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Unread postPosted: Tue Aug 14, 2012 11:20 am 
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Anyone out there use Pixelmator? A pretty sweet bargain for only $14.99 (on sale now, regularly $59.99) via the Mac App Store.

I've tried it a few times over the years (though mainly older versions). As a Photoshop user I never really considered it (and kept using Photoshop). Though I'm starting to take a shine to it slowly.

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I may give it a try as it native to the Mac (unlike Photoshop). Can it handle 16-bit greyscale and 48-bit colour depth?

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I tried it but its definitely not for me. I use very few tools in Photoshop but the ones I do use, I need the many options they have for fine tuning - especially with the level and curves tools. The tools in Pixelmator are far too simplified for my needs. Also, I can't figure out how to implement a non-destructive workflow. For that reason alone, Pixelmator is out.

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I don't see any tools/methods to select bit-depth - though profiles are supported. Hmm. A little digging found this gem (referring to v2.0, 2.1 still doesn't seem to support it):

"16-bit image processing: This feature provides better accuracy and color depth to images. Amateurs may not miss this feature, but professionals will. Hopefully, this will be added in the near future."

The curves tool does allow things like S-curves, but you're right - doesn't have any of the features like Photoshop does (much like the rest of the program in general).

I guess it comes down to how advanced you need to be... Honestly, I've always preferred Photoshop for the same reason(s). Without even 16-bit support, it's a non-starter.

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Looking at the comprehensive updates page there's still no mention of supporting greater bit depths. I sent them an email to see what the story is... Will repost here.

The latest version is totally focused on color management however:

Pixelmator 2.1.3: More than a mere point update

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Every six weeks or so, whole number releases of Firefox and Chrome arrive. I can’t remember the last time either delivered much in the way of innovation. A counterpoint to version inflation is Pixelmater 2.1.3, which arrives labeled as a mere point update yet delivers a lot of added functionality.

Pixelmator 2.1.3 (blog) is now available via Software Update feature of the Mac App Store. That said, though the Pixelmator Team only advertises five bullet points in the blog write up about this release, there is actually a lot more going on:

• Soft Proofing
• Full sRGB support
• Full ColorSync support
• New Color Management dialog look
• Italian and Spanish languages added

The additional detail, including more color management features and a score-plus bug fixes, can be found in the release notes. Top mentions here include enhanced PSD and Automator support.

So, Pixelmator’s gained major color management features, improved PSD file and automation functionality? Yeah, they are gunning for Photoshop and the asking price, $29.99, is very available. Frankly, Adobe is very vulnerable.

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No love for bit depth:

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Hi Michael,

Thanks for reaching out.

Yes, you are correct Pixelmator still doesn't support 16 bit color depth., We are still looking for solution here. Sorry, we can't tell you anything more new about this.

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Yay! :)

Pixelmator Finally Comes of Age in v3.1

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