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Major Pixelmator update

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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​

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Pixelmator v. 3.1 is out - with a bunch of built-in optimizations to use the dual GPUs available on the new Mac Pro, among other updates for us mere mortals who can't shell out for the shiny little tube...

Pixelmator 3.1 Marble (Released on January 23, 2014)

New Features

• Exclusive new Mac Pro support: Pixelmator 3.1 Marble takes advantage of the new Mac Pro’s incredible power and speed with its dual-GPU support. This means that just about any edit you make, you will experience remarkably smoother and more fluid performance.
• 16-bit support on the new Mac Pro: Harnessing the power of the Mac Pro’s dual-GPU architecture, we’re now able to support 16-bit per channel images for the first time. You can now edit rich and vibrant images in Pixelmator 3.1 Marble on the new Mac Pro.
• Order Prints: You can now quickly and easily turn your gorgeous images into stunning, fine-quality prints. With just a few clicks, order Pixelmator images as postcards, notecards, gallery frames, or posters.
Optimized for the New Mac Pro
• Both GPUs are used simultaneously when applying effects: one for computing the effect and the other one for composition rendering.
• 16-bit per channel color images are supported.
• The image auto saving is computed in the background while image composition is being rendered.
• Optimizations made for all 4-core, 6-core, 8-core, or 12-core Intel Xeon processors for better zoom out handling and faster bitmap layer duplications.
• GCD Dispatch I/O technology and PCIe-based flash storage makes opening and exporting high resolution images faster.
• Increased memory bandwidth is fully utilized for Pixelmator operations.
Layer Styles Improvements
• Now, you can select more than one layer with styles and change the opacity of the selected layers all at once.
• When you move a selection made on layers with styles, the layer style always stays visible, even when you go to another app and back.
• You can now apply styles on a new layer right after you’ve painted with the Paint Bucket Tool or the Pixel Tool.
• When converting layers with styles into regular layers, the Opacity setting always stays intact.
• When you clear layer contents, the layer style icon disappears as well.
• The Styles palette stays active when you copy layers with styles into a newly created document.
• You can now change the gradient fill for newly created text or shape layers from the Gradients palette without opening the Styles palette.
• When you choose a color in the Colors palette, it doesn’t change the color choice in the Styles palette.
• You can now remove style presets even if you have several layers with styles selected.
• After you clear a layer style, you can now remove layer style presets.
Other Improvements
• Pointillize, Pixelize, Mandala, Concert, City Lights, Color Hatch, X-ray, Infrared, Line Dye, Tracer, Scanner, Newspaper, Neon, ASCII, Blue Print and Projectile effects are now available again.
• The effects’ rope is now more stable.
• Improved RAW image file format support.
• You can now turn off Auto Select on shape layers as well as on the others layers.
• When you Control-click the selection on an empty layer, you can now choose Refine selection from the shortcut menu.
• When grouped text layers are duplicated, the text stays visible.
• When text or shape layers are converted into pixels, the Opacity setting stays intact.
• Now you can drag a gradient preset to the Finder.
• Improvements have been made for the outside stroke effect.
• New layers are no longer added when painting with the Paint Bucket Tool set to 0% of Opacity.
• Colors are updated in the Fill dialog correctly, whether you choose the dialog from the Menu bar or use the keyboard shortcut.
• The “Low disk space” message no longer appears when there’s lots of space on the computer.
• Improved localizations.
• And other tiny-yet-annoying bugs, random graphical glitches, and crashes have been fixed.​
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Now if only these guys would make an Illustrator and InDesign replacement app!
Grazer5, FYI, Pixelmator has a vector graphics mode :) Just press Command-Shift-V to enter vector mode.

They call it "Vectormator". It's not as full-featured, of course, as Illustrator or even Fireworks - but given the pace of updates, I wouldn't be surprised to see new features added soon.

Here's a link to a bunch of support notes regarding Vectormator, to give you an idea of user's experiences and wish lists for future development.
As developers go, these guys are earning a pretty good rep. They've built a wicked app that is THISCLOSE to being a Photoshop replacement for 95% of people who use Adobe's product, they frequently issue FREE updates, and if you haven't bought it yet, it seems like they have it on a half-price sale every other month. Like now.

And check out this preview of the next release... which includes a pretty amazing "Repair" tool that made me drop my jaw...

Pixelmator - Blog
They are now going after illustrator with the Vector features. The tools are there but it is not a true vector app yet, but they are going there which is way cool. It is my photoshop replacement.
Still no CMYK. :(

That's too bad, because most of what they're doing is pretty good.

Pixelmator - Blog

Today, the Pixelmator Team announced Pixelmator 3.2 Sandstone, an amazing update to its fast, innovative, and powerful image editing app, featuring an all-new Repair Tool, 16-bits per channel support, and Lock Layers feature. Pixelmator 3.2 Sandstone is available today as a free update on the Mac App Store.

