Apart from that, Pixelmator was an absolute steal when it was first released but I can't help the feeling it has stagnated since then. It has become buggier and requests for very basic enhancements are ignored. As an example, it still annoys the hell out of me that a zoomed in image that is not completely visible always sticks to the edge of the window it's in—good luck selecting anything at or near the edge.
At this point I'm more motivated to get to know Affinity Photo better rather than giving the Pixelmator team another chance.
It would have been nice if that had been a feature-flag that only turns on when running on High Sierra, but I'm guessing they decided that level of modularity was too much dev/testing overhead.
I've been using Pixelmator quite a bit lately, and that one just drives me nuts.
They lost a purchase from at least a serious dedicated fan, here, for that one.
Why does every Apple release feel like one step forwards, two (or two dozen) steps backwards?
The latest MacBook Pro is not so pro anymore. 16gb ram is embarrassing in 2017.
Now, I can do that (3*3 == 9 < 16) but, really, it makes the rest of my system just run terribly.
I would personally pay a $1000 premium over the current MacBook Pro for a version with 64GB of RAM.
For everyone else - including many developers and power users - they are selling well (very well).
Also, I believe the $59 is a sale price, and will go up to $99 after new features are added into later updates.
I also would like to see what's different/new in the Pro version, but I'll probably upgrade anyway.
If you’re picky about UI/UX and Photoshop’s glaring skippy/jumping UI flaws bug you enough this may just be your tool.
Hoping we see a reduced price for Pixelmator, um, standard? I would love to see more people using this tool.
I have used Pixelmator in the past and really enjoyed it. Best $15 I spent on a Mac app, hands down. I do dislike the "here are a million little windows" UI, so the Pro is kinda nice that way.
But I am not sure how this all fits with things like Lightroom/darktable. I know Pixelmator can easily edit RAW files. But darktable seems to be able to edit a batch of images at once so you don't have to manually edit each one. But should you? Plus there is something about organizing photos with Lightroom/darktable flows that I don't quite get. I have gotten by with manually organizing my files for a decade. Do I really need a star rating system? Also darktable boasts the ability to export an image into GIMP. Is that really like a big feature that you can't do from elsewhere? Isn't it just a Save then Open type situation?
tl;dr photo editing is confusing.
Edit: Also I just dug into what Pm Pro does, and it's damn impressive. Adobe should be scared.
If they are similar enough (e.g. same color correction for shots during the same hour), or you have common needs (e.g. add the same watermark) then yes, it can save you time.
>Plus there is something about organizing photos with Lightroom/darktable flows that I don't quite get. I have gotten by with manually organizing my files for a decade. Do I really need a star rating system?
Perhaps, perhaps not. They add a lot beyond a "star rating system". Depends on how many pictures and how professionally you shoot. Sorting 2,000 photos shot on a newspaper, travel etc assignment, and picking winners, is no fun done manually.
>* Also darktable boasts the ability to export an image into GIMP. Is that really like a big feature that you can't do from elsewhere?*
It's basically irrelevant, unless you run Linux, or are one of the few that runs both programs (Darktable/GIMP) on a Mac or Windows machine.
>Isn't it just a Save then Open type situation?
Do it 30 times for 30 pictures and it gets old fast. Especially since you need to scout to where you've saved each time.
"Do I really need a star rating system?" => Not really in most use-cases, the flags are enough (rejected and accepted).
These days I use folders primarily for organizing tasks that must be tied to the filesystem, such as making backups, and for representing entire projects or super-categories. For anything more nuanced I just apply some of my 100+ or so tags.
e.g., if you collect “reaction” images, most images may show more than one emotion (angry, happy, sad, etc.), so you just lump them in one folder and tag each image with the relevant elements. Same for people and characters that may appear in more than one series, and images that will have more than one character, so instead of folders named after a series or character, you just have a “Movies” or “Anime” etc. folder and tag each image with the series’ name and the characters in it.
If I really need to get something done, I use Acorn (https://flyingmeat.com), which I like a lot. The support and documentation is top-notch.
Just a few minutes in with Pixelmator Pro and I can see myself using this quite a bit – even just the little things like creating a new file and setting canvas dimensions, this takes ages on Photoshop now.
Although, I hate the native color picker. Being able to paste in hex values is important to me – bringing in a Photoshop or Sketch-like color picker would be much appreciated.
Let's hope for the fair play, so the current Pixelmator license owners would get the Pro with a discounted price.
I really miss it when I have to edit images on Windows. I wonder if there is a similarly priced, beautiful piece of software for Microsoft's ecosystem?
Their UI's more Photoshop-style than Pixelmator Pro's, though.
Link should probably point to http://www.pixelmator.com/pro/ which actually tells you whats in it.
Pixelmator Pro requires macOS High Sierra
Just deprecate whatever API-specific calls you’re making and say ‘these features require 10.13’.
I mean, how long was the development of this project? When was that poor decision made?
I realize the cost of this and thereby not additionally suggesting a Linux port (which would be ultimately the best). But getting comfortable with a macOS-only high-learning-curve-tool makes the OS switches unnecessarily complex.
Someone able to try out the layer naming?
See it as a precautionary thing, like how we thought we didn’t need 64-bit on the iPhone 5S but that’s actually the only reason it has the longest-standing history of iOS updates, and is still up to date.
I’m sure they’ve considered it, but that’s a good one.
How have I never heard of Affinity? How long has it been out?
My issue with Photoshop is that lately it's been really laggy with no resolution in sight after hours of trial and error. It came out of no where but now it takes 10 seconds to draw a 5 inch line with a stylus.
I'm not an artist but I do a fair bit of image editing.
I happily paid for Pixelmator.