AMITIAE - Thursday 3 December 2015
Patina: Simple Drawing Application for the Mac, based on Windows Paint
By Graham K. Rogers
The developers of Patina are Atek. Their website features the application, with links to the FAQ and the MacApp Store as well as some explanation about the app itself. The screenshot links to demo and tutorial files.
Patina takes its design philosophy from the Windows program, Paint (an anagram of Patina). That might not seem a suitable source, but some of the early applications on Macs, MS DOS and Windows were nice and easy to use, before users started demanding excessive features and developers thought they had to oblige. This is a refreshing example of simplicity with the right balance.
The basic tools are shown to the left side of the screen. At the bottom are controls for colour. A basic set of 7 is available along with black, white, transparent and some colour-adjusting tools. 7 colours is not a lot, but clicking on any one of them twice (once makes it the current selection), reveals a standard palette selection tool with color wheel, color sliders, color palette, image palettes, pencils and RCWeb (a color picker that displays RGB values).
I have a number of drawing and graphics apps on the Mac, including the excellent Affinity Photo. I also have Pixelmator which can synchronise with the iOS app of the same name. The toolsets that these provide, put them on a par with some of the applications available for professional users, although they are considerably cheaper.
Patina is currently free. Even at its planned post-introduction price of $2.99, Patina is a must, with its tools for drawing that will appeal to many sophisticated users. I also expect this would be accessible to younger users.
Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs. He is now continuing that in the Bangkok Post supplement, Life.
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