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MacRumors
May 9, 2013, 12:28 PM
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The hugely popular Pixelmator continues to add features (http://www.pixelmator.com/blog/2013/05/08/pixelmator-2-2-is-available-today-from-the-mac-app-store/) to its image editing app, this time adding an extensive collection of shapes and related tools, a new paint selection tool, and more. There is also a new tutorials website (http://www.pixelmator.com/tutorials/) with videos showing how to use Pixelmator to its fullest.

http://images.macrumors.com/article-new/2013/05/pixelmator.jpg
The last update to Pixelmator added CMYK support, color profile management (http://www.macrumors.com/2012/11/08/pixelmator-adds-new-color-profile-management-and-cmyk-support/). The software is becoming more and more powerful for image editors, while keeping its competitive price of $14.99 -- significantly less than Adobe's Photoshop, which the team considers its primary competitor.
"We're excited to deliver even more, easy-to-use, advanced features to our Pixelmator fans and continue to create the best and most enjoyable image editing experience," said Saulius Dailide of the Pixelmator Team. "With new state-of-the-art Smart Shape Tools, people can fully enhance their images, create logos, Web layouts, posters, and much more, all easier than ever before."

Pixelmator 2.2 Blueberry comes with more than 100 new features and improvementsrmV5zrXOuA4
Pixelmator 2.2 is available now from the Mac App Store for $14.99 (http://appshopper.com/mac/graphics-design/pixelmator), free for current owners. [Direct Link (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id407963104?mt=12)]

Article Link: Pixelmator 2.2 Adds Extensive Shapes Support, New Video Tutorials Website (http://www.macrumors.com/2013/05/09/pixelmator-2-2-adds-extensive-shapes-support-new-video-tutorials-website/)



Porco
May 9, 2013, 12:34 PM
Pixelmator has a real opportunity to benefit from Adobe's recent greedy new forced-subscription-model decision, and I wish them all the luck in the world. Updates like this is are very encouraging.

camomac
May 9, 2013, 12:37 PM
I really hope this makes adobe reconsider a few things. They need some real competition.

applesith
May 9, 2013, 12:56 PM
I'm rooting for Pixelmator to further develop their software to compete with Photoshop. I love Photoshop and used it everyday, but I like competition even more. Adobe is too comfortable with their domination and need a competitive poke.

AppleDroid
May 9, 2013, 01:01 PM
If they can import PSD files with all my layer effects/grouping/masks then I'd be happy to check it out.

Otis Bagotis
May 9, 2013, 01:03 PM
Adobe's crackdown on pirated software is the dumbest thing they've ever done. Those aren't necessarily lost sales. In fact most of those illegal downloads are keeping customers from buying a competitors product. And now more people are going to products like pixelmator and willingly paying the much lower price, which in turn gives pixelmator the capital to improve their products.

Simplicated
May 9, 2013, 01:08 PM
Adobe's crackdown on pirated software is the dumbest thing they've ever done. Those aren't necessarily lost sales. In fact most of those illegal downloads are keeping customers from buying a competitors product. And now more people are going to products like pixelmator and willingly paying the much lower price, which in turn gives pixelmator the capital to improve their products.

Honestly I think Adobe should stop caring about pirated software. Let the kids pirate it, learn it and fall in love with it. When they grow up and go to work, they will have to buy the genuine version.

Some of my friends did exactly that. Now they're clearly losing potential customers.

britboyj
May 9, 2013, 01:15 PM
Honestly I think Adobe should stop caring about pirated software. Let the kids pirate it, learn it and fall in love with it. When they grow up and go to work, they will have to buy the genuine version.

Some of my friends did exactly that. Now they're clearing losing potential customers.

That's EXACTLY what I and every graphic designer I know did. Most parents aren't going to plunk down even $200 for the student version of Creative Suite when a comparable piece of software to them is $50 (a video game) or came with their computer. Even fewer high school students have the money to buy it themselves and by the time you're in college, it's almost too late.

