was the flow-based image editor, early '90s Irix?

Unread postby hazelden » Fri Sep 13, 2013 2:51 pm

Another node based image editor from the mid-to-late 90's was Wavefront Composer that was later renamed to Maya Composer.

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