Today’s iPod touch has more computing power by far. What better way to celebrate the life of MacPaint than with a Mac app that resurrects the glory days of cheap digital drawing in full color. Now, if we could find a way to get Steve Jobs back…
MacPaint Lives As iPainter
MacPaint showed the world a better way to draw on a computer. iPainter simply brings back the glory days of MacPaint in a more colorful, slightly more powerful way.
This is not Photoshop or Illustrator or Pixelmator or any of the highly competent and complex drawing tools which grace Macland.
iPainter is simple, a good place to learn to draw or paint or illustrate and express your talent devoid of the palettes of tools and presets.
Truly, this is an app that appears more as a resurrected MacPaint and it doesn’t move the medium forward as much as it retraces the past but in color.
iPainter has familiar tools. A simple palette. Text capability. A MacPaint-like Toolbar. A few presets.
Somehow iPainter seems liberating. It’s you, a few tools, and your talent.
Nothing less, nothing more.
iPainter couldn’t be much easier or simpler to use.
If it was, it would be in black and white and say MacPaint on the label.
In more than a few ways iPainter is an improvement over MacPaint but won’t compete with any Mac drawing or painting or graphic app with a price tag beyond $5.
You can select the image size and it handles multiple layers, so drawings or paintings can be more complex than anything in MacPaint.
Layers can be moved up and down to create blended designs. All the basic tools are easily mastered– eraser, fill, color picker, zoom, lines, curves, rectangles.
And, of course, your design can be saved as a JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, or TIFF file. Now, if only there were some way Apple could bring back a new version of Steve Jobs…