CNET Editors' review
If you're looking for a full-featured image editor at a relatively low price, Pixelmator fills the bill nicely. Sporting a smooth Mac-friendly interface, Pixelmator offers a layout much like Adobe Photoshop with separate toolbars offering standard selector and paint brush type tools, a color-picker, a layer manager, and a brush picker with large array of options, from "follow direction" to multiple jitter settings. Pixelmator also has support for Adobe Photoshop brushes.
Also like Photoshop, Pixelmator comes with all the image manipulation tools you might need for adjusting color, saturation, brightness and contrast, and many more. If you want to add effects to your images, you can pick from several different common filters like distortion, blur, sharpen, halftone, and stylize, along with more esoteric filters like clouds and noise. Essentially, Pixelmator gives you a lot of the same tools, effects, filters, and capabilities (like save for Web and trim) that you would find in Photoshop, though you won't find many of Photoshop's more advanced tools.
Perhaps the biggest difference most users with above average image editing needs will notice is Pixelmator's price ($59). It's important to note the demo version watermarks all your images, but once you see the amount of features this app has, you probably won't mind paying for all that functionality.Pixelmator - Create, edit, and enhance images on your Mac - Download Video Previews:
From Pixelmator Team:
The beautifully designed, easy-to-use, fast and powerful image editor for Mac OS X has everything you need to create, edit and enhance your images. Interface designed for work with images, layers-based image editing, use over 20 tools for selecting, crop, painting, retouching, typing, measuring, and navigation. Use over 15 color correction tools, use over 50 filters, adjust image size and resolution. Transform images, layers or selections using transform tools, fill and stroke images, layers or selections, photo Browser offers quick access to iPhoto Library, events, albums, Smart Albums and Pictures folder. Use your iSight camera to add pictures to your compositions. Includes Automator actions for converting, resizing, enhancing, adding special effects, and transforming images. Image processing is powered by Core Image and Open GL. Version 1.2 includes unspecified updates.
What's new in this version: Version 1.2 includes unspecified updates.
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All versions:3.5 stars
out of 23 votes
Current version:1.0 stars
out of 2 votes
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"An amazingly bad piece of software"
Version: Pixelmator 1.2
It has a pretty little window that pops up when you select a tool or undo a command.
Missing basic tools (e.g. Cropping), crashes frequently, horrible text handling (when it works at all), doesn't provide feedback on tool settings, doesn't handle transparencies right (especially when you rotate), has a terrible "fill" command, etc.
If you want to get any work done, avoid this tool. I bought it because I didn't want to bite the bullet and pay the (steep) price for Photoshop. Bad idea. Unless you have zero budget and all the time in the world to kill on meaningless projects, this software will end up *costing* you far more than Photoshop despite the difference in price.
"Thanks for nothing--avoid this product!!"
Version: Pixelmator 1.2
I initially thought the program might be too simple to do anything impressive, but after I played with it awhile, I liked it's capabilities and it's not overly complex.
This so-called "demo" though, sucks. I worked for 4 hours getting used to the program, fiddling with it using a photo I NEVER thought I'd be able to clean up, and re-opened it this morning to discover "CREATED WITH PIXELMATOR" stamped across the front. Really pissed me off--what kind of demo is that?!? So I tried it again with another image and guess what? Now the image has disappeared entirely from the file I'd been saving on.
I'd rather spend an entire year saving up $1,000 bucks for Photoshop than give Pixelmator $59 for a license -- based on this crappy demo experience alone.
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