“Packed with incredible features, Pixelmator 3.2 Sandstone delivers the most empowering image editing experience Pixelmator fans have ever had,” said Saulius Dailide of the Pixelmator Team. “Redeveloped from the ground up Repair Tool, 16-bits per channel support and Lock Layers feature make Pixelmator an excellent image editor that is just as fun and easy-to-use as it is powerful.”

Pixelmator 3.2 Sandstone features an all-new Repair Tool. Redeveloped from the inside-out, the new Repair Tool is built on breakthrough technologies that enable removing unwanted objects or image imperfections with an unsurpassed level of quality and precision. It now has three options: Quick, Standard, and Advanced repairs. These options are the combinations of sophisticated repairing algorithms aimed at achieving the best results when removing small or large objects from smooth and complicated backgrounds—all while using four times less memory than its predecessor.

Pixelmator 3.2 Sandstone brings 16-bits per channel support to the Mac. With 16-bits per channel support, you have more color data to work with and greatly reduce the risk of color banding. This means that you can make advanced color adjustments to an image while keeping its color rich and vibrant.

Pixelmator 3.2 Sandstone makes it even easier to work with large and complex compositions by bringing the new and long-anticipated Lock Layers feature. Now you can simply lock certain layers to protect their content from any further changes so that you can freely edit the rest of your composition.

Pixelmator 3.2 Sandstone also includes a new Convert Selection into Shape option that lets you quickly and easily create all kinds of shapes from any selection, a number of improvements, user interface enhancements, and fixes related to stability and reliability.
Pixelmator image editor and effects app for iOS now 50% off: $5 (Reg. $10)

Update (5/6 10:35am): Pixelmator is coming to iPhone, according to an announcement this morning. It will become a universal app once the iPhone version hits. So as pointed out in the comments section below, now is your chance to grab the app for free before the iPhone update releases.

Pixelmator for iOS is now available at 50% off. The popular image editor regularly goes for $9.99 on the App Store, but today you can grab it for just $4.99. Since its release back in October 2014, we have only seen the app go this low once, and that was during the holiday season last year.

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Still loving this program. Glad I got it at half-price.... and you can too. It's on sale again!

Pixelmator – our favorite photo editing app for Mac gets a 50% discount today: $15 (Reg. $30) | 9to5Toys
If only they'd get their CMYK act together. :(
If only they'd get their CMYK act together. :(
True. There are ways around it (using ColorSync to handle conversion), though it's a step few seem willing to take.

The few comments from the Pixelmator Team seem to be expressing the attitude that it's a "pro" feature that its users don't really need... or that most print houses today accept RGB so what's the point, etc.

However... there are so many people who have requested CMYK, I don't know how they can keep putting it off. I do believe it will make an appearance eventually.

In the meantime, I have to say I'm impressed with Pixelmator's continually free upgrades... I wonder when / if that will become unprofitable / unmanageable.

In the meantime, for a great many users, Pixelmator remains the bee's knees, man!
True. There are ways around it (using ColorSync to handle conversion), though it's a step few seem willing to take.

The few comments from the Pixelmator Team seem to be expressing the attitude that it's a "pro" feature that its users don't really need... or that most print houses today accept RGB so what's the point, etc.
Converting after the fact is huge risk that no one who knows what they are doing would take. Ditto for sending RGB to a printer -- you can't take someone elses' word for it that the conversion will happen without a dramatic colour shift. The two colour spaces are so radically different, you are just asking for trouble.
Those in or closely related to the graphics industry often forget that the vast majority of users have and never will have any need for CMYK. Pixelmator is designed for and aimed at that portion of the market.

Those who do need CMYK currently have little choice but to hand over an arm and a leg to Adobe and continue doing so on a sickeningly routine basis. That despite the fact that the latest and greatest version is seldom much if any improvement over other recent versions.

That said it would be nice if the folks at Pixelmator did put out a CMYK pro version at say around $100.
For those who may be interested, the Pixelmator team is releasing it's "Pixelmator Pro" app on 29 November. $59 launch price, ramping up to $99 in the future. Available via the Mac App Store.
For me the big problem with Pixelmator revolved around one issue. The lack of the ability to select a portion of an image with the magic wand then apply a select similar command. This is a sequence I use all the time, and work-arounds in Pixelmator proved unwieldy.

Perhaps this is finally addressed. Still looking for an image processing app on the newer computer. In the meantime everything photo is being done on the old MacPro.
For me the big problem with Pixelmator revolved around one issue. The lack of the ability to select a portion of an image with the magic wand then apply a select similar command. This is a sequence I use all the time, and work-arounds in Pixelmator proved unwieldy.
There is an option to "Edit--> Select colour" with a slider to control its reach, but that may not be what you're looking for.
pixelmator sure has come a long way since early versions
For those who are still considering less expensive alternatives to Photoshop, Pixelmator Pro is one heck of an option. And this article from The Verge touts its efforts to bring the classic CSI trope "zoom & enhance" closer to reality:

AI super resolution lets you ‘zoom and enhance’ in Pixelmator Pro
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