February 24, 2009
It has been quite a while since Paint and WordPad, two of the most common Windows accessories got some makeover.
Paint was one of the first Windows tools I ever used. Back in the Windows 3.x days it used to be called “Paintbrush”. WordPad used to be called “Write”.
Those days have gone by, and now, we have Windows 7 Beta, which added the Office 2007-style “ribbons” for the toolbars in Paint and WordPad.
Paint also got some feature enhancements, with some cool new brushes (demonstrated above), and the ability to add AutoShapes (arrows, callouts, etc).
Just for old times’ sake, here’s how Paintbrush used to look like in Windows 3.1: