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  • Mac
Latest version:
2.1.2 15/12/15
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  • Mac OS X
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  • Free to use

Basic doodling app for Mac

Nick Mead

Recent changes

  • Color accuracy: All-new internal image storage means far better color accuracy
  • Transparent selection: Automatically remove the background color in selections to obtain pixel-perfect positioning
  • Speed: In addition to full 64-bit support, various tools have gotten speed boosts, especially the massively improved Fill tool

  • We’ve also added plenty of little fixes and features, including better printing options, enhanced image resize UI, improved transparency support (featuring a classic checkerboard pattern), and JPEG quality settings.


Note that this is a free download in ZIP format. Unzip it to reveal the DMG file. Double click the DMG file to open Paintbrush. You will need OS X 10.5+ for it to open correctly. Note that if you want to uninstall the Softonic toolbar, you must use the uninstall option from the Softonic icon in the Menu Bar. Do not simply drag the application to the Trash as the toolbar will be left behind.

Review last updated: 21/10/15

  • Great for kids
  • Simple to use
  • Supports a range of graphic formats
  • Very basic in features and preferences
  • Hard to draw with a mouse

Paintbrush is a simple paint program for Mac OS X, reminiscent of Microsoft Paint and Apple’s own now-defunct MacPaint. It provides users with a means to make simple images quickly, something that has been noticeably absent from the Mac for years.

When Apple released the original Macintosh in 1984, they included two applications: MacWrite and MacPaint. Twenty-five years later, every Mac still includes a basic text editor in TextEdit, but a simple paint program is a thing of the past.

Paintbrush can open and save to most major image formats, including BMP, PNG, JPEG, TIFF, and GIF. Full support for transparency is available for image formats that support an alpha channel (currently PNGs and GIFs). You can also paste images copied from many common Mac applications, including Microsoft Office and Apple iWork.

Disclaimer: Paintbrush is not intended to replace Adobe Photoshop or other high-end image editors. Instead, it aims to fill the need for a basic, streamlined, and Mac-native image editor. Whether you need to quickly crop a photo, add some text to an image, or just have fun doodling, Paintbrush has you covered. Sporting a simple and intuitive UI, Paintbrush will have you discovering your inner van Gogh in no time. Just pick a tool, pick a color, and go!

"Cannot edit selections"

Very disappointed. I used the Paint on my PC incredibly often to draw house plans and I am unable to select and edit (stretch, flip) small images such as doors and walls in my drawings now.

  • Need to be able to stretch/flip/edit selections

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