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General informationEdit

Creator First public release date Latest stable version Cost (USD) Software license
Ability Photopaint  ?  ? 4 $29.99 Proprietary
ACD Canvas  ?  ? X $349.99 Proprietary
Adobe Photoshop  ?  ? CS3 / 10 $599.00 Proprietary
Alias SketchBook Pro  ?  ? 2 $179.00 Proprietary
ArtRage  ?  ? 2.0 $19.95 Full version
$0 Free version
Proprietary
Brush Strokes Image Editor  ?  ? 2 $20.00 Full version
$0 Version 1
Proprietary
CinePaint  ?  ? 0.18 Free GPL
CodedColor PhotoStudio Pro  ?  ? 4.3 $39.00 Proprietary
Corel Painter  ?  ? 9.1  ? Proprietary
Corel Paint Shop Pro  ?  ? 10 $99.00 Proprietary
Corel Photo-Paint  ?  ? 9 $289.00
$299.00
Proprietary
Deluxe Paint  ?  ? 5  ? Proprietary
GIMP  ?  ? 2.2.10 Free GPL
GIMPshop  ?  ? 2.2.8 Free GPL
GraphicConverter  ?  ? 5.7.3 $30.00 Proprietary
Kolourpaint  ?  ? 1.4.1 Free GPL
Krita  ?  ? 1.4.2 Free GPL
MacPaint  ?  ? 2.0  ?  ?
Macromedia Fireworks  ?  ? 8 $299.00 Proprietary
Microsoft Office Picture Manager  ?  ? 2003  ? Proprietary
Microsoft Paint  ?  ?  ? Free Proprietary
Microsoft Photo Editor  ?  ?  ?  ? Proprietary
mtPaint  ?  ? 2.10 Free GPL
OpenCanvas  ?  ? 4 $54.55
$72.73
Proprietary
QFX  ?  ? 8 $399.00 Proprietary
Paint.NET  ?  ? 2.6 Free MIT License
Picasa  ?  ? 2.1 Free Proprietary
PicMaster  ?  ? 3.95 $29.90 Proprietary
Pixel image editor  ?  ? 1.0 $32.00 Proprietary
Pixia  ?  ? 3.3 Free GPL
Tux Paint  ?  ? 0.9.15 Free GPL
Ulead PhotoImpact  ?  ? 11 $89.99 Proprietary
Ultimate Paint  ?  ? 2.88 $34.95 Proprietary
WinImages  ?  ? 7.5 $99.95 Proprietary
Creator First public release date Latest stable version Cost (USD) Software license

Operating system supportEdit

The operating systems on which the editors can run natively (without emulation), meaning which operating systems have which editors specifically coded for them (not, for example, Adobe Photoshop for Windows running on Linux with Wine).

Windows Mac OS X GNU/Linux BSD Unix
Ability Photopaint yes no no no no
ACD Canvas yes yes no no no
Adobe Photoshop yes yes no no no
Alias SketchBook Pro yes yes no no no
ArtRage yes yes no no no
Brush Strokes Image Editor yes no no no no
CinePaint yes yes yes yes yes
CodedColor PhotoStudio Pro yes no no no no
Corel Painter yes yes no no no
Corel Paint Shop Pro yes no no no no
Corel Photo-Paint yes no no no no
Deluxe Paint 1 no no no no no
GIMP 2 yes yes yes yes yes
GIMPshop yes yes yes yes yes
GraphicConverter no yes no no no
Kolourpaint no no yes yes yes
Krita no no yes yes yes
MacPaint no yes no no no
Macromedia Fireworks yes yes no no no
Microsoft Office Picture Manager yes yes no no no
Microsoft Paint yes no no no no
Microsoft Photo Editor yes no no no no
mtPaint no no yes yes yes
OpenCanvas yes no no no no
QFX yes no no no no
Paint.NET yes no no no no
Picasa yes no no no no
PicMaster yes no no no no
Pixel image editor 3 yes yes yes yes yes
Pixia yes no no no no
Tux Paint yes yes yes yes yes
Ulead PhotoImpact yes no no no no
Ultimate Paint yes no no no no
WinImages yes no no no no
Windows Mac OS X Linux BSD Unix

Note 1: Deluxe Paint only runs on AmigaOS, Atari ST and MS-DOS.

