Seashore (software)

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Stable release 0.1.9 (5 April 2007; 11 years ago (2007-04-05)) [±]
Preview release 0.5.1 (6 September 2010; 8 years ago (2010-09-06)) [±]
Written in Objective-C
Operating system Mac OS X
Type Raster graphics editor
License GNU General Public License

Seashore is an image editor for Mac OS X that is based on the technology of GIMP, with a clean user interface (using Cocoa).[1][2] Seashore uses GIMP's native file format, XCF, and has support for a handful of other graphics file formats, including full support for TIFF, PNG, and JPEG, and read-only support for BMP, PDF and GIF.[3] Seashore offers a smaller number of features in comparison with GIMP, but it includes layers and alpha channel support, gradients and transparency effects, anti-aliased brushes, tablet support and plug-in filters.[3]

Seashore version 0.5.1 was released in 2010 and is considered to be in Beta stages.[4] The last stable release is more than seven years old, and the most recent preview release is over three years old.

It lacks many features that GIMP has, but Seashore's purpose is to become an easy-to-use free software graphics editor that runs natively on Mac OS X. Seashore is written using the native Mac toolkit, Cocoa.


Seashore has many of the basic features found in graphics editing software, including:[3]

  • Full support for the XCF file format
  • Reading and writing TIFF, PNG, GIF, JPEG and JPEG 2000 file formats
  • Reading BMP, PDF, PICT, and XBM file formats
  • Layers and layer merging effects
  • Individual editing of layer channels
  • Transparency effects and transparency in gradients
  • Arbitrary selection regions (i.e. through a lasso tool)[5]
  • Anti-aliased paint brushes
  • 6 gradient effects
  • Graphics tablet support
  • Plug-in filter effects

Features to come in future releases are Core Image support, the introduction of editable text layers and improved text rendering, and shapes and vector objects.[6]

As a Cocoa version of GIMP is now available on Mac, Seashore has lost most of its relevance.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Seashore - About". Retrieved 2007-05-05. 
  2. ^ "Why Seashore?". Retrieved 2007-05-05. 
  3. ^ a b c "Seashore - About". Retrieved 2007-05-05. 
  4. ^ " The Seashore Project". Retrieved 2007-05-05. 
  5. ^ "Seashore - Screenshot". Retrieved 2007-05-05. 
  6. ^ "Seashore - Roadmap". Retrieved 2007-05-05. 

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