A full-featured image editor, Pixelmator for Mac stops short of some of Photoshop's more advanced functionality, but offers quite a lot in a clean, easy-to-use package.
Installation was the standard affair for a Mac app, easy and straightforward. When we first launched the application, we were immediately impressed with its clean interface, which mimics Photoshop in many ways. If you know how to use Photoshop, you'll be right at home with Pixelmator for Mac. We felt at home with its brush and tools pallet to the left, and layers on the right. There's also another pallet containing dozens of effects and filters, which mixed color enhancement tools, blur, and lighting effects, and vintage photo filters all in one well-organized place. We opened up a photo for editing and began to play around with the various features, most of which were easier and more intuitive to apply than in Photoshop. In some cases, such as with complex tools like the Magic Wand, the attempt to keep things easy to use resulted in a poor implementation. However, Pixelmator for Mac offers so many other well-designed features and functions, we were impressed, overall. The only limitation of the trial is a watermark on saved images.
Users who frequently edit, manipulate, or create images will enjoy using this application. If you've been looking for an affordable alternative to Photoshop without sacrificing much in the way of features, Pixelmator for Mac is highly recommended.
Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Pixelmator for Mac 2.2.