Yay! Pixelmator 2.0 has been released! Hopefully people who don’t want the complexity of Photoshop, or the price, will have a good alternative on the Mac; I know all the apps I’ve tried have fallen way short, including Pixelmator 1.0, which while pretty, wasn’t polished enough for my needs. Version 2.0 looks like a huge evolution. I’ll wait to see what the reviews say.
The long search is never over (a bit of backstory)…
Before I became a Photoshop whiz, back in the early 1990s I relied on an awesome little Mac app called ColorIt! I designed quite a few logos, illustrations and even websites using it. Alas, it never really evolved so I ditched it. Likewise, for a short while — before Steve Jobs returned to SAVE Apple — I tried using Windows apps. The only one I ever found I liked was called Xara. Quirky it was, but still quite amazing at the time and cool because it was both a vector and raster app in one. Of course when Mac OS X arrived I could rely on my Mac again. Since then, I’ve almost given up trying to find a Photoshop alternative because in my biz it’s the industry standard. My issue isn’t with the Photoshop itself — though it is absurdly obtuse — but are with the pricing and the radical changes they make with each version to the UI, so I have relearn it again.
I’m still looking for a lean-an-mean photo retouching app. Hopefully Pixelmator 2.0 is it.