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Comic Life for Mac

CNET Editors' review

While essentially a graphic novels creator, Comic Life for Mac also excels at captioning photos and creating collages. Drag-and-drop interactions are used throughout this premium app for actions such as choosing a layout, inserting captions, and placing images. The app has many features and plenty of customizable options, making it a good choice for authors of graphic novels as well as photographers.

Comic Life for Mac's main interface features no less than five panes and a toolbar, but remains relatively accessible. If your display has a 1366x768 resolution or lower, however, the app's window will not fit entirely, even in fullscreen mode. To create a comic strip or add captions, you have to drag the appropriate objects from the side panes and drop them onto the main page. Images can be inserted in several ways: by dragging and dropping them from Finder, adding a folder to the app's image gallery, using the built-in FaceTime camera to take pictures, linking your iPhoto gallery while using the image names as titles or captions in the comic, and even inserting the most popular images on Flickr right from the app. When your work is done, you can export it as an EPUB or PDF file, as images, or you can post it on Facebook.

If you've always wanted to breathe life into your drawings, an app like Comic Life for Mac will prove a valuable asset. It's also good for making collages of your vacation photos and adding quirky captions. There may be better tools out there for professional authors and photographers, but for most users this app is just right.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Comic Life for Mac 3.0.3.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Does exactly what I needed it to do!"

    March 18, 2012  |   By PTWOB126

    Version: Comic Life 2.2

    Pros

    Pros: Easy to use
    Able to adjust a lot of variables
    Very compatible with other Mac Programs
    Can export to a lot of different types of files

    Cons

    Cons: $30 for a very specific use program (but I think I'll use it a lot more in the future...)

    Summary

    I purchased this app immediately after using it through the trial version. I was doing a video project with Final Cut X and needed an app that could convert a screen shot to a comic book pane. I don't have photo editors loaded on my Mac, so this was one of the only options that was a stand-alone photo to comic converter. It works great and it perfectly accomplished the job I needed. After I finished the video project, I wound up using it for the DVD insert and I can see how it would be easy to do a lot more projects with it, although they might all be similarly themed. No regrets purchasing this.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Easy enough to be fun"

    June 11, 2011  |   By akmet

    Version: Comic Life 2.0.4

    Pros

    Easy, but with plenty of options.

    Cons

    None found so far

    Summary

    It a pleasure to find a creative program that lets even novices enjoy enhancing their work. I'm neither a techie nor seriously into graphics, but it's fun to create a collage or add some personality to a picture.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Great specialty app"

    January 30, 2011  |   By minoradjustment

    Version: Comic Life 2.0.2

    Pros

    great type handling

    Cons

    none for my purposes

    Summary

    I use it mostly for type manipulation and it serves my purpose perfectly. Good interface.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "So much fun to use and surprise recipients with."

    December 17, 2010  |   By caroden_dotmac

    Version: Comic Life 2.0.1 (v18900)

    Pros

    Very easy to use. Fun and easy to add, change and re arrange items on each page.

    Cons

    Haven't found any yet.

    Summary

    Get it, use it, and have tons of fun.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Been using for over a year. Love it."

    August 7, 2010  |   By caroden_dotmac

    Version: Comic Life 1.5.3

    Pros

    Very easy to use.

    Cons

    Not that I know of

    Summary

    For fun and entertainment, this is great. Creating pages to send to friends via e-mail is so easy. Great for printing FACT Sheets.
    Hard to beat.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "great product"

    June 21, 2010  |   By javieralmeida

    Version: Comic Life 1.5.3

    Pros

    very easy to use

    Cons

    not many formats to print

    Summary

    This is a great product, specially to make your own comics.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Very easy to use. graphics importing is fast and simple"

    February 13, 2010  |   By sherman101--2008

    Version: Comic Life 1.5.2

    Pros

    Ease of use. It is a good supplemental program if you use Print Shop to create cards and other documents.

    Cons

    Some limits on number of templates and extras available

    Summary

    The software does what it says it does with ease and versatility. A good idea, well executed.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Does all it says it does."

    December 11, 2009  |   By glindsay

    Version: Comic Life 1.5.2

    Pros

    Easy to use. Lots of imaginative starter templates. Drag and Drop or connect to photo databases - easy.

    Cons

    None, from my point of view.

    Summary

    This program is entirely intuitive. I don't think I've ever read the instructions. Having lots of templates, caption styles and shape styles, Comic Life makes it quick and easy to construct cartoons, comics and other visual media. I find this application most useful to construct special occasion cards or photo packages to email to family, friends and colleagues.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "It is really good because i used it and it is good!!!!!"

    November 18, 2008  |   By coolpunkrockstar

    Version: Comic Life 1.4.3

    Pros

    I think i like this product cuz it is good to use and it is very cool and very animated.

    Cons

    I dont like that it can only use on mac

    Summary

    It is quite good i think because it worked prety well and i had a lot of fun using it

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Very good, indeed..."

    December 22, 2007  |   By LeoSublimus

    Version: Comic Life 1.4

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    I went back to Comic Life upon a re-installation of Tiger - and it worked properly. There had been, most likely, a conflict with other programs installed to result in erratic enough a behaviour for my earlier comment.
    I am actually very satisfied with Comic Life (with a very slight reservation for its relatively strenuous use of processor resources in older computers); even under Leopard this excellent program runs very well, indeed.
    I like to apologise to the developers for the abrupt nature of my reference to the program.
    All-in-all, an excellent program, and quite singular.

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