Pixelmator Can't Rotate...?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Tknull, Dec 17, 2011.

  1. Tknull macrumors regular

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    Recently Pixelmator released version 2, and I read a lot of feedback saying very positive things about the program, so i went ahead and purchased it. I wanted a decent, but inexpensive, image editing and enhancing program. By and large I'm pleased with it... but i am very surprised that it does not allow you to rotate a picture to any user specified degree. It only offers 90 or 180 degree rotation.
    This seems a huge lack. I doubt i'm the only person that when taking pictures, i have the camera at a slight tilt. I frequently need to do a slight rotation, of 1 or 2 degrees. It really sucks when doing a lot of editing to have to switch to a different program every time i need to do a rotation. It can't be that hard to program.
     
  2. Jolly Jimmy macrumors 65816

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  3. Riverrun macrumors regular

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    Hi Tknull, I'll bet you're still wondering how to rotate an image by required increment? The answer is that the rotation tools are hidden, it would appear, until you move into full-screen mode. It had me puzzled as well and it seems like a senseless thing to do but there you. Try the Transform tool in full-screen mode.
     
  4. saberahul macrumors 68040

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    Without FS, you can find transform under edit as mentioned above.
     
  5. Tknull thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks Riverrun and Jolly Jimmy.
    Had there not existed a "Rotate" menu option, located under "Picture", perhaps I would have found it. Seems odd to have a Rotate menu, but only with 90 and 180... and then put the user specified options in a different menu entirely. Oh well.
    That said, i do like that you can click and drag to live rotate the picture. I've been using programs where you had to guess on a number... say, 2 degrees.... and see how it looks, and edit undo and try again until you get it right. Much easier to do it live.
    I don't suppose its got a crop feature that automatically selects the portion of the picture without transparency (once you rotate, you have corners that are transparent... and need to crop the image)?
     

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