|This article relies on references to primary sources. (October 2010)|
Screenshot of Pixelmator
|Developer(s)||Pixelmator Team Ltd.|
|Stable release||Version 3.2 / May 22, 2014|
|Operating system||Mac OS X|
|Type||Raster graphics editor|
Pixelmator is a graphic editor developed for Mac OS X, by Pixelmator Team Ltd built upon a combination of open source and Mac OS X technologies. Pixelmator features selection, painting, retouching, navigation, and color correction tools; as well as layers-based image editing, GPU-powered image processing, color management, automation, and a transparent head-up display user interface for work with images. Pixelmator uses Core Image and OpenGL technologies that use the Mac's video card for image processing.
- Uses technologies like Core Image and Automator.
- Photoshop images with layers are supported as well as other popular still image file formats.
- Uses layers-based editing.
- Over 40 tools for selecting, cropping, painting, retouching, typing, measuring and navigation.
- Shape tools.
- 16 color correction tools and over 50 filters.
- Integrates with Mac OS X and iLife applications such as iPhoto and Aperture.
- Pictures can be taken with an iSight camera from within the app.
- Quick file conversion can be done with the help of Automator actions.
- Mac OS X ColorSync and ColorSync profiles are supported.
- Support for Mac OS X Lion features such as versions, auto save, and full screen mode.
|Version||Codename||Release date||Significant changes||Notes|
|1.0 ||Firestarter||25 September 2007||
||Pixelmator 1.0 was released at a price of $59 (US). A closed beta was earlier released on the August 16, 2007.|
|1.1 ||Kitten||6 December 2007||
|1.2 ||Draftsman||12 May 2008||
||Includes some often requested features, like the Curve tool, Polygonal, Lasso Tool, Rulers, Guides and the ability to display an alignment grid.|
|1.3 ||Tempo||4 November 2008||
||More stability and improvements for working with large images. New features include click-and-drag for adjusting the tolerance of the Magic Wand, Paint bucket and the new Magic Eraser tool on the fly. Renewed the Hue and Saturation, Replace Color and Colorize palettes. Better Stroking capabilities with live preview were added. Besides the previously available English and German languages, it added French and Spanish.|
|1.4 ||Sprinkle||23 February 2009||
||This version introduced a new painting engine and the possibility for more advanced brush creation. Support for importing Photoshop brushes is also included. A new cloud generation filter made its way into Pixelmator in 1.4, and a noise filter in 1.4.1.|
|1.5 ||Spider||8 September 2009||
||New features include the ability to save for web, send to Mail/iPhoto, trimming, info labels and Italian language support, released less than two weeks prior to this update.
Version 1.5.1 brought bug fixes and Brush Collections.
|1.6 ||Nucleus||13 July 2010||Introduces layer groups and integration with OS X's Image Capture app for importing images from cameras and scanners. Older OS X versions are no longer supported.
1.6.1 (released on September 28), introduces features such as an improved photo browser and a revamped stroke feature. 1.6.2 (released on October 6, 2010), introduces support for the image format WebP.
|2.0 ||Chameleon||27 October 2011||
||Improved support for Mac OS X Lion features like Auto Save and Versions.|
|2.1 ||Cherry||9 August 2012|
|2.2 ||Blueberry||8 May 2013||
||More than 100 new features and improvements.|
|3.0 ||FX||22 October 2013||
||Supports the OS X's technologies App Nap and Compressed Memory. Pixelmator is more responsive and power efficient.|
|3.1 ||Marble||21 January 2014||This version uses the most out of the dual workstation-class GPUs built into the new Mac Pro.|
|3.2 ||Sandstone||22 May 2014||
||The new Repair tool is also more memory efficient. Other improvements, UI enhancements, and stability and reliability fixes.
3.2.1 makes the switch to the OpenGL Core Profile and resolves some previous bugs.
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- "New Goodies in 1.3 Tempo". Pixelmator. 4 November 2008.
- "Pixelmator 1.4 Sprinkle Goodies". Pixelmator. 23 February 2009.
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- "Pixelmator Team Releases Pixelmator 1.6 Nucleus". Pixelmator. 13 July 2010.
- "Pixelmator 2.0 Launches on Mac App Store". Pixelmator. 27 October 2011.
- "Vintage Effect in Pixelmator 2.1 Cherry". Pixelmator. 18 July 2012.
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- "Pixelmator 2.2 Is Available Today from the Mac App Store". Pixelmator. 8 May 2013.
- "Pixelmator Team Unveils Pixelmator 3.0 FX". Pixelmator. 22 October 2013.
- "Pixelmator 3.1 Marble Fully Optimized for New Mac Pro". Pixelmator. 23 January 2014.
- "Pixelmator 3.2 Sandstone Is Now Available on the Mac App Store". Pixelmator. 22 May 2014.