PhotoLine
PhotoLine
21.50

3.4

PhotoLine free download for Mac

PhotoLine

21.50
07 June 2019

Professional-level image effects processor.

Overview

PhotoLine is an image processing utility, image browser, layout program, vector editor, batchconverter and Web editor with a multitude of powerful functions. It is available as 32- or 64-bit application. Imaging functions supported are Lab, CMYK, 16 bit channels, ICC profiles, and raw data profiles for digital cameras. PhotoLine offers all the tools you need: painting, cloning, filtering, blending and flood fill, special effects like squirl, shadow, glowing, distorb, morphing, 3d projection. Also supports, working layers, clipping layers, dynamic layer effects. EXIF digital camera data and IPTC data are also supported. Multiple undo/redo levels, plugin filters and much more.

Save and read your PDF files with PhotoLine. Create vector graphics, add, remove, move vector points. Convert lines to beziers, fill with pattern, etc.

PhotoLine also has an action recorder. You can record your jobs and use the batch converter to convert them into an animated gif. Do all your work for the Web with PhotoLine. Transparent and animated GIFs, animations, JPEG2000, HD-Photo, Flash format (swf). Create animated buttons, image maps, and more with PhotoLine!

What's new in PhotoLine

Version 21.50:
New
  • Tablet support improved
  • Text layer size adjustment by double-clicking on frame handle

Full list of changes available here.

