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MS Paint for OS X: Your Life Is Now Complete

paintbrush_iconI was grabbing a beer last week with a friend and we somehow stumbled onto the topic of Photoshop and how a lot of the people we know only use it for the simplest tasks: cropping, re-saving images in different formats, etc. We then joked that those people could use MS Paint, but there’s no MS Paint for OS X. Why Apple (s aapl) failed to include an MS Paint equivalent in OS X I will never know…

I’ve looked on the Internet several times for an MS Paint for OS X and always came up empty-handed. I’ve seen programs like Seashore, but they weren’t slimmed down enough; I wanted something ridiculously simple. Well friends, I’ve finally found the holy grail of simple image editing/painting for OS X: Paintbrush.

Paintbrush is available as a free download and is everything you’d expect from an MS Paint clone. It loads incredibly fast, can open almost any type of image, and lets you edit and paint images quickly and easily. Paintbrush fills the void Apple created when they removed MacPaint from the OS.

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31 Responses to “MS Paint for OS X: Your Life Is Now Complete”

  1. I was an unhappy Windows user for 25 years and have been delighted with my MAC for 16 months, except for a few programs. It’s amazing how Apple can’t match MSPAINT which MS has been providing free since at least 1982!
    It’s such a simple program, so easy to learn and use, and although I’ve used it countless times, I don’t remember it ever crashing or disappointing me – except when I had unrealistic expectations of it -.
    Now comes this Apple “Paintbrush” and I can’t do much of anything with it before it crashes EVERYTIME!
    My MAC’s healthy and works fine otherwise and uptodate.
    All I’m trying to do is select a section and modify its size. And it looks like “cropping” – which I view as routine – is a big project, which was hard to find even with the “Help” and was greyed out.

  2. MS paint could fill, show you pixel size when cropping, cursor location, pretty much everything i ever needed for messing with pictures. This is the equivalent of running blind with a crayon.

  3. Impressive? You have got to be joking… If you try to rotate – even with only part of the image selected – it rotates the entire graphic. This package is a joke, and the developer behind it should be shot, not donated to.

  4. Paintbrush’s dropper tool is broken: instead of giving you the color and tint you click on, it gives you a lighter shade than what you clicked on. So if you want to go back to another color, your only option is to grope around the color picker, hoping you find it again.

    It’s at version 2. How was this missed?

  5. Andres

    Well the program is indeed great. Very basic, which I like. However, I use paint to crop pictures and paste onto other ones (giving it a cheap look -which I normally go for). In paintbrush, you can’t really hand-freely crop things but using the square-mode cropping instead. In addition, you cannot paste a new picture you just cropped without the white background. MS Paint has that function.

    I hope in the future version of PaintBrush, developers will decide to update these functions!

  6. Does any one know if paintbrush on mac can cut and shift an image that has been drawn without the unpainted background being moved too? On MS Paint this can be done by selecting the two options for cut but theres nothing that i can see on paintbrush, and its real annoying!

  7. Has anybody used paint.net on Windows? That’s what we need on OS X. I recently switched back to Mac and needed to do some simple photo editing. I wanted to take 2×2 passport photos taken by Costco and arrange on a standard 4×6, so I could print multiple copies. For some reason Costco wouldn’t print extra copies of a 2×2 passport photo. I couldn’t figure out how to do it in OS X, so I ended up doing it in Windows using paint.net.

  8. I was actually very fond of MS paint, and miss it. I’ve tried paintbrush, but I prefer MS Paint – probably because I’m so used to it for making sprites and pixel art. Ah, well. Is there any way to get an EXACT MS paint clone for the mac? Much obliged for any help.

  9. This software is nooooo where near a replacement for MS Paint. I had to get parallels and download Windows & just to use paint. Most people dont realize all the things you can do with paint. Anyway…this software is crap. You cant even cut a selection and resize or something. MS Paint on Win 7 is completely awesome!!!!!

  10. Chriswan

    It still can’t crop or create border by dragging the sides of the pictures like paintbrush

    So Paintbrush on Parallels Desktop is still needed in my case :D

  11. For me, this is no replacement of MS paint. It’s no where near as easy to use. I dislike how you have to set the size ahead of time. In MS paint you can just adjust it as you go. And the biggest feature that is missing is being able to cut things out, in shapes other than a square. In MS paint there was a little button that had like a star with a dotted line, and then you could cut something out in any shape you wanted; and I used that feature a lot for picture editing. This program does not have that feature.

  12. As someone who has done his share of layout and graphic work, Paint on PC’s is an invaluable tool in the toolkit for simple tasks. Perfect by no means, I was astounded coming back to the Mac years ago that Apple never really came up with a replacement for MacPaint. Sure, there must be a fair share of programs like this, but it really should have been built into the OS, or at least tossed in as an aside to iLife.

    Matt has a point that resizing is a dicey operation, but PNG is a format Paint will deal with.

    Let’s hope this is a worthy Mac client.

  13. Ideafix

    Well the only reason why I use MS paint is when I do a screenshot: Printscreen -> Paste in MS paint -> Select only the part of the screen I need -> Paste it in my document.
    In my mac, I don’t have that need: Command + alt + shit + 3 works for me! =)

    Is good to know there is an alternative to MS paint in mac, though.

  14. Ow.. Macpaint, i believe i still have it on a floppy somewhere..Even with some beautiful pictures.

    But does anyone know why Apple stopped with the development of Macpaint?