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Pixelmator
by Trent Mick

Trent Mick, March 13, 2009

In the bright pre-recession days of 2008 I, and a bunch of my co-workers,
bought into MacHeist: get a bunch of Mac OS X apps
for about $30. One of those apps was Pixelmator.

Pixelmator is basically a lite Photoshop-clone for Mac OS X. Some thoughts on it:

It’s sexy. Popup-notices when undoing actions. Cute tool pallete
(especially like the [...]

In the bright pre-recession days of 2008 I, and a bunch of my co-workers,
bought into MacHeist: get a bunch of Mac OS X apps
for about $30. One of those apps was Pixelmator.

Pixelmator icon

Pixelmator is basically a lite Photoshop-clone for Mac OS X. Some thoughts on it:

  • It’s sexy. Popup-notices when undoing actions. Cute tool pallete
    (especially like the eye-dropper).

    Pixelmator eyedropper tool

  • It works. It is fullfilling my needs for recent work (cutting up screenshots,
    the odd tweak for images in Komodo. I’m
    not a graphics guy but I’ve played enough with Photoshop to suspect that the
    “lite” I mention above is a good thing for me. 1

  • If it helps others, here is my
    hyperlink_color.pxm
    Pixelmator file for the “Komodo color hyperlinks” screenshot in my previous
    blog
    post
    .
    This set of free arrow
    images

    is a great resource for slapping arrows into your screenshots.

The version that was current when I bought it was a little crashy, but at some
point between then and now them seemed to have fixed whatever crashes I was
hitting. This is the best $30 I’ve spent on the web.


  1. I’d be interested to hear from anyone who has real experience with
    Photoshop and Pixelmator if it actually is “lite Photoshop”. Poking
    around the menus there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot less in Pixelmator.
    Perhaps the big part of Photoshop is the set of 3rd party extensions and
    integration with other tools like Illustrator? 

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Trent Mick is one of ActiveState's Python gurus and senior developer. He's a member of the Python Software Foundation and is the author of many popular Python modules. At ActiveState his primary focus is Komodo. Trent has a Bachelor of Engineering and B. Sc. in Computer Science Degrees from the University of Saskatchewan.