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.
Pixelmator was the first commercial image editor to fully support the WebP image format on Mac.
Pixelmator 1.0 was released at a price of $59. A beta was earlier released on the August 16, 2007. Initially the developers announced a public beta, but decided later to only publish a closed beta to a select group of testers.
Pixelmator 1.3 Added more stability and improvements for working with large images. It also came with new features like click-and-drag for adjusting the tolerance of the Magic Wand, Paint bucket and the new Magic Eraser tool on the fly. The Hue and Saturation, Replace Color and Colorize palettes had been renewed as well. Also better Stroking capabilities with live preview were added. Finally Pixelmator is from version 1.3 available in two extra languages, French and Spanish, alongside the already available English and German language.
This version introduced a new painting engine and the possibility for more advanced brush creation. Support for importing Photoshop brushes is also included. In addition a new cloud generation filter made its way into Pixelmator in 1.4, and a noise filter in 1.4.1.
New features included the ability to save for web, send to Mail/iPhoto, trimming, info labels, Italian language support, and support for Mac OS X 10.6, released less than two weeks prior to this update. Version 1.5.1 brought bug fixes and Brush Collections.
1.6 introduced layer groups and integration with OS X's Image Capture app for importing images from cameras and scanners. Full 64-bit support and deeper integration with Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard means that older OS X versions are no longer supported. 1.6.1 was released on September 28. Introducing features such as an improved photo browser and a revamped stroke feature. 1.6.2 came on October 6, 2010, introducing support for the image format WebP.
New features include a modified UI, tools for inserting and drawing vector shapes, a reworked type tool, burn and dodge tools, and improved support for Mac OS X Lion features like Auto Save and Versions.