I thought one weakness of OS X was that it came with no built in image editor. People mock MS Paint on Windows, but it's a lot better than nothing.
It's a much better PDF and image editor than, for example, TextEdit is a text editor.
I must poke around Preview later to see what it can do.
That seems like the perfect feature set to me, I’m not aware of any situation where I actually needed to manipulate the pixels of an image. Cropping, resizing and saving in different formats is the most important functionality to me and in that respect Preview seems much more useful than Paint.
I actually never really need pixel manipulation. Tools like Lightroom are perfect for editing photos and I don’t see any need for Photoshop or similar tools at all if all you want to do is edit photos. The only time I actually needed Photoshop was to create bitmaps for a website (rounded corners, backgrounds, …).
(Preview also allows you to edit PDF documents. You can crop pages, delete or rearrange them, or easily merge pages from different PDF documents into one, all just by drag and drop.)
$ sips -r <degrees> <image file>
Note that sips updates the file in-place, so make a copy first if you wan to retain the original.
(sips does a whole lot more as well, though its interface is a bit odd. See sips -h and sips -H as well as its man page)
Well then you're not creating any images, just modifying existing photos and screenshots. We're talking about different things.
It's simple, fast, easy to use, and does its one thing very well.
It wasn't until Paintbrush 2 came out that I didn't have any individual software from Windows that I missed when using OS X. I've never tried Pixelmator however so that might be a better replacement.
Seashore was another MS Paint-like editor for Mac, but looking at the current screenshots, it seems to have expanded scope now.
That's not really how Apple work these days.
I was thinking that for apps purchased with those cards Apple probably sells them at break even or a loss, assuming a few % goes to the retailer selling the cards.
I have an rss feed from here http://www.itunesonsale.com.au/ to make sure I never pay full price
That's a profit margin of 46%.
Gift cards sold at 25% off simply bring Australian prices closer to US prices. Apple probably just offers these discounts as an alternative to continually fluctuating their internal exchange rate.
I don't really post-process my images; they're controlled studio setups (mostly nude fine art). I also am not anti-Photoshop, if it turns out that at some point I need to use it for something, I'll buy it (I'm just happy that for the few years so far I've been doing work I haven't needed it).
I've used it in the past, just not since making a go as a photographer.
It's more that I was still using film for all of photography school, and doing processing in the darkroom. Since switching over to digital a year ago, I haven't really adjusted my process.
Being tied to another company’s proprietary and idiosyncratic file format sounds like a terribly obnoxious burden for any piece of software: all the effort in reverse engineering the format and so on never yields quite the result you expect (Microsoft for example can’t even get their own formats right from one release to another, and they have loads of cash to throw at the problem), and any development time spent on it is time taken away from the actual image-making features of the app.