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Paintbrush for Mac

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Paintbrush is a Cocoa-based painting and illustrating program for the Mac, very similar to the Paint application on Windows. Paintbrush is easy to install and can support BMP, PNG, JPEG, and GIF files.

The Paintbrush interface is very simple, with a floating menu with basic tools selectable for drawing on the left, and a menu bar at the top. If you've worked with Paint, Paintbrush looks and behaves the same. It takes only a few seconds to select a tool and draw with it. Paintbrush is all freehand art, although there are the traditional handles for things like circles and rectangles. While not as powerful as third-party illustration tools, Paintbrush can do many basic illustrations. It is also good at importing screenshots and highlighting areas or manipulating the image.

Paintbrush is easy to work with, and if you work on multiple platforms it is handy to have a familiar tool on both Windows and Mac. Having said that, Paintbrush is a basic illustration tool, and as long as that's the way you want to use it, it's great at that task.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    3.5 stars

    out of 19 votes

    • 5 star: 6
    • 4 star: 7
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 3
    • 1 star: 3
  • Current version:

    2.9 stars

    out of 13 votes

    • 5 star: 1
    • 4 star: 6
    • 3 star: 0
    • 2 star: 3
    • 1 star: 3
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  • 2.0 stars

    "Weird counterintuitive behaviour"

    February 16, 2013  |   By snth

    Version: Paintbrush 2.1.1

    Pros

    free

    [We're required to enter at least 10 characters, so this here's a bonus-line. Enjoy.]

    Cons

    confusion is also free

    Summary

    I use select rectangle and expect to cut, and get a red rectangle. took me only 5 minutes to realize this thing was even worse than the previous version, which was merely slow, awkward and crash-prone. But what it could do actually made some sense.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "primitive and some features not working at all"

    December 18, 2012  |   By roninzoku

    Version: Paintbrush 2.1.1

    Pros

    looks like windows version paintbrush

    Cons

    It is NOT Paintbrush and it's a little primitive in this era.

    (1) Canvas size could not be resized by dragging the edge of the window frame, instead we need to specify the dimension which is a challenge.

    (2) Font colour could not be changed - it's always BLACK!!

    (3) Cutting and pasting from another picture, and changing canvas size crashed many times!!

    (4) "Contact Us" is as good as not giving us the email address as they never respond to our queries/feedback.

    Summary

    Disappointment!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "no good - won't cut and paste after 2 hrs into a dwg"

    July 5, 2012  |   By mhpellerin

    Version: Paintbrush 2.1.1

    Pros

    simple like paint - to bad it doesn't work as well as paint

    Cons

    won't cut and paste after 2 hrs into a dwg

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Absolutely needed, clean and simple, some rough edges"

    March 17, 2012  |   By JohnGable

    Version: Paintbrush 2.1.1

    Pros

    Very simple to use and very similar to PaintBrush on Windows or the old Mac Paint app. 90% of the time I only have very basic things to do, and this let's me do that. Other apps are much too complex, do way to much, and therefore make simple things hard.

    Cons

    A bit rough on the edges. When copying and pasting within Zoom mode, it would not have what I pasted selected in any usable way.

    Summary

    If you need a simple paint program, that does get drowned in lots of advanced features, layers, photo effects, etc, get this.

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Unstable and Glitchy.... and too simple"

    October 28, 2011  |   By HugeEuge

    Version: Paintbrush 2.1.1

    Pros

    relatively easy to use

    Cons

    tools randomly change color, missing important functionality like being able to rotate image 90 degrees. When image is selected there is no way to stretch it like in every other paint program out there. Trying to resize selected image causes the program to crash 9 out of 10 times.

    Summary

    The developers have a good idea but the software just needs ALOT more development. This is the first time since I've gone MAC that I'm reminiscing about the good-old days of Microsoft Paint

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  • 5.0 stars

    "A good and fun program. Reminds me of the old MacPaint."

    June 11, 2011  |   By JohntheDragonSlayer

    Version: Paintbrush 2.1.1

    Pros

    Easy to use!

    Cons

    It is so simple that one would think it to be more than it is.

    Summary

    Very good program. Get it if you can.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Very frustrating product"

    April 3, 2011  |   By wordsmythe99

    Version: Paintbrush 2.1.1

    Pros

    It has most of the basic features you would want.

    Cons

    Colors keep switching when you do not want them to; the eraser is terrible, sometimes adding color rather than subtracting; changing between instruments/options and the zoom arrows are sometimes very unresponsive. In dire need of a user's manual.

    Summary

    Still needs a lot of work.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Succeeds at what it sets out to do"

    March 17, 2011  |   By ThomasHarte

    Version: Paintbrush 2.1.1

    Pros

    Simple, well written, fits nicely into the OS environment, fun.

    Cons

    Limited functionality, I guess, but that's sort of the point.

    Summary

    It's a fun little play around tool that does exactly what it intends: provides a slim, light MacPaint/Microsoft Paint-style piece of software for the modern Mac.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "perfect little image prog"

    January 29, 2011  |   By westhendon_dotmac

    Version: Paintbrush 2.1.1

    Pros

    saves me firing up Photoshop for those little jobs

    Cons

    none - simple little image editor

    Summary

    always useful to have

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Just OK..."

    January 13, 2011  |   By mwjacobs

    Version: Paintbrush 2.1.1

    Pros

    Looks nice. Works fine.

    Cons

    Nothing really wrong with it.

    Summary

    Not what I was looking for.

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