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>Quick review of Pixelmator

08 Sep

>While still looking for a real Mac OS X image manipulation program to replace GIMP, I did a quick review of Pixelmator.

After starting Pixelmator, it’s obvious the developers have put a lot of time and effort into making this application look and feel like a charm. Although the black transparent look is not conform the standard Aqua look and feel on Mac OS X 10.5 “Leopard”, this does not reduce the usability of the application.

Pixelmator has more features than Acorn or Seashore combined together, but not as many as Photoshop or GIMP. But although there are a lot of features, for me just a few are important, since I need them on a day-to-day basis.

My findings based on a quick review:

  • There seems to be no way to remove a color profile, although color profiles can be assigned. This can be worked around by copying all and pasting from clipboard.
  • There is no Paste as New Image option.
  • An Autocrop feature seems to be unavailable.
  • A Crop to Selection features seem to be missing; and since a Paste as New Image option is also missing, this cannot be easily worked around. There is a Crop tool, but this is in my workflow not productive, since in the absence of an autocrop feature I typically (a) use the magic wand to select an outer part of an image, (b) invert the selection (c) crop to the selection.
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3 Comments

Posted by on 8 September 2008 in image, image editor, image manipulation, mac, macos, macosx

 

3 responses to “>Quick review of Pixelmator

  1. simas

    8 September 2008 at 23:22

    >hi,you will find crop to selection in selection tools context menu, cheers

     
  2. Sebastiaan

    9 September 2008 at 04:41

    >Take a look at the Pixelmator Tutorials video podcasts!There you’ll quickly find out how to paste as a new image for example. And the other functions you think are missing. They are available on http://web.me.com/sebvdv/PixelmatorTutorials/Podcast/Podcast.htmland on iTunes: http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?

     
  3. Ernst de Haan

    10 September 2008 at 11:22

    >Thanks for the comments! I’ve done some more research, see my latest post Another look at Pixelmator.

     

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