Pixelmator
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Pixelmator is a beautifully designed, easy-to-use, fast, and powerful image editor for OS X. It has everything you need to create, edit, and enhance your images.

Pixelmator is a layer-based image editor. You can quickly create layers from your photos, other pictures, from selections, or even your iSight. Yes, Pixelmator can add a layer to your composition directly from your Mac's little camera. Not only can you link and arrange added layers, but Pixelmator also allows you to blend layers, change their opacity, create clipping masks, or even add layer masks to hide some
What's New
Version 3.1:

New and Improved

  • Exclusive new Mac Pro support: Pixelmator 3.1 Marble takes advantage of the new Mac Pro's incredible power and speed with its Dual GPU support. This means that in just about any edit you make, you will feel the remarkably smoother and more fluid performance.
  • 16-bit support on the new Mac Pro: The incredible power of the new Mac Pro allowed us to bring to Pixelmator exclusive 16-bits per channel color image support. You can now edit rich and vibrant images in Pixelmator 3.1 Marble on the new Mac Pro.
  • Order Prints: Bring your beautiful pictures to life as stunning high-quality and meticulously finished prints right from Pixelmator 3.1 Marble.
Optimized for the New Mac Pro
  • Both GPUs are used simultaneously when applying effects: one for computing the effect and the other one for composition rendering.
  • 16-bit per channel color images are supported.
  • The image auto saving is computed in the background while image composition is being rendered.
  • Optimizations made for all 4-core, 6-core, 8-core, or 12-core Intel Xeon processors for better zoom out handling and faster bitmap layer duplications.
  • GCD Dispatch I/O technology and PCIe-based flash storage makes opening and exporting high resolution images faster.
  • Increased memory bandwidth is fully utilized for Pixelmator operations.
Layer Styles Improvements
  • Now, you can select more than one layer with styles and change the opacity of the selected layers all at once.
  • When you move a selection made on layers with styles, the layer style always stays visible, even when you go to another app and back.
  • You can now apply styles on a new layer right after you've painted with the Paint Bucket Tool or the Pixel Tool.
  • When converting layers with styles into regular layers, the Opacity setting always stays intact.
  • When you clear layer contents, the layer style icon disappears as well.
  • The Styles palette stays active when you copy layers with styles into a newly created document.
  • You can now change the gradient fill for newly created text or shape layers from the Gradients palette without opening the Styles palette.
  • When you choose a color in the Colors palette, it doesn't change the color choice in the Styles palette.
  • You can now remove style presets even if you have several layers with styles selected.
  • After you clear a layer style, you can now remove layer style presets.
Other Improvements
  • Pointillize, Pixelize, Mandala, Concert, City Lights, Color Hatch, X-ray, Infrared, Line Dye, Tracer, Scanner, Newspaper, Neon, ASCII, Blue Print and Projectile effects are now available again.
  • The effects' rope is now more stable.
  • Improved RAW image file format support.
  • You can now turn off Auto Select on shape layers as well as on the others layers.
  • When you Control-click the selection on an empty layer, you can now choose Refine selection from the shortcut menu.
  • When grouped text layers are duplicated, the text stays visible.
  • When text or shape layers are converted into pixels, the Opacity setting stays intact.
  • Now you can drag a gradient preset to the Finder.
  • Improvements have been made for the outside stroke effect.
  • New layers are no longer added when painting with the Paint Bucket Tool set to 0% of Opacity.
  • Colors are updated in the Fill dialog correctly, whether you choose the dialog from the Menu bar or use the keyboard shortcut.
  • The "Low disk space" message no longer appears when there's lots of space on the computer.
  • Improved localizations.
  • And other tiny-yet-annoying bugs, random graphical glitches, and crashes have been fixed.

Version 3.1:

New and Improved

  • Exclusive new Mac Pro support: Pixelmator 3.1 Marble takes advantage of the new Mac Pro's incredible power and speed with its Dual GPU support. This means that in just about any edit you make, you will feel the remarkably smoother and more fluid performance.
  • 16-bit support on the new Mac Pro: The incredible power of the new Mac more...
Requirements
  • Intel, 64-bit processor
  • OS X 10.9 or later



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Pixelmator User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 3.x:
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Glidagida reviewed on 15 Mar 2014
Don't like the new UI in 3.1.

