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LiveQuartz is a simple and powerful photo editor for the Mac. It is based on non-destructive layers and filters. The layers are at the left and the filters are at the right of the window.

To edit a photo, just drag it into the window (or layers list) and it will be added as a new layer. LiveQuartz handles multi-touch trackpads. You can watch a screencast of LiveQuartz in help menu or with this link: http://www.rhapsoft.com/?menu=livequartz_video

The software is localized in 11 languages : English, Traditional Chinese, Simplifed more...

What's New

Version 2.3.1:
  • To cycle between tools, 'Tab' key replaces 'Opt-Tab'
  • Color is fixed when adding a text layer


  • OS X 10.7.5 or later

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Fhall1 Member IconComment+44

Might want to update that description! "LiveQuartz is a simple and powerful free photo editor for Leopard"

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Vinkri Member IconReview+102

Good app: easy to use and efficient. Some features lacking, but nothing serious... and you can't beat the price.
For my basic needs, couldn't see myself buying Pixelmator.

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Version 1.9
lemon-kun Member IconReview+256

Yes, it doesn't have too many features, and at first sight, it isn't the most beautiful image editor – but, as far as I am concerned, it is the quickest and easiest way for some basic image editing. There are indeed some clumsy things (handles, etc.) but I can forgive those, as the overall UI is very well done.

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Version 1.9
Capitaine Haddock Member IconReview+8
Capitaine Haddock

Excellent to make quickly images montage !
Thanks !

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Version 1.8.3
appledogx Member IconReview+146

This app is a diamond in the rough. Great retouching features. Needs a magic wand tool or some sort of magnetic lasso. Would also like to see an easy red-eye tool as well as blue, green and yellow eye tool for pets that few apps have. Undo remembers too much, though this is not always a bad thing, it would be nice to be able to have a "macro undo" and a "micro undo". This app deserves much more publicity!

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Version 1.7.1
robearh Member IconComment+0

I do like the interface but find it quite limiting. It is a free utility so I didn't expect a lot of features. Resizing a photo and cropping is no simple task with this software. The software has got potential though.

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Version 1.6.2
Tomis Member IconReview+117

* choice of complex or simple interface
* underlying functionality of this program is excellent

* clumsy interface, needs to be streamlined
* undo system records too many steps

Summary: I really like this program. They have the foundation of a killer app here. Lots of ability for various image manipulations. Unfortunately, the interface is really holding it back right now.

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Version 1.6
JetFireDX Member IconComment+34

Lots of potential, but not very usable at the moment. Slow...very slow. I am running a dual 1.8 G5 and working at all in a zoomed state is intolerable.

It also has some very easy to find bugs lurking just under the surface.

Example Steps:
1. Select the line tool.
2. Start drawing a line and drag a length.
3. Move the end point around the canvas.
4. Select UNDO from the edit menu.

Result: Each position the end point moved to is recorded and must be undone individually.

I would suggest doing everything possibly to tighten up the speed on this program and fix obvious bugs. It "feels" like it is spending a lot of cycles doing nothing or doing too much when nothing needs to be done. Please keep working on it and I look forward to another release.

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Version 1.5.2
Special Sauce Lettuce Cheese Member IconComment+0
Special Sauce Lettuce Cheese

This is a good little program that works great on my G5. No problem with a delay on larger files at all. Its obviously nothing close to photoshop, but has loads of potential and a nice clean interface.

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Version 1.5
debtman7 Member IconReview+1

This looks pretty neat, but I have to agree with others, with any somewhat large image it's unbearably slow. I tried opening up a 2592x1944 image on a 1.6 Ghz G5 and it was unusable. Roughly a 5 second delay between trying to paint and it actually happening. With a smaller image (say 640x480) it works reasonably well and is a decent free image editor.

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Version 1.2
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Version 1.9
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Downloads 57,828
Version Downloads 1,072
License Demo
Date 12 May 2014
Platform Intel 64 / OS X
Price $7.99