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Less than three weeks after listing Pixelmator on Apple's new Mac App Store, its developers report grossing a million dollars from the title, while Microsoft and some other big Mac developers have yet to engage the new online market.

Pixelmator's co-developer Saulius Dailide wrote in the company's blog that he was "ecstatic" to be able to report the news, and noted the apps high ratings in the US, UK and German App Stores.

"Such an amazing success feels fantastic. Thank you so much for your enthusiastic support."

Pixelmator is currently the fourth highest grossing title in the Mac App Store, behind Apple's own Aperture, iPhoto, and Pages (non of which are new versions; Aperture is significantly reduced in price however.)

The rest of the top grossing list includes the $5 Angry Birds game at fifth place, the $50 Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare at seventh, $30 Civilization IV Colonization at number ten, and filled in by Apple's iMovie, Keynote and Numbers at sixth, eighth and ninth, respectively.

This indicates Apple itself is making additional millions from its current versions of iLife and iWork titles. While iLife was updated last fall, iWork apps haven't seen a major new reference release since the beginning of 2009.

Betting big on the Mac App Store

Pixelmator's developers decided to bank on the success of the new Mac App Store from the start, announcing plans to exclusively distribute its app online via the new store, phasing out direct sales.

The company also slashed the price of Pixelmator from $59.99 to a limited time offer of $29.99, in part as a concession to existing users who will need to repurchase the app to get downloads through the App Store.

The limited time offer is available to everyone however, and includes a free upgrade to the upcoming 2.0 release.

A report by Wall Street Journal blogger John Paczkowski cited Pixelmator co-founder Aidas Dailide as saying that the company sold about 33,000 copies of the software at $29.99 to gross $1 million, noting that the jump in sales was dramatic.

The report also stated that Pixelmator's developers had no problem with Apple taking a cut to merchandize and promote their work, with Dailide saying, the 30 percent cut is definitely worth it. The increase in sales and exposure is worth much more than that. Especially in our case.

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not being able to install background processes, needing to be self contained, and being unable to use undocumented, private APIs.

Really? Had no idea. Does this break a lot current apps, or is it easy for devs to work around?

Isn't "self contained" and "no background processes" redundant?
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My biggest problem with the mac app store so far is that I cant trust the reviews, everything I have looked at has gotten very good ratings. Leading me to think the early adopters are excited about the process and that's clouding their judgement or there's something shady happening.

My point: I have been looking at purchasing Pixelmator but wanted a review I could trust. I'd love to hear peoples opinion of it.
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This show just how good the APple is at running an App Store.

What Apple needs to do ASAP is open the Windows App Store - APPLE STYLE !

This would totally rock and would finally give the Windows platform the one-click app install sorely needed. Apple needs to bring Windows into the fold and give all those desperate Windows users the true "Apple ecosystem experience", it would totally be a game changer for the worlds most popular desktop platform.

These stores are gold mines for Cupertino and they need to expand them as rapidly as possible because everybody seems to be copying Apple's every move these days. No time to waste here. Lets get this done ASAP !

Also, absolutely no reason Apple could not create a much superior Android App Store than the horrendous Market that the Google haphazardly slapped together. It is totally ironic that the search king makes it almost impossible to find (aka search) apps on the Android platform.
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Originally Posted by macinthe408 View Post

really? Had no idea. Does this break a lot current apps, or is it easy for devs to work around?

Isn't "self contained" and "no background processes" redundant?

I think self contained means that it is all in one package of files and not spread all over the system.

Background processes probably means no "calling home" invisible apps and no autoupdate app.
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Originally Posted by Youda Farmer View Post

This show just how good the APple is at running an App Store.

What Apple needs to do ASAP is open the Windows App Store - APPLE STYLE !

This would totally rock and would finally give the Windows platform the one-click app install sorely needed. Apple needs to bring Windows into the fold and give all those desperate Windows users the true "Apple ecosystem experience", it would totally be a game changer for the worlds most popular desktop platform.

These stores are gold mines for Cupertino and they need to expand them as rapidly as possible because everybody seems to be copying Apple's every move these days. No time to waste here. Lets get this done ASAP !

Also, absolutely no reason Apple could not create a much superior Android App Store than the horrendous Market that the Google haphazardly slapped together. It is totally ironic that the search king makes it almost impossible to find (aka search) apps on the Android platform.

You are kidding, yes, or do you totally miss the point of an app store and what it is really for? =\\
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Originally Posted by bcahill009 View Post

My biggest problem with the mac app store so far is that I cant trust the reviews, everything I have looked at has gotten very good ratings. Leading me to think the early adopters are excited about the process and that's clouding their judgement or there's something shady happening.

My point: I have been looking at purchasing Pixelmator but wanted a review I could trust. I'd love to hear peoples opinion of it.

Don't waste time trying to find something to "TRUST". If you want someone to trust I would invite you to get a DOG (man's most loyal and trustworthy companion).

Seriously, just purchase Pixelmator, if you don't like you simply purchase another app, this is the beauty of the App Store, it makes it so simple to purchase/test apps like never before. The App Store puts you in the driver's seat, be your own reviewer, it simple, just purchase and review. Most of these Apps are so cheap its a no-brainer to get them. Seriously Dude. Just Do It.
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Microsoft and Adobe Products will never reach the App Store IMO. Adobe and Microsoft have been using License Keys with their products for years, something which the App Store does not permit in their software. This I believe is the biggest factor holding them back from editing their Applications for the Mac App Store.

In it's current state the Mac App Store is achieving it's goal: To promote small-timer applications such as Pixelmator etc. Big companies will continue to provide Trials and Downloads directly from their Websites, as Microsoft and Adobe have proven.

Although, not even Adobe Reader? Seriously Adobe/Apple?

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Really? Had no idea. Does this break a lot current apps, or is it easy for devs to work around?

Isn't "self contained" and "no background processes" redundant?

Self-Contained means it can't install any Library Kexts etc. The only thing it can do is install <Insert Name Here>.app in your Applications Folder, no other files. Its quite stupid, considering that one of Apple's own Softwares is in violation of this, FInal Cut Pro contains User Documents directly in the Boot Drive, and even MSN Messenger has User Data Folders.

Possibly other Applications as well that I'm not aware of.
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Less than three weeks after listing Pixelmator on Apple's new Mac App Store, its developers report grossing a million dollars from the title ...

Maybe with all the new customers they will finally give us the option of using a standard UI instead of that icky black junk.
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So, which serial troll was recently banned and has come back as Youda Farmer?
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Looks like MS and Adobe have missed the boat. Again! Bumblin' stumblin'
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I can't tell you how awesome it is to have all these apps available in one spot and so easy to download and maintain. The app store is great but in the end the customer loses. We lose the creativity of the developers to include abilities that we would enjoy but would deprive Apple of income or security. Apple is greedy....but to be honest, if I was in their shoes I would probably make the same decisions. Does that make me greedy?
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Originally Posted by Youda Farmer View Post

Don't waste time trying to find something to "TRUST". If you want someone to trust I would invite you to get a DOG (man's most loyal and trustworthy companion).

Seriously, just purchase Pixelmator, if you don't like you simply purchase another app, this is the beauty of the App Store, it makes it so simple to purchase/test apps like never before. The App Store puts you in the driver's seat, be your own reviewer, it simple, just purchase and review. Most of these Apps are so cheap its a no-brainer to get them. Seriously Dude. Just Do It.

BTW, I am currently training my Beagle to sniff out bad apps. So far he nose his business. And yes, his name is Steve in honor of the Apple CEO, of course.
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Originally Posted by Youda Farmer View Post

This show just how good the APple is at running an App Store.

What Apple needs to do ASAP is open the Windows App Store - APPLE STYLE !

This would totally rock and would finally give the Windows platform the one-click app install sorely needed. Apple needs to bring Windows into the fold and give all those desperate Windows users the true "Apple ecosystem experience", it would totally be a game changer for the worlds most popular desktop platform.

