There is now a painting program designed primary for kids. It can randomly draw squares, circles, lines, triangles and stars at different sizes and colors, and can create a totally wonderful result. This is Doodle Kids for the Apple IIGS - a full screen painting program written for kids. The kids just need to use the mouse to paint and see the result comes to life with random shapes in random colors. Press the space key, and all the color in the color palette will animate! Press the delete key, and the picture will be erased. There is nothing else the kids needs to know.
Doodle Kids is designed by an 8 years old programmer using Pascal, and primary for his sisters. Ding Wen first started this little project learning event driven programming on his Apple IIGS, and wanted to design something different from his dad. He knows the QuickDraw API, and uses it to draw different shapes on the screen. Ding Wen has already written many programs in Pascal and BASIC, including some animations and games, but this is probably the best program he has written so far. It serves a simple purpose and done it well, and the code is short and sweet, demonstrating how easy it is to program for the Apple IIGS.
The Pascal source code of Doodle Kids has been uploaded to the web site for all to see. If you are now running Firefox or Internet Explorer on a PC, you can test drive Doodle Kids here. Doodle Kids for Apple IIGS video
Ding Wen has ported Doodle Kids to iPhone.
Finally, Doodle Kids is now available in App Store!