Patina for Mac OS X offers a simple, effective drawing app

If you’ve been using Macs for as long as I have, you may remember a sweet little app called MacPaint, a bitmap-based graphics painting software program developed by Apple and released with the original Mac on Jan. 24, 1984. The long-gone app (it was discontinued in 1998) now has a spiritual successor in a polished, inexpensive app called Patina.

Developed by a California company called Atek, Patina sports a modern, sleek appearance with large tool buttons and color controls. There’s a short learning curve as basic operations, such as drawing and manipulating shapes, setting and changing colors, moving and resizing objects, and doing annotations, are all very straightforward.

Objects can be rotated at any angle rather than being limited to specific degrees of rotation. Other enhanced features include transparent image saving and a convenient slider for controlling a variety of app functions, such as tool stroke thickness and text font size. 

With all kinds of folks now using Macs the time is right for a user-friendly drawing app like this. Admittedly, it is simple (perhaps too much so for some users), with only basic drawing actions provided. And, though you can zoom in on an image, drawing pixel by pixel is a bit cumbersome.

Patina requires OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) or later. It’s available worldwide exclusively through the Mac App Store in the Graphics & Design category for $2.99.

Note that MacPaint was sold, along with the MacWrite word processor for $195 back in the day. Makes Patina a real steal at under three bucks, doesn’t it?