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BazC
10-10-2007, 08:04 AM
Just thought I'd bring this to your attention. It's falls far short of Photoshop in features but It's quite useable, fast and cheap! Seems reasonably stable too.

http://www.pixelmator.com/

loki74
10-10-2007, 10:26 PM
whoa! no sh*t! O_O

once they add tablet support.... whew, it'll be a JOY to finally ditch PS elements (uuugggghhh....) layer styles would also be very nice.

thanks for the link!!

toby
10-11-2007, 12:05 AM
sweet! looks awesome. let's pray for some serious photoshop competition - these guys will have no reason to lag on new features.
Downloadng the demo right now!

0scrooge0
10-11-2007, 01:52 AM
It seems to me a lame copy of PhotoShop! :)
I mean, competition is good, but seriously, do u think this "thing" can compete with PhotoShop ??

toby
10-11-2007, 01:59 AM
Certainly not now, it only handles 8bpc images, among other things - but any competition to the greedy juggernaut is welcome. I'm also sick of waiting and waiting for Pshop to open when I just have a few minor things to do.

BazC
10-11-2007, 02:12 AM
Vector tools, tablet support and layer styles are to be added soon. No mention of Channels on their website that I can see which seems odd. I'd struggle to work without the channels pallette. No planned support for PS filter/plugs that I can see either. Still it deserves our support IMO and could develop into a superb app!

Oh and 16bit support is probably down the road but not planned for the immediate future.

BazC
10-11-2007, 02:27 AM
Oh and I've just read that because Pixelmator (terrible name!) is based around Core Image which uses 32 bit floating point data, adding support for 16bit and 32bit images should be fairly trivial! Note this is not from the developers but another user on their forums.

Steamthrower
10-11-2007, 07:20 AM
For anyone that actually tried to use GIMP in a professional workflow, this program will, let's say, be VERY nice.

Down with the bureacratical monopolising Adobe! :thumbsdown:

dballesg
10-11-2007, 01:03 PM
Hi,

There is this other one as well:

Pixel Image Editor (http://www.kanzelsberger.com/pixel/?page_id=12)

David

BazC
10-11-2007, 01:21 PM
Hi,

There is this other one as well:

Pixel Image Editor (http://www.kanzelsberger.com/pixel/?page_id=12)

David

Thanks David, have you tried Pixel recently? Last time I tried it it was incredibly unstable, that was quite a while ago though!

Oh BTW there's Acorn too

http://flyingmeat.com/acorn/

dballesg
10-11-2007, 01:42 PM
Thanks David, have you tried Pixel recently? Last time I tried it it was incredibly unstable, that was quite a while ago though!


No I remember I tried when I found it. And it was unstable as you said.

David

UnCommonGrafx
10-11-2007, 03:58 PM
Just because no one has mentioned it, and he's a fellow waver, Dogwaffle: http://www.thebest3d.com/dogwaffle/dan/dogwaffle-readme.html

or is it because the others are free?

loki74
10-11-2007, 07:07 PM
It seems to me a lame copy of PhotoShop! :)
I mean, competition is good, but seriously, do u think this "thing" can compete with PhotoShop ??

uhhh.... yes, it most definitely can.

why the hell do you think that "Blender" is a memorable name when there are things like Maya and 3DS on the market?

Because it's free.

Products compete on both price and quality. This products is nearly comparable to (for my purposes), and significantly cheaper than PS.

DiscreetFX
10-11-2007, 08:02 PM
Pixelmator is a nice new application. Talented programmers for sure.

DiscreetFX
10-11-2007, 08:34 PM
The nice thing about Pixel Image Editor is that there is also a MorphOS version available.

toby
10-11-2007, 09:25 PM
uhhh.... yes, it most definitely can.

why the hell do you think that "Blender" is a memorable name when there are things like Maya and 3DS on the market?

Because it's free.

Products compete on both price and quality. This products is nearly comparable to (for my purposes), and significantly cheaper than PS.
Yea, they can compete in certain niche markets, but not overall.

I'd use it for viewing and quick edits; it's half-way between Preview and Photoshop, which is where I spend about 50% of my image-editing time.

loki74
10-12-2007, 12:12 PM
Yea, they can compete in certain niche markets, but not overall.

I'd use it for viewing and quick edits; it's half-way between Preview and Photoshop, which is where I spend about 50% of my image-editing time.

of course--there is also a reason why professional studios use Maya and Max and not blender... blender just can't deliver what Maya and Max can.

I don't think anyone is expecting this to be a "photoshop killar," but for people who are in the niche markets you speak of (like myself), this is very exciting. Especially if it can let me ditch PS Elements, which royally sucks (of course, it can't yet b/c it doesn't have tablet support or layer styles, but it sounds like that may be on the way).

bi11y
10-16-2007, 03:34 PM
This is worth a look at thanks BazC

art
11-02-2007, 07:51 AM
Someone just sent me this link.

http://www.splashup.com/

It is not really any replacement of photoshop at this moment, but it is cool and quite usable nevetheless. One advantage of this application is that it is available to you wherever there is an internet connection. I am not sure if I should be more amazed by the fact that it is web based or that they used flash to do it (I suck at flash). One cool thing I noticed is that the unlike in photoshop, the gradient tool here is real time.

Steamthrower
11-02-2007, 04:08 PM
The most advanced job I've done in Flash was a 30-second intro for a Swedish architectural service firm, and that in itself took me about a week. I can only imagine the development that this involved.