Yes, I am not ashamed to say it, but I had a short-lived affair with Microsoft Paint.
My first love
Back in the heady days of Windows 3.1 (if you can remember it, you were never there), I was a big user of Paint (or Paintbrush, as it was called then.) It was cool to be able to create works-of-art.
As I started finding my way in the world, I started using Paintbrush less, and less. I was never a graphics designer, and didn’t really need to use such tools. At most, I needed to be able to take screen shots, and manipulate these if necessary (things like trimming unwanted parts out, slicing sections out of the middle, adding text, etc.). For this I found Snagit to be an excellent tool.
Then I moved into the world of Business Analysis, and wire-frames, and mock-ups. If an existing system needed changes to the user interface, it was often necessary to be able to demonstrate what the interface would look like once the changes had been incorporated.
I had started a new position at a financial company, and my beloved Snagit was no longer available. I was required to document web site/application changes, and what did I have available…Paintbrush, (or as it was now know, Paint). “How can I work like this!?” I screamed to myself.
Having no choice, I started using this infantile tool. And, you know what? I was amazed at what I could do. Once I got the hang of it, I could easily paste in a screen shot, trim out unwanted elements, move elements around, even replace text. (This last one was not straight-forward – it involved getting the new text to look like it was the same as the old.) I quickly became a MS Paint advocate.
It didn’t last long
This adding the next text bit, however, got me frustrated. it was clumsy, and required a lot of fart-arsing around.
That’s when I discovered what I could do with a browser’s Developer tools …
…to be continued
I still like and use PAINT. For quick little things like screenshot care, it’s unbeatable and it is free. For things like adding text, though, I generally use something like Word, screenshot it and then cut and paste. Cumbersome, but it works and I don’t think anything of it now. Still, PAINT is a very useful tool. And, don’t forget, there are those who ONLY use PAINT…like that 93 year old man who makes lovely art with only Paint.
It certainly is a great tool. And I was really surprised at what I could do with it, (and quickly!). I definitely like your tip about the text. I hadn’t thought of that. However, s I alluded to it in the end of the post I did find an easier way. I’ll explain more in a future post.
(Thanks for your comment. it’s good to confirm that at least one person has read the post :O) )
🙂 I understand…I rarely get any ‘real’ comments, most are bots and I never approve them. It is good to know that people do read.
I use the Word Art feature as well. Powerpoint, if you have that, is also good for text and adding baubles as well. I love Office…
Ha- I know what you mean (about “comments”). I Lose count of the number of “comments” I’v got that have absolutely nothing to do with the post where they are made.
I checked out your blog, (and left a real comment). You’ve got a great writing style!
Hey, thanks for checking out the blog. It’s mostly tech oriented, but I try not to get overly geeky. I write about many other things as well. Theme parks and family are two of my other favorite things to write about.
Yeah – I saw that. I thought that it was quite cool. Here there was a post where you had gone into insane detail about the system you were building, followed closely by a post about the theme park you visited. Really interesting mix. Told me a lot about your writing style.