Painting apps for the Mac may not be a dime a dozen but they’re priced to move. Apple’s MacPaint has been dead for years, but every now and again someone comes up with what looks like the original but updated for the 21st century. That’s JobsPainter.
There’s no chance that JobsPainter will cause anyone to switch from Adobe Photoshop, or any other professional level drawing app. JobsPainter is simple drawing, with just the right blend of tools for those who need a graphic touchup, or want to learn to draw on a Mac but have severe budget restrictions. You won’t find a JobsPainter for Dummies book anywhere online. It’s that easy.
The familiar tools are displayed in a floating palette.
As graphic design tools go, JobsPainter won’t impress, but it comes with the basics. It handles most graphic file formats, feature Undo and Redo, and it prints what you draw. There’s a transparency option, and both paint and drawing brushes with options.
There’s also the ability to zoom in or out on an image, open and edit multiple windows, combine images into one, and use the basic shapes and line drawing tools on any object.
JobsPainter images can be pasted into iWork or Microsoft Office, and you can grab images online from Google or Safari and drop into a window to edit.
It’s not Photoshop, but JobsPainter is credible if you have drawing talent but haven’t the money to buy a more professional level tool. If MacPaint had lived and evolved into the 21st century, this would be it.