Just as Mr. Spock had the need to mate every seven years (thanks to the effects of pon farr), I find myself with a need every so often to rag on Microsoft or Adobe. Today it’s Adobe.
And it’s not so much ragging on Adobe as it is pointing out that there are plenty of high quality, lower priced applications which do much of what, say, Photoshop can do on a Mac. If you n red to create or modify graphic designs, here’s a sample of what I mean.
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To be fair to Adobe, Photoshop is the industry’s leading graphic design application for a reason. It does almost everything. But it does it at a price.
Adobe now prefers to extract money from you on a monthly subscription basis. Forever. If that bothers you and you don’t need every tool in Photoshop, there are alternatives.
Enter a long time favorite. It’s called GraphicConverter and it does more than merely convert images from one file format to another.
GraphicConverter has been called the Swiss Army Knife for photo and image editing.
The thing to understand about GraphicConverter is that it’s not Photoshop. Yes, it does much of what you can do in Photoshop– it imports and exports a gazillion graphic file formats, it works with scanners, it handles RAW images, it has a built-in file browser, and you can manage color and automate a workflow.
GraphicConverter comes with most of the photo and graphic enhancement tools most of the rest of us will need to edit photos, add effects and filters. It even does ColorSync and ICC profiles and handles plugins.
At a modest level, GraphicConverter resembles Photoshop. There’s a limited toolbar and a number of floating tool palettes with familiar options– brushes, zoom, fill, eye dropper, select, stamp, and a file detail palette.
The latest version even records mouse clicks, macro-like, and comes with triton colorblindness simulation, and various lens correction effects.
What’s not to like? The price is modest (especially when compared to Photoshop’s monthly subscription fee), updates are frequent, and the toolset is extensive. While many hundreds of thousands of Mac users who dabble in graphic design or photo enhancement love and use GraphicConverter, it’s not Photoshop, and at the professional level, not even a replacement for Photoshop. Think of it as Photoshop-like but not Photoshop Lite.