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Pixelmator for Mac


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  • Date Added:
    Jun. 13, 2012
  • Price:
    Free to try (30-day trial); $59.00 to buy (Buy it now)
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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.

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"Thought it was fine until..."

June 18, 2012  |  By Mister-Jeff

2012-06-18 06:46:23  |  By Mister-Jeff

 |  Version: Pixelmator 2.0.5


Cheapish, Simplish.


I was quite enjoying this little app until it simply disappeared a valuable image.

No warning, no nothing - there one moment, gone the next.

I used Pixelmator for the first time in a couple of months this morning - and the same thing happened, luckily with an easily-replaceable image.


Random image-loss is unforgivable, particularly with Lion, which purports to autosave as you go along - a trait I loathe btw, along with the incomprehensible decision to ditch 'save as' and pursuit of eye candy in place of functionality.

I cannot tell whether this is a bug or not - neither does Pixelmator, apparently.

All Pixelmator-users beware - use ONLY with dupe images.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 2.0.5
  • Improved performance and stability for the following graphics cards: Intel GMA 950, Intel GMA X3000, Intel GMA X3100, ATI Radeon HD 2600, and ATI Radeon X1600
  • Adds the ability to turn off default document opening in PXM format by typing the following command in the Terminal: defaults write com.pixelmatorteam.pixelmator alwaysUseNativeFormat -bool no
Other issues
  • Resolves an issue that prevented using Pixelmator as an external editor in iPhoto and Aperture
  • Addresses a problem that sometimes caused an inability to save or export files
  • Addresses an issue that allowed images opened from the Photo Browser to be misplaced
  • Fixes a problem that caused different file names to appear in the Save dialog
  • Resolves an issue that caused brush strokes to perform incorrectly when using some brush presets
  • Resolves an issue that caused the Transform constrain proportion option to work incorrectly
  • Fixes an issue that caused incorrect Paste command behavior when using the Clipboard with content from Snapz Pro
Publisher Pixelmator Team
Publisher web site
Release Date June 13, 2012
Date Added June 13, 2012
Version 2.0.5
Category Digital Photo Software
Subcategory Photo Editors
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.6/10.7
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 48.89MB
File Name
Total Downloads 88,086
Downloads Last Week 233
License Model Free to try
Limitations 30-day trial
Price $59

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