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Pixelmator 2.1 Adds Retina, iCloud and Mountain Lion Support

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Pixelmator 2.1 has arrived on the Mac App Store, bringing support for the new MacBook Pro with Retina Display, iCloud syncing and backup, and more. Pixelmator is a highly rated image editor that was one of the early successes on the Mac App Store. The app generated more than $1 million in revenue in the first 20 days of the Mac App Store's existence.
The Pixelmator Team today released Pixelmator 2.1, the newest major update of the inspiring, easy-to-use and feature-packed image editing software. Pixelmator 2.1 adds a new Effects Browser, several new effects—including Vintage and Miniaturize effects—new smart Alignment Guides and many other enhancements. Pixelmator 2.1 comes ready with support for OS X Mountain Lion, including iCloud, as well as support for the new MacBook Pro with Retina display.
The smart Alignment Guides are similar to the placement lines Apple uses in iWork, while the iCloud support backs up images to Apple's servers and keeps Pixelmator files up to date between Macs. A 30-day free trial is available from Pixelmator's website.

Pixelmator 2.1 -- codenamed Cherry -- is temporarily available on the Mac App Store for $14.99, a significant discount from its standard $59. [Direct Link]

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27 months ago

Am i the only one who can't notice the retina screen on the MBPR?


Yes
Rating: 8 Votes
27 months ago

Am i the only one who can't notice the retina screen on the MBPR?


As another user said.... YES you are. If you can't tell retina from non-retina, you need some glasses. Any app designed for retina sticks out like a big, sore, retina thumb.
Rating: 6 Votes
27 months ago
I bought Pixelmator 3 years ago to run on my 2007 MBP. My selection of this app was based on "word of mouth" reviews. I paid $59 for this App and I thought at the time that it was the best bang for buck app I had ever bought. When they went to the App store and lowered the price I knew they were gonna be big. Their forum is great, they are VERY responsive to their user feedback, and the App is killer. GREAT JOB PIXELMATOR TEAM!!! :D
Rating: 5 Votes
27 months ago
My 2010 iMac is still running Snow Leopard but it looks like I can get this update - yay!

Good to know they are always striving to make a great application even better. :)
Rating: 3 Votes
27 months ago
Apple needs to buy them before Adobe does. I can see this app being a serious threat to Adobe if Apple acquires them and puts serious money into feature matching PS.
Rating: 3 Votes
27 months ago
If anyone needs an image editor and is even debating on picking up Pixelmator, DO IT. It's one of the best buys out there as apps go, and unless you're a professional designer this will do everything you need (and even if you are it might still do everything you need).
Rating: 3 Votes
27 months ago
I got it last time it went down to $15 and love it. Happy for another update!
Rating: 3 Votes
27 months ago
Spending $15 on this sounds easier than trying to track down my PSE cd to reinstall. :)
Rating: 2 Votes
27 months ago

Agreed. We need a decent Photoshop competitor. I hope someone in Apple is taking a long hard look at this one.



There's a huge issue here, and that is that any image app that relies on Apple's Core Image is working within a very set bunch of parameters, both good and bad. They get to utilize system hooks and not write reams of extra code which keeps things neat and brisk. OTOH you can never, without doing programming that I've never seen in all of these Core Image based editors (and there is a handful) do things which are much different from what anyone else is doing. It all becomes about the interface and not much can be done about these features that people are asking for as long as it relies on CI. I'm not a programmer and don't know the nuts and bolts of what's under their hood, but people have been asking for the same features (some 16 bit support, less limits on layers, layer styles) for literally years. I don't see them as being in the cards given how the program relies so much on the system architecture Apple provides.

This is why Adobe can make products that go beyond what all these Core Image based programs offer (again, not that I'm faulting them in the least, but they are what they are), and also why people who desire these features are not going to find them in a CI editor, and why they won't ever quite be competition for Adobe products for those people. Different niche.
Rating: 2 Votes
27 months ago
Great app. And at $15 bucks a bargain.
The Pixelmator team also has a game they made using Pixelmator for the artwork. It's called "Flapcraft" quite a fun little game.
Rating: 2 Votes

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