What was simple now is "ordered" what was intuitive has now become structured.

The'Effects' palate now becomes the centre of my operations and gives rise to a series of very dark/black tool options which are way too small and very hard to read. I agree with the comment about it 'Looking trendy' but it soon wears thin, especially on my laptop where the icons are tiny/unreadable.

Have to agree with the comments re stability too, have several crashes per day.

Conclusion: Despite the enticing advertising the older version was better.
[Version 3.1]


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1goncat reviewed on 13 Mar 2014
Q: Why would anyone drop a wad on limited imaging software when there is an incredible pro-level open-source imaging app like Gimp that does everything you could possibly imagine - all for FREE?

A: Not everyone is an artist willing to spend hours learning to use a pro-level program like Gimp.

For kids, beginners or dabblers who just want something easy & quick to retouch photos or diddle around with web images, Pixelmator is an OK app. It has a Windoze-looking all black interface that looks cool at first but causes eye-strain after awhile. It does a lot of flashy FX & doodly stuff like shapes, so if you're into putting flowers & hearts & stars all over your photos, Pixelmator is for you. However, it has had stability problems in the past & won't run on anything but Mavericks, which is still a problematic OS that your favorite software may no longer run on.

If you want something more advanced & reliable, there's Acorn, which is just as easy to use but geared more to serious imaging. Acorn has a more user-friendly Mac interface that may be less sexy, but is more functional & intuitive, with a large array of useful tools designed for efficient image editing. Plus, it uses Python plugins, giving it more professional options. And Acorn is rock-stable. I've tried them both, & Acorn has never crashed on me yet. Acorn is more spendy & it isn't perfect, but it's easy to use & does a lot.

But compared to Gimp, both of these are kids toys with basic, limited features & toolsets. Gimp used to be a Windoze app with a reputation for being unwieldy & hard to use, but the new version, GimpShop 2.8.2 for Macs, runs native on Macs & is much easier to learn & use. It has a clean, dark grey interface that is infinitely customizable & comes preloaded with tons of incredible filters, brushes & plugins, with hundreds more available free online. It even uses Photoshop plugins.

Anyone willing to spend an hour or two can master the basics, opening the door to the magical world of unlimited creativity. There is almost nothing you can't do with Gimp. Anything you can imagine you can create. And since it's open-source, it's all completely free. So even if you don't like it, you aren't out any $. It also comes with a great user guide & there are many tutorials online.

I almost bought Acorn a while back, but decided to invest some time rather than $ giving GimpShop a try. It seemed a bit daunting at first, but in no time I had the basics down, and since then I've learned how to do things I never dreamt I could do.

Gimp is challenging at first, but it is also fun & fascinating. I'm still learning, and the more I learn, the more fun & fascinating it becomes..
[Version 3.1]


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Lightning commented on 02 Mar 2014
MacUpdate says: "REQUIREMENTS
Intel, 64-bit processor
OS X 10.8.5 or later"
But it looks as though you need Mavericks.
Am I missing something?
Thanks.
[Version 3.1]

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MacUpdate-Nick replied on 03 Mar 2014
It seems that the version in the Mac App Store requires OS X 10.8.5, whereas the version available via the Download link requires OS X 10.9, as per their website. Our listing has been updated to reflect the website's version requirement to be on the safe side.
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Cgc commented on 26 Jan 2014
Pixelmator was fantastic, but why did the system requirements go to 10.8.5? My 1,1 MacPro no longer can run Pixelmator due to Apple's oversight. Thanks but I guess I'm off to GIMP.
[Version 3.1]

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Shooters replied on 17 Feb 2014
Because the devs are making use of new technology, so should you. I mean, are you still using DOS?
Now, I am not saying you have to update your hardware every 2-3 year but please let software devs make progress with new technology and not looking backwards all the time to see if everybody is following. Ever read the Red Monkey books? Recommended reading stuff !
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Pik80 replied on 25 Feb 2014
Just to add to Shooter's comment it also slows the developer down when they have to support multiple OSes. Adobe's competitors need to get updates out very quickly so their products can better compete.
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Satcomer reviewed on 23 Jan 2014
The 3.1 Update is GREAT! Thank you for such a great application to wean us away from the traditional application subscription.
[Version 3.1]


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Baccaroeja reviewed on 23 Jan 2014
Hear hear ! The best got even better!
Thank you for this magnificent app.
[Version 3.1]


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Tommy_Gun reviewed on 22 Jan 2014
Pixelmator should be on every OS X installment. Plain easy and powerful image (and vector) editor.

