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Pixelmator running on OS X Yosemite
|Developer(s)||Pixelmator Team Ltd.|
|Stable release||OS X: 3.4 (October 15, 2015
iOS: 2.1 (September 23, 2015 )
|Operating system||OS X & iOS|
|Type||Raster graphics editor|
Pixelmator is a graphic editor developed for Mac OS X by Lithuanian brothers Saulius and Aidas Dailide, and 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.
- Based on ImageMagick
- 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 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||September 25, 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||December 6, 2007||
|1.2 ||Draftsman||May 12, 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||November 4, 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||February 23, 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||September 8, 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||July 13, 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||October 27, 2011||
||Improved support for Mac OS X Lion features like Auto Save and Versions.|
|2.1 ||Cherry||August 9, 2012|
|2.2 ||Blueberry||May 8, 2013||
||More than 100 new features and improvements.|
|3.0 ||FX||October 22, 2013||
||Supports the OS X's technologies App Nap and Compressed Memory. Pixelmator is more responsive and power efficient.|
|3.1 ||Marble||January 21, 2014||This version uses the most out of the dual workstation-class GPUs built into the new Mac Pro.|
|3.2 ||Sandstone||May 22, 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.
|3.3||Limestone||November 6, 2014|
|3.4||Twist||October 15, 2015||
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