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PhotoScape X for Mac

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Key Details of PhotoScape X

  • Provides a full suite of tools for editing and enhancing photos
  • Offers a range of filters and effects, including batch editing
  • Allows for cropping with straight or circular borders
  • Offers an effects preview to ensure satisfaction before applying changes
  • Allows for the creation of animated GIFs with customized transition effects
  • Free to use

Editors' Review

Download.com staff

PhotoScape X for Mac is a photo viewing and editing tool for Mac that provides many of the same tools as iPhoto, but in a separate interface that was often faster in our tests than the native app. While not as feature rich or as integrated with OS X as Apple's native photo viewer, PhotoScape X offers a suite of tools that makes photo viewing much easier.

Installation of PhotoScape X took only a few moments and the app loaded immediately. After setting the theme and switching to the photo viewer, the app was able to load all of the images on our test computer in just under three seconds, scanning the entire hard drive and pulling more than 800 photos into a single view, quickly. Clicking on any of these images, we could immediately apply edits and then save the file back to the hard drive in the same location or separately. The interface here is very much like a file viewer, so it's not pretty, but it's very functional and the themes add a bit of flavor to what would be a bland app, otherwise. The performance here is fantastic, though, and while additional features like social integration are missing, the app is a very solid replacement for your native photo viewing app.

PhotoScape X is a free app that works very well to replace iPhoto or any other photo viewing apps you are currently using. It's fast, responsive, and has added tools like GIF creation that help it stand out against the competition; and with no upgrade fee needed down the line, it's a very good app that could make itself at home on any newer Macs.

What's new in version 4.2.1

  • New Object Effects: Inner Glow, Inner Shadow, Emboss
  • New Image Effects: Outline
  • Added Background, Fill, Color, Masks options to Image and Sticker Objects
  • Added Mask option to Color and Film Effects
  • Added Close menu to Collage tab
  • Added 'Merge Selected Layers’ to Editor tab
  • Added 'Font Favorites'
  • Added 'WEBP Quality option'
  • Added 32 Camouflage Patterns
  • Added 180 Flower Stickers
  • Added 469 more Pixel Stickers
  • Selecting and Editing Multiple Objects
  • Improved Object Effects: Long Shadow, Overlays & Masks
  • Improved Shadows/Highlights Filter
  • Improved UI
  • Fixed bugs

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Full Specifications

February 8, 2024
Latest update
February 8, 2024
Operating System
OS X 10.8, OS X 10.10, Mac OS X, OS X 10.9, macOS 10.12, OS X 10.11, macOS 10.14, macOS 10.15, macOS 10.13
Additional Requirements
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Developer's Description

View, edit, print, or add frames to your photos.
PhotoScape X for Mac is photo viewing and editing software designed for Mac OS X. Editor: Rotate, Straighten, Resize, Crop, Color Adjustment, Color Temperature, Film Effect, Auto Level, Auto Contrast, Backlight Correction, Bloom, Vigentting, Sharpen, Blur, White Balance, Sepia, Grayscale, Black & White, Negative. Viewer: Photo Browser, Full Screen Viewer, Rename, Resize, Format Change, Lossless Roate, Share, Exif Viewer. Share: Sharing on Social Networks: Facebook, Twitter, Picasa, Flickr. Full Screen: See your photos in full-screen view or as a slide show. GIF Creator: Create Animated GIF. Themes: Support multiple themes. Basic, Gray, Vintage, Black, Neon & Pastel.