Comparison of raster graphics editors

Comparison of raster graphics editors

This is a comparison of raster graphics editors sorted by availability.

Contents

List

Proprietary software Free and open source software
Commercial Freeware
Discontinued

General information

Basic general information about the editors: creator/company, license etc.

Description Creator First public release date Latest stable version Software license
Ability Photopaint Graphics editor with some advanced features Ability Software March 2001 4 Proprietary
Adobe Fireworks Since ver. CS3 part of Adobe Creative Suite Web Macromedia 1998 9.01.x Proprietary
Adobe Photoshop Professional image editor and graphics creation tool John Knoll and Thomas Knoll February 1990 CS5 / 12.0 Proprietary
Autodesk SketchBook Pro Paint and drawing toolset designed to be used with digitized pen tablets & tablet PCs Alias 2004 2009 ( 3.1 ) Proprietary
ArtRage Digital painting program designed for tablet PCs Andy Bearsley and Matt Fox-Wilson 2004 3.0 Proprietary
Artweaver Image editor designed for a natural painting experience on the computer Boris Eyrich 2002 0.5.7 Freeware
Bibble Photo editor and organizer with camera raw file support Bibble Labs 2000 5.2 Proprietary
Brush Strokes Image Editor Image editor like Windows Paint Paul Bird 2004 1.0 Freeware
CinePaint Moving picture, photo and graphics editor Robin Rowe July 4, 2002 0.22 GPL
CodedColor PhotoStudio Pro 1STEIN Corp. 2001 5.1 Proprietary
Corel Paint Shop Pro Advanced image editor and graphics creator Jasc Software 1992 X3 (13.00) Proprietary
Corel Painter Graphics editor designed to create natural-looking artistic images Mark Zimmer, Tom Hedges, John Derry August, 1991 12 Proprietary
Corel PHOTO-PAINT Professional image editor and graphics creator with advanced features Corel Corporation 1992 X4/14 Proprietary
Cosmigo Pro Motion Pixel and animation editor (8-bit-graphics) designed after Deluxe Paint Cosmigo / J.Zimmermann, L.Gischler,N.Mavrikakis 1997 6.0.0.104 Proprietary
Deluxe Paint Discontinued basic graphics editor Dan Silva 1985 5 Proprietary
Deneba Canvas Graphics editor and creator supporting both raster graphics and vector graphics Jorge Miranda, Joaquin de Soto, and Manny Menendez September 1987 X Proprietary
Effectbank Image manipulator specializes in effects and textures E. Maleki. 2009 0.8.4.9 Freeware
ERDAS IMAGINE Advanced remote sensing and GIS capability.
Can handle multispectral images.
ERDAS, Inc. 1980 2010 (10.0) Proprietary
ERDAS ER Mapper Advanced remote sensing and GIS capability.
Can handle multispectral images.
ER Mapper Ltd. purchased by ERDAS, Inc. in 2007 1990 2010 (10.0) Proprietary
DigiKam Free photo organizer and image editor Renchi Raju and Gilles Caulier 2002 0.9.5 (KDE3) 0.10.0 (KDE4) GPL
Fatpaint Full featured web-based graphic design and photo editing application Mersica Inc. 2010 1.83 Freeware
Focus Photoeditor Advanced and Full Featured Photo and Image Editor Newest Software 1999 6.3 Proprietary
Fotografix Freeware, portable image editor L. Madhavan 14 April 2009 1.4.1 Freeware
GIMP Free image editor and graphics creator Spencer Kimball and Peter Mattis January 1996 2.6.11 GPL
GIMPshop GIMP designed to have a GUI similar to Adobe Photoshop Scott Moschella ? 2.2.11 GPL
GNU Paint Free and open source raster graphics editor 0.3.2 GPL
GrafX2 GrafX2 designed to have a GUI similar to Deluxe Paint Sunset Design (Guillaume Dorme & Karl Maritaud) 1996 2.1 GPL
GraphicConverter Image viewer, converter, organizer and editor capable of importing around 200 and exporting 80 different image file types. Compatible with many Photoshop plug-ins Thorsten Lemke 1992 6.6.1 Proprietary
ReaSoft Image Converter Image converter that enables to convert images between 400+ formats and edit them in batch mode ReaSoft Development  ? 5.5 Proprietary
HDR PhotoStudio HDR (High Dynamic Range Editor) with human vision imaging model Unified Color Oct 2009 2.15.37 Proprietary
Helicon Filter Advanced image editor with a simplified tabbed interface Helicon Soft Ltd. August 2004 4.83 Proprietary
iPhoto Image organizational tool and basic editor for Mac OS X Apple Inc. 2002 8.1.1 Proprietary
IrfanView Image and video viewer with basic editing functions Irfan Skiljan 1996 4.23 Freeware
JDraw Graphics editor designed to edit individual pixels J-Domain 2003 1.1.5 GPL
Kolourpaint KDE 2004 1.2.2 GPL
