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10/01/2009 12:09:05 AM · #1
Earlier this year I started my own business and bought a MacBook Pro for general office use. The problem is that I now have no specific graphics software, was using dated versions of Adobe software on a windows computer until now. Does anyone have suggestions of alternatives to Adobe which would still be useful whilst saving me some money?

10/01/2009 12:10:24 AM · #2
GIMP is the most popular free editing program. I don't use it personally, but I know loads of people do and they say it's really good, especially given that it doesn't cost anything.

Other than that, pretty much anything you find on Windows, you'll also find on the Mac when it comes to graphics apps.
10/01/2009 12:20:49 AM · #3
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Your Mac should come with iPhoto.

If you have a valid copy of Photoshop, I believe you can get an upgrade in the other OS ...

Graphic Converter is an old Mac standby, but I have no personal experience with it -- I suggest you look it up (and search for other programs) at cNet.com

Message edited by author 2009-10-01 00:23:47.
10/01/2009 01:13:13 AM · #4
Graphic Converter was packaged with my old G5, and it works pretty well. I just do basic editing with iPhoto, and use it for mailing, for DPC uploads, and to keep photos organized. For the shots that I post in my portfolio from iPhoto, I highlight the thumb, click "file" at the top, then "export" to a file that I use for uploading in "Finder".
When I export to the upload file, I use the JPG, Medium quality and Medium size.
I use G C to resize for challenges because I can take off the exif and make the image file the right size.
This G5 has CS3 and Aperture as well, but I don't use them much. I shoot so much that it would be a full time job just to do that kind of editing.

Message edited by author 2009-10-01 01:15:59.
10/01/2009 01:26:50 PM · #5
Smith Micro has just dropped the price on editing software called "Pixelmator" to $39. It's a Mac OSX oriented editing program. I haven't tried it, but the ad looks pretty interesting.
10/05/2009 07:27:10 AM · #6
Thanks for the advice. Had checked some of the programs mentioned but thanks, its good to get real feedback.
10/06/2009 05:27:11 PM · #7
FInd screenshots and info on most imaging and graphics apps for Mac and Windows (URL in sig).

I am Mac-based but with Intel Macs you can run Windows and Linux, so no software is out of reach to you.
10/06/2009 06:38:33 PM · #8
Originally posted by MelonMusketeer:

Smith Micro has just dropped the price on editing software called "Pixelmator" to $39. It's a Mac OSX oriented editing program. I haven't tried it, but the ad looks pretty interesting.


I got Pixelmator as part of a MacHeist a while back. It's a good piece of software, but doesn't support RAW format. If you're a RAW person, Pixelmator is out. If you're a JPG person, Pixelmator is a fine program for Photoshop-lite editing.

I use the GIMP, though.
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