The Macintosh was the first computer most people had seen that used a mouse. Before the Mac, home users had little ability to create
art or graphics with computers. Special drawing tablets were generally required. Computers before the Mac had very low resolution screens.
When Steve Jobs introduced the Mac to Apple shareholders
in January 1984 and they saw Macpaint drawings flash across the screen (along with more than a few other groundbreaking features), they cheered.
Bill Atkinson's Macpaint turned any computer into an art studio. Perhaps more importantly, anyone who did not consider themselves a serious artist could
make cool graphics on a computer.
A New York Times review from 1984 called Macpaint "better than anything else of its kind offered on personal computers
by a factor of 10." Clip art and "building block" illustration packs made with Macpaint soon put professional-looking graphics
within reach of average users.