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Picture Play lets you combine digital photos, scanned images, or any other graphics to create rich and diverse compositions with editable text content, backgrounds, and stylish effects including translucency, transparency, rotation and more. Its powerful multi-layered engine allows you to rearrange and edit individual objects freely until your original artwork is how you want it. You can then print, or export to one of many standard file formats, to share with family and friends, on paper or the web.

What's New

Version 1.9:

New Features & Enhancements

  • New Colour tool that allows you to change the brightness and contrast, hue rotation, and saturation of image objects.
  • New Luminance tool to convert an image object to it's luminance (convert it to grayscale).
  • New Objects Library which can store objects independent of documents and is accessible through the Library menu. Objects can be added to the more...


Mac OS 8.6 or later, CarbonLib.

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I don't normally write reviews but i do want to say that this is a quality easy to use product, and works amazingly well. I'm using it primarily to write onto jpegs which it easily does, in a varierty of fonts, colors, etc, and it's a breeze to move the text around. One tip for new users, to save modifications as a jpeg or other photo file click on "export work area" not "save as". Otherwise you'll get a Picture Play document type file instead of a jpeg. Give it a try!

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Version 1.9
Anonymous Member IconReview

This is the most worthless software I have EVER encountered. For example... it takes an image that is 361k, and when resized to half of its original size in Photo Play then the file size of the photo increases to 1.9MB !!! Don't waste your time with this junk.

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Version 1.9
Crescendo Software (Developer)

Picture Play deliberately stores images inside the Picture Play Document Format as PNG data, which uses lossless compression. As such, although file sizes are often larger than what you'd expect based on the input (compressed JPEGs for example), you can be sure that every pixel will stay the same from the time when you import the image, to the next time you open the document. If a lossy file format was used (such as JPEG), although the file size would be smaller, you would get artifacts and the like showing up in the images, which would be a bad thing. In short, I believe it's worth trading file size for image integrity, and that is what Picture Play does.

Anonymous Member IconReview

I thoroughly enjoy playing with this application. Its easy and intuitive to use.

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Version 1.9
Anonymous Member IconReview

I was readily suprised how intuitive this app can be. Small in size, but big in fun. Composing images with Picture Play is a joy.
It's like a Photoshop-Mini. Keep up the good work.

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Version 1.8.1
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Downloads 5,210
Version Downloads 2,454
License Shareware
Date 11 Jun 2004
Platform OS Classic / OS X / PPC 32
Price $14.95
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