| We tend to be a little PC biased by the majority of on-demand customers, and the universality of software and devices, but in the interests of balance there is something that will be of interest to Mac users.Naked Light is a node based image editing tool that is not resolution dependant and therefore offers infinite options on enlargement from original. Even better, there's a free Beta test version you can download to try.
Because it is pixel free you create originals in real dimensions - millimetres or inches for example, and the hybrid raster/vector painting engine permanently stores all the data so it can redraw all your brush strokes at any time, at any resolution.The software precisely resizes everything on the canvas, in real time, as needed so you can mix and match images with different resolutions, colour spaces, and pixel aspect ratios-all in the same composition. It is said to be non-destructive, in that it retains all image information which can otherwise be lost when files are transported between platforms.Naked light features nodes rather than separate layers, which are simple building blocks in a composition and don't suffer from the same constraints.It does make quite a lot of claims and has sparked quite a bit of internet debate as to whether it does anything that other programmes cannot do. An Adobe thread claims to see the hand of Big Apple behind it, hence the Mac only usage. But it's certainly worth a look at if you work regularly with sophisticated artwork with variable outputs. If you follow the website link you can talk to the creator direct via his blog and even make a contribution before the commercial version becomes available.Whether it is the real stuff of digital alchemy we wait to see, but the idea is apparently not to compete with the Adobe stable but offer an adaptable and user friendly alternative.A previous entrant in this graphic battle, Pixelmator, makes more ambitious claims, but as they say ya pays your money and you takes your choice.www.pixelmator.com
The bad news is that both of these programmes require Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard.