Patina wants to be your go-to Mac alternative to Microsoft Paint

patina wants to beyour microsoft paint alternative screen shot 2015 12 03 at 11 02 48 am
Update: Atek has informed us that the broken line effect resulting from my use of the paint bucket tool can be avoided by disabling Smooth Edges under Preferences.

For quite some time now, Apple’s OS X operating system has lacked a significant feature that is built into its nearest competitor. No, I’m not talking about a proper file management system; what I’m vaguely referring to is Microsoft Paint.

Apple’s exclusion of an integrated paint system probably stems from the perception that Mac is a design platform made for designers. That, however, isn’t really the case anymore. Anyone with a thousand bucks to spare can own and use a Mac, and many do. That’s why, yesterday, Atek, Inc. released Patina on the OS X App Store. It’s a drawing tool for non-professionals, similar to that of Microsoft Paint, while pandering to the average Mac user’s sense of design.

“Although more stylish in appearance than Paint, Patina shares the simple feel of Microsoft’s popular app,” writes company president Dan Rothman. “Basic operations, such as drawing and manipulating shapes, setting and changing colors, moving and resizing objects, and doing annotations, are all very straightforward.”

After spending a few minutes with Patina, I can confirm it is very much a Microsoft Paint alternative, in the best and worst ways. As seen in my impressively artistic drawing above, the paint bucket tool still fails to properly fill the lines of my drawing, and though there’s an eyedrop tool included, you can’t actually open two images in the same window to borrow hues from other pictures. It’s a basic paint tool. Sure, it’s prettier than Microsoft Paint, but even its flaws draw heavy influence from the long-standing Windows utility.

“Many people who have switched over to Mac love Apple hardware and software but miss Microsoft Paint for doing simple drawings,” added Rothman. “We evaluated drawing apps for Mac that were currently available and found they were either unrefined open source programs or complex vector applications for designers and artists. There were no OS X apps that could match the user-friendliness of Paint. We aimed to fill that void with Patina.”

For its first week of launch, Patina is free of charge on the App Store with a price hike to $3.00 set to occur on December 10.


Capture screenshots with print screen and a few alternative methods

Capturing a screenshot of your desktop is easier than you might think, but it's the kind of thing you'll probably need to know. Here's how to perform the important function in just a few, easy steps.

Here's why 64-bit (not 32-bit) dominates modern computing

Today's computing world isn't the same as it once was. With 64-bit processors and operating systems replacing the older 32-bit designs, we look at what 32-bit vs. 64-bit really means for you.

Want to use one drive between a Mac and Windows PC? Partitions are your best bet

Compatibility issues between Microsoft Windows and Apple Mac OS X may have diminished sharply over the years, but that doesn't mean they've completely disappeared. Here's how to make an external drive work between both operating systems.

These are the 5 best free antivirus apps to protect your MacBook

Malware protection is more important than ever, even if you eschew Windows in favor of Apple's desktop platform. Thankfully, protecting your machine is as easy as picking from the best free antivirus apps for Mac suites.

Lost your router? Here's how to find its IP address to help track it down

Changing the login information for your router isn't always easy, that's why so many have that little card on the back. But in order to use it, you need to know where to go. Here's how to find the IP address of your router.

PDF to JPG conversion is quick and easy using these simple methods

Converting file formats can be an absolute pain, but it doesn't have to be. We've put together a comprehensive guide on how to convert a PDF to JPG, no matter which operating system you're running.

Crypto hangover could take blame for Nvidia’s potential GeForce RTX 2060 delay

Nvidia's delay in announcing a ship date for its GeForce RTX 2060 GPU could be due to a burst in the cryptocurrency mining bubble. Executives blamed the crypto hangover for an oversupply of inventory on existing GTX 1060 cards,

Save $900 on the ThinkPad X1 Carbon and more with Lenovo’s Cyber Monday sales

In the latest set of holiday sales, Lenovo is heavily discounting its fifth-generation ThinkPad X1 Carbon and other popular Windows laptops and 2-in-1s for the holiday shopping season.

Want to make one hard drive act like two? Here's how to partition in Windows

If you don't want all of your files stored in one place but only have one drive to work with, partitioning is your best way forward. Here's how to partition a hard drive in Windows 10, step by step.

Go hands-free in Windows 10 with speech-to-text support

Looking for the dictation, speech-to-text, and voice control options in Windows 10? Here's how to set up speech-to-text in Windows 10 and use it to go hands-free in a variety of different tasks and applications within Windows.

These cheap laptops will make you wonder why anyone spends more

Looking for a budget notebook for school, work, or play? The best budget laptops, including our top pick -- the Asus ZenBook UX330UA -- will get the job done without digging too deep into your pockets.
Smart Home

All the best Amazon Black Friday deals for 2018

Amazon may be an online-only retailer, but that doesn’t mean its Black Friday sales are anything to sniff at. In fact, due to its online status, Amazon has huge flexibility with the range of products and deals it can offer. Here's our…

Don't use streaming apps? These are the best free players for your local music

Rather than using music streaming apps, you may want something for playing your local music. Good news! There are some good alternatives. These are the best media players you can download for free on Windows.

Style up your MacBook Air with one of these great cases or sleeves

Whether you’re looking for added protection or a stylish flourish, you’re in the right place for the best MacBook Air cases. We have form-hugging cases, luxurious covers and padded sleeves priced from $7 to $130. Happy shopping!