30 years later photo enhancement and graphic design apps have capabilities not even imagined back in the day, yet we still have plenty of entry-level paint and drawing apps. Here’s one that claims to be a ‘pro’ version paint app with an amateur price tag.
Paint Not Like A Pro
To be fair, Paint Pro is more than MacPaint ever was. But not much more, and certainly not a Pro-level app, unless kindergarten students are the target customer.
Paint Pro starts with a good looking icon and a simple premise. It’s an easy-to-use drawing tool and image editor that works acceptably well– to draw pictures, and edit photos.
The built-in tools are anything but professional level, though. In fact, most are the basic tools that come in OS X.
Open and save files in the standard graphic and photo file formats– JPG, TIFF, BMP, PNG. Tools are basics– eyedropper, fill, curve, ellipse, text, line, and more.
Paint Pro does support layers which makes it more capable than some entry-level drawing apps.
Images from Paint Pro can be dropped into most other Mac apps. Images can also be cropped, resized, rotated, and flipped. Shapes are vector-like and can be edited. There’s full support for the Mac’s built-in fonts, too.
If you have a child that you’d like to expose to a Mac drawing app, Paint Pro will work well. The Toolbar is easy to master, and most drawing tools are simple enough for school age children.
But Paint Pro is hardly a “pro” anything, and certainly does not compare favorably to Pixelmator which is a good mid-range graphic design powerhouse with a budget price.