Brush Pilot
Brush Pilot
2.1

4.6

Brush Pilot free download for Mac

Brush Pilot2.1

02 November 2012

For previewing Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Photoshop Elements brushes.

Overview

Note: Brush Pilot is no longer under development and the developer provides no support for it.

Brush Pilot is a fast and easy application for previewing Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Photoshop Elements Brushes (.abr), built exclusively for Mac OS X. Brush Pilot is designed to save you time by allowing you to instantly preview your brushes without having to load them into Photoshop.

What's new in Brush Pilot

Version 2.1:
  • Correctly recognizes Photoshop Elements 10 Brushes folder
  • Reads Photoshop CS6 brushes
  • OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion Compatible

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How would you rate Brush Pilot app?

24 Reviews of Brush Pilot

Hannal
30 December 2009
Version: 1.03

Most helpful

I emailed the developer, Jay, about my disappointment that Brush Pilot does not have a print function. Since it has a print choice in the menu I thought it had a print function, even though the button is disabled. I emailed him because I thought I just couldn't figure out how to enable the print choice. When he emailed me back that there was no print function in version 1, I told him that I would not have bought it if I had known that and I requested that he add that information to his website so potential future customers could be more aware. In response, he sent me a very nice email apologizing for the confusion and he refunded my money - which I had not requested. I thought his response was really above and beyond what I expected and what he needed to do in the situation. I was really surprised and quite pleased and wanted you all to know how he supports his customer base. Hanna
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studios9
17 May 2020
Version: 2.1
I loved this app, but no longer supported for Catalina users... any way this developer can update the app for compatibility?
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5
Glenbo
03 June 2019
Version: 2.1
Fantastic product, but it seems like the developer has disappeared? can't get the website to load anymore :( http://www.brushpilotapp.com
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5
veejayr
09 May 2012
Version: 2.0.2
I love BrushPilot - it's an indispensable tool for Photoshop users. Customer support is fabulous! I contacted them asking when to expect an update to support CS 6's enhanced brush sizes and within 24 hours I'd received not only a reply, but a beta of the updated product! Can't beat that!
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5
timdmackey
16 December 2011
Version: 2.0.2
Awesome, awesome application! If you use Photoshop and use Photoshop brushes, this application is absolutely indispensable. This should be part of Creative Suite!
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4
Element
14 September 2011
Version: 2.0.2
Really great and usefull app.
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5
Visual28
29 June 2011
Version: 2.0.1
Awesome utility. Exactly what I needed.
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5
Yvonne-Reyes
19 January 2011
Version: 2.0
It seems to be exactly what's needed. You don't want PS opening all the brushes when loading. And...even if you're very organized, it's hard to remember exactly what all the brushes look like and what their size is.
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5
Sallie-K
27 September 2010
Version: 2.0
Brush Pilot is a wonderful find for Mac owners! The description claims instant previews of your brushes and it delivers! As a retired graphic designer I have thousands of brushes scattered over several external hard disks. Brush Pilot finds them quickly, gives a clear preview, and even shows me where the brushes are located. I had a slight problem because of the large number of brushes. Jay worked tirelessly with me (even over the week end) to fix the problem. He patiently gave concise directions until everything was working. His customer support is the best I have ever encountered for any software! I am very thankful for such a useful Mac application!
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5
Picworks
28 May 2010
Version: 1.1
I downloaded the trial from their web iste and it failed to work on my system crashing as it opened. I reported the problem to them and recieved a prompt reply from Jay who asked me to sumbit an error report and gave me the instruction on how to. The information was passed to the developer who promptly fixed the application. In the meantime Jay had sent me the previous version to be getting on with. I have to say all mail was promptly replied to and I have not come across anyone more helpful. The app itself is simple and does exactly what it says on the tin. I am pleased to have found this app and only signed up to MU to write this review - keep up the good work!
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5
Design4uguru
25 May 2010
Version: 1.1
HUGE time SAVER! Thanks for providing an awesome product that actually works! Terrific customer support as well. Looking forward to see more great products from this company.
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Linda-Davis
06 May 2010
Version: 1.1
I contacted Brush Pilot Support late Monday evening because the update, version 1.1, for the program was not searching for the brushes on my hard drive despite having followed the instructions on the site's support page. By Wednesday afternoon, I received an email from Jay with instructions complete with screen shots for testing for a possible bug. When I emailed the results back, I received another response that Jay was forwarding the problem to his programer. The best, however, was receiving a custom version in less than 24 hours which completely solved the problem. Jay also included an explanation of what was happening. The customer service from this company has been excellent for a great little program for previewing brush files for PS or PSE.
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Meitnik
16 March 2010
Version: 1.0.5
Ok with the help from Apple tech support, I did a search in spotlight via ".abr" and somehow it forced spotlight to find all my brushes and thereby Brush Pilot can now too. Strange.
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Meitnik
16 March 2010
Version: 1.0.5
I recently got BP. It fails to find all my brushes. It only sees the blessed preset ones. Is anyone else having this problem? I tried to reindex via spotlight; it still fails to find brushes. Any suggestions? Thanks.
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5
Itty
18 February 2010
Version: 1.0.5
Awesome. Works great with vast numbers of .abr files in multiple folders and disks. Works with CS1, CS2, CS3, CS4 libraries.
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Maclover1-1
24 January 2010
Version: 1.0.4
or for free you can get this quicklook plugin: http://brushviewer.sourceforge.net
