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I'm in the market for an alternative to Photoshop for my G5 tower. I tried GIMP and I'm a bit blah about it; are there any other options that you can recommend?

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Due to the expense of Photoshop, I bought Pixelmator a year or so ago. I only do photo-editing with it, so I can't comment on using it for design, but it has been powerful enough for me.

http://www.pixelmator.com/

I'm not sure if Pixelmator can run on pre-Intel macs, though.

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While otherwise an alternative, Pixelmator requires Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard (or later) which doesn't run on pre-Intel (PowerPC) Macs. –  koiyu Jan 7 '11 at 23:42
    
Huh. I bought it when the latest version was 10.4. I guess they don't offer old versions, though. –  Computerish Jan 8 '11 at 0:25
    
Definitely considering this one for my laptop, but yeah, not G5 compatible at the present time unfortunately. –  Kaji Jan 11 '11 at 23:43
    
I've been eying Pixelmator. Seems to be a great value. How's it handling Photoshop layers? –  DA01 Jan 18 '11 at 4:48
    
If you mean importing from Photoshop, I have no idea. I've never tried to import a Photoshop file. Sorry. –  Computerish Jan 18 '11 at 16:07
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What about an older version of Photoshop? I think CS2 was the last which supported G5s.

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I've got CS2 on there right now, but unfortunately the license recently decided it expired and my brother has long-since misplaced the registration info for it. If you know a good place to pick up a copy on the cheap, though, I'm all ears! –  Kaji Jan 11 '11 at 23:44
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Depends for what Photoshop functionality you need.

For simple tasks, maybe Aviary Phoenix could do the job.

aviary phoenix interface

In the same area: Pixlr

Pixlr interface

and Adobe Photoshop Express Editor

Potoshop Express Editor

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Check out Alternativeto.net for a list, among them are pixelmator, gimp, pixel, and others.

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