Apple builds plenty of useful graphic and image editing tools into OS X and clever developers can throw together an app with basic functions almost overnight. Image Editor may have taken longer, but not much. Think MacPaint with color.
And it’s free. And now it’s back to the regular price.
Images. Drawing. Photos.
Image Editor doesn’t blaze any new ground for image, drawing, or photo enhancement apps, other than it has the usual mixture of tools commonplace on Mac photo enhancement apps. Not only does it read and write TIFF, PNG, GIF, JPEG files, there’s support for the XCF file format, and it can read BMP, PDF, PICT, and XBM files. That sets it apart from the basic run-of-the-mill entry level image editor.
You get layers and merge layer effects, an option to edit a layer channel, plus the standard transparency effects, including gradients. The built-in paint brushes are anti-aliased, and that’s plus. It even works with a variety of graphics tablets that connect to the Mac.
The toolbar across the top is mostly self-explanatory and features the basic text, drawing, fill, and other image editing tools you’ll find in apps that have a price tag. That’s the good news but there are some issues.
The developer thinks so much of Image Editor that there’s no mention of it on the developer’s website, so you’re left on your own to figure out exactly how to use it. That said, it’s priced about right, gets plenty of four star reviews, and makes for a very good entry level image editor which combines various drawing tools that are commonplace on Mac apps today.