Pixelmator: Next-Gen Mac Image Editor Released

September 26th, 2007 by Jerome Dahdah

Pixelmator Image Editor
The long-anticipated Pixelmator image editor for Mac OS X has just been released. I can’t say much about its capabilities, as I haven’t tried it yet, but damn it looks good.

Built up on a combination of open source and Mac OS X technologies, Pixelmator features powerful selection, painting, retouching, navigation, and color correction tools, layers-based image editing, GPU-powered image processing, color management, automation, and transparent HUD user interface for work with images. Pixelmator uses Core Image and OpenGL technologies that use the Mac’s video card for image processing.

I think the “GPU-Powered” bit sounds particularly interesting. I’d like to know why Photoshop doesn’t utilize my GPU’s power, what a waste of perfectly good transistors.

5 Responses to “Pixelmator: Next-Gen Mac Image Editor Released”

  1. Rob says:

    I was playing with it for a little bit. It seems quite interesting, very similar to photoshop. Of course it lacks features like making custom PS brushes. But it never claimed to be a PS replacement.

    It sure is a lot sexier than the copy of photoshop I have.

  2. Jerry says:

    Rob, how is Pixelmator in terms of speed, compared to Photoshop? Do you notice any of its “GPU-wielding powers”?

  3. Rob says:

    Well since I am on CS1 it is a lot Faster. The interface though is gorgeous.

    Another thing it lacks the save for web function :(

  4. Jerry says:

    I’ve given it a test run now. It seems they’ve replicated all (or most) of the Photoshop keyboard shortcuts. Filter previews are instant, and some of them feature a gimmicky animated string that is hard to explain but fun to look at (see here). If you’ve ever used Reason you’ll know what I mean.

    Full feature list here.

    When I get my Mac, I think I will actually use this instead of Photoshop for smaller things.

  5. thomas says:

    I like the appearence of this program. Plus the performance is great, even on the good ol` powerbook g4. Might be an alternative for small tasks though.

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