PhotoLine
PhotoLine
22.03

3.4

PhotoLine free download for Mac

PhotoLine22.03

05 August 2020

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 22.03:
Improvements:
  • Angle fields: Display a decimal place if required
  • Color filter: When a color is picked, the area is automatically reduced if it was previously full range
  • Formula fields: Now also with abs function
  • Rotate tool: Takes the pivot point into account
  • Scripting: open command with additional options (e.g. can read from embedded data)
  • PDF import: Faulty Type0 fonts with TrueType names ("Times New Roman,Bold") are read correctly
  • Color Lookup: 1D (gamma only) cube LUTs are supported
Bug fixes:
  • Text tool, Tool Settings: Tab bar/symbols could be too small
  • PNG export, reduce colors, ask: Did not ask
  • Path group: Nested path groups were not updated correctly
  • Path group: With nested path groups the quality could deteriorate depending on the hierarchy
  • Path group, macOS, restore after restart: If the active layer was a path group, it may not have been built correctly
  • Path group, layer order: When changing the level order, the path group was not rebuilt correctly
  • Path group, operation: Changing the operation did not recreate the result
  • Table of contents, double pages: Possibly wrong order of entries
  • Table of contents: Had problems with multiple attributes in one paragraph
  • Color fields: Crash when scaling is too small
  • Color Lookup: Now creates internal table based on source color profile
  • Deselect: The selection frame was not deleted
  • Context menu settings: Separator missing
  • Dehaze: Rotated images with grouped adjustment layers positioned the mask incorrectly
  • Scripting, Windows, IApplication::ActiveDocument: Setting the active document did not work
  • Replace placeholder layer, Layer Attributes, file link: When replacing a file link, the new file was automatically embedded
  • Plug-Ins, Lasersoft SRDx, macOS: Internal Plug-In crash after closing the SRDx-Plug-In with OK fixed
  • Levels adjustment layer, non-modal dialog: Histogram scaling was not adjusted when switching documents
  • Levels adjustment layer, Adjustment Layer panel, switching documents: If a Levels adjustment layer with the same settings as in the original document was active after switching the active document, the histogram was not adjusted