31 PhotoLine Reviews

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Volstag
04 July 2012

Most helpful

I've used photoline for far too long. Well, enough. Here's the facts on this thing, from someone who has used it since 2005, and has had to deal with the programmer more times that he ever cared to. The only thing that makes this better than GIMP is the CMYK support. Photoline is great for quickly cropping JPEGs, which of course can be done in just about anything. There are better things out there for editing JPEGs, and preparing things in CMYK. Likewise, there are far superior DTP apps available, as well as vector editors. If you shoot in RAW, don't get Photoline at all. It can't handle it. And Gerhard Huber, the programmer, won't admit there's a problem. In fact, he admits to having not tested it fully. My testing shows it will work ok with Olympus and Hasselblad, but forget about Sony, Canon, Nikon, and Minolta. Huber seems to think you can use adjustment layers to fix his incorrectly interpolated RAW files, he told me this directly. Which brings us to the filters. Horrible. I've never gotten a usable result from almost all of the filters, even the basic color adjustment stuff, like Hue and Saturation. In contrast to just screwing around in Photoshop for a few seconds, where I can accidentally do almost anything and it looks good. Photoline, on the other hand, never looks good if you start changing things. There are so many random bugs in Photoline, and always have been. They never get fixed, unless someone complains, and provides highly detailed proof that there is, in fact, a bug. Gerhard Huber's first response to a bug report is always, "You are incorrect. We don't have a problem here." I'm now convinced they actually don't use their software, or have anything more than a basic understanding of programming or the subject they are writing the program for, i.e., image editing. The special effects are even worse than the basic filters. Distort image with image (similar to Photoshop's Displace filter) simply doesn't work. Aside from crashing the app when making adjustments, the results of the effect are beyond useless. It's unpredictable (though repeatable if all parameters are the same), and literally distorts whatever image you use as if a black hole were ripping it apart. And that's on moderate settings. Other effects are just plain silly, and sometimes blindingly bright and bizarre. Photoline has long tried to combine image editing, layout, and vector design. It's a great notion, until you realize these people know very little about any of these things, let alone how to write an application to perform these tasks. Vector editing is a nightmare. The ends of curved lines are not straight, so you have to tweak each one if you're doing an arc. And it's far from precise or perfect. Objects routinely protrude beyond the frame which contains them, making alignment imprecise, and sometimes impossible. The whole thing can quickly go wonky. DTP--I wouldn't try to publish a newsletter with it, but it's good enough for flyers and business cards (though it will likely take a whole day to do anything that is more than rudimentary). In the end, the biggest problem comes from the lack of support. This app is quite old, and it still functions like it fell off the idea truck three days ago. Given recent communication with the Huber fellow, I'd have to say he doesn't care, and doesn't have the understanding of how it all works anyway. He said to me, "You are right, that the images open different to the preview images (which are embedded into the raw files in JPEG format). That's quite normal. To open Raw images is not so easy as opening JPEG images. PhotoLine creates an adjustment layer when ever you open a raw file. Here you can make your settings to make the images look like you want." He told me this, in connection to the RAW import bug. I had sent him files saved in JPEG that I had imported with Mac Preview (which produced the same image as Photoshop's Camera RAW), along with the same file imported into Photoline (the difference is dramatic). The man is an idiot, who consistently blames others for the failings of his software. How anyone could mistake the files I sent for embedded previews is clear indication of the problem. But he had initially blamed me for the problem, saying, "This sounds like you have disabled demosaicing. That's not possible on the normal release version." Well, if it's not possible, then it's a bug in the program.
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Version 17.10
Tom-Fulery
12 April 2016
Photoline is one of the best-kept Mac secrets ever; a professional graphics workhorse that does everything but the dishes. Other apps claim to replace Photoshop, but only Photoline & GIMP really do. Photoline, Photoshop & GIMP all do similar things in different ways. But for serious image work, SVG drawing or page layout, nothing can top Photoline’s simplicity, stability & power. It’s the easiest, most versatile graphics app I’ve used since Freehand bit the dust. It runs flawlessly on OS X, & costs about the same as renting Photoshop for 3 months. Photoline’s spartan but extremely customizable interface provides a range of advanced, very customizable tools, filters, effects, brushes, KB shortcuts, layer & mask modes, a killer SVG drawing mode, 3D mode, image-tracing, multi-page layout features, 32 & 64-bit modes for Photoshop plugins, dozens of import/export formats & a lot more. Photoline can also host & run other apps to utilize their features. And it does it all in a clean 63 MB (Adobe bloatware it ain't!). The learning curve isn’t steep, but the terminology & actions are innovative & a bit unorthodox (for example, ’feathering,’ is called ‘soft edge’). As with most graphic apps, experimentation aids learning. I also use GIMP, the award-winning free professional open-source Photoshop rival with countless free plugins online. AffinityPhoto & AffinityDesigner also have many great features. Together, these apps do way more than Photoshop for a fraction of its cost. And without all the intrusive Adobe adware.
Like (2)
Version 19.50
Eviandem
22 February 2016
UI could be nicer, but the functionality is nearly equal to Photoshop. One of my essential apps. Use it for years now
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Version 19.03
Prologos
25 May 2015
Using PhotoLine for a long time now. Its quick, with almost to many futures. It never let me hang. Has some little glitches, but its nice to work with. I like to have PL in my Apps
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Version 19.00