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Hannal
30 December 2009
Version: 1.03
I emailed the developer, Jay, about my disappointment that Brush Pilot does not have a print function. Since it has a print choice in the menu I thought it had a print function, even though the button is disabled. I emailed him because I thought I just couldn't figure out how to enable the print choice. When he emailed me back that there was no print function in version 1, I told him that I would not have bought it if I had known that and I requested that he add that information to his website so potential future customers could be more aware. In response, he sent me a very nice email apologizing for the confusion and he refunded my money - which I had not requested. I thought his response was really above and beyond what I expected and what he needed to do in the situation. I was really surprised and quite pleased and wanted you all to know how he supports his customer base. Hanna
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Hannal
30 December 2009
Version: 1.03
I also found that Brush Pilot quickly, effortlessly and completely identified all of my brushes and flawlessly displays them. My big disappointment: no print function. I really really wanted a printed catalog of my brushes and I was not aware that Brush Pilot does not print. The developer says it is on the list for version 2. I will use a screen capture program to print my brushes, but it will be more clunky than if they printed from within the program. There is no information on the brush pilot website about printing or the lack of. As a brush viewer, it excels. Hanna
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suzanne-3
07 November 2009
Version: 1.03
WOW! This product is fantastic. Just what I have been hoping for! It really works, is very fast and does exactly what it says it does. A must for any Digital Scrapbooker who uses a MAC and like myself has hundreds of brushes. This is something I will be recommending to all my scrappy friends! Thank you so much.
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suzanne-3
07 November 2009
Version: 1.03
WOW! This product is fantastic. Just what I have been hoping for! It really works, is very fast and does exactly what it says it does. A must for any Digital Scrapbooker who uses a MAC and like myself has hundreds of brushes. This is something I will be recommending to all my scrappy friends! Thank you so much.
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5
Dr-Girlfriend
01 September 2009
Version: 1.03
There is a free Brush Viewing app: BrushView QL (requires OSX 10.5 at least because it works via QuickLook): http://brushviewer.sourceforge.net/ However, Brush Pilot is a more elegant solution and well-worth the $15.00, imo because it even works on OSX 10.4 Tiger. This app is not only helpful for Photoshop users, but I find it absolutely necessary when running Pixelmator too, because Pixelmator's own brush management is horrendous. Photoshop's brush management is laggy and slows down the app after extended use and Pixelmator's is nonexistent. Brush Pilot to the rescue! Brush Pilot is also very speedy, even across networked and external drives. A Big Thank You for doing what Adobe should have done a long time ago, Bittbox!
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Da-La
05 July 2009
Version: 1.03
For what it does, this app is awesome! There, I said it. :-) When I first started Brush Pilot it automatically found all my brushes across two separate drives. This might not be surprising but what did surprise me is how fast it did it. It is extremely fast, at least in demo mode where it will only display 5 brushes. Personally I would instead prefer a fully functional but time limited demo in order to see how it handles larger brush libraries. However, it still seems to load the entire brush library even though it only will display 5 brushes. Brush Pilot is a bit light on the feature side of things but we're only at 1.0.x so I'm sure features will be added as time passes. Some things I would like to see: * Show brush size - Handy to know if a brush is 345 px or if it is 2178 px. * Optional column view in the left sidebar - I use subfolders in my main brush folder and it would make it easier to switch between brush libraries if I could use column view. * Bookmarks/Favorites - Would be nice if it was possible to bookmark a brush library. Quite handy if you have many libraries. It Would really ROCK if it was possible to bookmark individual brushes within a library. * Taging - The ability to add tags to libraries or even to individual brushes within a gallery. * Search - A must if you have loooooads of brushes ;-) What would make me a truly happy camper is if Brush Pilot eventually went from just a brush viewer to a brush viewer/organizer/editor. I have wished for quite some time for better and more powerful brush editing tools. Not making actual brushes mind you but instead creating and editing brush libraries. I find the Present Manager in Photoshop to be very basic as well as "clunky". It misses features like variable preview size (Brush Pilot already has this), sorting (name/tag/size/age etc.), drag/drop support. I realize however that this might be outside the scope of Brush Pilot but a boy can always dream, can't he? ;-)
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Itty
03 July 2009
Version: 1.03
V 1.03 works flawlessly. They responded to my bug reports on v.1.01 almost instantly. Found the problems and fixed them. Then issued an update within hours. (v.1.02 Great support. Well worth the $15, and a must have for any Photoshop user.
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Itty
26 June 2009
Version: 1.02
Wow, they work fast. v. 1.02 is running great. Paid my $15, got the key in less than 3 minutes. Great little app and sooo much better than running a Java app. their website says it all. Simple and easy to use. Should be in every Photoshop Pro's toolkit. If they add full brush preview export, then there will be no need for ABRView anymore. [not that I'm complaining about a free app but Java is clunky]. If you use a lot of different Photoshop brushes in your workflow, then Brush Pilot is a necessity.
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Itty
25 June 2009
Version: 1.01
Installed on a MacBook running 10.5.7 and could not successfully launch the app. Unexpected Quit after a few bounces. So no rating yet. There's a freebie java app; ABR-VIEWER, that works, albeit a little clunky, creating thumbnails and previews at user-choose-able sizes. I use Expression Media[iView] to catalog the full screen size previews. I'll be glad to take another look at Brush Pilot when it's compatible with Leopard. Mac version of ABR-View = http://www.easyelementsextra.com/ABRView.jar Use this link if you need a solution now, and Brush Pilot doesn't work for you, at the moment, either. I hope Brush Pilot will be fixed because ABR viewer requires JAVA and is a little funky to work with. A bona-fide Mac app will be most welcome. Even at $15.
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