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Pixelmator 3.3.1

A powerful image editor available for a fraction of the cost of the competition

by Bob Thornton

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Operating Systems: Mac OS X
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Languages: English
Software Cost: $29.99 (Mac)
Date Updated: 18 December 2014
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Developer: Pixelmator Team
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Pixelmator 3.3
Use Pixelmator to edit your digital photos in style

Any image editor has to endure comparison with Photoshop - it is par for the course. Few live up to expectation, and to some extent it is unfair comparison to make. That said, Pixelmator can be thought of as Photoshop for the masses. This is not as powerful or as feature packed as Adobe's landmark app, but it is available at a fraction of the costs and includes more well designed features than most people will have need for.

The app comes at a bargain basement price, but this does not mean that it is bargain basement software. There are more than 130 special filters to choose from, and if this isn't enough the plugin support means that Quartz Composer compositions can also be used.

App such as Pixelmator are most commonly used for editing digital photographs, and to this end the software includes options such as a range of selection tools, blending modes, gradient fills, Aperture support, a wide range of transformation tools, layer grouping and much, much more.

If you are working on a batch of images that all need much the same processes applied to them, Pixelmator can be used in conjunction with Automator to avoid repetitive work. Pixelmator can also be used to create images from scratch thanks to the inclusion of a wide selection of drawing tools - these are particularly useful if you are working with a graphics tablet. And if you find that you are sharing work with Photoshop users, Pixelmater is capable of opening and saving the Photoshop format complete with layers.

Pixelmator 3.3 adds these new features:

• Redesigned Interface: A new look and feel inspired by OS X Yosemite.
• OS X Yosemite Support: Complete OS X Yosemite new features and technology support.
• Handoff Support: Instantly switch between Pixelmator on your Mac and iPad.
• iCloud Drive Support: Safely store and access your images on all devices.
• Pixelmator for iPad: Fully compatible to work seamlessly with Pixelmator for iPad.
• Repair Tool Extension: Quickly fix images outside Pixelmator in apps like Mail or TextEdit.

Verdict:

Pixelmator is a triumph of an app that is a pleasure to work with - both in terms of intuitive ease of use and a wonderful selection of powerful image editing tools.

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