I don’t mean to rag on Adobe. Photoshop and Illustrator are the design standards. They also lead the way in price and upgrade costs. If you’re like me– graphic design is a part-time endeavor– Photoshop can be an expensive, complicated overkill solution.
Among the few apps which compete with plenty of graphic design power and tools at a substantially reduced price tag is GraphicConverter, the Swiss Army Knife of Mac graphic apps.
In fact, GraphicConverter is so good, so useful, that many Photoshop and Illustrator users also keep it on their Macs.
Right up front, though. This is not Photoshop. If graphic design is your livelihood you’ll probably stick with the more expensive and extensive competition from Adobe.
If you’re a graphic and design newbie or part-timer or dabbler, and you cannot afford the expense of owning, learning, and upgrading Photoshop, then you’ll like GraphicConverter.
GC features a built-in image browser which makes it easy to find and manage graphic images on your Mac. It even does a slide show, but the two areas where it shines are image editing and file conversions.
The claim to fame is file conversions, and GraphicConverter can open over 200 file types and save images in over 80 different file formats.
The built-in batch functions make it a useful tool even for Photoshop owners. While the image editing options don’t rival Photoshop, they’re definitely worthy for the card carrying cannot-afford-Photoshop crowd.
If there’s a complaint– when comparing to Photoshop– GraphicConverter is somewhat slow, and the interface, though improved in recent years, is cumbersome at best (all those options have to go somewhere, right?), and finding options in the menu structure requires a map.
Still, money talks. Photoshop may be the world standard, but it’s also expensive and complex. GraphicConverter can be had for about 94-percent of Photoshop’s retail price tag, and upgrades– about every two years– are far less expensive, too. As graphic apps go, this one is a bargain though the learning curve takes it out of the simple category.