graphics software

Adobe Photoshop Elements 6

The Guided Edit mode gives you a column of options for easy editing.  Photoshop Elements has long played the role of little brother, with a streamlined interface and toolset designed for amateur photographers, hobbyists, and anyone who doesn’t need all of Photoshop’s advanced functionality—or $649 price tag. At $90, Elements 6 is a tremendous bargain, and head and shoulders above previous versions. This is the first Universal binary version of Elements, and the performance boost on Intel Macs closely mirrors that of Photoshop CS3—it boots quickly and generally feels smooth and responsive. We also ran it on a G4 Titanium PowerBook and a Dual Power Mac G5 with respectable speeds. While Adobe claims that Elements can run with 512MB of RAM (1GB is recommended), we found that the program sometimes crashed on our PowerBook, which has 1GB of RAM, but never on our MacBook Pro or Power Mac G5, with 3GB and 2GB of RAM, respectively. We suggest downloading the trial version to see how it performs on your machine.

e frontier Poser 7

Human, cockroach, alien, and more - if you can imagine a creature, you can render it in lifelike form with this app.

Live Interior 3D 1.1: First Look

This interior-design tool may be worth the trouble for multiple jobs, but it's too much of a hassle for one-off use.

Sketchup Pro 6

Google delivers easy-to-use, surprisingly powerful 3D software "for the rest of us."

Adobe Illustrator CS3

Adobe's changes to the Mac's greatest vector-based drawing app will send you back to the drawing board - but that's a good thing.

Lineform 1.2.5

A simple and easy-to-use drawing tool - but a plenty powerful one, as well.

Intaglio 2.9.4

This easy-to-use drawing tool is equally easy to learn.

EazyDraw 2.1.3

Although this drawing tool is a pleasure to use, it's far from easy to learn.

Painter X

Aspiring fine artists: Cap the oils - and keep your hands clean - by creating your masterworks in Painter instead.

Painter Essentials 3

Picturesque Painting Software