02-13-2008, 05:32 PM
For anyone looking for an MS Paint replacement for Mac OS X, you've been told to get Paintbrush, which isn't even as functional (IMHO) as Paintbrush for Win 3.1 in some respects. You've also been told to get Gimp, so after you install X11 and realize that it's a good free version of Photoshop that lacks speed, ease of use, and the ability to workflow (copy and paste is obnoxious when you have to "acquire"), you're probably still looking for something more spartan. You've been directed to shareware and freeware etc. that still doesn't meet your budget or needs, and now you're here.
Seashore is the answer. If you haven't found it yet, go download it. It's Gimp that runs natively in Mac OS X, with an MS Paint-like interface. If you miss the functionality of making brushes in Gimp, keep Gimp to make paintbrushes and use Seashore as your quick, go-to image creator/editor like you would use Paint and Photoshop together.
So, to make a new calligraphy brush for instance, go to Seashore, right click, click "Show Package Contents", then go to Contents/Resources/Brushes/ and choose the appropriate directory. Duplicate an existing brush, open it with GIMP, edit it to your liking, and save the changes. It will then appear in the folder you made it in when you open Seashore.
I just made an inverted set of Calligraphy brushes for Seashore that mimics the forward and backward set that MS Paint has (Seashore comes with forward leaning only). Just expand the attached folder and replace your brushes folder in Seashore with it to have (as far as I can tell) all of the MS Paint functionality back.
Let me know if I need to clarify anything!