These stores are gold mines for Cupertino and they need to expand them as rapidly as possible because everybody seems to be copying Apple's every move these days. No time to waste here. Lets get this done ASAP !

Also, absolutely no reason Apple could not create a much superior Android App Store than the horrendous Market that the Google haphazardly slapped together. It is totally ironic that the search king makes it almost impossible to find (aka search) apps on the Android platform.

I think Youda is thinking outside the box here....what he suggests is along the lines of Safari for Windows and also iTunes for Windows....Having said that, I don't think Apple really wants to take on dealing with the logistics with Windows crap OS. Too many headaches...but Apple did do it with iTunes. Good thinking Youda!
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Originally Posted by OskiO View Post

I can't tell you how awesome it is to have all these apps available in one spot and so easy to download and maintain. The app store is great but in the end the customer loses. We lose the creativity of the developers to include abilities that we would enjoy but would deprive Apple of income or security. Apple is greedy....but to be honest, if I was in their shoes I would probably make the same decisions. Does that make me greedy?

How can Apple be GREEDY ? They only take 30 PERCENT !
If you wanna see greed I would invite you to visit Wall $treet, Investment Bankers, Insurance Companies, etc.
IMO Apple is anything BUT Greedy. Also it is very good to have someone that monitors the quality and integrity of apps for you, this saves people huge amounts of time and resources to be sure. Do you really think you can do better job than the second largest company in the world with all their vast resources and $60 BILLION IN CASH and absolutely no debts.
I THINK NOT FRIENDO !
Best to leave App Management in the hands of the Professionals in Cupertino, thank you very much.
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Originally Posted by Youda Farmer View Post

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What are you?
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This is really great to hear. I am pleased that indy developers can get rewarded for their work. It should inspire a new generation of programmers as well.

Specifically regarding Pixelmator...it isn't bad. The UI takes some getting used to. I think Acorn is better and more like Photoshop. If you're a long time Photoshop user, both of these programs have their plusses and minuses.

I bet Adobe is scrambling to figure out how to compete in this new marketplace.
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Originally Posted by Youda Farmer View Post

How can Apple be GREEDY ? They only take 30 PERCENT !
If you wanna see greed I would invite you to visit Wall $treet, Investment Bankers, Insurance Companies, etc.
IMO Apple is anything BUT Greedy. Also it is very good to have someone that monitors the quality and integrity of apps for you, this saves people huge amounts of time and resources to be sure. Do you really think you can do better job than the second largest company in the world with all their vast resources and $60 BILLION IN CASH and absolutely no debts.
I THINK NOT FRIENDO !
Best to leave App Management in the hands of the Professionals in Cupertino, thank you very much.

Oh Apple is greedy. If not greedy at the very least Control-Freaks.
Custom Screws on all their Products, overpriced Desktops (For the 3000$ it costs to buy a High-End Quad-Core iMac I can buy a Machine with double the power. USB 3.0 included), no ability to upgrade Hardware minus RAM, sometimes Hard Drives. The MBA is almost entirely soldered for example.

Yeah, not greedy, they just adore overpricing all of their products.
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Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post

Less than three weeks after listing Pixelmator on Apple's new Mac App Store, its developers report grossing a million dollars from the title, while Microsoft and some other big Mac developers have yet to engage the new online market.

Pixelmator's co-developer Saulius Dailide wrote in the company's blog that he was "ecstatic" to be able to report the news, and noted the apps high ratings in the US, UK and German App Stores.

That's pretty impressive earnings for a couple of developers. Pixelmator is a nice app for the price. Most of the UI is really nice - I'm not a fan of the dangling line on dialogs but it has developed into a neat image editor with some useful filters. It could use batch operations (not Automator based though) and some other PS tools but overall great for the bulk of photo editing.

