ChocoFlop
ChocoFlop 0.909
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ChocoFlop: Image and Photo Editing Application for Mac OS X.

ChocoFlop clearly positions itself as a lightweight alternative to very expensive graphics tools such as Adobe PhotoShop, (ex. MetaCreations) Corel Painter. It is meant to be smaller and much cheaper. Ideally the target users would be Web or mobile designers and other creative people working with reasonably sized images.

Unlike many "Core Image Demonstration" type tools, ChocoFlop is meant to be usable in everyday work. The goal is not just to add as many filters to an image as possible and see what random
What's New
Version 0.909:
  • Oops, it seems the previous released was compiled without PowerPC code. My apologies to the G4/G5 users who reported this.
  • It won't work on snow leopard but at least it'll work for those with PowerPC machines who cannot upgrade anyway :-)
Requirements
Intel/PPC, 1 GHz G4 or better, Mac OS X 10.4 or later, Growl installed.





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Xenophile commented on 15 Sep 2009
Teachable moment for all the suckers who paid for this:

Do NOT pay a developer to help him test his beta software.
[Version 0.909]

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frail47 replied on 15 Sep 2009
Nothing wrong with contributing a little something to (what once was) a good prospect. Just because it didn't work out, doesn't mean the people who supported the developer are "suckers."
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macsolu commented on 13 Sep 2009
The developer of this app has stated that this is the last version. All future development has stopped and the app is no longer shareware; it is now freeware.
[Version 0.908]

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macsolu replied on 14 Sep 2009
OK, so now I'm confused. After this app is installed and launched, pressing the registration button brings up this window:

REGISTRATION IS NOT NEEDED ANYMORE SINCE DEVELOPMENT STOPPED :-(

So, it seems like this app is getting very minor updates/tweaks, but will never be primed for Snow Leopard. This is clearly mentioned in the initial splash screen:

"This is PRERELEASE software. It is not supposed to be stable.
This is NOT SUPPORTED ON MAC OS X 10.6+ (SNOW LEOPARD).
The changes required to get this to work on Snow Leopard are akin to
rewriting the whole thing (which would be a good thing anyway).

Sadly I cannot commit any more time to this so here you have it.
It's free without limitations, but it wll not evolve."
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Plasterpyrus commented on 09 Sep 2009
Thanks to the developer for constantly improving ChocoFlop, specially for continuing support for PPC, which some of us continue to use. I find that the developer from the beginning has worked at adding features and squashing bugs, and as far as I know that's what the development of an applications suppose to be in the beta stage which it is in.
[Version 0.908]


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CountPollen commented on 08 Sep 2009
After the "I give up" message in the last update (08 sept. 2009) I just have to add:
For everybody using an intel mac (core duo or higher), running Leopard: give up using ChocoFlop!
There are better applications that do more.
After all, ChocoFlop started as an aqua port of "the Gimp", which is still actively maintained.

For the developer: pity to have paid once for an application that was hardly updated at all.
[Version 0.908]


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BumbleB commented on 29 Apr 2009
For the last few days I've been trying to download Chocoflop, but the site is dead. Anyone knows what happened?

Not that Chocoflop is usable, but I wanted to try its scaling algo;-)
[Version 0.907]


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frail47 commented on 08 Dec 2008
I purchased a license for this a while back to support its development because I see that it has potential and would love to use it once it goes stable. But for now is pretty much unusable for me. I trashed this version after using it only once since simply zooming in and out of the image with the scroll button on my mouse caused Chocoflop to crash. Previous versions were more stable for me.
[Version 0.901]

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frail47 replied on 27 Dec 2008
0.903 crashed on my after undoing an image resize. Using a MacBook with GMA 950 graphics.
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Mami commented on 08 Dec 2008
creating Buffers... ....... -> stalls, beachball, beachball
working... ....... -> stalls, beachball, stalls, beachball
Needs a lot of code- and speed optimizing..., beachball, beachball
creating Buffers... creating Buffers... creating Buffers...
Feels like a realbasic app on a 66 Mhz PPC, ...stalls, beachball...
Moving into trash... ChocoFlop -> delete, ...wow, that works surprisingly fast.
[Version 0.901]


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Grossebouille commented on 11 Dec 2007
It works very well now !! Congratulations !
[Version 0.73]


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joellevin commented on 02 Dec 2007
The name of this app sort of convinces me not to download it.
[Version 0.7]

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Gaoshan replied on 10 Dec 2007
I was about to make a similar comment and also won't use it. I wonder what the inspiration for the name could possibly be?
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zeba replied on 10 Dec 2007
I will paraphrase one saying: "Do not judge the program by the icon (name, in this case) but by the things it can do for you."
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Jean-Marie replied on 26 Mar 2008
The name is clearly inspired by 'Photoshop', kinda anagram...
I like this kind of dev. who don't take themselves too seriously (as long as the application is serious).
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Robert replied on 12 Jan 2009
And Cocoa, and FLOating Point operations (Core Image). What'd you think it meant?
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tingting reviewed on 30 Jul 2007
Rating is based on a .65 release. It's pretty dang sweet. I've been hating opening the old Photoshop Elements and it takes fifteen years to turn on and my fans start going ballistic. Try it, you'll enjoy. Some bugs to be worked out, but quite nice for .65. Nice.
[Version 0.65]


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Downloads:30,617
Version Downloads:10,577
Type:Multimedia Design : Image Editing
License:Shareware
Date:14 Sep 2009
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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ChocoFlop: Image and Photo Editing Application for Mac OS X.

ChocoFlop clearly positions itself as a lightweight alternative to very expensive graphics tools such as Adobe PhotoShop, (ex. MetaCreations) Corel Painter. It is meant to be smaller and much cheaper. Ideally the target users would be Web or mobile designers and other creative people working with reasonably sized images.

Unlike many "Core Image Demonstration" type tools, ChocoFlop is meant to be usable in everyday work. The goal is not just to add as many filters to an image as possible and see what random results one can achieve. I expect users to know what they want to be doing. Real-Time preview and non-destructive Effect layers will be available as required but they won't be the goal. This means people who have spent time learning industry standard tools will feel right at home when working with layers, layer masks, selections and painting tools.

This is and will probably remain a Mac Only tool. It uses Core Image at its heart to be able to utilize to its maximum the hardware. Thanks to great work of the guys at Apple I'll be able to focus on usability and not much about optimizing gaussian blur filters and such things. Thanks to the work that's already been done this project's development time will be much shorter than if I had to start from scratch. That said, this makes the app very dependant of the operating system.


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