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Your Questions About X11 Mac

July 7, 2013

Lisa asks…

editing pictures with a mac?

I have a macbook and I’m trying to edit two pictures together and save it as one picture. I know on a pc you can use paint to do this, but what program comes with a mac to edit pictures? All that I installed that didn’t come with the computer is iwork ’08.

Administrator answers:

There is no program by default that comes with a Mac to let you edit pictures. You’ll have to download or buy a program, such as Photoshop or GIMP. Photoshop is expensive, but works well and doesn’t run into many problems. GIMP works well, but suffers from extreme cursor lag because it needs to use the X11 windowing system instead of Mac’s native Aqua. X11 comes with Mac OS 10.5, and is available on the 10.4 restore disc or as a download from the Apple website.

Lizzie asks…

Is Mac OS X technically a *nix OS?

I just noticed this page:

Does that mean Mac OS X is a *nix operating system?
I know it is mainly based on NeXT, and also still has a lot of old OS9 code, and now the page says it’s UNIX based too? Lol, maybe they should call it Cerberus instead of Tiger… (I can’t think of any tricephalic cats…)

Administrator answers:

Mac os X is Based on UNIX [FreeBSD], and has the X11 windowing system.

Before os X, mac os was build by apple computer own technology (sorry but i don’t even know how was os 9 or before).

So as far as i know, apple computers made a rewrite of operating system based on unix to satisfy customers needs and to later make a new marketing with intel processors

Hope is the answer that you expected.
Best Regards

Carol asks…

GIMP- Layers window will not come up?

Newly downloaded GIMP to a Mac leopard, and everything is fine, ‘cept when I open it there no window for the layers, paths and undo dialogue, then I try to open it manually using window>Dialogue> Layers, but nothin’ happens. Any help here?

Administrator answers:

Sounds like there is something wrong with your installation. Did you follow all the installation instructions? You need to update X11 to install on a Mac.


Sandy asks…

Changing my MacBook Pro display to 32-bit or 16-bit?

I have a mid 2010 macbook pro 13” and I want to change the display setting to 32-bit or 16-bit.

I’m playing a windows game via crossover and I would like change the color to get full functionality, is it possible to manually change to 32-bit or 16-bit… I’ve search and only found how to open safari to 32-bit. Any help is much appreciated

Administrator answers:

Crossover runs everything through a custom X11 version built into it, much like It pretty much only runs right with 24bit… But it should attempt, and usually run just fine programs that are 16 or 32 bit color depths as well. There is really not much you can do about this.

In Mac OS X 10.6 there is really only 1 color depth… But Crossover and other Wine based programs like it shouldn’t really have a problem with handling games that are 16 or 32 bit color depth… They do sometimes have problems with very old 8 bit ones, but thats on a case by case basis.

Do not confuse color depths (16, 24, 32 bit etc…) with something like a 32 or 64 bit app… Yes its all “bits” but that is measuring a completely different thing.

Donald asks…

Is there any software that is similar to Photoshop that I can download??

Administrator answers:



GIMP for Windows.


GIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program. It is a freely distributed program for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring.

It has many capabilities. It can be used as a simple paint program, an expert quality photo retouching program, an online batch processing system, a mass production image renderer, an image format converter, etc.

GIMP is expandable and extensible. It is designed to be augmented with plug-ins and extensions to do just about anything. The advanced scripting interface allows everything from the simplest task to the most complex image manipulation procedures to be easily scripted.

GIMP is written and developed under X11 on UNIX platforms. But basically the same code also runs on MS Windows and Mac OS X.

Daniel asks…

I was wondering if the is a free download of…?

Of paint shop pro or a program like that. I want to be able to make cute pictures, animations, and other things. I don’t want a trial and I don’t want to pay too much. Also, it has to work with a Mac computer. :) Thanks!

Administrator answers:

There is GIMP which can be downloaded here:

It’s free and it can make pictures and stuff, I’m not sure about animations though. You need X11 though which is automatically installed if you have Leopard and if you have Tiger you need to use the additional install disk.

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