Highly recommended.
[Version 3.0]

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D9 replied on 23 Jan 2014
Yes, agree!

You wonder if Apple shouldn't "buy" these guys out before Adobe does and shuts it down like they did w/ Freehand and GoLive.
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Pik80 replied on 21 Feb 2014
@D9 I thought about that too but look how slowly Apple has been moving with apps like Aperture. I hope these competing graphics companies just say small. I only merge I might be open to is a small company merging with another small company.
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jovanmac reviewed on 20 Dec 2013
Fantastic pixel editor with basic vector support. Excellent value
[Version 3.0]


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Appledogx reviewed on 08 Dec 2013
Their bitmap editing is top notch, but their vector handling could use some work and can be a bit confusing. Alignment tools won't work on vector items in different layers, it appears. They should look at iDraw for some tips on how to do better vector handling. Overall the interface is very well designed. All in all, I'm delighted with the results I've gotten on photos in Pixelmator, and it's a lot of fun to use, though I wish the interface were dark gray instead of solid black. I'd also like to see lens correction features.
[Version 3.0]


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Dubois_Cl reviewed on 03 Nov 2013
The fx in v3 are awesome! Very highly recommended image editor. Easy and furious fast to use. Just awesome.
[Version 3.0]


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Type1 had trouble on 13 May 2013
An install Question? I have an older version of Pixelmator 1.6.7 that I got with a MacUpdate bundle, will the latest Mac App Store version see the old version and update it or should I uninstall it first. I'm running latest version of Lion. Any advice appreciated. Thanks.
[Version 2.2]


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farmertomato had trouble on 09 Aug 2012
Pixelmator 1.7.1--checked for update, it said I was current. Saw the push notification about 2.1 and downloaded it. It installed over the paid version I had and lost my registration. I now have 30 days to try something I have already paid for. Not happy.
[Version 2.1]

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farmertomato replied on 20 Aug 2012
I see that no one from the developer has replied to this comment, or any of the troubleshooting comments, so I guess either they don't look here or it just isn't important to them.
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Kees De W had trouble on 27 Oct 2011
Is auto-save optional? (can it be turned of in the preferences?)
If not, that's a deal breaker for me.
I'm finding Apple's implementation of auto-save with the duplicate thing and self-locking files very counter-intuitive and truly disruptive to my productivity.

The whole concept that anytime a user opens any file, anything done to that file must be saved at all time, is fundamentally flawed to me.
[Version 2.0]


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Istra had trouble on 11 Jan 2011
the "glass" filter (under "distortion") displays a segmentation of the photo in square tiles; thin vertical & horizontal lines are visible on the canvas, getting sharper as I move the slider to higher values.

Anybody?
[Version 1.6.4]


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Goldyn Chyld had trouble on 06 Jan 2011
Why is it that in the newly opened AppStore it says the latest version of Pixelmator is 1.6.4, while here it says 1.6.2? And even if I check for updates within my Pixelmator, it will state that 1.6.2 is the latest version?
[Version 1.6.2]


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Goldyn Chyld had trouble on 28 Sep 2010
How do I update to 1.6.1 from within the app?? (I'm using v. 1.6)
[Version 1.6.1]

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Goldyn Chyld replied on 28 Sep 2010
Never mind, I found it in Preferences.
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Donmontalvo replied on 28 Sep 2010
It would be a good idea for the developer to put a proper "Update Pixelmator" menu item under the application menu, or maybe the Help menu.

