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An update to popular image editing tool Pixelmator was released on Tuesday, with the new software bringing a host of fresh features like new Layer Styles, liquify tools and support for Apple's OS X Mavericks.

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Example of Pixelmator 3.0's new liquify tools.


Dubbed Pixelmator 3.0 FX, the latest update from the Pixelmator Team offers a number of in-app enhancements and additions, as well as full support for Apple's just-released OS X 10.9 Mavericks. This includes support for tags, multiple displays, App Nap and more.

Most prominent among the changes are new non-destructive Layer Styles, which can be accessed from the Styles Palette, includes options to choose stroke colors and styles for a selected layer, reflections, shadows and fill layers. Users can also save style presets for easy access.

Liquify Tools is a new feature that allows users to reshape or warp on-screen objects. With four tools to choose from, Bump, Pinch, Twirl and Warp, Pixelmator offers a few preset variations with which images can be skewed. For example, the Pinch tool was used to distort the daisy stamens into a heart.

Finally, a new image editing engine has been implemented to take advantage of the latest OS X advancements in OpenCL, Core Image, OpenGL and other assets. The Pixelmator Team claims "blistering fast" performance, with an overall increase that is up to 1.4 times faster than Pixelmator 2.2 on OS X 10.8.

Pixelmator 3.0 FX comes in at 35.9MB and can be downloaded from the Mac App Store for $29.99. The update is free for those who purchased a previous version of Pixelmator.
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Nice. I know what I'll be downloading as soon as I get Mavericks installed.
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Best bit in the article%u2026.

"Pixelmator 3.0 FX comes in at 35.9MB "
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"Pixelmator 3.0 FX comes in at 35.9MB "

All that delicious bloat…

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Apple should buy this company (to back it with more $ and dev resources) and start working on a major PS competitor. This app is already shaping up to be just that.

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It only took 15MB for me.

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It's a great app and wonderful update BUT they should hire an interaction designer. The little details are just wrong and unlike the app core you're still stuck with a zillion of floating windows, a blast from the past!
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true..yeah that is a big negative in my book as well. I'm actually surprised they haven't fixed that floating window issue yet.

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true..yeah that is a big negative in my book as well. I'm actually surprised they haven't fixed that floating window issue yet.

 

Leave it as is. I cannot stand the ALL-IN-ONE of Photoshop or GIMP, or any other Graphic Imaging Tool Suite.

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All that delicious bloat…

 

Good catch. I was going to ask him what's the point of talking out his bum when you showed  PS.

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Leave it as is. I cannot stand the ALL-IN-ONE of Photoshop or GIMP, or any other Graphic Imaging Tool Suite.

What!?  You're crazy! Floating windows are a pain! Too much clutter! But that's just my opinion.

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Originally Posted by bryanzak View Post
"Pixelmator 3.0 FX comes in at 35.9MB "

All that delicious bloat…

I think PS is at least 18 times more powerful than Pixelmator so the MB proportions are probably indicative of that. Since you are posting a year old info window I assume you do not have the latest version of PS, which indicates either you don't care about keeping your software up to date or the copy you have is pirated. The latest PS CS6 update was June 2013, yours is May 2012.

 

IMO it is a fantastic piece of software worth every penny, although Adobe's offshore billing and technical support is atrocious and I did have to cancel my credit card due to the recent security breech, but they gave me free credit monitoring for a year, which I don't really need since I have the same service from my bank. Aside from that, I think PS is unmatched and even if Apple were to buy Pixel it would not be able to unseat PS, at least not any time soon, if ever. Apple has not been able to unseat any professional software in the graphics industry. Bottom line is Pixelmator is consumer amateur offering while Photoshop will remain the most popular application of all time among professional graphic artists. Hate it all you like but it remains the best application of its kind with no challengers in sight.


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I think PS is at least 18 times more powerful than Pixelmator so the MB proportions are probably indicative of that. Since you are posting a year old info window I assume you do not have the latest version of PS, which indicates either you don't care about keeping your software up to date or the copy you have is pirated. The latest PS CS6 update was June 2013, yours is May 2012.

