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Picturesque is an award-winning application designed to make images look gorgeous for the web.

With an animated "drag and drop" style interface, Picturesque makes images gorgeous with tasteful effects like 3D perspective, reflection, glow, shadow, curve, and stroke in less time than it takes to open Photoshop.

Picturesque can also beautify images in batch, and with the ability to resize, crop, and apply effects on a whole folder of images, Picturesque is an an easy way to make sophisticated thumbnails and refined full sized images.

Picturesque is the final touch to make your images perfect.

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What's New

Version 2.4.5:
  • Picturesque now correctly resizes images when used on an external display with a Retina primary display.


  • OS X 10.6 or later

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Kris_nx Member IconComment+46

2.4.2 doesn't seem to work on OS X 10.6.8 32bit. Constantly crashing when I try to launch. I rolled back to 2.4.0 launched without a problem. Is 2.4.2 64bit only?

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Version 2.4.2

2.4.3 launches just fine on Mavericks (MBP 17 - early 2011); but constantly crashes when I try to batch save multiple images; even when trying to save individual images it crashes. To bad, since it looks like a nifty app.

Hey MacUpdate: the price is now $4.99 in the App Store and $4.95 on the developer's website.

H.a.l. Member IconComment+37

Dreadful customer service.
I bought this as part of a bundle less than a year ago.
I updated it to the latest version and it then insisted that my serial number was "widely distributed" (whatever that actually means) and now will not launch.
I've sent them three emails over the last two months pleading for them to tell me how get their app working again, and they have sent me no response, not even an acknowledgement that they've received my emails.
At this point I'd say don't waste your money. If it fails, you're SOL.

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Version 2.4.0

We didn't get your emails, please resend (maybe try from a different email address), and we'll make sure this gets corrected. Sorry for the frustration.

Leslie Titze Member IconReview+8
Leslie Titze

I use this app on a daily basis and it has always been 100% reliable. For what it claims to do it's an ideal app.

I am going to miss the AppleScript portion of the app, however. I had hoped that the script dictionary might be enhanced rather than removed. Are there plans to bring that portion of Picturesque back in the near future.

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Version 2.3.0
Levelbest Member IconReview+22

Really a nice app, but it needs watermarking IMHO. I just started using it (bundle deal) and I see it has more going for it than I first thought. But I will still need another app for watermarking as This is all about my on-line presence, my blog, etc. Watermarking is a must and I am So weary of using several apps to do one thing. These guys are So close...

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Version 2.2.0

yeah, half-baked apps. join picturesque and quickscale and you have a complete app.
i say if you're gonna do batch, do batch all the way.

in the mean time, i found this guy ported phatch to the mac. it's a linux fave and it's highly configurable (yet a bit complicated). since it doesn't support a preview function, you have to do some trial and error before you come up with some good presets.

phatch official page

phatch mac unofficial build
http://clanmills.com/articles/macinstallers/ (Phatch.dmg at the bottom of the page - another version maybe)

Mlbkxbx Member IconComment+143

While i really, really, like picturesque, IMHO it needs to do more. Just from the top of my head, how about adding text to pictures, core image filters, per picture settings, and maybe watermarks? I'm sure there are more features that people would agree on.
Also, it would be cool if the batch resize feature could also cut pictures to preserve a certain aspect ratio (and if the cut should be made on all sides, or from a certain direction). I'm sure you get the idea.
Also, when adding borders, maybe the value should be in percent (optionally), as the final result if up/downsized considerably, does not represent the the preview as it is now. a 40 pixel border is quite much on a 320 pixels wide thumb, while not as much on the fullsize preview if you get what i'm saying.
Keep up the good work though.

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Version 2.1.9
Thirdworldharold Member IconComment+1

Pucturesque is marvelous for quick effects like reflections and drop shadows, but I also reverted to version 1.05 as the 2.xx versions produce noticeably blurry output.

I am glad version one works in Snow Leopard. The developer has been unresponsive about this issue as I had called it to their attention many months ago and a new update was just very recently released without any fix.

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Version 2.1.9

It's really hard to produce sharp output with pure 3D renderer (OpenGL or similar) and as far as i can see Picturesque does use some 3D API. I can't say why 1.x was better - haven't tested it, but i think Picturesque is really good piece of software even despite of somewhere blurred output. At least we can sharp it a little, can't we?:)

Tekl Member IconComment+110

Still missing a sharpen filter and resize in the presets.

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Version 2.1.9
Maulrat Member IconComment+137

I really do like this program and I use it quite often ... that being said, I'm still using version 1 (1.0.5 to be exact) because the output from version 2 has (and still is) always been blurry to me compared to version 1 ... I don't understand why the image should be blurred when these "filters" are basically edge filters ... I believe this problem was supposed to be fixed in earlier versions but I'm just not seeing it.If the dev reads these feedbacks and is interested I'd be glad to provide some side by side comparisons.

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Version 2.1.8
sjsw Member IconReview+131

Often it's not about "how much" an app can do, but rather how well it does what it does, how fast it does what it does, and how easy it does what it does. In all three cases Picturesque is primo and IMHO has no equal (and I own many apps of this kind). As a Web Designer/Developer this is an indispensable tool. Highly recommended.

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Version 2.1.5
johnsmith Member IconReview+14

Great app, definitely deserved the ADA!

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Version 2.1.4
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Version 2.4.5
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Version 2.4.4
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Version 2.2.0
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Version 2.2.0
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Downloads 40,036
Version Downloads 1,393
License Shareware
Date 30 Mar 2014
Platform Intel 64 / OS X
Price $14.95
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