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Old Feb 21st, 2012, 10:58 AM   #1
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Cool Major Pixelmator update

For those (like me) who jumped ship (or are thinking about it) from Adobe Photoshop to Pixelmator - today's update may be of interest:

Pixelmator 2.0.2 Is Out

Apart from the bug fixes, these are the improvements / new features:
Move Tool improvements
Ability to select individual layers in layer groups added
Transform mode constrain proportions option improvements
Added the ability to duplicate any object by choosing Edit > Duplicate
Ability to rotate an object by holding down the Command key and dragging an object handle
Ability to drag and drop PXM files into the image input parameters of filters
Ability to drag and drop or paste PXM files with preserved layers into a document
Ability to drag and drop shape and text layers from the Layers palette to the Finder
Ability to drag and drop layers from the Layers palette to other applications
Ability to drag and drop images and text from web browsers
Ability to drag and drop layers from one document window to another in Full Screen mode
Ability to place an image from another application into the center of a document by dragging and dropping while holding down the Shift key
Cursor status changes displayed when dragging and dropping
Ability to copy and paste image, shape and text layers, and layer groups
Ability to copy layers from the document window to other applications
Ability to copy and paste any layer from the Layers palette to another document window
Disabled the Layers palette contextual menu while Transform is in use
Text, shape and layer group offset adjusted after copying and pasting
Angle info improvements
When Info Bar is shown, information labels will not appear
In-App Help updated
Localizations improvements
(Pixelmator.com / Mac App Store)
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Old Feb 21st, 2012, 11:38 AM   #2
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Sadly, still no Layer Styles. Guess that's in the 2.1 update that they mention is coming...
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For those in need of a OS X 10.7-native replacement for Photoshop - Pixelmator is $15 today (regularly $29), bringing it into "impulse buy" space...
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For those in need of a OS X 10.7-native replacement for Photoshop - Pixelmator is $15 today (regularly $29), bringing it into "impulse buy" space...
Wow. Fantastic deal. Grab it, folks - love this app!
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At that price I picked it up. It's great that it opens Photoshop files and seems to work really well... but without layer styles, I can't use it full time unless someone knows of a way to quickly do what I need to do.

The software I'm designing is very simple in design, so I often create layers that are simple rectangles (a left column, a header bar, etc.). Often I need to quickly change the colour of a rectangle, or turn it into a gradient, or add a border... all things I can do with layer styles. Are there any Pixelmator experts out there that know how I can do this?

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If you pop into the Pixelmator forum area, there are discussions on precisely this. Layer styles is one of the top feature requests from users (or should I say "demands" - some folks get really hot and bothered about this stuff).

There are always workarounds to simple things like drop shadows, but anything that required a complex layer style stacking under PS is a challenge in Pixelmator for the moment. I'm sure it's a feature they'll be adding... but nobody knows when.

Some folks have created automated actions for Pixelmator that accomplish some Layer Style features... look around in here.

It should also be noted that Pixelmator has a limited Vector graphics functionality... with EPS and SVG export not yet implemented.

Here's a review, and links to plug-in sites
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Old Jun 29th, 2012, 03:05 PM   #8
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MacTrast is giving away 5 copies of Pixelmator today - contest closes at 4pm EST.

#Friday5 - Five Copies of Pixelmator to Give Away + a $20 iTunes Voucher!

(and if you miss it, Pixelmator is still on sale in the Mac App Store for $15)

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This is interesting. Long story short, i've been using an antiquated version of PS, in fact so old that it can't be upgraded with any available product from Adobe. Brutal. So something current would be awesome to take a look at. THX!

... and for $15??

wow.
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...and the goodness keeps on coming from the Pixelmator team....

v.2.2.1 is now available (Mac App Store link). A bunch of improvements (details), but for me the big one is that you're now able to open and save as the original file format. No more saving as Pixelmator format and then exporting a version in the original format. It was a stupid-extra-step process that they've now eliminated (note that this is an option that must be set in the preferences).

And the other big news from Pixelmator: the next release will *finally* include layer styles!

Now if they can just get around to CMYK support, we'll be rockin'!
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