Photoshop, Fear! Pixelmator 2.0 Is Now Available On The Mac App Store

Photoshop, Fear! Pixelmator 2.0 Is Now Available On The Mac App Store

We reported yesterday that our favorite Photoshop-on-a-budget app, Pixelmator, was hitting the big two point oh today, and so it has.

It’s available now on the Mac App Store as a free upgrade to previous users, or a $29.99 purchase new.

The biggest additions to Pixelmator 2.0 are content-aware fill, vector drawing and editing tools, wrinkle, blemish and damage repair tools for photos, new retouching tools such as smudge, sponge, burn, and more. In addition, Pixelmator 2.0 gets full OS X Lion support, a new interface and some impressive speed and stability improvements.

For 90% of us, Pixelmator was already a better and cheaper replacement for the industry standard, Adobe PhotoShop. With 2.0, closes the gap another few percent, and becomes even more of a no-brainer to recommend to just about everybody.

  • prof_peabody

    It’s a good upgrade but they still haven’t fixed many of the smaller things that make it not work as a photoshop replacement.  Using snap is still ridiculously hard, still doesn’t save TGA files, and a million other small cuts.  

    Overall though it’s just so insulting the way they still won’t allow us to use the standard Lion UI instead of their custom black UI.  I work in a bright room, I use Lion, not Linux.  I should be able to use a program without it completely replacing the UI paradigm with this black crap.  

  • MacGoo

    “Better AND cheaper”? If you mean it’s better BECAUSE it’s cheaper, please don’t qualify it as both. Photoshop is definitely the more capable of the two programs, and that is generally how I define “better” at the root level. 

    Sure, add the price into the mix and I start to think about things that may be more narrowly focused on the functions I will need and thus cheaper. But if we’re comparing the two programs on merit along, Photoshop is undeniable better.

  • Lori S

    Note that if you have purchased Pixelmator 1.x directly from the developer, as I did (long before there was an App Store), then the new version 2.0 is NOT a free update.  (*seriously annoyed* Early adopters are punished for loyalty!)

  • IamJAd

    So, Pixelmator or Photoshop Elements 10?  Pros and cons?

  • scott

    Really? Photoshop fear? Photoshop Elements would be a far wiser choice, IMO. Bang for the buck is better, and it’s a more capable program.

  • scott

    Really? Photoshop fear? Photoshop Elements would be a far wiser choice, IMO. Bang for the buck is better, and it’s a more capable program.

  • MarioWario

    Use PhotoLine ! It’s far better … Pixelmator is always too buggy and the process of build objects is often not that useful (looks great at first – sucks at second look)

  • GJNilsen

    There are no layer effects, cant type on a path, editing rotated text is total moronic, they still dont know what CMYK is, or alpha channels. Even a gilded turd is still a turd.

  • Mystakill

    I’ve pinged them on the black UI a couple of times, and the best I ever got from them was something along the lines of “we might look into it for a future update”.  Obviously, they still haven’t…

    I have both Pixelmator 1.x and Acorn, and generally run Acorn because it’s easier (for me) to use and doesn’t have a garish black UI.

  • ctt1wbw

    Stop whining people.  This is a great app for those of us who don’t do professional photo editing.  The casual home user would be more than happy with this app.

  • penguinstorm

    If you’re producing and publishing online, CMYK is rather pointless anyway. It’s a relic of the past, like hot metal type.

  • Denis Wettmann

    Great application, Photoshop is obsolete, they can’t even put the whole program in one single folder… let alone the outdated and slow code. If a software needs 10 seconds to load on a SATA III SSD there has to be something wrong with it. I used Pixelmator since the day it came out and like Paint.NET for Windows it is one of the best solutions for Pros and Amateurs. If you still use Photoshop you are either a corporate slave or you are angry that you got ripped of by Adobe and you have to rectify your poor decision by defending the overpriced bloatware you bought.

  • GJNilsen

    CMYK was only one of many points. For online usage alpha channels is a must.

  • Bob Forsberg

    Photoshop Elements a streamlined Photoshop is a far better choice. If that’s still out of your price range, the tried and true shareware Graphic Converter still comes out on top on the lower prices apps.

  • Damojag

    Have they included magnetic lasso. If not, meh

  • elijahclark

    Sooooo… is the question here about price? i keep trying to see if i need pixelmator, but i already have photoshop and blogs are stating they are the same thing, one is just more affordable. so tell me, is it worth me leaving photoshop and paying the extra to get pixelmator? 

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