 

IMO it is a fantastic piece of software worth every penny, although Adobe's offshore billing and technical support is atrocious and I did have to cancel my credit card due to the recent security breech, but they gave me free credit monitoring for a year, which I don't really need since I have the same service from my bank. Aside from that, I think PS is unmatched and even if Apple were to buy Pixel it would not be able to unseat PS, at least not any time soon, if ever. Apple has not been able to unseat any professional software in the graphics industry. Bottom line is Pixelmator is consumer amateur offering while Photoshop will remain the most popular application of all time among professional graphic artists. Hate it all you like but it remains the best application of its kind with no challengers in sight.

I won't argue PS's abilities, but it has had a 20+ yr head start in the pc graphics world. However, given what this app can do and for how small it is, says a good amount with its programming. Your other mention about Apple not unseating certain pro apps... I think Final Cut Pro is a good example of that. Granted they didn't invent it, but have been developing it since they bought the original piece of software. If memory serves.

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Pixelmator is great. I keep forcing myself to using it instead of Photoshop a lot of times in order to get more used to it. And no kidding, that new engine is feeling blazing fast!

 

I still haven't gotten used to Apple's automatic saving, versioning and then the "duplicate" guidelines, all of what Pixelmator is strictly following though. I'm so used to the old school. I guess "Save" now means "Save Version", since regular saving is performed automatically. OK, got it.. won't ever moan about this again. I love the new automatic saving and versioning guidelines.. ;-)

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I won't argue PS's abilities, but it has had a 20+ yr head start in the pc graphics world. However, given what this app can do and for how small it is, says a good amount with its programming. Your other mention about Apple not unseating certain pro apps... I think Final Cut Pro is a good example of that. Granted they didn't invent it, but have been developing it since they bought the original piece of software. If memory serves.

In my original draft of the previous comment I did mention FCP but I then deleted the remarks, however, since you mentioned it I will express my views on that situation. I believe they almost attained the leadership role in the video editing industry but they never did unseat Avid in Hollywood and seriously dropped the ball with their over promise under deliver mismanagement of the FCPX launch so no, they never achieved the prominent position in that arena.

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In my original draft of the previous comment I did mention FCP but I then deleted the remarks, however, since you mentioned it I will express my views on that situation. I believe they almost attained the leadership role in the video editing industry but they never did unseat Avid in Hollywood and seriously dropped the ball with their over promise under deliver mismanagement of the FCPX launch so no, they never achieved the prominent position in that arena.

 

I can't quite agree with you. 

 

Having spent years working with multimedia companies, it was amazing to find how many were and are still using legacy systems. But then, realizing how much time and monies most of these companies had spent, and how much investment, particularly in training, it would take to upgrade, it was/is quite understandable. And as any with half a brain would see, the medium, i.e., from analog to digital,  meant that a entire new paradigm had to be implemented. For many who have basically spent their lives building their business, it is still the law of survival.

 

And of course, along comes Steve…

 

Today, virtually thousands of jobs are available for FCP editors. And with a software that is virtually free that can accomplish amazing results with significantly less hardware investment, the film editors of tomorrow will either be FCP'rs or the die-hard, old-schoolers' kids. The former will out-number the latter. Just like everything else in life.

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I think PS is at least 18 times more powerful than Pixelmator so the MB proportions are probably indicative of that.

 

So that’s one anecdotal vote for bloat in software… 

 
Since you are posting a year old info window I assume you do not have the latest version of PS, which indicates either you don't care about keeping your software up to date or the copy you have is pirated. The latest PS CS6 update was June 2013, yours is May 2012. 

 

Hilarious, by the way.

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Leave it as is. I cannot stand the ALL-IN-ONE of Photoshop or GIMP, or any other Graphic Imaging Tool Suite.

 

YES! Leave it as it is. I utterly despise the 'all in one' crap. 

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Today, virtually thousands of jobs are available for FCP editors. 

