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HeliosPaint Specifications
Version:
1.6
Date added:
Feb. 17, 2021
Date released:
Nov. 30, 2013
Price:
Free
Operating system:
Mac OS X 10.5 Intel, Mac OS X 10.7, Mac OS X 10.8, Mac OS X 10.3, Mac OS X 10.4 Intel, Mac OS X 10.6, Mac OS X 10.4, Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.5, Mac OS X 10.9, Mac OS X 10.5 PPC, Mac OS X 10.4 PPC,
Downloads last week:
203
Additional Requirements
Java

HeliosPaint v1.6

Feature-rich and easy-to-use image editor for editing photos, drawing and icons.

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HeliosPaint Editor's review

As a full-featured painting program, Helios Paint for Mac includes all the tools you'd expect, but suffers from an unattractive, non-intuitive interface and performance issues.

Installation consists of downloading the ZIP file and extracting the software to the location of your choice. The first thing that gave us pause is the application's file type, a Java Archive, meaning that running it requires a working installation of a Java Virtual Machine. When we launched the app, we were put off by an uninviting Mac OS 9-style interface, and performance did indeed suffer from having to be passed through the JVM software interpreter. Selecting tools or opening files caused Helios Paint for Mac to flash white and then reappear instead of seamlessly refreshing like most apps. We opened a photo to play around with the software and tested out various drawing tools, like pencil, brush, and fill, all of which worked as expected. The application also includes more advanced photo tools like a cloning brush, and various filters for solarizing, posterizing, or converting to grayscale. We selected various filters from the drop-down menu to apply to our test image and none worked. Selecting the filter caused the screen to flash without applying any changes. Overall, we found this application to be more frustrating than useful.



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