Don
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Goldyn Chyld had trouble on 17 Nov 2009
Hey guys, is it at all possible to fix Barrel Distortion in Pixelmator? (For example, refer to this picture to see what I'm talking about: http://ebookfree.org/gimp/barrel-distortion.jpg)

Thanks!
[Version 1.5]

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Pablito replied on 30 Jan 2010
I don't know. I would like to do lens correction too!
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Goldyn Chyld replied on 30 Jan 2010
What happened to this app anyway?? Has it become abandoned or what?
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Pablito replied on 30 Jan 2010
since september there is no updates. I don't know .. don't know. 64 bits comin'soon? lens correction perhaps? too much?
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Goldyn Chyld replied on 30 Jan 2010
That would be great, yeah. But from the look of things, it's like nothing is happening at all!
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Zaph replied on 11 Feb 2010
There's not nothing happening at all, the app is stable. :-)

Given 18-ish month turnarounds for the likes of Adobe products, a couple of months really isn't very long between major updates - these guys are a small company and do a great job.
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Lee123 replied on 11 Feb 2010
No need for hand ringing over developement. If you visit their website you can see what they have been doing and future plans in glorious detail.
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Pablito replied on 12 Feb 2010
I could do a Barrel Correction in a couple of photos using Distortion --> Bump.
It works well. I think it could be a little more logic, but it's a nice feature well implemented.
I am glad that Pixelmator does it.
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Goldyn Chyld replied on 12 Feb 2010
So you're saying it only works on some pictures, but not all?
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Pablito replied on 12 Feb 2010
No, I just try to say that I only had opportunity to test in a couple of pictures, not a plenty of them as I wish, that I downloaded to do the test. I did not find any tutorial, that's bad, it could exist because I think this is a important point. If you could make available your photo, I can try to reach the same "un-distorcion" effect using the tool. Anyway, if you want to, look here one sample of what I was able to do: http://twitpic.com/12s5x9

To me it's completely acceptable. Kudos to Pixelmator!
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Gitteboy replied on 25 Apr 2010
+1 to lens correction
If this is implemented I consider buying this.

I like Pixelmator but it lacks some basis handling.
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Tice had trouble on 26 Nov 2008
If you have Pixelmator 1.3 Tempo DON'T UPDATE TO 1.3.1 (or save the old version)!!!

There's a bug when resizing a layer. It turns semi-transparent. Wait for 1.3.2!
[Version 1.3.1]


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Legal Eagle had trouble on 25 Jul 2008
I downloaded and installed this application but have so far been completely unable to get it to launch. Every time I try to launch it, It quits immediately. My computer is an iMac 7,1 with a 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Processor, and Mac OS X 10.5.4 Leopard. I have verified all Permissions, as well as verified my Hard Drive, and all is fine. Has anyone else encountered this problem ? Has anyone got any suggestions ? I have sent 2 e-mails to the Developer but have received no reply. I am very keen to try out this application, as others have been giving it good reports.
[Version 1.2.2]

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simas replied on 25 Jul 2008
you can try re-download pixelmator from website or if you are logged in Mac OS X as Standard account, logging in as Administrator will solve your problem.
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Legal Eagle commented on 25 Jul 2008
I have tried both the suggestions offered by "simas, but they make no difference at all. The application still quits immediately, every time I try to launch it.
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Igaucho had trouble on 22 Feb 2008
This is great software that constantly keeps getting better. Unfortunately, in this version when I try to open the Photo Browser on my iMac G5 under 10.5.2, it completely freezes the system. This does not happen on my MacBook Pro.
[Version 1.1.3]



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Baccaroeja rated on 16 Apr 2014

[Version 3.1]



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SpiessensMark rated on 11 Apr 2014

[Version 3.1]



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AlexisDhooge rated on 31 Mar 2014

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Shooters rated on 17 Feb 2014

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DirkTheMenace rated on 03 Jan 2014

[Version 3.0]



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Ali_Egypt rated on 07 Dec 2013

[Version 3.0]


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Date:23 Jan 2014
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Pixelmator is a beautifully designed, easy-to-use, fast, and powerful image editor for OS X. It has everything you need to create, edit, and enhance your images.

Pixelmator is a layer-based image editor. You can quickly create layers from your photos, other pictures, from selections, or even your iSight. Yes, Pixelmator can add a layer to your composition directly from your Mac's little camera. Not only can you link and arrange added layers, but Pixelmator also allows you to blend layers, change their opacity, create clipping masks, or even add layer masks to hide some portions of a layer.


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