Note 2: GIMP also supports SkyOS.

Note 3: Pixel image editor also supports OS/2, MorphOS, BeOS, and QNX.

FeaturesEdit

Selection editing Layers Histogram Scripting
Ability Photopaint  ?  ?  ?  ?
ACD Canvas  ?  ?  ?  ?
Adobe Photoshop yes yes yes yes 4
Alias SketchBook Pro  ?  ?  ?  ?
ArtRage  ?  ?  ?  ?
Brush Strokes Image Editor  ?  ?  ?  ?
CinePaint yes yes  ? yes
CodedColor PhotoStudio Pro  ?  ?  ?  ?
Corel Painter  ?  ?  ?  ?
Corel Paint Shop Pro yes yes  ?  ?
Corel Photo-Paint  ?  ?  ?  ?
Deluxe Paint  ?  ?  ?  ?
GIMP yes yes  ? yes
GIMPshop yes yes  ? yes
GraphicConverter  ?  ?  ?  ?
Kolourpaint  ?  ?  ?  ?
Krita  ?  ?  ?  ?
MacPaint  ?  ?  ?  ?
Macromedia Fireworks  ?  ?  ?  ?
Microsoft Office Picture Manager  ?  ?  ?  ?
Microsoft Paint no no no no
Microsoft Photo Editor  ?  ?  ?  ?
mtPaint  ?  ?  ?  ?
OpenCanvas  ?  ?  ?  ?
QFX  ?  ?  ?  ?
Paint.NET  ?  ?  ?  ?
Picasa  ?  ?  ?  ?
PicMaster  ?  ?  ?  ?
Pixel image editor  ? yes  ?  ?
Pixia  ?  ?  ?  ?
Tux Paint  ?  ?  ?  ?
Ulead PhotoImpact  ?  ?  ?  ?
Ultimate Paint  ?  ?  ?  ?
WinImages  ?  ?  ?  ?
Selection editing Layers Histogram Scripting

Note 4: Only macros, no real scripting.

Color spacesEdit

RGB Indexed Grayscale CMYK HDR
Ability Photopaint yes  ?  ?  ?  ?
ACD Canvas yes  ?  ?  ?  ?
Adobe Photoshop yes yes yes yes  ?
Alias SketchBook Pro yes  ?  ?  ?  ?
ArtRage yes  ?  ?  ?  ?
Brush Strokes Image Editor yes  ?  ?  ?  ?
CinePaint yes  ? yes  ? yes
CodedColor PhotoStudio Pro yes  ?  ?  ?  ?
Corel Painter yes  ?  ?  ?  ?
Corel Paint Shop Pro yes  ?  ?  ?  ?
Corel Photo-Paint yes  ?  ?  ?  ?
Deluxe Paint yes  ?  ?  ?  ?
GIMP yes yes yes no no
GIMPshop yes yes yes no no
GraphicConverter yes  ?  ?  ?  ?
Kolourpaint yes  ?  ?  ?  ?
Krita yes  ?  ?  ?  ?
MacPaint yes  ?  ?  ?  ?
Macromedia Fireworks yes  ?  ?  ?  ?
Microsoft Office Picture Manager yes  ?  ?  ?  ?
Microsoft Paint yes  ?  ? no no
Microsoft Photo Editor yes  ?  ?  ?  ?
mtPaint yes  ?  ?  ?  ?
OpenCanvas yes  ?  ?  ?  ?
QFX yes  ?  ?  ?  ?
Paint.NET yes  ?  ?  ?  ?
Picasa yes  ?  ?  ?  ?
PicMaster yes  ?  ?  ?  ?
Pixel image editor yes  ?  ? yes yes
Pixia yes  ?  ?  ?  ?
Tux Paint yes  ?  ?  ?  ?
Ulead PhotoImpact yes  ?  ?  ?  ?
Ultimate Paint yes  ?  ?  ?  ?
WinImages yes  ?  ?  ?  ?
RGB Indexed Grayscale CMYK HDR


