There are times in life when you just gotta call it like it is. There is too much business wrapped up in a Mac these days. That means there are times when we could use a mildly addicting game, or see how much kid is still in this walking talking bag of mostly water.
As much as I adore the intricacies and capabilities of Photoshop and the many Photoshop-wannabes at 1/20th the price, there are times when I just need to draw something. Fortunately, Apple has a product for that. The iPad. But if you’re on your Mac and need to sketch out this or that or hand over the digital crayons to a more childlike person– or, a child– then you’ll appreciated the beauty of Crayon Maestro.
Yes, someone actually named a product Crayon Maestro. I know, right? Well, if crayons and drawing are your thing or happen to be the thing of an undersized human near you that needs some alone time– Mac, iPhone, iPad– Crayon Maestro fits. It draws. Like crayons on a screen. Without the mess.
Even if your child doesn’t know the alphabet or numbers but can point and click or use an iPad’s touchscreen, Crayons Maestro has almost no learning curve.
There’s a palette of colors, a few tools with varying sizes, and three layers (which should be enough to draw about anything short of integrated circuit schematics). That makes Crayon Maestro perfect for children who have yet to be grief stricken at the daily grind of school, but still have an imagination not completely ruined by one Mrs. Morrow, the self described Voodoo Queen and gift of life inhibitor inhabiting the second grade class at Woodrow Wilson elementary school.
But I digress.
What’s not to like about this?
Anybody can do that regardless of your age. Touch, point, click, whatever Apple product you choose– Mac, iPhone, iPad– all the tools you need to express yourself are there. Which means the tools a toddler or school age child needs to keep quiet for an hour are there, too.
Yes, there’s an iPhone and iPad version and it’s free to try, with a modest in-app purchase option for more tools. You’ll spend more on real crayons than you will on Crayon Maestro, the Pro version. Oddly, there is no free Crayon Maestro for the Mac, but you can try the free version for iOS and if you like it, the Mac version isn’t really expensive, but does point out the need for a touchscreen Mac.
Even if all you want is to mess around with some digital crayons so you can draw on a Mac like a kid.