Adobe is shooting themselves in the foot and I hope Pixelmator and/or Apple take them to town.

ikir
May 9, 2013, 01:26 PM
I use it since many years even for professional works. It is the best app I've ever used. Devs are also very communicative, friendly and the Pixelmator online community is already quite big, for example I check often pxm-tuts.com

SockRolid
May 9, 2013, 01:32 PM
The software is becoming more and more powerful for image editors, while keeping its competitive price of $14.99 -- significantly less than Adobe's Photoshop, which the team considers its primary competitor.

Pixelmator rules.
Photoshop drools.

The only Photoshop I ever paid for was Photoshop Express, for Mac OS 9 way back in the day.
I would never have paid for the full version of Photoshop. Ever. Pixelmator does everything I need.

Mr.damien
May 9, 2013, 01:48 PM
That's EXACTLY what I and every graphic designer I know did. Most parents aren't going to plunk down even $200 for the student version of Creative Suite when a comparable piece of software to them is $50 (a video game) or came with their computer. Even fewer high school students have the money to buy it themselves and by the time you're in college, it's almost too late.

Adobe is shooting themselves in the foot and I hope Pixelmator and/or Apple take them to town.

You mustn't be a professional Graphic Designer then, because even with the great latest improvement, Pixelmator is still not a replacement for any serious job.

bchery21
May 9, 2013, 01:51 PM
An average joe like me whose interested in photo editing would go with pixelmator rather than photoshop due to pricing alone...

SeattleMoose
May 9, 2013, 02:18 PM
Pixelmator is the most bang for the buck program I have EVER seen/used....BAR NONE!!!

I use it all the time and love it. Looking forward to the new features and tutorials!!! Thank you Pixelmator Team!!! :)

bigcat318
May 9, 2013, 02:29 PM
Honestly I think Adobe should stop caring about pirated software. Let the kids pirate it, learn it and fall in love with it. When they grow up and go to work, they will have to buy the genuine version.

Some of my friends did exactly that. Now they're clearly losing potential customers.

See Autodesk for the perfect example.

Free student versions of practically all (if not all) software. You have the future generation of professionals learning your software over a competitor's. When time comes to buy software, what do you think they will pick?

I WAS the one
May 9, 2013, 03:12 PM
Even with the bugs and sometimes (not always) the laggy response when working on BIG BIG files. Pixelmator do the job perfectly.

I'm an Ex- CS3 user and I recommend this comment. LOL

fivedots
May 9, 2013, 03:37 PM
Definitely agree that for serious Photoshop users, there is no alternative. But this does look like a great piece of software for the casual user. Definitely interested in checking it out myself.

Now we just need a panaroma stitching tool that works well with Aperture. Currently using Photoshop which works brilliantly (well, not tightly integrated as with Lightroom), but it's really one of the few reasons I need Photoshop (or Elements). The fewer tools I need, the better.

Right now it's Aperture, Nik Silver Efex (Black & White), Nik Dfine (Noise Removal), Photoshop (Healing/Cloning, Stitching), and Photomatix (rare HDR).

hipnetic
May 9, 2013, 03:50 PM
Just bought this last week. Nice surprise to see a new update with lots of new features. If only there was a way for me to import my numerous Paint Shop Pro multi-layered files. :(

firestarter
May 9, 2013, 05:53 PM
Needs 16 bit support for me to consider it over Photoshop unfortunately.

Hoping that will happen soon though...

rdthompson
May 9, 2013, 09:42 PM
Definitely agree that for serious Photoshop users, there is no alternative. But this does look like a great piece of software for the casual user. Definitely interested in checking it out myself.

Now we just need a panaroma stitching tool that works well with Aperture. Currently using Photoshop which works brilliantly (well, not tightly integrated as with Lightroom), but it's really one of the few reasons I need Photoshop (or Elements). The fewer tools I need, the better.

Right now it's Aperture, Nik Silver Efex (Black & White), Nik Dfine (Noise Removal), Photoshop (Healing/Cloning, Stitching), and Photomatix (rare HDR).

I can't dump photoshop because of the layering mostly. But I use PT GUI for all my stitching. It works when photoshop sometimes couldn't. Also great tools.

splitpea
May 9, 2013, 10:13 PM
Sounds like layer styles are coming later this year. That plus nested layer sets, and I can ditch photoshop entirely.

