Drawing program for Mac?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by tdhurst, Oct 2, 2007.

  1. tdhurst macrumors 68040

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    My dad is looking to make some simple drawings. He has a few Mac Draw files he'd like to update.

    He has Illustrator but has absolutely very idea how to use it.

    Can anyone recommend a simple, cheap or free program?

    Tiger compatible.
     
  2. eluk macrumors 6502a

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  3. psychofreak Retired

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    Pixelmator and Acorn are your main shareware options. Seashore is OK, but IMO Skitch is the best, unfortunately you need to be lucky to be accepted...
     
  4. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    EazyDraw and Intaglio are analogous to Illustrator in that they're vector graphics applications, but much less expensive. Inkscape is available for free but requires XWindows and is prone to a number of maladies.
     
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  6. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    IMO, a much better investment is Illustrator: Classroom in a Book (Adobe Press) and/or some evening classes because it'll all open up for him and he'll then be using a piece of software, the possibilities of which will grow with his understanding.

    There'll come a point with low-end software that he'll want to do something he can't do.
     
  7. tdhurst thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Good thought, but...

    I would normally agree, but he just doesn't have the time. When I lived nearby, just convincing him to switch to InDesign from Pagemaker took some work.

    He's computer literate, but just not that artistic enough to even use 1% of what Illustrator can do. Hell, I know how to use the program but have only scratched about 2% of its capabilities.

    I just want a program like MS Paint. Simple and stupid. He probably just wants to draw lines through pictures.
     
  8. wordmunger macrumors 603

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    From another thread -- can't find right now, but the consensus MS Paint replacement is Paintbrush.
     
  9. Mac In School macrumors 65816

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    The primary benefit of sticking with Illustrator (or any big-name program) is the plethora of training resources available.

    Classroom In a Book is obviously great. I prefer the videos at Lynda.com. But, aside from formal, for-purchase resources, you can pretty much search Google for anything you want to do, and come up with an answer.
     
  10. DaveF macrumors 6502a

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    For vector artwork, use the basic drawing tools in Office or iWork.

    For photos, use iPhoto.

    For general pixel-editing, use Seashore.

    If your dad has simple needs and no time to learn programs, these simple tools are adequate and easy.
     
  11. theBB macrumors 68020

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    Paintbrush looks good for a simple drawings, but if he is thinking about turning digital painting into a bit of a hobby, I've seen a good review about Art Rage over on MacWorld. Full version is only $25 and there is a free starter version there:

    http://www.ambientdesign.com/artrage.html
     

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