Bitmap file formats: ImportEdit

BMP GIF JPEG JPEG 2000 MNG PNG TIFF PSD PSP XCF
Ability Photopaint  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
ACD Canvas yes yes yes no no yes yes yes yes no
Adobe Photoshop yes yes yes yes 5 no yes yes yes no no
Alias SketchBook Pro  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
ArtRage  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
Brush Strokes Image Editor yes yes yes no no yes yes no no no
CinePaint yes yes yes no no yes yes  ?  ? yes
CodedColor PhotoStudio Pro yes yes yes no no yes yes yes yes no
Corel Painter  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
Corel Paint Shop Pro  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
Corel Photo-Paint  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
Deluxe Paint  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
GIMP yes yes yes no no yes yes yes yes yes
GIMPshop yes yes yes no no yes yes yes yes yes
GraphicConverter yes yes yes yes no yes yes yes yes yes 6
Kolourpaint yes yes yes yes no yes yes no no no
Krita yes yes yes no no yes yes partial 7 no no
MacPaint  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
Macromedia Fireworks yes yes yes yes 8 no yes yes yes no no
Microsoft Office Picture Manager yes yes yes no no yes partial 9 no no no
Microsoft Paint yes yes yes no no yes yes no no no
Microsoft Photo Editor yes yes yes no no yes no no no no
mtPaint yes yes yes no no yes yes no no no
OpenCanvas yes no yes no no yes no yes 10 no no
QFX yes yes yes no no  ? yes yes no no
Paint.NET yes yes yes no no yes no no no no
Picasa  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
PicMaster yes no yes no no yes yes  ?  ?  ?
Pixel image editor yes yes yes yes no yes yes yes  ?  ?
Pixia  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
Tux Paint  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
Ulead PhotoImpact yes yes yes yes no yes yes yes yes no
Ultimate Paint yes yes yes no no yes no no no no
WinImages yes yes yes no no yes yes yes no no
BMP GIF JPEG JPEG 2000 MNG PNG TIFF PSD PSP XCF

Note 5: Requires an optional plug-in from the installation disc.

Note 6: Requires Mac OS X or later with installed Image Magick application of the Fink package or any other distribution.

Note 7: PSD is only supported up to version 6, from version 7 on, the Photoshop file format is closed.

Note 8: QuickTime plug-in required.

Note 9: Only viewing and editing of the first page.

Note 10: Only in openCanvas 4 Plus, not in regular openCanvas 4.

Bitmap file formats: ExportEdit

BMP GIF JPEG JPEG 2000 MNG PNG TIFF PSD PSP XCF
Ability Photopaint  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
ACD Canvas yes yes yes no no yes yes yes no no
Adobe Photoshop yes yes yes yes 5 no yes yes yes no no
Alias SketchBook Pro  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
ArtRage  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
Brush Strokes Image Editor yes yes yes no no no yes no no no
CinePaint yes yes yes no no yes yes  ?  ? yes
CodedColor PhotoStudio Pro yes yes yes no no yes yes yes yes no
Corel Painter  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
Corel Paint Shop Pro  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
Corel Photo-Paint  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
Deluxe Paint  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
GIMP yes yes yes no no yes yes yes no yes
GIMPshop yes yes yes no no yes yes yes no yes
GraphicConverter yes yes yes yes no yes yes yes no no
Kolourpaint yes no yes yes no yes no no no no
Krita yes yes yes no no yes yes partial 7 no no
MacPaint  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
Macromedia Fireworks yes yes yes no no yes yes yes no no
Microsoft Office Picture Manager yes yes yes no no yes partial 9 no no no
Microsoft Paint yes yes yes no no yes yes no no no
Microsoft Photo Editor yes yes yes no no yes no no no no
mtPaint yes yes yes no no yes yes no no no
OpenCanvas yes no yes no no yes no yes 10 no no
QFX yes yes yes no no  ? yes yes no no
Paint.NET yes yes yes no no yes no no no no
Picasa  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
PicMaster yes no yes no no yes yes  ?  ?  ?
Pixel image editor yes yes yes yes no yes yes yes  ?  ?
Pixia  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
Tux Paint  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
Ulead PhotoImpact yes yes yes yes no yes yes yes yes no
Ultimate Paint yes yes yes no no yes no no no no
WinImages yes yes yes no yes yes yes yes no no
BMP GIF JPEG JPEG 2000 MNG PNG TIFF PSD PSP XCF

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