Konvertor Image viewer, converter, organizer and editor capable of importing around 2200 (including WebP) and exporting 350 different image/video/sound/3D/text file types. Compatible with many Photoshop plug-ins Logipole 1997 4.0.4 Proprietary
Krita KDE 2005 2.3.3 GPL
MacPaint Obsolete basic graphic creator/editor Bill Atkinson 1984 2.0 Proprietary
Microsoft Office Picture Manager Basic image editing tool Microsoft ? ? Proprietary
Microsoft Paint Basic graphic creator and editor packaged with Microsoft Windows operating systems Microsoft 1985 6.1 Proprietary
Microsoft Photo Editor Obsolete basic image editor for Windows Microsoft ? 3.01 Proprietary
Mootif Online Java image editor with a few functions mootif.com May, 2006 1.0 Proprietary
MST Viewer Image and Document Viewer and Editor w/ several functions and AFP & MODCA support MS Technology 2002 14.1 Proprietary
mtPaint Lightweight image editor designed for pixel art Mark Tyler September, 2004 3.30 GPL
Nathive Free software image editor written in Python using GTK+ Marcos Díaz April, 2010 0.900 GPL
OpenCanvas Portalgraphics ? 4 Proprietary
Paint.NET Freeware image editor and graphics creator based on the .Net framework Rick Brewster, et al. May 6, 2004 3.5.6 Freeware[1][2]
PC Paintbrush Obsolete basic graphic creator/editor ZSoft Corporation 1984 5 Proprietary
Photo! Editor powerful multifunctional software offering a complete set of image editing tools VicMan Software April 11, 2008 1.0 Proprietary
Photofinish ZSoft Corporation 1993 2 Proprietary
Photogenics Image editor designed to create super HDRs at 32 bits Idruna Software Inc. 1995 HDR 7.0 Proprietary
PhotoLine Image and animation creator and editor for Windows and Mac OS X Computerinsel GmbH 1995 16.52 Proprietary
PhotoPerfect Image editor with some advanced features Arcadia Software AG & Joachim Koopmann Software 2002 2.9 Proprietary
Photo Toolkit Very simple in use and mostly automatic image editor VicMan Software 2007 1.8 beta Proprietary
Picasa Efficient image organization tool with basic editing tools and other image effects Google ? 3.6 Freeware
PicMaster Image editing software with 300 Filter Effects, Slide Show, Poster Printing, Mosaic Images, True 3D-Images, ... Alexander Sabov December 1999 4.03 Proprietary
PixBuilder Photo Editor WnSoft Graphic Software June 2005 1.31 Proprietary
Pixel image editor Image editor based on Adobe Photoshop Pavel Kanzelsberger 1999 1.0 (Beta 7) Proprietary
Pixelmator Image editor and graphics creator for Mac OS X Pixelmator Team ltd. September 25, 2007 1.6.5 Proprietary
Pixen Pixel art and sprite editor for Mac OS X Open Sword Group  ? 3.1b2 MIT License
Pixia Isao Maruoka 1998 4.70d Proprietary
Project Dogwaffle Author retired from computer programming[3] Dan Ritchie 1997 (?) 4.0 (1.2 available as freeware) Proprietary
QFX Mature and complete image editing package Ron Scott ~1990 8 Proprietary
RawTherapee Powerful free and cross-platform raw image editor, for developing raw photos from digital cameras. Gabor Horvath 2006-09-21 3.0.0 GPL
Seashore Basic counterpart to GIMP, using its XCF format; full support for a few graphics formats Mark Pazolli June 2007 0.1.9 GPLv3
Serif PhotoPlus Complete graphics editor and photo organization suite; Similar features and menus to other software from Serif; available as economy version or in bundle with clipart, effects, public domain image library; designed to be easy to use. Serif X4 Proprietary
SView5 Image and video viewer with basic editing functions; free for non-commercial use; Cross-platform C/C++ SDK available for developers under different license.[4] Andreas Kleinert 1993 2.94+ Proprietary
Tux Paint Drawing program for young children. Bill Kendrick June 16, 2002 0.9.21 GPL
TVPaint 2D animation software Herve ADAM June 16, 1991 9.5.11 Proprietary
TwistedBrush Pro Studio Advanced digital paint with realistic artist tools and graphics editing Pixarra July 23, 2003 17.15 Proprietary
Ulead PhotoImpact Ulead Systems ? 12 Proprietary
Ultimate Paint Basic graphics editor based on Deluxe Paint Joseph Ladanyi and Daniel Szabo 1998 2.88 Proprietary
WinImages Graphics editor with a focus on animation Black Belt Systems ? 7.5 Proprietary
XPaint Simple Drawing program for Unix/X11 with Xaw3d widgets David Koblas, Torsten Martinsen, Jean-Pierre Demailly 1993 2.8.8 GPL
Zoner Photo Studio All-in-one editor package. Zoner Inc. ? 11.0 build 8 Proprietary
Description Creator First public release date Latest stable version Software license

