Sep 18, 2021
Eric Podietz, Interactive Picture Systems
Eric Podietz was co-founder of Interactive Picture Systems, a company that created software for 8-bit computers from 1982 through 1984. The company's first program was PAINT! for the Atari 8-bits, which was developed at the Superboots software development lab located at the Capital Children's Museum in Washington, D.C.. PAINT! was first published by Reston then by Atari.
Their next program was Movie Maker, an animation program. Next came three educational titles published by Spinnaker Software: Trains, a business simulation; Grandma's House, a digital dollhouse; and Aerobics, a fitness program. The company also created Operation Frog, simulated frog dissection software for the Apple II and Commodore 64.
This interview took place on September 9, 2021. In it, we discuss Guy Nouri, Ann Lewin-Benham, and Bill Bowman, whom I have previously interviewed.
After the interview, Eric sent me the source code for his early Apple II program Painter Power, which I scanned and uploaded to Internet Archive.
This interview on YouTube
ANTIC Interview 410 - Ann Lewin-Benham, Director of Capital Children's Museum
ANTIC Interview 407 - Guy Nouri, Interactive Picture Systems
ANTIC Interview 278 - Bill Bowman, CEO of Spinnaker Software
Reston Software's Paint manual
The Designers Behind MovieMaker in Compute! Gazette Issue 15
IPS feature in Starlog Magazine Issue 084
Movie Maker feature in Creative Computing April 1984
Painter Power source code
Emma One Sock fabric