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Made the switch to mac a while ago and am looking for simple graphic and drawing software for OSX (akin to MS Paint but better). My needs are simple – basic figures for reports mostly, but I want something shareware-y. Any suggestions?

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GIMP is one of the best free drawing software for Mac for photo or image editing that lets the user create and/or edit images and drawings. The program provides power features such as use of airbrush and cloning, pencilling, creation and managing gradients, etc. An easy way to compile and install GIMP and other great Free software on your Mac is by using Macports. The installer allows you to choose from a large directory of packages. To install gimp using Macports, you simply do sudo port install gimp once you have Macports installed.


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You could try using Gimp for Mac. I used to use it and it’s a great free alternative to Photoshop.

Gimp is good but it can be complicated for new users. PaintBrush is great for simple stuff. I like having the two buttons for painting but it does the job.

http://www.pixelmator.com/ is very good.

But it isn’t free. Dmg ligand weak or strong. It is cheap.

@johnpowell Oh yes it is good. I used to use it until I got Photoshop. Had no use for it then.

if your looking for vector

then inkscape is good.

Here is a really good site. It gives you opensource or free alternatives for all the main commercial software packages based on categories and rates them.

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I am running OS X version 10.4.11 and am looking for a simple drawing/illustration application, I used to work with the earlier version of Canvas and it fit my needs easily. Now it seems when all I want is Volkswagen the only things available are Ferraris.
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@RTSlater – Welcome to Fluther!

Paintbrush http://paintbrush.en.softonic.com/mac is very simple. You should also go to http://www.osalt.com/ and see what they have there. I have not used Canvas so I am not sure what level it is. But that site has a mess of free alternatives. Maybe you can find the right match for you.

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I use sketchbook pro with a graphics tablet, pretty simple but effective. It’s not free though.
Also, check out ArtRage . I haven’t tried it yet, but it looks promising.

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