Far be it from me, a graphic designer wannabe, to rag on a Mac app that tries to be more than it is and fails, despite a price tag that should tell you what you’re getting probably won’t be praiseworthy.
After all, these days you can buy graphic Mac apps like Pixelmator, iDraw, or Affinity Designer that cost little and deliver a lot; for professional and wannabe alike.
So, what’s wrong with Paint Pro, a $6 MacPaint-like app that should have a warning label? First, it’s on sale, so the regular price tag is probably higher. Second, the user ratings are abysmal. Third, there is little that could be called ‘professional’ other than the developer gets money when a customer buys the app.
Finally, there’s nothing here to indicate value that approaches even $6, let alone double that for the regular price. There. I’ve said it. In the case of Paint Pro you don’t even get what you pay for.
Alright, let me try to be both fair and balanced and recognize that a Mac drawing, painting, image editor can be entry level, and possibly useful to those on a severe– very severe, constrained, limited, acute– budget. Maybe.
Paint Pro opens and saves images in the standard Mac graphic file formats– JPG, TIFF, PNG, BMP, etc. Basic painting and drawing tools are included; shapes, brushes, fills, lines, layers, shadows and gradients, and more. There’s even a ruler.
But that’s about it.
This is more of a child’s paint and drawing app than anything worthy of the name Paint Pro as in ‘professional.’ Whatever is at the bottom of the Entry Level Barrel for Mac graphic design, draw, paint, and image editing apps shouldn’t be named ‘Pro’ anything unless it has professional level capabilities, and this one does not.