Perhaps not quite thousands. Around Los Angeles there are 27 FCP jobs, all for FCP 7

 

http://www.simplyhired.com/k-fcp-editor-l-los-angeles-ca-jobs.html 

 

For Avid in Los Angeles: 1,685 jobs.

 

http://www.simplyhired.com/k-avid-editor-l-los-angeles-ca-jobs.html

 

It is likely different elsewhere but I used LA because it is the editing capital of the world.

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I think PS is at least 18 times more powerful than Pixelmator so the MB proportions are probably indicative of that.

 

So that’s one anecdotal vote for bloat in software… 

 
Since you are posting a year old info window I assume you do not have the latest version of PS, which indicates either you don't care about keeping your software up to date or the copy you have is pirated. The latest PS CS6 update was June 2013, yours is May 2012. 

 

Hilarious, by the way.

Ok mister know-it-all PS expert - Which parts of Photoshop would you leave out or change in order to improve it? I'd be surprised if you even know how access half of the features in the app. If you actually knew anything about PS you would have patched yours since there were a number of bug fixes since May 2012.

 

So why don't you update your PS and post a new screen capture of the about box to prove it is not pirated?

 

Actually never mind. I see yours is a prerelease version so it most likely has an invalid serial number and has been hacked anyway.


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Perhaps not quite thousands. Around Los Angeles there are 27 FCP jobs, all for FCP 7

 

http://www.simplyhired.com/k-fcp-editor-l-los-angeles-ca-jobs.html 

 

For Avid in Los Angeles: 1,685 jobs.

 

http://www.simplyhired.com/k-avid-editor-l-los-angeles-ca-jobs.html

 

It is likely different elsewhere but I used LA because it is the editing capital of the world.

There is an adage in the research industry, "If you want to hear the answer, ask the question."

 

As you can see here, there are 1,896 Final Cut Editor jobs near LA found on the SimplyHired site.

 

Then you could search INDEED  and get more 'worldwide' results.

 

If you or anyone here is interested, Larry Jordan has a great presentation that not only applies to FC, but how and why we change   software (particularly in the first 15 minutes). 

 

Larry Jordan asks "Is Final Cut Pro X ready for professional use?" at the 2013 SuperMeet

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Photoshop has earned its reputation.  But it's not the sprite it was at no.4 (I really enjoyed that release...and no.7...)

 

However, of late, it seems to be more about bloat and nickle and diming customers for the odd new feature.

 

And it seems slow in some areas...and took ages to take on board GPU rendering for filters etc.

 

And Adobe have become more about the 'sales guy' about it.  They're at the top and don't need to try that hard...and are trying to force 'leech my bank account' on PS users.  Some may well get off on that treatment or find it works for them.

 

And that's what happens when you don't have competition.

 

Fortunately, since the release of the iPad...there's been a boom of image apps.  The best of which, for me, is Procreate which is lightning fast and makes PS look like the snail it is.  Even on the Mac...you have Painter (which is still ticking along...), Pixelmator and Manga Studio.

 

I don't like Adobe.  They got their trousers pulled down by Jobs over Flash.  A program that pretty much sums up Adobe.

 

Pixelmator is a lovely apps.  It's not the finished solution but it's growing at at incredible rate.  Pretty small footprint.  Very fast app.  GPU acceleration.  Keeps adding those 'key features' in it's own inimitable way.  PS may have refinement and finesse but the new kid is showing some moves...and adding greatly to them over time.  I have Pixelmator 3.  It has layer styles.  I guess Adjustment layers is next?  At the rate they're going there are less reasons for me to shell out £650 for PS6.

 

In fact, I have Pixelmator (and loads of free updates to it...) and it cost me...£20?  Astonishing value.  *waves at Adobe.  (I don't think I need them or MS on my computer.  Greedy dinosaurs of a Wintel hegemony age.  Now as computing goes 'mobile' and 'desktop class'...they look like the lumbering companies they are.)

