Apple revolutionized how personal computers worked way back in the mid-1980s and one of the iconic applications that pointed the way toward the future was MacPaint.
Every graphics design, drawing, or photo enhancement app for iPhone, iPad, or Mac does much than MacPaint did back in the day, but that doesn’t stop Mac developers from rewriting the present with a blast from the past. If what you need is an entry-level but better than MacPaint drawing app, here it is.
Draw, Paint, No Numbers
To be honest, and if my aging boomer memory serves me correctly, Patina does not look like MacPaint. It only works like MacPaint but better. Sketches, diagrams, illustrations, and a little digital painting is all that Patina can do, but it does it quickly, easily, without a learning curve and it’s priced just right. Free.
All of Patina’s tools are stacked in the lefthand sidebar. Colors and other tools are place below the image drawing area. Click a tool, change the color or adjust settings. It’s easy.
Just how good is Patina?
Well, how well would you expect an entry-level Mac drawing app to be if it’s free? How about five stars? Granted, there are not many reviewers, and a free app sets expectations rather low, but Patina does not disappoint.
Patina looks like Microsoft Paint on Windows, but it’s on a Mac and just as easy to use and produces similar results with similar tools.
Objects can be rotated at any angle. A simple slider bar adjusts the thickness of a shape stroke and the font size. Any image can be created with a transparent background. There’s even an option to blend colors to create a new color (Alpha blending).
I don’t recall seeing this on the original MacPaint, but Patina also has an anti-aliasing control so you can turn on the jaggies. Or, turn them off.
The only caveat– if you can have one in a free app– is that there are no vector drawing tools. It’s all bit-mapped images, shapes, lines, etc. But that makes Patina perfect for the Mac user looking for a free entry-level drawing app.
Wait. There’s more!
Patina, for now, is free, but it works well enough that there’s sure to be a nominal price tag in the future. After all, if you’re going to copy something from Windows you’ll need to make a profit to help salve the discomfort.