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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 which has been noticeably absent from the Mac for years.

What's New

Version 2.1.1:
  • Paintbrush 2.1.1 features a number of critical stability and functionality fixes, and is highly recommended for all current Paintbrush users.


Mac OS X 10.5 or later

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debellisc8133 Member IconComment+5

I prefered to use the program called MyBrushes to paint on Mac that works much like Microsoft Paint in Windows


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Version 2.1.1
gatovadio Member IconComment+0

sufferin' succotash, the guy below took the source code and, behold, released a fork that is exactly the same as paintbrush.


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Version 2.1.1
Yoshinatsu Member IconReview+539

It's the best MS Paint clone for Mac OS X EVER! Now I can finally make Reddit "fffffffuuuuuuuuuuuu" comics on my Mac!!

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Version 2.0.1
Fromage-Head Member IconComment+55

basic layers support would be perfect. I know there is seashore but it doesn't manage curves well (I'm doing 1 pixel line-drawings), and graphic converter is nice but still doesn't manage layers. That said it's a well crafted app. I love the bomb and the extensible toolbar (ie:shapes tools) is a clever idea. Oh and patterns à la macpaint would be cool too :).

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Version 2.0
Rockin' Kat

I second the patterns like MacPaint had request. Otherwise, this is a very nice little application.

Binarymix Member IconComment+8

This new version is perfect!

A complete paintbrush clone that works very well.

I especially like the new "place" text selection feature.

Not for pros obviously, but great for kids or just some doodles.

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Version 2.0
Roro01 Member IconComment+0

Serious Drawback

Although it saves PNG images, it doesn't save them transparent.

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Version 1.1

Hmm... Yeah that is true. Transparent .PNG's and layers would be great.

freebsd Member IconReview+19

I think it takes a sense of humor to realize the value in this basic, wonderful drawing program. Does no more or less than it should!

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Version 1.1
mex4eric Member IconComment+5

Crashed badly! Had to reboot.

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Version 1.0
musubana Member IconReview+38

A decent little app.
Doesn't do much; for more advanced drawing, people should download Seashore.

However, if you just want to make a quick sketch, it's perfect.

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Version 0.8
ThreeDee912 Member IconReview+113

Simple and easy to use program. Free, and saves in multiple formats. Similar to Paint on Windows.

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Version 0.6
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Version 2.1.1
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Current Version (2.x)


Downloads 88,427
Version Downloads 45,790
License Free
Date 24 Oct 2010
Platform Intel 64 / OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32 / PPC 64
Price Free