PieterOpie
27 February 2014
I am getting too old for steep learning curves. I hate reading manuals! I use a whole slew of programs and apps to achieve what I want. It's the cheater's way..... This app seems to complicated and scary for dweebs like me and therefore the money would be wasted even though it is not that expensive for a good product.
Like (2)
Version 18.02
1 answer(s)
b77
b77
15 January 2015
Oh… so you're telling us you're a lazy amateur.
How is that a review of Photoline? Lame…
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Adrenochrom
24 September 2013
After getting frustrated with Adobe Photoshop i switched to PhotoLine some years ago. Yes the GUI is ugly but it is getting better with every single Update. Yes, when you are comming from Photoshop you will have a big learning curve but hey, it is worth to deal with ! And yes, i also like GIMP, but PhotoLine has a lot of features you will wait another 4-5 Years till they get something similar.
Like (2)
Version 17.55
Volstag
04 July 2012
I've used photoline for far too long. Well, enough. Here's the facts on this thing, from someone who has used it since 2005, and has had to deal with the programmer more times that he ever cared to. The only thing that makes this better than GIMP is the CMYK support. Photoline is great for quickly cropping JPEGs, which of course can be done in just about anything. There are better things out there for editing JPEGs, and preparing things in CMYK. Likewise, there are far superior DTP apps available, as well as vector editors. If you shoot in RAW, don't get Photoline at all. It can't handle it. And Gerhard Huber, the programmer, won't admit there's a problem. In fact, he admits to having not tested it fully. My testing shows it will work ok with Olympus and Hasselblad, but forget about Sony, Canon, Nikon, and Minolta. Huber seems to think you can use adjustment layers to fix his incorrectly interpolated RAW files, he told me this directly. Which brings us to the filters. Horrible. I've never gotten a usable result from almost all of the filters, even the basic color adjustment stuff, like Hue and Saturation. In contrast to just screwing around in Photoshop for a few seconds, where I can accidentally do almost anything and it looks good. Photoline, on the other hand, never looks good if you start changing things. There are so many random bugs in Photoline, and always have been. They never get fixed, unless someone complains, and provides highly detailed proof that there is, in fact, a bug. Gerhard Huber's first response to a bug report is always, "You are incorrect. We don't have a problem here." I'm now convinced they actually don't use their software, or have anything more than a basic understanding of programming or the subject they are writing the program for, i.e., image editing. The special effects are even worse than the basic filters. Distort image with image (similar to Photoshop's Displace filter) simply doesn't work. Aside from crashing the app when making adjustments, the results of the effect are beyond useless. It's unpredictable (though repeatable if all parameters are the same), and literally distorts whatever image you use as if a black hole were ripping it apart. And that's on moderate settings. Other effects are just plain silly, and sometimes blindingly bright and bizarre. Photoline has long tried to combine image editing, layout, and vector design. It's a great notion, until you realize these people know very little about any of these things, let alone how to write an application to perform these tasks. Vector editing is a nightmare. The ends of curved lines are not straight, so you have to tweak each one if you're doing an arc. And it's far from precise or perfect. Objects routinely protrude beyond the frame which contains them, making alignment imprecise, and sometimes impossible. The whole thing can quickly go wonky. DTP--I wouldn't try to publish a newsletter with it, but it's good enough for flyers and business cards (though it will likely take a whole day to do anything that is more than rudimentary). In the end, the biggest problem comes from the lack of support. This app is quite old, and it still functions like it fell off the idea truck three days ago. Given recent communication with the Huber fellow, I'd have to say he doesn't care, and doesn't have the understanding of how it all works anyway. He said to me, "You are right, that the images open different to the preview images (which are embedded into the raw files in JPEG format). That's quite normal. To open Raw images is not so easy as opening JPEG images. PhotoLine creates an adjustment layer when ever you open a raw file. Here you can make your settings to make the images look like you want." He told me this, in connection to the RAW import bug. I had sent him files saved in JPEG that I had imported with Mac Preview (which produced the same image as Photoshop's Camera RAW), along with the same file imported into Photoline (the difference is dramatic). The man is an idiot, who consistently blames others for the failings of his software. How anyone could mistake the files I sent for embedded previews is clear indication of the problem. But he had initially blamed me for the problem, saying, "This sounds like you have disabled demosaicing. That's not possible on the normal release version." Well, if it's not possible, then it's a bug in the program.
Like (14)
Version 17.10
1 answer(s)
pedrotaquelim
pedrotaquelim
12 October 2013
I read your review and an inevitable question emerged: Why in hell did you use this since 2005? :-)
Like (4)
Prlab
24 May 2012
Seems like an alternative to Canvas, which I can't use on Lion.
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Version 17.10
M-Rick
09 May 2012
If there was something to have to be changed in this software it is the GUI, everything else is very good. A real alternative for a professional work.
Like
Version 17.10
Robert-Kroon
04 November 2011
Very good image application. I use this together with the colorperfect plugin and the neat-image plugin. It gives me a very good workflow scanning color negatives (16-bits per channel) and converting them to beautiful color images. PhotoLine easily beats Photoshop CS3 for my work. PhotoLine is rock solid and can handle 16-bits per channel images.
Like
Version 16.54
Jack75
29 September 2011
One more half star for an improved GUI.
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Version 16.53
$65.75

3.4

App requirements: 
  • Intel 64
  • Intel 32
  • Mac OS X 10.6.0 or later
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