 

I have Manga Studio 5EX.  It kicks PS's arse when it comes to creating comics.  It specialises in it.  Better pencils and brushes.  Perspective tools.  Page management tools.  Mezzotint...and loads more specialist areas that make PS look very 'generalised' indeed.  You can blend and colour in it now pretty well too these days.  It was this release (if not EX4) that made me think...you know...between Pixelmator and Manga Studio 5EX I don't need PS6 perhaps (which tries to be all things to all men...).  Add Procreate (which I have on iPad...) and you have a blisteringly fast and great painting app for 4k res'...(speed that makes Painter blush...) on mobile too.

 

I do like PS of course.  But I don't like Adobe all that much.  I remember when PS used to have a realistic price.  (and I do have a PS7...but unfortunately, only PPC.  But I bought version 4 and 7.  But as Adobe's upgrade path has got sharper....I thought, no.  Just no.)

 

Props to the Pixelmator boys on a great release.  And it's telling that Apple use them on benching their new machines and not PS.

 

They deserved their design award a couple of years ago.

 

They support them Mac (not trying to give us a half baked Windows port...) and embrace the latest Mac tech in OS X Mav'.

 

PS?  All empires fail in time.

 

Lemon Bon Bon.

You know, for a company that specializes in the video-graphics market, you'd think that they would offer top-of-the-line GPUs...

 

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Have been using Pixelmator for years now, and love it.  Haven't touched (my bootleg copy of) Photoshop in years, and it's definitely time to delete it.

 

There still seem to be a few issues with the Shape tool though.  Sometimes it's hard to select a shape to resize it.  There are workarounds, but it's awkward.  But that's my only nitpick with Pixelmator 3.0 FX.

 

Update: Pixelmator 3.0 FX does seem to be a significant energy user on my MacBook Pro.  Maybe that's a second nitpick.


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... Greedy dinosaurs of a Wintel hegemony age.  Now as computing goes 'mobile' and 'desktop class'...they look like the lumbering companies they are. ...

 

Agree completely.  Adobe is all about cross-platform development.  Which means, to them, writing a core engine for each of their apps, then porting that to Mac, Windows etc. and using as little of each platforms' native interface API as possible.  They think this saves development costs, because they can minimize the number of Mac experts and Windows experts in their engineering team.  (Although I suspect they're more Windows-heavy than Mac-heavy in said team.)

 

The results is that end users on all platforms are forced to deal with a lowest-common-denominator user interface on Adobe products.  Generic, lifeless, stale.  And it also leads to a rigid, inflexible design.  Everything is concentrated in the core engine, which they are loathe to change lest it break anything on one of the supported platforms.  

 

All of which makes Adobe ripe for innovative disruption.  Enter Pixelmator.

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Agree completely.  Adobe is all about cross-platform development.  Which means, to them, writing a core engine for each of their apps, then porting that to Mac, Windows etc. and using as little of each platforms' native interface API as possible.  They think this saves development costs, because they can minimize the number of Mac experts and Windows experts in their engineering team.  (Although I suspect they're more Windows-heavy than Mac-heavy in said team.)

 

The results is that end users on all platforms are forced to deal with a lowest-common-denominator user interface on Adobe products.  Generic, lifeless, stale.  And it also leads to a rigid, inflexible design.  Everything is concentrated in the core engine, which they are loathe to change lest it break anything on one of the supported platforms.  

 

All of which makes Adobe ripe for innovative disruption.  Enter Pixelmator.

It's ironic, considering that Adobe was an innovative disruptor when it first got started. Too much time and complacency on their part has allowed ossification to set in. Aiming for the lowest common denominator, while easier from a development & business standpoint, certainly allows opportunity for younger, hungrier companies to make a go of it.

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As you can see here, there are 1,896 Final Cut Editor jobs near LA found on the SimplyHired site.

 

Utter Bull Shit. You can't search for just the words "final cut editor" because those words are used in thousands job postings that have absolutely no reference to looking for FCP editors. It is bringing back results for all three words, two words or one word. Ridiculous! Search for the words "final cut pro" and put it in quotes without the word editor in there and see what you get. 345.

