Comic Life for Mac

Comic Life for Mac

Download Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
4.6
out of 40 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.0.5
  • Total Downloads:
    73,088
  • Date Added:
    September 10, 2014
  • File Size:
    72.02MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    16
  • Operating Systems:
    Mac OS X 10.6/10.7/10.8/10.9

Editors' Review

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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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User Reviews
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5 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 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 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 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 stars

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

August 07, 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 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 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 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 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 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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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 3.0.5
  • Improved handling of images from photo library
  • Eliminated thin lines drawn over the comic at certain zoom levels
  • Improved handling of embedded EPS files
  • Fixed a problem with duplicated elements when importing older comics
  • Other fixes and stability improvements
General
Publisher plasq
Publisher web site http://plasq.com/
Release Date September 10, 2014
Date Added September 10, 2014
Version 3.0.5
Category
Category Graphic Design Software
Subcategory Illustration Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.8, Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.9, Mac OS X 10.6, Mac OS X 10.7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 72.02MB
File Name comiclife3.zip
Popularity
Total Downloads 73,088
Downloads Last Week 16
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations Fully functional 30-day trial
Price $29.95

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