Somehow I became the neighborhood Mac support specialist. Don’t recommend a Mac to anyone you’re not prepared to support.
My new neighbor bought a Mac. Who does she call when she has a question? Me. I’m thinking of going blonde. No one asks them technical questions. My latest neighbor convert describes the sign of the times in a single question.
For many Mac users today, using a Windows PC is a distant memory. For my neighbor, a new and somewhat happy Mac user, not distant enough.
She called me to come to her house to help her find something on her Mac.
Easier said than done. I have three pre-school age children to tote down the street.
Been there. Done that. This is not my first neighborhood bar-b-que. If I time my house call support requests just right she’ll feed them all before I’m done.
The question this time? “Where’s Paint?”
“Uh, Paint?” I get verbally creative when I’m blind sided like that. Yeah, as in Microsoft Paint. MS Paint. The paint thing that comes with Windows.
As it turns out, a Mac doesn’t come with a paint app in iLife and the tweaking tools in iPhoto don’t count as, well, you know, paint. No more MacPaint, either.
Ever quick on the draw, I turned her on to the Mac App Store and let her search around for awhile as the kids cleaned out her refrigerator. She came up with Paintr, a new Mac app in the vein of Flickr and Tumblr. I came up with 5 Ways This Mac Paint App Is Better Than The Original.
Paintr is kinda sorta mostly like the Microsoft Paint app from you days of suffering with Windows. It paints. There’s a color palette, an eraser, a magnifier, and a pencil.
You can fill with colors, pick colors, brush paint strokes on screen. You can create lines, text, curves, rectangles, rounded rectangles, and ellipses.
It handles images in .png, .jpg, .gif, .tiff, and .bmp files. Paintbrush is free. Paintr is not. What made my neighbor buy Paintr instead?
Paintr has the dubious option of integrating with Mail on your Mac.
Click a button and your freshly painted image is transformed into Mail, ready to send to friends and family so they can mock your lack of artistic ability in the privacy of their own homes.
If you’re new to the Mac, a switcher from Windows, and you miss MS Paint, here’s your chance to capture the glory years of personal computer painting without spending much money. For my money, the real bargain in cheap Mac paint apps is Paintbrush.