Operating system support

The operating systems on which the editors can run natively (without emulation or compatibility layers), 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 Linux BSD Unix AmigaOS AIX
Ability Photopaint Yes No No No No No No
ACD Canvas Yes Outdated (x.0.2) No No No No No
Adobe Photoshop Yes Yes No No No No No
Aperture No Yes No No No No No
Autodesk SketchBook Pro Yes Yes No No No No No
ArtRage Yes Yes No No No No No
Artweaver Yes No No No No No No
Bibble Yes Yes Yes No No No No
Brush Strokes Image Editor Yes No No No No No No
CinePaint Outdated (0.17) Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
CodedColor PhotoStudio Pro Yes No No No No No No
Corel Paint Shop Pro Yes No No No No No No
Corel Painter Yes Yes No No No No No
Corel Photo-Paint Yes No No No No No No
Cosmigo Pro Motion Yes No No No No No No
darktable No Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Deluxe Paint[5] No No No No No Yes No
DigiKam Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Effectbank Yes No No No No No No
ERDAS IMAGINE Yes No No No Yes No No
Fatpaint Yes Yes Yes No No No No
Focus Photoeditor Yes No No No No No No
Fotografix Yes No No No No No No
GIMP[6] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes[7] No
GIMPshop Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
GrafX2 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
GraphicConverter No Yes No No No No No
ReaSoft Image Converter Yes No No No No No No
HDR PhotoStudio Yes Yes No No No No No
Helicon Filter Yes No No No No No No
iPhoto No Yes No No No No No
IrfanView Yes No No No No No No
JDraw Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Kolourpaint Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No
Konvertor Yes No No No No No No
Krita Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No
MacPaint[8] No No No No No No No
Adobe Fireworks Yes Yes No No No No No
Microsoft Office Picture Manager Yes Yes No No No No No
Microsoft Paint Yes No No No No No No
Microsoft Photo Editor Yes No No No No No No
Mootif Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
MST Viewer Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
mtPaint Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No
Nathive No No Yes Yes Yes No No
OpenCanvas Yes No No No No No No
Paint.NET Yes No Partial[9] No No No No
PC Paintbrush[8] No No No No No No No
Photo Explosion Yes Yes No No No No No
Photofinish Yes No No No No No No
Photogenics[10] Yes No Yes No No Yes[11] No
Photo! Editor Yes No No No No No No
PhotoLine Yes Yes No No No No No
PhotoPerfect Yes No No No No No No
Photo Toolkit Yes No No No No No No
Picasa Yes Yes Yes No No No No
PicMaster Yes No No No No No No
PixBuilder Photo Editor Yes No No No No No No
Pixel image editor[12] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes(MorphOS) No
Pixelmator No Yes No No No No No
Pixen No Yes No No No No No
Pixia Yes No No No No No No
Project Dogwaffle Yes No No No No No No
QFX Yes No No No No No No
Seashore No Yes No No No No No
Serif PhotoPlus Yes No No No No No No
StylePix Yes No No No No No No
SView5 Yes No No No No Yes No
Tux Paint Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
TVPaint Yes Yes Yes No No Yes[13] No
TwistedBrush Pro Studio Yes No No No No No No
Ulead PhotoImpact Yes No No No No No No
Ultimate Paint Yes No No No No No No
WinImages Yes No No No No No No
XPaint No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Zoner Photo Studio Yes No No No No No No
Windows Mac OS X Linux BSD Unix AmigaOS AIX