Now if only someone would come up with something as competitive for illustrator and a tool that duplicates dreamweaver's DOM-parsing search and replace....

Can't wait for the day when it's buh-bye to Adobe for good.

skellener
May 9, 2013, 10:28 PM
Pixelmator has been doing it right. Build a base of loyal customers and don't gouge them. Adobe in one feel swoop drastically raised their prices (yes - RAISED prices) on loyal customers and have taken away the choice of when to upgrade from them. Locking your customers into a pay forever scheme will not win you loyalty - ever. Go Pixelmator!!

Toltepeceno
May 9, 2013, 10:42 PM
Honestly I think Adobe should stop caring about pirated software. Let the kids pirate it, learn it and fall in love with it. When they grow up and go to work, they will have to buy the genuine version.

Some of my friends did exactly that. Now they're clearly losing potential customers.

It has nothing to do with pirated software. The "cloud" based programs are not really cloud based, you still download and install them locally. Pirates will just find a way to stop the program from "calling home" as they did with windows activation.

britboyj
May 9, 2013, 11:38 PM
You mustn't be a professional Graphic Designer then, because even with the great latest improvement, Pixelmator is still not a replacement for any serious job.

Way to judge, bro.

No, I am a professional and while Pixelmator absolutely does not replace Photoshop yet, it's well on its way. This is their window. I hope they take it.

Manderby
May 10, 2013, 01:32 AM
Pixelmator is good for casual editing.

Photoshop plays in a whole different league.

The creators of Pixelmator did a great job to make image editing easy for casual editors. Really. This software is very good and makes perfect use of all the technologies available in Mac OS X.

But it is also bound by these technologies. Photohop is mostly unbounded, they implemented everything in-house. That's the reason why Pixelmator will never be a replacement to photoshop. So far, it's unreachable.

I presume after more than 5 years, being bound to technologies starts to make it very hard for the developers.

mazz0
May 10, 2013, 01:34 AM
Sounds like layer styles are coming later this year. That plus nested layer sets, and I can ditch photoshop entirely.

Now if only someone would come up with something as competitive for illustrator and a tool that duplicates dreamweaver's DOM-parsing search and replace....

Can't wait for the day when it's buh-bye to Adobe for good.

I don't know the tool you're talking about, so I'm probably talking nonsense, but wouldn't any text editor that supports regexp based find-and-replace do what you need, regarding the DOM parsing?

MagicSpaceApe
May 10, 2013, 01:46 AM
Does Pixelmator have proper alpha channel support yet?

Update - I checked out the trial and the answer's no, which is a shame. Lovely app to use though. Will keep an eye on it.

cheesymogul
May 10, 2013, 03:32 AM
Their timing for this update couldn't have been more perfect!

As a pissed Adobe user I just bought it to encourage and support the competition. Just like we were supporting the back then very crappy InDesign 1.0 when we were disgruntled QuarkXpress slaves...

But I must say, even as a seasoned graphic designer I'm very surprised about the huge progress the developers made since the last time I checked this little Photoshop killer out a few years ago!

Keep up the good work but for Christ's sake never let the success temping you to sell your company to the ugly Adobe monster!

kurosov
May 10, 2013, 06:41 AM
I've been keeping an eye on pixelmator for a while now, It's still not quite there but i will be seeing how things go replacing photoshop with it in my workflow on the next medium project i do.

It still runs better than photoshop that's for sure. One thing i'd love to see is an option for larger, non standard shaped tools, palettes and windows like those found in the recent iPad digital painting apps, for easier use with a pen tablet. It's already better than photoshop in this regard with less tiny, tiny interface elements but an optional reskin would be nice.

splitpea
May 10, 2013, 08:24 AM
Does Pixelmator have proper alpha channel support yet?

Update - I checked out the trial and the answer's no, which is a shame. Lovely app to use though. Will keep an eye on it.

