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What's the best free drawing software for Mac?

Asked by kfingerman (992points) August 3rd, 2009

Made the switch to mac a while ago and am looking for simple graphic and drawing software for OSX (akin to MS Paint but better). My needs are simple – basic figures for reports mostly, but I want something shareware-y. Any suggestions?

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TheCreative's avatar

You could try using Gimp for Mac. I used to use it and it’s a great free alternative to Photoshop.

simone54's avatar

Gimp is good but it can be complicated for new users. PaintBrush is great for simple stuff. I like having the two buttons for painting but it does the job.

jrpowell's avatar is very good.

But it isn’t free. It is cheap.

TheCreative's avatar

@johnpowell Oh yes it is good. I used to use it until I got Photoshop. Had no use for it then.

Bri_L's avatar

if your looking for vector

then inkscape is good.

Here is a really good site. It gives you opensource or free alternatives for all the main commercial software packages based on categories and rates them.

RTSlater's avatar

I am running OS X version 10.4.11 and am looking for a simple drawing/illustration application, I used to work with the earlier version of Canvas and it fit my needs easily. Now it seems when all I want is Volkswagen the only things available are Ferraris.
Any suggestions?

Bri_L's avatar

@RTSlater – Welcome to Fluther!

Paintbrush is very simple. You should also go to and see what they have there. I have not used Canvas so I am not sure what level it is. But that site has a mess of free alternatives. Maybe you can find the right match for you.

derekpaperscissors's avatar

I use sketchbook pro with a graphics tablet, pretty simple but effective. It’s not free though.
Also, check out ArtRage . I haven’t tried it yet, but it looks promising.

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