Features

Selection editing Layers Histogram Scripting HDR Retouching Resizing Noise removal Lens correction Sized Printing Sharpening Color correction Image library Plugin support[14]
Ability Photopaint Yes Yes Yes Yes No ? Yes ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
ACD Canvas Yes Yes Yes Yes No ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Adobe Photoshop Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Partial (Bridge) Yes
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom No No Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Aperture Yes Partial Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Autodesk SketchBook Pro Yes Yes No No No ? ? ? ? ? Yes ? ? ?
ArtRage Yes Yes No No No Yes No No No ? No No ? ?
Artweaver Yes Yes No Yes[15] No Yes Yes Yes ? ? Yes Yes No Yes
Bibble Partial Partial Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Brush Strokes Image Editor Yes No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
CinePaint Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes
CodedColor PhotoStudio Pro Yes Yes Yes No ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Corel Paint Shop Pro Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Corel Painter Yes Yes No Yes No Yes Yes Yes ? ? Yes Yes ? Yes
Corel Photo-Paint Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Cosmigo Pro Motion Yes No No No No Partial Yes No No ? ? ? ? ?
darktable No No Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Deluxe Paint No Partial[16] Partial Yes No Yes Yes No No ? No No ? No
DigiKam No No Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Effectbank Yes No Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes No No
ERDAS IMAGINE Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Fatpaint Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Focus Photoeditor Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Partial Yes
Fotografix Yes Yes No Partial No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No
GIMP Yes Yes Yes Yes Partial[17] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
GIMPshop Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
GraphicConverter Yes Partial Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes with 3rd party plugin Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
HDR PhotoStudio No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes No Yes
Helicon Filter Home/Pro Partial No[18] Yes No[19] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
iPhoto No No Yes Partial[20] No Yes Partial Yes Partial Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
IrfanView Yes No Yes No No Partial[21] Yes No No ? Yes Yes ? Yes
JDraw Yes No No No No ? ? ? ? ? ? No ? ?
Kolourpaint Yes No No No No ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Konvertor Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Krita Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No Yes
MacPaint Yes No No No No ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Adobe Fireworks Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Microsoft Office Picture Manager Partial No No No No No Yes No No Yes No ? No No
Microsoft Paint No No No No No Partial Yes No No No No No No No
Microsoft Photo Editor Yes No No No No No Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No
Mootif Partial Yes No No No Yes No No Partial No No ? No No
MST Viewer Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes No Yes Yes
mtPaint Yes Yes Yes No No No Yes No No No Yes Yes No No
Nathive Yes Yes ? No No Yes ? ? ? ? ? ? No No
OpenCanvas Yes Yes Yes No ? Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No ?
Paint.NET Yes Yes Yes Partial No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No Yes
PC Paintbrush Yes No No No No ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Photofinish Yes No No No No ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Photo! Editor Partial No No No No Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Photogenics Yes Yes Yes ? Yes ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
PhotoLine Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
PhotoPerfect Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ? Yes
Photo Toolkit No No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Picasa No No Yes No Partial[22] Partial Partial No No Yes Yes Yes Yes No
PicMaster Yes No Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No Yes
PixBuilder Photo Editor Yes Yes Yes No No ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Pixel image editor Yes Yes Yes No Yes ? ? ? ? ? ? Yes ? ?
Pixelmator Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Pixia Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes ? ? Yes
Project Dogwaffle ? Only in commercial version Yes Partial No Yes Yes ? ? ? Yes Yes ? Yes
QFX Yes Yes Yes Yes ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Serif PhotoPlus Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No
StylePix Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No ? Yes Yes No No
SView5 Yes No Yes No No No Yes No No Yes Yes Yes No No
Tux Paint No No No No No No No No No No Yes No No Yes
TVPaint Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes ? ? ? ? Yes ? Yes
TwistedBrush Pro Studio Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Ulead PhotoImpact Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Ultimate Paint Yes No Yes No No ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
WinImages Yes Yes ? Yes ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
XPaint Yes Partial No Yes No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Partial Yes
Zoner Photo Studio Yes Partial[23] Yes No[24] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Selection editing Layers Histogram Scripting High dynamic range Retouching Image scaling Noise removal Lens correction Sized Printing Unsharp masking Color correction Image library Plugin support[14]

