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Program Problems

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TheLastFreeUnicorn Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
I have gone through more drawing applications than boyfriends. Every single program that I download, buy, or get with various hardware either has flaws from the get-go, or fails after several months of me using it. I have no idea what I am doing wrong, nor how to fix it, so I need some advice.

I have a MacBook and, currently, a Bamboo Fun Tablet. The first drawing programs I used before the tablet were Seashore and Gimp, the only free, simple programs for drawing. Seashore is a knockoff of Paint, and doesn't have enough tools for my drawing style. And Gimp lagged like crazy as soon as I bought my tablet. I started using Photoshop Elements, which came with my tablet. That, too, lagged, worse than Gimp. It made it impossible to draw. Off I went on a search for a reasonably priced drawing application for Macs. You have no idea how difficult it is to find a program with that criteria. But I found it! It was called Pixelmator. I purchased it, and it treated me well, until several months ago, when it went apeshit on me and started to do funky things. It would work well for a couple of minutes.. then suddenly the drawing tool would start spouting little lines in every direction every time I drew. I never changed any settings with my tablet nor the program, and I can't seem to fix it.

I've tried a lot of free trials, but they were all expensive, and I'm very short on cash. Any free program off the internet is guaranteed crap. So, fellow Mac users, what are your suggestions? Is there a program out there that is definitely worth the price, that won't lag, and won't fail on me like Pixelmator did?

Thank you all and have a lovely day~
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wezenbeesje Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Professional General Artist
I've been using shi-painter for years and that's not crap. It's even my favourite. But yeah, it sounds like a computer problem. If you don't fix it you just have to use small drawing programs (like shi-painter, chibipaint and Blush) which don't use so much memory etc and just learn to draw with not so complicated programs. I think the best artists can draw without all the special tools etc.
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TheLastFreeUnicorn Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
Thank you. I'll check that program out.
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Taurick Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Student General Artist
Sounds like a RAM problem to me, hence why you're lagging on all applications. Try turning off backround programs as well.
You should check your physical memory, Ram and cpu usage to find out for sure.
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TheLastFreeUnicorn Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
All right, I'll have to look into that. Thanks!
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Taurick Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Student General Artist
Also check your software settings and resource consumption for what ever you're using.
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heminder Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Professional
Any free program off the internet is guaranteed crap.

My entire operating system is free and it's been butter smooth sailing from the word go. You're confusing "free" with "gratis".
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TheLastFreeUnicorn Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
I'm sorry, I didn't know there was a difference. :3
Now tell me, what programs are you using? :D
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heminder Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Professional
In a nutshell free software respects civil liberties. Here's a detailed explanation between free, nonfree/gratis software: [link]

As for what I use: Krita, GIMP, Mypaint, and occasionally some 3D work with Blender. OS is Debian.
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TheLastFreeUnicorn Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012
iiinteresting.
And thanks. I will check those programs out :)
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snoowie9 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
and mypaint
i never used it but it looks nice, works on mac to
here is the site:
[link]
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