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sundance
30th May 2007, 11:46 PM
This looks worth watching (for the quality pixels that is)!

http://www.pixelmator.com/

http://www.pixelmator.com/images/screenshots/screenshot3.jpg

http://www.pixelmator.com/images/screenshots/screenshot1.jpg

toholio
31st May 2007, 12:22 AM
The design goals sound similar to Chocoflop's (http://www.chocoflop.com/features/) and Chocoflop has been using GPU acceleration, courtesy of CoreImage, for a long time now.

Looks very slick and promising though.

xfodder
31st May 2007, 02:00 AM
this app looks really promising, thanks for bringing it to my attention :)

iSlayer
31st May 2007, 10:47 AM
I hope it ends up being as good as it looks. The mac market really needs a cheap or free image editor that can compete with photoshop for basic stuff.
Right now there are apps like gimp and graphic converter which are 2 of the worst OS X apps usability wise and then there are some other small editors that just dont have the features needed.

marc
31st May 2007, 11:09 AM
This looks great! I'm very interested to see where this app ends up.

I think it's getting to the point now where I don't use more than 60% of Photoshop's features... not because I don't know what they do, just because I don't need them. CS3 adds a whole lot more garbage. They've added so many specialty features that the main tools are getting cramped.

chuck
31st May 2007, 11:31 AM
This app does look good. Personally I use Seashore which is based on GIMP.

iSlayer
31st May 2007, 11:35 AM
This app does look good. Personally I use Seashore which is based on GIMP.

I use that aswell occasionaly but it lacks features. Its still a good app but it is certainly not a replacement for photshop even for basic stuff.
Pixelmator looks like it will be closer to photoshop for basic stuff and at $59 USD it should be a good alternative for those of us who dont need everything photoshop has

marc
31st May 2007, 11:41 AM
for those of us who dont need everything photoshop has
I doubt there's a person alive that needs all of Photoshop's features! Adobe really should have been focussing on UI enhancements, batch processing and speed, but they've been adding 3D rendering, bizzaro, semi-useless vanishing point features and jacking up the price.

Adobe, prepare to take a hit!
(Assuming this app does what it says it will, and does it well)

chuck
31st May 2007, 11:59 AM
For users like me who don't have photoshop or have never learnt, it's great to have all these cheap/free apps that still work with layers.

OT: islayer - I think it was you I bought a belkin 54G router off 3 years ago? Well it's still running strong!

decryption
31st May 2007, 12:00 PM
Looks sweet, I'd buy it :D

vargz
1st June 2007, 01:31 PM
I hope Pixelmator lives up to the expectations and hype which they are portraying. In any case it looks like a promising package with a great price-tag. I've added myself to the notification list.


I doubt there's a person alive that needs all of Photoshop's features! That's it! Photoshop is now such a powerful and equally bloated behemoth that any individual in their respective line of work would use no more than 10-20% of its features.

marc
1st June 2007, 01:44 PM
TUAW have a video of some of the basic features.

http://www.tuaw.com/2007/05/31/tuaw-exclusive-video-of-pixelmator-in-action/

At first look it seems to be pretty damn good. I think Adobe really should be worried about the low end Mac Photoshop users.

jerrah
1st June 2007, 01:46 PM
http://episteme.arstechnica.com/eve/forums/a/tpc/f/8300945231/m/255007625831

http://daringfireball.net/linked/2007/may#wed-30-pixelmator


Update: I don’t want to read too much into it, but it’s amusing that Pixelmator’s downloadable “press images” (http://www.pixelmator.com/company/) were created using Photoshop CS3.

Razer
1st June 2007, 02:05 PM
TUAW have a video of some of the basic features.

http://www.tuaw.com/2007/05/31/tuaw-exclusive-video-of-pixelmator-in-action/

At first look it seems to be pretty damn good. I think Adobe really should be worried about the low end Mac Photoshop users.

How do low end Mac users afford photoshop?! Elements i suppose?

marc
1st June 2007, 02:24 PM
How do low end Mac users afford photoshop?! Elements i suppose?
Low end Mac Photoshop users, not low end Mac users... ie. people who only need it for some tasks. Maybe up to 10 mins use a day, doing more than just resizing photos and saving images in different formats. Typically these people have had to deal with GIMP, or buy Photoshop (one of the versions) as there's not many good options available to them.

It looks like eventually it might be a replacement for web and application designers and some (probably not many) print designers. Shame the feedback on their other apps seems a little lukewarm.

lavo
1st June 2007, 04:16 PM
Adobe might find one change - a lot less "Joe Schmo" registrations with the same serial number that gets phoned home ;-)

I can't wait for this to come out. As iSlayer said, there is a big hole in that part of the mac market. Which is suprising considering image processing used to be the bread and butter for Macs.

forgie
1st June 2007, 04:44 PM
Low end Mac Photoshop users, not low end Mac users... ie. people who only need it for some tasks. Maybe up to 10 mins use a day, doing more than just resizing photos and saving images in different formats. Typically these people have had to deal with GIMP, or buy Photoshop (one of the versions) as there's not many good options available to them.

It looks like eventually it might be a replacement for web and application designers and some (probably not many) print designers. Shame the feedback on their other apps seems a little lukewarm.
I would consider buying this if it actually works. I need a few basic photoshop features about once or twice a month. Nothing major, but more then what Seashore can manage effectively.

marc
1st June 2007, 05:19 PM
As iSlayer said, there is a big hole in that part of the mac market. Which is suprising considering image processing used to be the bread and butter for Macs.
Also surprising considering Apple have frameworks in place that do A LOT of the heavy lifting for the apps too. An all new, OS X only, Quartz 2D/OpenGL image editing app shouldn't be any where as difficult to make as it was 5 years ago.

I think we'll see a few apps like this. I'm not sure what Adobe will do... if they cut features and clean up their app they'll lose users... if they continue down the same bloat path they'll lose users. Massive, massive opportunity for someone to do very well, especially for RGB images (ie. non-print), which I suspect is at least half if not more of Photoshop's customer base.

Adobe have to look out for LineForm too. Tough times for them coming up on the Mac platform.

titan44
1st June 2007, 05:46 PM
[QUOTE=marc;302548]Also surprising considering Apple have frameworks in place that do A LOT of the heavy lifting for the apps too. An all new, OS X only, Quartz 2D/OpenGL image editing app shouldn't be any where as difficult to make as it was 5 years ago.

hell yes. I've been doing a bit of core image stuff of late, OS X's frameworks are a godsend.