Color spaces

sRGB Adobe RGB Indexed Grayscale CMYK LAB HSV
Ability Photopaint Yes ? Yes Yes Partial (import only)
ACD Canvas Yes ? Yes Yes Yes
Adobe Photoshop Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes[25]
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
Autodesk SketchBook Pro Yes ? Yes No No
ArtRage Yes ? No No No
Artweaver Yes ? ? ? ?
Bibble Yes Yes ? Yes ? ? ?
Brush Strokes Image Editor Yes ? ? ? ?
CinePaint Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes
CodedColor PhotoStudio Pro Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Corel Paint Shop Pro Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Partial[26] Partial[26]
Corel Painter Yes ? No No Yes
Corel Photo-Paint Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Cosmigo Pro Motion Yes ? Yes Yes No
darktable Yes Yes No Yes No Yes No
Deluxe Paint Yes ? Yes Yes No Yes
ERDAS IMAGINE Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Fatpaint Yes No Partial Partial Partial No Partial
Focus Photoeditor Yes Yes Partial Partial Partial No Partial
Fotografix Yes No Partial (import only) Partial (import only) Partial (import only) No No
GIMP Yes Yes Yes Yes Partial[27] Partial[26] Yes
GIMPshop Yes Yes Yes Yes Partial[27] No Yes
GraphicConverter Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
ReaSoft Image Converter Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Helicon Filter Yes Yes ? Yes Yes
iPhoto Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes
IrfanView Yes ? Yes Yes No
JDraw Yes ? No Yes ?
Kolourpaint Yes ? No Yes No
Konvertor Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Krita Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes
MacPaint No No No Yes No
Adobe Fireworks Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Microsoft Office Picture Manager Yes ? ? ? No
Microsoft Paint Yes ? Partial (import only) No No ? ?
Microsoft Photo Editor Yes ? Yes Yes No
Mootif Yes ? Yes Yes No
MST Viewer Yes ? Yes Yes Yes No No
mtPaint Yes No Yes Partial No No Yes
Nathive Yes No No No No No Yes
OpenCanvas Yes ? ? Yes No
Paint.NET Yes No Partial Partial Partial No Partial
PC Paintbrush No ? Yes No No
Photofinish Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Photogenics Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Photo! Editor Yes No No Yes No No No
PhotoLine Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
PhotoPerfect Yes Partial (import only) No Yes Partial (import only) Partial (curve editing only) No
Photo Toolkit Yes No No No No No No
Picasa Yes ? Partial Partial No
PicMaster Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
PixBuilder Photo Editor Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Pixel image editor Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Pixelmator Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No
Pixia Yes ? No No No
Project Dogwaffle Yes ? No No No
QFX Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Serif PhotoPlus Yes Yes ? Yes Yes ? ?
SView5[28] Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No
Tux Paint Yes No No No No No No
TVPaint Yes ? No No No
TwistedBrush Pro Studio Yes No No No No No No
Ulead PhotoImpact Yes Yes Yes Yes Partial (import only) No Yes
Ultimate Paint Yes ? Yes Yes No
WinImages Yes ? ? ? Yes Yes
XPaint Yes No Yes Yes No No No
Zoner Photo Studio Yes Yes Yes Yes Partial Partial No
sRGB Adobe RGB Indexed Grayscale CMYK LAB HSV