There are over 50 million Mac users out there now and image editing is an essential task so these sales are something developers can expect if they have good products. Hopefully we will see more software ported, especially games. Now that MW1 is making some money, perhaps Activision can find the time to spend some of it recompiling a native port of MW2 and Black Ops even if $1m is pocket change compared to the $1b they make off each title already.

A cheaper Office Suite would be good to see in the Store. Office 2011 is a decent package but is priced a bit high.

The thing I really like about online stores is how KT Tunstall put it in relation to the music store: they make legal purchases somehow feel more worthwhile. When there is so much software available to download easily without paying, when you buy a physical disc, you almost feel stupid for spending lots of money to wait on a disc being sent to you when you could get it within minutes and pay nothing. With stores, they at least offer features, fast access and the knowledge that you are supporting the developers.

One issue I see when it comes to games though is that I'd rather use Steam as they offer Steamplay on titles. If Apple could somehow link the two up so that Steam gets more marketing traffic and consumers get the same benefits, that would be great. Even just some referral scheme where Apple take a small fee for referring games hosted on Steam. They don't even have to host the download.
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Go Pixelmator! This is great news.
Finally an image manipulation app that isn't retarded in the UI department (PhotoPlop).
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So, which serial troll was recently banned and has come back as Youda Farmer?

No Troll. Youda happens to be one of the top engineers at Apple.

[please show some respect and keep your labels to yourself]
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Originally Posted by bcahill009 View Post

What are you?

Youda is one of the top engineering within the Apple organization.

Look forward to hearing great innovations from a deep insider fo sho.
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Originally Posted by Implied View Post

Self-Contained means it can't install any Library Kexts etc. The only thing it can do is install <Insert Name Here>.app in your Applications Folder, no other files.

As a user I am all for this. Software installation has, in the past, been a hazy agreement about what was being installed where and how permanently. It's like being asked out on a blind date at a tattoo parlour.

Applications like Adobe Flash appear to be little more that sugar coated trojans which exists solely to allow advertisers to track your behaviour online.

I'm not going to use it for all my software but the App Store provides peace of mind that if I drop an application into the trash it's gone. Completely.
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Youda is one of the top engineering within the Apple organization.

Look forward to hearing great innovations from a deep insider fo sho.

Does getting banned from forums really do it for you??? That's pretty sad.
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Youda is one of the top engineering within the Apple organization.

Look forward to hearing great innovations from a deep insider fo sho.

Hey Moderators?? Please do something to flush these clowns out.
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Originally Posted by Goldenclaw View Post

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I bet Adobe is scrambling to figure out how to compete in this new marketplace.

I'm sure you're right!

I don't expect Microsoft or Adobe to ever offer their wares in the Mac App Store. It would be like a stake through their heart to give Apple 30% of their revenues, especially since they would have to rewrite the way they use code and lower their prices.

@Implied... Adobe Reader is not worth the pain of use. Mac OS does PDFs just fine. I doubt very seriously you'll ever see it in an Apple App Store.
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Originally Posted by bcahill009 View Post

My biggest problem with the mac app store so far is that I cant trust the reviews, everything I have looked at has gotten very good ratings. Leading me to think the early adopters are excited about the process and that's clouding their judgement or there's something shady happening.

My point: I have been looking at purchasing Pixelmator but wanted a review I could trust. I'd love to hear peoples opinion of it.

Then trust your own review
http://www.pixelmator.com/try/

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Hey Moderators?? Please do something to flush these clowns out.

Most Surreal AI thread ever...
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Self-Contained means it can't install any Library Kexts etc. The only thing it can do is install <Insert Name Here>.app in your Applications Folder, no other files. Its quite stupid, considering that one of Apple's own Softwares is in violation of this, FInal Cut Pro contains User Documents directly in the Boot Drive, and even MSN Messenger has User Data Folders.

Possibly other Applications as well that I'm not aware of.

But if you look neither Final Cut or MSN Messenger are in the Store.
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Originally Posted by lowededwookie View Post

But if you look neither Final Cut or MSN Messenger are in the Store.