Ooh, that's too bad. Adding that to the short checklist of admittedly challenging to implement features that are keeping me from switching. Still, it's so close you can almost taste it!

arkmannj
May 10, 2013, 08:45 AM
Pixelmator may not be "there" for professionals yet, but for consumers it seems to have almost anything they would want/need. and it may not be a Photoshop killer in feature set, but in price comparison they could start eating at Adobe's profits. $15.00 and you own it, vs Adobe's $19.99 p/month to rent Photoshop (if all you were looking at was Photoshop).

mixel
May 10, 2013, 09:07 AM
I'm happy to see Pixelmator getting significant updates. It's still not there yet for my use, but once it has layer effects and good tablet/pressure/painting support I might one day be able to ditch PS (I do love PS though so it's not going to be straightforward!)

I wouldn't even be considering switching in the long term if it wasnt for the Adobe CC nonsense.

Jiten
May 10, 2013, 05:58 PM
I just updated to CS6 but still bought a copy of Pixelmator. Hoping in a couple of years when CS6 Photoshop gets long in the tooth, Pixelmator will be a good replacement.

splitpea
May 10, 2013, 06:23 PM
I don't know the tool you're talking about, so I'm probably talking nonsense, but wouldn't any text editor that supports regexp based find-and-replace do what you need, regarding the DOM parsing?

Regular expressions are a really seriously crappy way to handle DOM parsing, and a great way to screw yourself over.

If you can have a number of attributes in a tag, in any order, and tags can be nested any level deep, how do you write a regular expression to add a "has_foo" class to any div containing a link (at any level of nesting) containing an image with the "bar" class applied and "foo" in its alt text?

If you're not convinced, show me your regex and I'll give you an example that fails. Then tell me how long it took you to build that regex for just that one case.

Mac-Mariachi
May 11, 2013, 11:24 AM
Reinforce the creative team and let them not worry about financial stuff, just on improving the software. Then Apple could still sell an even more pro-featured filled Pixelmator for the same $15 or even raise to say $30 and still they“ll sell a ton of copies keeping prosumers happy with a real competitive product against photoshop.

An image editor is really what Apple needs to fill in the prosumer and pro niche they should be looking at.

Akarin
May 12, 2013, 05:31 AM
Since Adobe has announced they are dropping Fireworks (which was my one and only graphic package), I'm looking for alternatives. I'm not a graphic designer and I just 'don't get' Photoshop. I'm a coder and my main use are:

1. Prototyping an interface
2. Doing small edits to assets given to me by a graphic artist

For point 1, I found out that the excellent Sketch does the job. For point 2, I'm currently evaluating the possibilities I get from Pixelmator and I have to say that I'm fairly impressed! I just have to figure out how transparency is done and how optimization of graphics works with Pixelmator.

IJ Reilly
May 12, 2013, 11:12 AM
How is third party plugin support coming along for Pixelmator? Seems this was one of the main advantages Photoshop had over it.

CrickettGrrrl
May 12, 2013, 03:28 PM
How is third party plugin support coming along for Pixelmator? Seems this was one of the main advantages Photoshop had over it.

There are Quartz filters which work with Pixelmator. Here's a link to some and how to get rid of the preview image in some filters (page 2):
http://support.pixelmator.com/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=3429

I think it supported Automator actions in the past, then it didn't, and then it does again, although I haven't tried that myself. --But there is also information about that and the work-arounds in the Support/Community pages.

:)

IJ Reilly
May 12, 2013, 04:20 PM
There are Quartz filters which work with Pixelmator. Here's a link to some and how to get rid of the preview image in some filters (page 2):
http://support.pixelmator.com/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=3429

I think it supported Automator actions in the past, then it didn't, and then it does again, although I haven't tried that myself. --But there is also information about that and the work-arounds in the Support/Community pages.

:)

Thanks! It looks like almost all of this work is being done by one person!

I hope some day someone will re-create classic Photoshop filters like bevel and deco boco.

CrickettGrrrl
May 12, 2013, 05:20 PM
Thanks! It looks like almost all of this work is being done by one person!

I hope some day someone will re-create classic Photoshop filters like bevel and deco boco.

