image software for mac

Hi,

I am after simple to use freeware for images. I just need to resize and basic editing on mac book pro
What is there?
jagguyAsked:
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Have you tried Gimp?  Not sure it's simple enough for you, but it's definitely powerful.
strungCommented:
Your MacBook Pro may already have iPhoto or Photos installed. Those programs will do that an more. Also the built-in Preview will do resizing and a modicum of basic editing, but not nearly as much as iPhoto or Photos.

For free programs, GIMP is very powerful.

You can download GIMP here:  http://download.gimp.org/pub/gimp/v2.8/osx/gimp-2.8.14.dmg

Once you have downloaded it, double-click on the downloaded .dmg file to open the archive. Then drag and drop the enclosed Gimp.app into your applications folder.

Double-click on the Gimp.app. You my get a warning that it can't be opened because it is from an unknown developer.

If that happens, go to Apple Menu>System Preferenced>Security & Privacy and click on "open anyway".

The try again to open it.

Documentation for GIMP is here:  https://www.gimp.org/docs/
Alan HendersonRetired marine engineerCommented:
I'm retired on a limited income, so a fan of free software, but as Lee W noted above GIMP is not simple; in fact it's notoriously clunky albeit powerful. I've found it well worth purchasing Affinity's products.

If you can bring yourself to spend $60 you can get a program as polished—and almost as powerful—as Photoshop:

Affinity Photo is a gem:
https://affinity.serif.com/en-gb/photo/

There's also the companion vector design software Affinity Designer for a similar price:
https://affinity.serif.com/en-gb/designer/
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Alan HendersonRetired marine engineerCommented:
There's an alternative to GIMP which isn't as powerful, but is also free, and more user-friendly:
Seashore review:
http://mac.softpedia.com/get/Graphics/Seashore.shtml
Get it here:
http://seashore.sourceforge.net/The_Seashore_Project/About.html

If you wish to follow Strung's advice and use Apple's own free apps, Photos is a big improvement on its predecessor iPhoto and is installed with Yosemite and ElCapitan. There's a positive review here:
http://www.macworld.co.uk/review/photo-management/photos-for-mac-preview-3597163/
It should do everything you have asked for.

:)
jagguyAuthor Commented:
i downloaded gimp(other thread) and installed it, did 10mins of things and it all vanished never to be found again.
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Don't you love Macs?  I can't find half the things I install on a Mac.
strungCommented:
@jagguy:  Did you copy it from the DMG file to your Applications folder, or just try running it from the image file. You need to copy it into your applications folder.
@Lee: Just type the name of the application into Spotlight.
Justin BradshawOwnerCommented:
Affinity is great as well as actor and pixelmator, all reasonably priced.

Most people however will be just fine with the built in "Photos" app. It actually can do a lot.
David AndersTechnician Commented:
Alternative To is a website that does the obvious.
http://alternativeto.net/
Choosing Mac and Photoshop leads to this
http://alternativeto.net/software/adobe-photoshop/
Gerwin Jansen, EE MVETopic Advisor Commented:
@Lee - "I can't find half the things I install on a Mac." - type Cmd+Space to open Spotlight Search and type away ;) It searches through everything.

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