I'm willing to bet Final Cut Studio 4 will be available in the Mac App Store.
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Originally Posted by McDave View Post

Then trust your own review
http://www.pixelmator.com/try/

McD

This may be true for Pixelmator, but certainly not for every app. Especially less expensive games. I just hope the reviews even out, thats all. The best ex. I have where I felt dupped by the reviews: The Incedent
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I'm willing to bet Final Cut Studio 4 will be available in the Mac App Store.

And I'm willing to bet Apple will update FC 4 to comply with their own rules. What will be great is if they will piece out the individual appss like iLife and iWork
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So, which serial troll was recently banned and has come back as Youda Farmer?

I suspect its the troll formerly known as Blackintosh
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some other big Mac developers have yet to engage the new online market.

I didn't know McDonald's had an online market.
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This is really great to hear. I am pleased that indy developers can get rewarded for their work. It should inspire a new generation of programmers as well.

Specifically regarding Pixelmator...it isn't bad. The UI takes some getting used to. I think Acorn is better and more like Photoshop. If you're a long time Photoshop user, both of these programs have their plusses and minuses.

On the PC side, I have used IrfanView for many years. It seems quite powerful for being Donationware. Anyone know how IrfanView compares to Pixelmator (or Acorn)?? Thx.
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The Mac is clearly a large untapped market. All that was needed was a way to reach it.
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I think it's great to note that quality apps are topping the charts. It's an indication that people are expecting computer apps to be high quality and productive.

And congratulations Pixelmator. I'm seriously starting to using Pixelmator as much as possible, and rapidly phasing out Photoshop. Most of the time, Pixelmator is just as good, looks better, quicker interface and all. I believe, over time, Pixelmator will become that real alternative to Photoshop that we (at least I) have been moaning about for years.
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Originally Posted by Feynman View Post

I'm willing to bet Final Cut Studio 4 will be available in the Mac App Store.

I'm not sure Final Cut complies with the current rules. Doesn't it install proprietary codecs outside the package and perhaps extra video hardware drivers and stuff all over the system?
The same goes with Logic? It's pretty much a package, but Apple Loops and presets are installed elsewhere, aren't they?
Perhaps the app store can allow apps to move/ install files on first run? As long as they are deleted once the app is removed?
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Oh Apple is greedy. If not greedy at the very least Control-Freaks.
Custom Screws on all their Products, overpriced Desktops (For the 3000$ it costs to buy a High-End Quad-Core iMac I can buy a Machine with double the power. USB 3.0 included), no ability to upgrade Hardware minus RAM, sometimes Hard Drives. The MBA is almost entirely soldered for example.

Yeah, not greedy, they just adore overpricing all of their products.

Hey, troll - haven't you got a bridge to guard from unwary travelers?

The "Mac is overpriced" BS has been debunked a thousand times - it is not about components and spec sheets - also, it's too easy to pick on the highest spec, fully optioned iMac. The MBA is very competitive to ultra-light proper laptops (not $hitty Atom-based netbooks)
iPhone (unlocked), iPod are priced at the same as the comparable competitors - Zunes, Evos, Droid X's etc. iPads are demonstrably cheaper than current branded competitors. Samsung, Moto et al are all struggling to even match Apple's prices and when they do it, they don't make much money because their scale and supply chains are much weaker than Apple's.

They all adore competing with Apple
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Originally Posted by Goldenclaw View Post

Specifically regarding Pixelmator...it isn't bad. The UI takes some getting used to. I think Acorn is better and more like Photoshop. If you're a long time Photoshop user, both of these programs have their plusses and minuses.

Actually I prefer UI of Pixelmator to PS, although i'm long time PS user (started with version 3) I like fresh and clean UI of Pixelmator.

Shame it doesn't support all fancy stuff from PS (opening certain psds could result in missing effects) but considering it's still only version 1.6.x it's more than capable for most of the web related work.

Of course missing support of CMYK hurts designers in DTP but for web it's more than enough.

Definitely better than GIMP especially UI.
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