Both have passed away, both replaced by numerous writing and painting or drawing apps with far more tools and capabilities, but what would MacPaint look like had Apple kept it around, updated it for each new macOS version but not bothered to add many features?
Paint And Draw
A recent trip to the Mac App Store revealed something of a digital cornucopia of drawing and paint apps for the Mac. Some free, some ridiculously expensive, but most a few dollars or so, and each with more capability than the original MacPaint circa 1984.
Here’s one that graces the high end. Studio Pro for $24. This is not your father’s MacPaint.
In some ways it’s more like a Photoshop mini what with layers, masks, blending modes, even text layers. Surprisingly, ArtStudio is priced just a few dollars less than a Mac App Store giant, Pixelmator.
One never knows exactly how graphic design would have been had MacPaint lived, but I would like to think it became Pixelmator.
Farther down the food chain are photo enhancement applications which can transform almost any photo into a work of art. One that generated plenty of noise a year ago but which seems to have simmered its way into abandonware is the much beloved Primitive.
Select the shapes you want to employ and hope your Mac has some CPU juice left.
I find it quaint that Primitive uses a floppy disk as the Save icon. When was the last time you used a floppy disk? I don’t even own a Mac with a CD player or SuperDrive.
I fear the Mac App Store has become a ghost town of abandonware, yet a few new paint and drawing apps show up from time to time. The most recent is New Paint X which is free to try but comes with a watermark. Removing it has a price tag.
Not many dollars gets you pencils, brushes, buckets, airbrush, shapes and text tools, all of which blend a few vector tools with drawing tools.
One of the favorites in the Miller household is Kids Mosaic, which we gift to children whose parents are not afraid to let them use a Mac. There is nothing to not like with this app of puzzles.
MacPaint is dead. Long live MacPaint. And long live the growing crop of paint, drawing, and photo enhancement replacement apps like Pixelmator.