The regular computer graphics
column in monthly editions of ST Format
, Future Publishing
's monthly magazine for users of the Atari ST
family of computers, which ran from 1986(ish) to 1996(ish). Written in ST
Format's trademark sarcastic, cheeky style, it was usually the first thing I read when I got the magazine every month (after the list of cover disk
Readers were encouraged to mail in floppy disk
? what's that?) containing their own artwork (their antivirus
software must have had smoke coming out of it) for inclusion in the magazine.
Given that the ST's highest quality resolution was 300x200x16, some of the work was of remarkable quality, with some incredibly detailed, hand-drawn photorealistic
artwork being produced on a regular basis. There was the regular stock of metallic balls floating above chessboard
renders, but a few that I still remember today.
The most popular graphics package on the ST was Deluxe Paint
, a port of the Amiga
product, that (if i remember correctly) ended up becoming Paint Shop Pro.
I've got a big stack of ST Formats lying around somewhere, I think I'll go and dig them out...