Yes, a very small group started by two brothers. (Acorn is one guy.) There is a Quartz bevel/emboss filter, by the way. :)

Pixelmator devs have promised layer styles sometime this year --so that's cool. --With Adobe flaking out I think Px has extra incentive to get the layer stuff out as quickly as possible. (I can hope anyway.)

Kebabselector
May 13, 2013, 03:21 AM
I've had a look at the trial, it's actually quite good - not too sure if it can fully replace CS6 for me though. I can't figure out if there's a way to batch process (without resorting to Automator), some of the lasso tools could do with a bit of improvement - still great app for £10.

AppleMark
May 13, 2013, 08:13 AM
Handy App to have. Look's like I will be upgrading my current version.

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some of the lasso tools could do with a bit of improvement - still great app for £10.

Agreed.

0dev
May 13, 2013, 08:14 AM
Been using Pixelmator for the past few years and it's awesome and of course very very cheap compared to Photoshop.

mazz0
May 13, 2013, 10:23 AM
Regular expressions are a really seriously crappy way to handle DOM parsing, and a great way to screw yourself over.

If you can have a number of attributes in a tag, in any order, and tags can be nested any level deep, how do you write a regular expression to add a "has_foo" class to any div containing a link (at any level of nesting) containing an image with the "bar" class applied and "foo" in its alt text?

If you're not convinced, show me your regex and I'll give you an example that fails. Then tell me how long it took you to build that regex for just that one case.

I was just guessing really, I haven't looked into it at all. I just figure you'd do something like "<start tag>.*alt-text='foo'.*<end tag>", assuming each object is on it's own, single line, otherwise your .*s would have to have negative lookaheads on them. Didn't say it'd be simple or elegant :P

splitpea
May 13, 2013, 12:44 PM
I was just guessing really, I haven't looked into it at all. I just figure you'd do something like "<start tag>.*alt-text='foo'.*<end tag>", assuming each object is on it's own, single line, otherwise your .*s would have to have negative lookaheads on them. Didn't say it'd be simple or elegant :P

Yeah. Basically, it fails unless you can make a lot of assumptions about the code you're working with.

I actually have half a mind to build a DOM-based HTML search/replace tool and sell it. (Of course, if anyone beats me to it, I'll gladly pay for a license, as long as we're not talking about a $20/mo subscription! ;))

Truffy
May 13, 2013, 02:55 PM
The last update to Pixelmator added CMYK support, color profile management (http://www.macrumors.com/2012/11/08/pixelmator-adds-new-color-profile-management-and-cmyk-support/).
First off, I prefer Px over Ps any day, and I loathe Adobe's gouging (I'm in Europe, and anyone outside the US has been screwed by Adobe long enough to want then to burn in hell.)

That said, Px's CMYK support is pretty lame far as I recall. It does not allow you to set the colour space for an image, but uses some kind of soft-proofing for print output. For those of us that need to create a CMYK digital image (to send to publishing), it doesn't really cut it.
Reinforce the creative team and let them not worry about financial stuff, just on improving the software. Then Apple could still sell an even more pro-featured filled Pixelmator for the same $15 or even raise to say $30 and still they“ll sell a ton of copies keeping prosumers happy with a real competitive product against photoshop.

An image editor is really what Apple needs to fill in the prosumer and pro niche they should be looking at.
Ah, yes, Apple that bastion of buying software house and not screwing up the product. Shake and Color, for example. OK, Px is more readily adapted to iToys, which seems to be Apple's hard-on for the moment.

Michaelgtrusa
May 13, 2013, 07:25 PM
Two samples i've done.

Johnchapin
May 13, 2013, 09:32 PM
for a warp brush. Or a plug-in that works for that.

The tutorial is very odd. The center of the icons for the tool tutorials is blacked out :confused:

CrickettGrrrl
May 13, 2013, 10:13 PM
for a warp brush. Or a plug-in that works for that.

The tutorial is very odd. The center of the icons for the tool tutorials is blacked out :confused:

Yes, there is some annoying glitch with some of the site tutorial videos, I've been seeing that too. I'm not sure if everyone has the same problem, could be browser or a plug-in problem, but some of the video pages are fine. Anyway, you can find all the Pixelmator tuts videos on their YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/pixelmatorvideos