File support

RAW imports BMP GIF JPEG JPEG 2000 HD Photo PNG TIFF PSD PSP XCF PCX OpenEXR
Ability Photopaint ? Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No ?
ACD Canvas ? Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No ?
Adobe Photoshop Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes[29] Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Adobe Fireworks ? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No
Autodesk SketchBook Pro ? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No
ArtRage ? Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No ?
Artweaver No Yes Yes Yes Partial Yes Yes Partial No No Yes
Bibble Yes No No Yes No No No Yes No No No No No
Brush Strokes Image Editor ? Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No No No ?
CinePaint Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Partial No Yes ? Yes
CodedColor PhotoStudio Pro ? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes
Corel Paint Shop Pro Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Partial[30] Yes No Yes
Corel Painter ? Yes Yes Yes No No Yes[31] Yes Yes No Import
Corel Photo-Paint Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Cosmigo Pro Motion ? Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No No No Yes
darktable Yes No No Yes No Yes Yes No No No No Yes
Deluxe Paint[32] No ? Yes Yes No Yes No No No No ?
DigiKam Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes ? No
Effectbank No Yes No Yes No No Yes No No No No No
ERDAS IMAGINE Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No No No Import
Fatpaint No No No Yes No No Yes No No No No No No
Focus Photoeditor Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Fotografix Partial Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Partial (import only) No Partial (import only) Partial (import only) No
GIMP Yes Yes Yes Yes Partial (Requires plugin) No Yes Yes [33] Yes Yes Yes Yes No
GIMPshop ? Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
GrafX2 No Yes Yes No No No Yes No No No No Yes No
GraphicConverter Yes[34] Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes[34] Yes
ReaSoft Image Converter Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
HDR PhotoStudio Yes Yes No Yes No No No Yes No No No No Yes
Helicon Filter Home/Pro Yes Yes Import Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No No
iPhoto Yes ? ? Yes ? No Yes Yes Yes ? ? Yes
IrfanView Partial (Requires plugin) Yes Yes Yes Yes (Requires plugin) Yes (Requires plugin) Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes
JDraw No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No No No No
Kolourpaint ? Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No No Import Yes
Konvertor Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes (Requires plugin)
Krita Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Partial[35] No Yes Import Yes
MacPaint No ? No No No No No No No No No No
Microsoft Office Picture Manager ? Yes Yes Yes No Yes Partial[36] No No No Yes
Microsoft Paint No Yes Partial[37] Yes No No Partial[37] Yes No No No No No
Microsoft Photo Editor No Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No No No Import
Mootif ? No Import Yes Import Yes Import No No No No
MST Viewer No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No No No Yes No
mtPaint No Yes Yes Yes Yes[38] No Yes Yes No No No No No
Nathive No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No No No No No
OpenCanvas ? Yes No Yes No No Yes No Yes[39] No No ?
Paint.NET Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes[40] Yes Partial[41] Partial No No Yes No
PC Paintbrush ? No Yes No No No Yes No No No Yes
Photofinish ? Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No No No Yes
Photogenics ? Yes Yes Yes ? Yes Yes Yes ? ? Yes
Photo! Editor No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No No No No No
PhotoLine Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes X3F Yes
PhotoPerfect Yes Yes No Yes Yes No Yes Yes Partial (Not layers) Yes No Yes No
Photo Toolkit No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No No No No No
Picasa Yes Import Import Yes No Import No Import No No No
PicMaster No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No No No Yes No
PixBuilder Photo Editor ? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No ?
Pixel image editor ? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No ? Yes
Pixelmator Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No
Pixia ? Yes No Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No No
Project Dogwaffle ? Yes No Yes No No Yes No No No No
QFX ? Yes Yes Yes No No ? Yes Yes No No ?
Seashore ? Partial Partial Yes Partial Yes Yes ? ? Yes ?
Serif PhotoPlus Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes
SView5 Partial Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No
Tux Paint[42] No Yes Import Import No No Yes No No No No No
TVPaint ? Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No Yes
TwistedBrush Pro Studio No Yes Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Partial No No Yes No
Ulead PhotoImpact Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Partial Import No Yes
Ultimate Paint ? Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No No No Yes
WinImages ? Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No ?
XPaint No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No No No No
Zoner Photo Studio Yes Yes Yes Yes Partial (Import only) Yes Yes Yes Partial (Import only) Partial (Import only) No Yes No
RAW imports BMP GIF JPEG JPEG 2000 HD Photo PNG TIFF PSD PSP XCF PCX OpenEXR

