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MacOSaiX for Mac

By Frank Midgley Free Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Dec 23, 2012

MacOSaiX for Mac is a photo mosaic construction and sharing app for Mac OS X. It is available from several download sites and installs quickly.

Photo mosaics are composed of hundreds or thousands of small images, all combined to create a larger image when viewed from a distance. By choosing the right colors and brightness of each individual image, the larger image becomes easier to see. MacOSaiX for Mac can take a set of individual images located on your machine or discoverable through Web sites and combine them into shapes that can then be saved and shared. MacOSaiX for Mac can interface with common social media sites for images, such as Flickr, and it can also read images from iTunes (album art, for example). Images from movies can also be captured and used by MacOSaiX for Mac. The MacOSaiX for Mac interface is easy to work with, and as long as you can find suitable images you can be producing mosaics in a matter of minutes.

Photo mosaics are popular, so software like MacOSaiX for Mac is readily available for many platforms. MacOSaiX for Mac provides a good mix of image mosaicking capabilities along with easier access to sources such as Google Image and Flickr. We enjoyed using MacOSaiX for Mac.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 2.1

  • Added an iTunes album artwork image source.
  • Added a Delicious Library image source.
  • flickr image sources can now search using flickr groups.
  • Google image sources can now search for news or face images.
  • Google image sources can now search the database of LIFE images.
  • Support for transparency:
  • in original images
  • in images placed in tiles
  • in images created by the Glyphs image source
  • when saving a mosaic as JPG, PNG or TIFF
  • Now showing how well the mosaic matches the original image.
  • Mosaics made with small numbers of images now look better.
  • Image sources can now report errors when finding images.
  • Images can now be repeated in adjacent tiles.
  • Mosaics can now be as small as one tile by one tile.
  • Now taking better advantage of Macs with multiple CPUs/cores.
  • Mosaics that allow image repeats are now created much faster.
  • Images are now pulled from QuickTime movies much faster.
  • Can now save images at larger sizes.
  • Improved handling of very large images from sources.
  • The image usage rules (repeats, distance apart) are now always honored.
  • CMYK images are now handled correctly.
  • No longer crashing when iPhoto is not installed.
  • No longer crashing when Google becomes inaccessible.
  • No longer stopping after finding 21 Google images.
  • No longer crashing when an image source is added to a mosaic with no original image.

General

Release August 8, 2010
Date Added January 27, 2009
Version 2.1

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.4 PPC, Mac OS X 10.5 PPC, Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.3.9, Mac OS X 10.4 Intel, Mac OS X 10.3, Mac OS X 10.5 Intel, Mac OS X 10.2
Additional Requirements
  • Mac OS X 10.3 or later is required to use iPhoto or QuickTime image sources.
  • Popularity

    Total Downloads 47,720
    Downloads Last Week 1
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    Developer's Description

    MacOSaiX lets you create a mosaic representation of an image from hundreds or thousands of individual images. The individual images can be found on local disks, created randomly from fonts, found by keyword through Google's or flickr's image database, pulled from iPhoto or pulled from QuickTime movies. You can also choose rectangles, hexagons or puzzle pieces as the shapes of the tiles in the mosaic. MacOSaiX will automatically determine the best location in the mosaic for each image. When you are done you can save the mosaic as a JPG, PNG or TIFF for printing or save it as an interactive web page.