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32 Reviews of PhotoLine

5
piquadratpi2
02 March 2020
Version: 22.00

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PhotoLine is a very fast, stable and comfortable program. It has many features and can do nearly everything with pictures and graphics. As mentioned below (Tom) all is very simple to reach. And it is always updated and runs on all my systems without any problem. A big thanks to the developer...
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5
piquadratpi2
02 March 2020
Version: 22.00
PhotoLine is a very fast, stable and comfortable program. It has many features and can do nearly everything with pictures and graphics. As mentioned below (Tom) all is very simple to reach. And it is always updated and runs on all my systems without any problem. A big thanks to the developer...
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5
Tom-Fulery
12 April 2016
Version: 19.50
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.
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5
Eviandem
22 February 2016
Version: 19.03
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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4.5
Prologos
25 May 2015
Version: 19.00
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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PieterOpie
27 February 2014
Version: 18.02
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.
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5
Adrenochrom
24 September 2013
Version: 17.55
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.
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Volstag
04 July 2012
Version: 17.10
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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prLab
24 May 2012
Version: 17.10
Seems like an alternative to Canvas, which I can't use on Lion.
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4
M-Rick
09 May 2012
Version: 17.10
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.
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5
Robert-Kroon
04 November 2011
Version: 16.54
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.
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4.5
Jack75
29 September 2011
Version: 16.53
One more half star for an improved GUI.
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Uniquepito
24 February 2011
Version: 16.51
Show me any feature which Photoline has and Gimp doesn't! Wake up ppl! It's not worth the money if you try the Gimp.
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5
Rpp
07 October 2010
Version: 16.11
This is a very good image processing application. Pretty much the only real and fully featured alternative to Photoshop CS5 at fraction of it's price. I researched a lot of applications to find a lighter and cheaper replacement for Photoshop and this one actually is the only one which f.e. has full support for 16-bit Lab. It can be clunky, has some bugs, but it's stable and not a cute barely useful toy like most of others. It works!
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Leonledragon
21 December 2009
Version: 15.54
At this price Photoshop element is a bargain... Also, updates come too often with supplement...
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Mitch-de
26 August 2009
Version: 15.5
Working perfect also in OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard ! For semiprofessionals & hobbiest the best software doing "Photoshop" work. Adobe hasnt that reached ;)
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Magosilvan
20 April 2009
Version: 15.05
I must apologize for my former appreciation: PhotoLine is not a sort of halfway between Photoshop and Pixelmator, it has more to say, but it isn't surely mac friendly. It is full of options but the Help is poor or referring to not corresponding screenshots from Windows version.
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5
Jmleonfounlin
22 March 2009
Version: 15.01
PhotoLine 15 may not have as beautiful an interface as Pixelmator, but it is very powerful. As far as I know it is the only editing photo app which allows you to use most editing tools in Lab (without the need to convert the image to Lab, though you can so if you will) or HSV-HIS mode directly within the tools. Raw Developer also permits editing curves not only in RGB but also in Lab (but it is a raw converter). It also supports CMYK. Contrary to what has been said there is a history palette, but PL doesn't have quite the same terminology as PS (View -> Dialog -> Undo List). Sharpening can be done non destructively (on a layer). The app also makes it possible to use screen and printer ICC profile (I use Spyder3 Pro and PrintFX Pro). It can also create HDR images and can import raw images. Recently I've done all my editing in PL 15 up to framing and watermarking and exporting for web (leaving raw editing to Capture One 4 though). Really, this app deserves much more than the review I've read here but you have to go beyond the not so tasty face. Remember that it is also relatively cheap. For all the features, it is a real bargain in fact.
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3
Magosilvan
23 February 2009
Version: 15.01
Interesting, ambitious graphic app. A sort of halfway between Photoshop and Pixelmator, but not yet mature: it misses a History panel and vectorial instruments are not yet easy to use. Basis are good and if the developer perfects its work, I think it can begin a real competitor at least of Photoshop Elements (which, for now, I'll continue to use).
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5
Bmonno
21 December 2007
Version: 14.02
excellent program, not only for images (e.g. pdf), many good features, fast even with great images. I use it more than year an never missed PSE or pixelmator! BTW: Apple didn't want any fee for upgradig from 10.4.10 to 10.5.0?
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Dragonce
08 November 2007
Version: 14.0
Incredible ... you must pay the update from version 13.52 to version 14 !!!! I abandon this product... Read the commentary of the developper - straight and narrow... "This number is not reconize with the new version ? no, it works only up to version 13.52 If you want to use version 14, you have to buy an upgrade (29 Euro)."
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Bluepolo
05 May 2007
Version: 13.52
Do not use this program to edit exif data! I downloaded this to bulk change exif data on some photos where a camera error had not recorded any exif data. Well its hard to find how to do it, but I foud it eventually. However, after changing the exif data, it trashes the file so that preview and even photoshop cannot read the jpg anymore! I got the pics back by saving as tiff and converting back in photoshop, but that lost me the exif data again. Lesson learnt - avoid!
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New-User
10 October 2006
Version: 13.01
The download is 16MB for Universal, 10MB for PPC. I couldn't find a screen shot of the program anywhere on their website, if I had, I wouldn't have bothered downloading it. Too many palettes, too many menus. The program tries to be too many things at once, and it does none of them elegantly. To be fair, you _can_ accomplish the tasks the program was designed for. It's not as if it's severely lacking in features. The big problem is that it's a MacOS 9 interface with feature-creep being shoe-horned into a MacOS X existence. It just doesn't feel right. For example; using the mouse scrollwheel changes the document zoom level instead of actually scrolling the document. This is a good metaphore for the interface on the whole.
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Anonymous
17 September 2005
Version: 12.02
I tried to download this program. It says the program is only 8.1MB. Not so. The compressed download is 8.1, but it quit unstuffing when my available memory was gone at 382MB with more still to unstuff. I don't recall Photoshop having anywhere near the size footprint of this program. The true size of this should be posted, not the size of the much compressed download.
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4.75
Anonymous
10 March 2005
Version: 11.50
La traduzione italiana di PhotoLine 32 è da oggi disponibile nella pagina dei download, sul sito del produttore. Program languages: German, English, French. Available translations: Chinese, Italian.
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4.25
Lee
04 March 2004
Version: 10.04
If you are looking for and editing program that can support 16 bit PS compatible plugins, But dont want to deal with the higher learning curve associated with PS, or the higher cost, Look no further. Ideal for users of film scanners who want to edit at higher bit levels.
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4
Anonymous
20 December 2003
Version: 10.04
PhotoLine 32 is a great software. I use it since 4 years on my mac and a pc. every few month you can download a new version with phantastic features. try it, it is worth every dollar!
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Anonymous
26 September 2003
Version: 10.01
Stuffit 7.0 took a long time to unstuff this download (OS X 10.2.8) and it resulted in a *folder* icon that was actually the application itself. not good, I clicked on the folder icon, thinking it was truly a folder, hoping to find some info and was confronted with the application launch.
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3.75
Anonymous
18 May 2003
Version: 9.5.2
Fairly complete painting program, somewhat like photoshop lite. Also reminds me a bit of Canvas. More features then some basic users need and some of the filters seem incomplete or their effects a somewhat strange. It's strange how a bitmap with effects applied to it acts more like a vector graphic when you try to use some of the tools, like copybrush. Some effects are only available to vector and some to bitmap, yet you can't convert a bitmap layer to a vector "bitmap". I find the vector/bitmap mode switching a little confusing. Using this program would take some getting used to. Overall I'd say it's not bad. The price is reasonable. Certainly seems like a better deal then TwilightBrush. For a simpler bitmap (MacPaint like) program PaintFx seems pretty good. For an excellet vector graphics program, check out Stone Create (Cocoa). Personally, I'm surprised that there are no bitmap programs that are Cocoa native.
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3.75
Anonymous
03 May 2003
Version: 9.0.3
This is a handy program. It's limited when compared with something like Photoshop, but perect for those at a less advanced level, with plenty of filters, techniques and effects.
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2.75
Anonymous
25 March 2003
Version: 9.0.3
This is program is like an extremely-stripped down version of Adobe's superb Photoshop. It is very easy to use comparatively, but has some major flaws, especially in the filters section, as they can be difficult to play with, and, ironically, TOO simplistic. It threfore manages to fall short of the intended market, with not nearly enough to please professionals, and yet not enough on offer to provide amateurs with a lot of gloss to their work. This program has huge potential, but needs a serious reworking to get the best out of it.
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4.25
Gerd M. Hofmann
23 March 2003
Version: 9.0.3
Really great program for Mac OS Classic and X. Supports bitmap and vector graphics, contains tons of phantastic options. Price is absolute low. Download the demo and check PhotoLine 32
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Anonymous
10 November 2002
Version: 9.0.3
on my osx 10.1.5 it freezes and I have to force quit
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$65.44

3.4

App requirements: 
  • Intel 64
  • OS X 10.9.0 or later

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