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Systems to run PaintTool SAI on a budget.

Release Date 2016-04-25
Developer Systemax Software Development
Publisher Systemax Software Development
Pricing Model Shareware
Platforms Windows
Official Site

S.A.I. is a lightweight painting application. The user interface allows multiple documents to be opened at the same time. The drawing canvas can be both zoomed and rotated using the sliders on the navigator or the hotkeys configured on the keyboard. The toolbar on the top part of the screen also includes a button to mirror the drawing view without mirroring the actual drawing. It is also possible to open multiple viewports to the same document. An application-wide scratchpad (which can be used as a color mixing panel) is provided, which is saved between sessions. Colors can be stored in the swatches panel.

Various raster drawing tools are implemented, such as the Airbrush, Watercolor, Pen, and Marker, which can all be easily customized, and stored in slots in the user interface of the application. There is also a set of vector drawing tools intended for inking, which, like the raster tools, can be configured to be pen pressure-sensitive.

Work can be done on separate layers, which can be grouped and have opacity masks. In addition to this, layers can be masked by clipping them to a lower layer. This allows one to add shading and highlights to an area without creating new masks for the additional layers.

Genres

Painting Application, Raster Graphics Editor

Tags

2D, Brushes, Colouring, Creative, Filters, Layers, Lightweight, Line Smoothing, Pressure-Sensitive Stylus Support

Pricing History

Judging by recent records, you can expect to pay around C$50 for PaintTool SAI on a regular day, but here's how its price evolved during the last few months:

Current Offers

Compatible Ready-Made Systems

The following Systems meet the minimal system requirements set by PaintTool SAI's developers. So, it should run, but you might experience slowdowns when working with larger, heavier files.

Matches are sorted by price, so if what you see doesn't match your expectations and you can afford to pay more, feel free to move on to the next page.

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Lenovo IdeaPad 1 14-inch Netbook (82GW0047CF)

Lenovo IdeaPad 1 14-inch Netbook (82GW0047CF)

ranked #8 among Laptops priced under $400

Built for price-effectiveness above all, this laptop might still be worth a look if you're happy with products from the Microsoft store. It's not a po

Performance in selected Apps

PaintTool SAI50th percentile

Who it's For

  • Casual Worker

Compared Overall

Bang for the Buck11th percentile
Versatility99th percentile
Power22th percentile
Storage Space24th percentile
Portability71th percentile
Battery Autonomy26th percentile

Specs

Operating System

Windows 10, S Edition

Screen

14", 1366×768(1366 × 768, 1MP), Multiple Monitor Support

CPU

AMD 3020e

GPU

AMD Radeon Vega 3 Graphics

Memory

4 GB

Storage

64 GB total, Media Card Reader, eMMC Storage (slow)

Pricing

Typically sells for C$249. You could save 20% right now.
HP 14-inch Laptop (14-fq0008ca)

HP 14-inch Laptop (14-fq0008ca)

ranked #9 among Laptops priced under $400

This laptop is as modest as it gets, but if you need more versatility than a Chromebook can offer, this could be worth a look.

Luckily, this laptop

Performance in selected Apps

PaintTool SAI50th percentile

Who it's For

  • Casual Worker

Compared Overall

Bang for the Buck10th percentile
Versatility61th percentile
Power22th percentile
Storage Space24th percentile
Portability86th percentile
Battery Autonomy37th percentile

Specs

Operating System

Windows 10, S Edition

Screen

14", 1366×768(1366 × 768, 1MP), Multiple Monitor Support

CPU

AMD 3020e

GPU

AMD Radeon Vega 3 Graphics

Memory

4 GB

Storage

64 GB total, Media Card Reader, eMMC Storage (slow)

Pricing

Typically sells for C$349.
Asus L410 14-inch NetBook (L410MA-SH01-CB)

Asus L410 14-inch NetBook (L410MA-SH01-CB)

ranked #10 among Laptops priced under $400

This laptop is all about cost-effectiveness, and if you're strapped for cash, it could be a compelling option, especially if you're a patient person c

Performance in selected Apps

PaintTool SAI26th percentile

Who it's For

  • Multitasker
  • Casual Worker

Compared Overall

Bang for the Buck7th percentile
Versatility97th percentile
Power7th percentile
Storage Space24th percentile
Portability87th percentile
Battery Autonomy18th percentile

Specs

Operating System

Windows 10, S Edition

Screen

14", 1920×1080(FHD, 1080p, 2.1MP), Multiple Monitor Support

CPU

Intel Celeron N4020

GPU

Intel UHD Graphics 600

Memory

4 GB

Storage

64 GB total, Media Card Reader, eMMC Storage (slow)

Pricing

Typically sells for C$299.
Lenovo IdeaPad 3i 15-inch Laptop (82H801ECCF)

Lenovo IdeaPad 3i 15-inch Laptop (82H801ECCF)

This laptop was designed for cost-efficiency without sacrificing too much versatility. If you need a laptop for everyday tasks and want to avoid the c

Performance in selected Apps

PaintTool SAI50th percentile

Who it's For

  • Aspiring Creative
  • Multitasker
  • Productivity-Focused User

Compared Overall

Bang for the Buck29th percentile
Versatility98th percentile
Power34th percentile
Storage Space39th percentile
Portability54th percentile
Battery Autonomy51th percentile

Specs

Operating System

Windows 11, Home Edition

Screen

15", 1920×1080(FHD, 1080p, 2.1MP), Multiple Monitor Support

CPU

Intel Pentium Gold 7505

GPU

Intel UHD Graphics

Memory

8 GB

Storage

256 GB total, Media Card Reader, Solid State (very fast)

Pricing

Typically sells for C$499. You could save 100% right now.
Asus VivoBook 15 M515 (M515DA-BS31-CB)

Asus VivoBook 15 M515 (M515DA-BS31-CB)

This laptop won't break any speed records, but it's a cost-effective solution to handle everyday homework and going online.

Performance in selected Apps

PaintTool SAI50th percentile

Who it's For

  • Casual Worker

Compared Overall

Bang for the Buck8th percentile
Versatility32th percentile
Power33th percentile
Storage Space68th percentile
Portability61th percentile
Battery Autonomy7th percentile

Specs

Operating System

Windows 10, Home Edition

Screen

15", 1366×798(1366 × 798, 1.1MP), Multiple Monitor Support

CPU

AMD Ryzen 3 3250U

GPU

AMD Radeon Vega 3 Graphics

Memory

8 GB

Storage

512 GB total, Media Card Reader, Solid State (very fast)

Pricing

HP 14-inch Laptop (14-dq2088ca)

HP 14-inch Laptop (14-dq2088ca)

ranked #6 among Laptops priced $400-1000

If you need a laptop to handle simple homework efficiently without breaking the bank, this model could be the answer.

Performance in selected Apps

PaintTool SAI50th percentile

Who it's For

  • Casual Nomad
  • Casual Worker

Compared Overall

Bang for the Buck34th percentile
Versatility64th percentile
Power38th percentile
Storage Space68th percentile
Portability82th percentile
Battery Autonomy79th percentile

Specs

Operating System

Windows 10, Home Edition

Screen

14", 1366×768(1366 × 768, 1MP), Multiple Monitor Support

CPU

Intel Core i3-1115G4

GPU

Intel UHD Graphics

Memory

8 GB

Storage

512 GB total, Media Card Reader, Solid State (very fast)

Pricing

Typically sells for C$549. You could save 14% right now.