When Apple launched OS X over a decade ago the company built in specific Core technologies, useful functions for audio, video, data, images and so on. Those features made it easier for developers to create applications with complex functionality. That explains why there are dozens and dozens of photo and image editors for Mac (and iOS devices). It’s truly an embarrassment of riches.
A perfect example is Painting Artist, and inexpensive Mac image editor good for drawing, painting, and enhancing photos. The price tag is nominal (better when it’s on sale) and it comes with the same variety of tools you’ll find in dozens of similarly equipped and similarly priced image editors.
In other words, it’s nothing special.
Tool palettes look incredibly similar to dozens of other Mac paint and drawing apps.
Paint Artist handles JPG, GIF, TIFF, BMP, and PNG file formats. It has an undo and redo feature. You can paint and draw with a variety of brushes. Zoom in, zoom out, print, open multiple images at once, and use the standard array of tools– line, Bezier, curve, text, and so on.
The app is decent and compares favorably with others of the same genre, so if there’s nothing really special going on in Painting Artist, then why all the four and five star reviews?
I have a theory. Mac app developers are given a limited number of coupon codes so the app can be tested and promoted by others. All it takes is a dozen free codes handed out to friends and family members and any new app can start life on the Mac App Store with four and five star reviews.