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?


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.


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

  • While otherwise an alternative, Pixelmator requires Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard (or later) which doesn't run on pre-Intel (PowerPC) Macs. 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. 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. Jan 18 '11 at 16:07

What about an older version of Photoshop? I think CS2 was the last which supported G5s.

  • 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

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


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

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