Comic Life
Comic Life
3.5.11

3.5

Comic Life free download for Mac

Comic Life

3.5.11
01 November 2019

Create web-ready comic strips.

Overview

Comic Life is the highly acclaimed, fun, easy, and powerful application that expands what you can do with your digital photos. With page and panel layouts, streamlined image selection, cropping and placement of authentic speech balloons, customizable captions, and special effects lettering, Comic Life 2 gives you numerous ways to explore your creativity. Liven up holiday snaps, tell a story, even create how-to guides!

What's new in Comic Life

Version 3.5.11:
Improvements:
  • macOS 10.15.1 Catalina compatible
  • Modernized Photo Browser
  • Fixed a crash when reordering page from imported comic
  • Fixed a crash in the halftone inspector
  • Removed Facebook upload option due to lack of support from Facebook
  • Improved performance of comics with PDF images
  • Improved snap to grid accuracy
  • And other fixes and improvements

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muanza-2
19 April 2019

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I'm currently experiencing an issue with Comic life 3. Every time I attempt to launch comic life and I choose to open a template with graphics, I receive a problem report "Comic Life quit unexpectedly". I have tried to check online resources to resolve this issue but unfortunately, I can't find any solution. Please see the file attached.
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Version 3.5.10
muanza-2
19 April 2019
I'm currently experiencing an issue with Comic life 3. Every time I attempt to launch comic life and I choose to open a template with graphics, I receive a problem report "Comic Life quit unexpectedly". I have tried to check online resources to resolve this issue but unfortunately, I can't find any solution. Please see the file attached.
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Version 3.5.10
symbulon
19 February 2019
Thanks for asking. Reason for removing it was simple: I never really used it and I don't need it..
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Version 3.5.10
Dougster
06 April 2018
Regarding my previous review...
I took up Comic Life Mark's invitation (below) to contact him directly about the problem I was having with Comic Life, and he promptly responded to my complaint. Without going into all the details here, Mark worked his magic on my Comic Life and the crashes became a thing of the past. The application is now running smoothly, without any problems. I now realise my previous 1-star rating was unfair, and I should have contacted Plasq directly rather than rant here. Sorry, Mark and the Comic Life crew!
Thanks, Mark, from one grateful (and happy!) Comic Life user.
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Version 3.5.7
1 answer(s)
Plasq
Plasq
01 May 2018
Hi Dougster,

Thanks very much for contacting us after my last message - glad you saw it and emailed us! And super happy that the issue has been fixed.

We have since released Comic Life 3.5.8 with the fix so hopefully that fixes it for anyone else that may have been having issues that hadn't reported it (seems it was related to having multiple documents open).

If anyone else has any issues, please do get in touch with us via this form: http://plasq.com/contact

Thanks again!

Best wishes,
Mark | plasq
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Dougster
10 March 2018
I use it every night, it crashes every night. I have lost lots of work due to the instability of this application. Sent tons of crash reports to the developers, but they have not bothered to respond. The software should have incorporated an autosave feature, but it would need to autosave continuously, because the software, as previously stated, is not reliable.
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Version 3.5.6
1 answer(s)
Plasq
Plasq
18 March 2018
Hi Dougster,

Very sorry you are having issues with Comic Life 3.

Could you please get in direct contact with us via our support contact page: http://plasq.com/contact - and we will definitely get back to you.

We definitely want to get this fixed for you.

Thanks very much,
Mark | plasq
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Kihoalu
01 February 2017
This application has come a long way.
Pretty cool for single panels & smart cracks attached to photos.
You CAN storyboard effectively with it, even if you aren’t a killer artist.

AND they are about to release some type of draw application soon, too. I’d recommend Comic Life, if that means anything to anybody.

The multiple panel templates & type of “flyer” pages is really very nice as a starting point to generate “how-to’s” & gag flyers. The script page addition in version 3 was a nice touch.

Creating actual comic strips or graphic novels with it is quite possible, but not ideal.

Consistent line weights from frame-to-frame could become a problem, if you used this to generate an “approaching professional” level comic. For that it would be a little awkward production tool, though I have used it similarly. If you have to draw the panels in relative context - you are doing it elsewhere already.

Perhaps their new drawing app will address that part of the equation more robustly.

Get Comic Life anyway.
Its priced modestly & is sure worth the price.
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Version 3.5.4
1 answer(s)
Kihoalu
Kihoalu
02 February 2017
In addendum: The recommendation depends upon your use.
For some fun hobby stuff, its brilliant. They sure haven’t gouged you at $30.

Its well designed & fun to throw off a gag quickly.

For professional work, it can absolutely be done, just not without some additional applications & a few inefficient work paths that most working professionals would tire over. In my use, I use it in conjunction with Clip Studio (Manga Studio same thing) & Photoshop primarily.
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Makosuke
24 March 2016
While this app is clearly designed for casual consumer use, it's actually a fully functional professional tool as well. In my case, I have an artist that works in Manga Studio (Clip Studio Pro). Unfortunately, the English-language lettering tools in that software are a disaster (no kerning or ligatures at all, awkward, etc), so I need something else for lettering, and Comic Life is exactly the tool I need for that. It supports advanced OpenType text features (auto ligatures, etc), is extremely fast and smooth-feeling, and tweaking the size of a balloon-shaped dialogue box is fast and easy. The sound effect lettering tools are also great--you can stretch, bend, tweak, and outline fully-editable text to your heart's content. For my use, if I set up page sizes correctly, import full-page images, and set them to "actual size", I can then add lettering on top and export a 1:1 pixel-accurate PDF of each page with correctly anti-aliased text added. Works just as well in greyscale as color, too. The only disadvantage to using it in this completely non-standard way: If you're not using ComicLife to do the panels themselves, clipping SFX or dialogue balloons to the edge of panels is awkward--it requires adding an invisible, borderless panel overlaying the one in the image and putting the text inside it. Functional, but clumsy, so I usually end up adding balloons in Manga Studio. My only other complaints are that accessing the advanced text features is cumbersome, since most of it is buried in tiny tabs in a small floating properties window, and it's organized the way I'd expect. It's in there, but hard to find things if you don't know where they are, and they aren't always clearly labeled with what they do. Also, it's a shame there's no "outline" feature to SFX text--if you add a border to text, the border ends up centered on the text outline, with no option to give it an external "halo". For, say, black floating text with a white outside border, this has the effect of making the text itself look really spindly if the border is thicker.
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Version 3.5.1
Mr-Mike
06 January 2015
I use this app to letter all my comics and to create tutorials with. Now that it can import TXT or RTF files, lettering comics couldn't be better!
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Version 3.0.7
Jfm
10 October 2013
A fine app indeed! Just uncertain about the best way to upgrade: as an owner of v. 2, I am entitled to upgrade at half price - but if I buy currently on the App Store, it is offered at half price as well. Wondering if I should seize the opportunity to switch to the App Store version, or continue to follow the usual upgrade route...
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Version 3.0
F451
09 October 2013
I put it through the paces for over an hour and readily sought to upgrade. Plasq is fine group with some serious talent and it shows in their products. The new styles are great as are the new features. I use Comic Life mostly for recaps of family events where I've managed to pull-off some tomfoolery and get away with it. ;) Here is a link to the many reasons to consider upgrading: http://plasq.com/products/comiclife3/whyupgrade
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Version 3.0
aglessi
08 October 2013
Love it! Fast and easy. Lots of features. Templates could be a bit more stylish and would be great to have hyperlinks when exported as HTML (can be achieved easily with further editing outside the program though).
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Version 2.2.7
$29.99

3.5

App requirements: 
  • Intel 64
  • OS X 10.10.3 or later
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