See also

References

  1. ^ http://blog.getpaint.net/2009/11/06/a-new-license-for-paintnet-v35/
  2. ^ http://www.getpaint.net/license.html
  3. ^ According to an official message on the developer's home page, the author suspended development of Project Dogwaffle due to religious reasons. Except for the message, no download or documentation remain on the website. Third-party shareware vendors online still sell licensed versions of Project Dogwaffle software.
  4. ^ File Formats supported by SView5
  5. ^ Deluxe Paint only runs on AmigaOS, Atari ST and MS-DOS.
  6. ^ GIMP also supports SkyOS.
  7. ^ Through X11 Cygnix
  8. ^ a b MacPaint was developed for the "Classic" Mac OS.
  9. ^ Limited support using Mono
  10. ^ Photogenics also runs on Pocket PCs.
  11. ^ Up to version 5
  12. ^ Pixel image editor also supports OS/2, MorphOS, BeOS, SkyOS, QNX and DOS.
  13. ^ Up to version 3.59; free distributable
  14. ^ a b External plug-ins may allow the program to perform some tasks, such as noise reduction or lens distortion, that could not otherwise be done.
  15. ^ Artweaver does not have scripting by default, but with the Lua Scripting Plug-In, one can add scripting to Artweaver using the Lua programming language.
  16. ^ There are two: the main page and the swap page.
  17. ^ Via the GIMP HDR plug-in
  18. ^ Helicon Filter does not implement layers, but it can insert frames and editable text, and objects from one photo can be brushed into the main photo.
  19. ^ Although Helicon Filter does not support actual scripting, it is capable of storing and reusing sequences and settings of edits.
  20. ^ iPhoto can be scripted using Automator and AppleScript.
  21. ^ IrfanView has basic retouching capabilities via the Paint plugin, that is bundled by default with the application.
  22. ^ If images are perfectly aligned, Picasa can create a Multi-Exposure Collage which effectively makes a simple HDR with little customization, though brightness has to be corrected afterwards with no bit depth increase.
  23. ^ Zoner Photo Studio 11 supports one temporary layer.
  24. ^ Zoner Photo Studio does not actually support scripting, but it can store and reuse sequences of filters with preset parameters (Batch Filter).
  25. ^ Photoshop requires an optional plug-in from the installation disc to support the HSV color space.
  26. ^ a b c Split to channels
  27. ^ a b Via the Separate plug-in
  28. ^ ICC profiles can be attached to RGB images arbitrarily (e.g. CMYK or HSV)
  29. ^ Photoshop requires an optional plug-in from the installation disc to support JPEG 2000.
  30. ^ No layer modes support
  31. ^ Corel Painter does not support TIFF with LZW compression.
  32. ^ Deluxe Paint (and almost every other paint package) for versions 3.0 and later of AmigaOS can load and save any file format for which a datatype is registered on the system.
  33. ^ Writes single page images only.
  34. ^ a b Many RAW images can be imported, but are reduced to 8 bit per colour channel.
  35. ^ PSD is only supported in Krita up to version 6, from version 7 on, the Photoshop file format is closed.
  36. ^ Microsoft Office Picture Manager and Paint.NET only support TIFF for viewing and editing of the first page.
  37. ^ a b MS Paint doesn't support transparency in GIF or PNG
  38. ^ A compilation option, requires OpenJpeg library.
  39. ^ PSD is supported only in openCanvas 4 Plus, not regular openCanvas 4.
  40. ^ Paint.NET 3.08 supports import/export of images in HD Photo lossy & lossless format via a file-type plug-in based on a Microsoft HD Photo specification; it expires on September 1, 2007 or if the Paint.NET version is 3.20 or higher. The developers hope tentatively plan to implement full HD Photo support by version 3.20.
  41. ^ The free plug-ins needed for JPEG 2000, PSD, and XCF support can be found on Paint.NET's website.
  42. ^ For the BMP, JPEG and PNG formats, the user is sandboxed in an interface that does not permit file system interaction, including viewing of filenames and the choice of a file's name, type, or location. Files are selected by thumbnails, and may only be loaded from one predetermined directory.

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