 

Granted that is much better than my original 27 from FCP but again they all want FCP 7 not FCPX. I bought FCPX and I have Adobe Master Collection which obviously contains Premier. I even have an older version of Avid but I always stick with FCP 7 because it just makes more sense to me, but it certainly isn't the preferred editor in Hollywood.

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So many clueless remarks concerning what an awful program PS is and how evil Adobe is. I'd be willing to bet that not one of the people bitching about Adobe or Photoshop actually work professionally in the graphics industry. There is no way to work without it and you have to keep it up to date. You would be laughed out the door of a real agency or creative studio if you said you didn't use Photoshop. It is required. When you share files with other creatives it ALWAYS has to be in CS. Every magazine requires either Acrobat or the working file in Mac CS format, no exceptions. I actually make a lot of money using their tools and just like any other complex tool set you need to work with it day in and day out to get the most out of it. If you dabble in it a day or two a few minutes at a time, of course you are not going to be able to do much or find the features that are available. Try to find your way around AutoCad without intensive study and training. Same thing. It is not bloated, it is complicated because it is powerful. It is not a PlayStation game.

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There is an adage in the research industry, "If you want to hear the answer, ask the question."

 

As you can see here, there are 1,896 Final Cut Editor jobs near LA found on the SimplyHired site.

 

Then you could search INDEED  and get more 'worldwide' results.

 

If you or anyone here is interested, Larry Jordan has a great presentation that not only applies to FC, but how and why we change   software (particularly in the first 15 minutes). 

 

Larry Jordan asks "Is Final Cut Pro X ready for professional use?" at the 2013 SuperMeet

 

 

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Utter Bull Shit. You can't search for just the words "final cut editor" because those words are used in thousands job postings that have absolutely no reference to looking for FCP editors. It is bringing back results for all three words, two words or one word. Ridiculous! Search for the words "final cut pro" and put it in quotes without the word editor in there and see what you get. 345.

 

Granted that is much better than my original 27 from FCP but again they all want FCP 7 not FCPX. I bought FCPX and I have Adobe Master Collection which obviously contains Premier. I even have an older version of Avid but I always stick with FCP 7 because it just makes more sense to me, but it certainly isn't the preferred editor in Hollywood.

 

That was my point. Your search term, i.e., 'Avid Editor', generated similar ? results. And many, for example, the Associate Director of the Parents Program posting, amongst others, had nothing to do with film editing.

 

As for your last comment, I didn't infer that at all. However, I would like to suggest that Hollywood in not the capital of film editing (FE) today and has become less influential in one's choice of software. 

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That was my point. Your search term, i.e., 'Avid Editor', generated similar ? results. And many, for example, the Associate Director of the Parents Program posting, amongst others, had nothing to do with film editing.

 

My mistake. If you do put quotes around all search terms you get significantly different results:

 

"final cut pro editor" = 7

"FCP editor" = 1

"Final Cut Pro X" = 4

 

"Avid Editor" = 43

 

Those number sound a lot more realistic. (Still using LA)

 

In NYC:

"final cut pro editor" = 14

"FCP editor" = 12

"Final Cut Pro X" = 10

 

"Avid Editor" = 23

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I bought Pixelmator a year ago and at the time it did not have all of the features I need.  I just updated to v3.0 and it still does not seem to have Adjustment Layers and a History palette.  Is this correct or am I missing something here?  Thought it may not have masking, but it does!

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true..yeah that is a big negative in my book as well. I'm actually surprised they haven't fixed that floating window issue yet.

 

It's the reason I've never purchased it.

 

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Pixelmator is definitely a worthy PS alternative for most users. Photos and web graphics are what most people want.

 

Print/Desktop publishing pros are another matter.

Pixelmator didn't do CMYK for years, and its creators openly said they didn't see it as a priority.

 

Even now, it's hard to tell if CMYK is truly supported in the way that print publishers need. So I've never bought it.

 

Thing is, if they had put in the effort, and even charged extra for CMYK support, it would have bought a lot of respect.

 

Having such a large group of internet pros openly dismissing the capabilities of your product isn't exactly ideal.

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