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Adobe releases Photoshop 1.0.1 source code

For designers after a sense of nostalgia
Fri Feb 15 2013, 11:22
Adobe Photoshop 101

SOFTWARE CREATOR Adobe's Photoshop 1.0.1 source code has been made available as a free download, 13 years after it was first released.

In great news for designers after a sense of nostalgia, or for those who fancy a break from Photoshop's endless toolbars and features, the Computer History Museum has released the original version of Adobe's Photoshop software.

The Computer History Museum said, "With the permission of Adobe Systems Inc., the Computer History Museum is pleased to make available, for non-commercial use, the source code to the 1990 version 1.0.1 of Photoshop.

"All the code is here with the exception of the MacApp applications library that was licensed from Apple. There are 179 files in the zipped folder, comprising about 128,000 lines of mostly uncommented but well-structured code. By line count, about 75 [percent] of the code is in Pascal, about 15 [percent] is in 68000 assembler language, and the rest is data of various sorts."

Of course it should be noted that Adobe Photoshop 1.0.1 lacks many of the features we take for granted with the more modern versions of the software. However, given that this is one of the only times you'll be able to get your mitts on Photoshop for free, this is to be expected.

As the museum noted, Adobe Photoshop made its debut in 1988 when it was then known as Display, a piece of software written by brothers Thomas and John Knoll. In the following 10 years, three million copies of Photoshop were sold, as the software cemented itself as a market leader. 

Adobe Photoshop 1.0.1 is available to download for free now. µ


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