Everyone on the Pixelmator Team agrees that creating new features is the most fun part of work. When developing Pixelmator, we experiment with lots of things (new technologies, code-level tricks, user interface stuff, etc.), and we create lots of mockups, sketches and prototypes…

However, we adopt only a few features that we come up with.

For various reasons, we remove numerous features from our products one or two weeks before they are released to the public. For example, some Mac GPUs do not have some specific features that a feature uses, perhaps the code or UI was complete nonsense or the user interface looks or feels terrible or appears cluttered. In addition, there might be usability issues. We have created hundreds of bad features that are discarded.

We try to ship only those features that are useful and complete. In our opinion, learning from our mistakes only makes us a stronger company.

Some features that we removed the last minute include Shadows and Highlights (in Pixelmator 1.5 codenamed Spider), reflection filter (1.4 Sprinkle), indexed color for GIF and PNG Indexed in save for Web (1.5 Spider), precise numbers (1.3 Tempo), black and white (1.4 Sprinkle), page bounds (1.3 Tempo), gradient map (1.4 Sprinkle), document presets in cover flow, and send to Mobile Me (1.5 Spider).

We removed the aforementioned features for the following reasons:

  • Shadows and Highlights was too slow.
  • Reflection filter was too heavy and had too many controls.
  • Color indexing in save for Web had no future (Web no longer requires it) and added too much clutter to our easy-to-use save for Web feature
  • Precise numbers looked cheap.
  • Black and White adjustment had the wrong user interface that nobody liked.
  • Page bounds was not useful.
  • Gradient map was too simple and useless; it was better suited for Microsoft Paint.
  • Document presets in cover flow looked wrong.
  • Send to Mobile Me had some quality issues.

The removal of indexed color for GIF and PNG resulted in the biggest loss due to the fact that it took us nearly two weeks to develop the quantization engine. Although the indexing looked and worked great, we removed it following the last Pixelmator Spider 1.5 inside pre-release review. We thought that indexing had no future; we still think this. I assure you that I am completely confident that we did the right thing.

There were many more canceled features like those mentioned in Pixelmator. Unfortunately, I am not able to discuss them or show you how they look because some include secret UI objects or will appear in upcoming Pixelmator releases. I hope that you have an idea of how difficult and interesting it is to develop a single feature in any software application. I am sure that Pixelmator is not the only app built in this way. It is also likely that we will cancel some features of the Pixelmator 1.6 Nucleus; we have already canceled the new Crop Tool. It is a good thing, as I am sure that it will be much better in the 1.7 version.

P.S. A day or two ago, we created a fast version of Shadows and Highlights, which we might add to Pixelmator Nucleus 1.6. Further, you can try the slower experimental Shadows and Highlights adjustment now at your own risk by taking the following steps: Press Control + Option + Command + H when in Pixelmator.

Wednesday, 7 April 2010.


Status Update

Fortunately, I am almost finished with the major portion of my work (as you know, I primarily oversee the UI stuff) for future versions of Pixelmator – 1.6, 1.7, 2.0. Therefore, I think that I will be able to be in touch with you more often. We (me and you guys, that is) must live through the period when Aidas and other Pixelmator development staff (I promise to introduce them to you sometime) will completely finish version 1.6, code named “Nucleus.” Everyone here is very hard at work and cannot wait to introduce you to the latest and greatest Pixelmator.

As for Pixelmator 1.6 Nucleus, although I would love to offer you more details about its features, it is too early for me to do so. Some features may be delayed for later, and some may be added in the development process (even though our development plan is very strict, some changes still find their way in or out). We want to be sure that we ship everything we promise—a goal that we always strive to attain.

But one thing that I can tell you about Nucleus is that it is mostly about the Pixelmator foundation and basic tools. The pleasant thing is that the major part of Nucleus improvements will serve as an effective basis for 2.0. Remember, we promised that Pixelmator 2.0 will ship with a rock-solid foundation and we aim to deliver on this pledge – we just need some time.

Since Aidas is very busy at the moment and I am tasked with letting you know about the happenings at the Pixelmator Team command post, I think it is OK for me to take over the Pixelmator Team’s Twitter account (yes, it does exist). So from now on (dunno, maybe just temporarily), I will babble for you on Twitter – follow me!

Wednesday, 24 March 2010.


Pixelmator: Reader’s Choice Winner in the Consumer Image Editor Category

Pixelmator took the lead right out of the gate and never looked back. With a final tally of 56% of the votes cast, Pixelmator was the leader from start to finish.

Read more…

Tom Nelson, About.com

Wednesday, 3 March 2010.


Pixelmator 1.5.1 is now available

Although we weren’t in a hurry to release Pixelmator 1.5.1, it was built in a comparatively short period of time (two weeks of development, plus one week for testing). Some of its features include:

  • Brush Collections
  • Fit Images and Crop Images Automator Actions
  • Move to Applications dialog (thank you to the Potion Factory and Delicious Library for inspiring this feature)
  • A tiny Dock menu
  • The ability to change the background color of the work area
  • Many more tiny improvements and important bug fixes

Pixelmator 1.5.1 is available for download immediately. It’s a highly recommended update for everyone; undeniably, its appeal is in the details.

Enjoy! The entire Pixelmator Team is getting to work on Pixelmator 1.6 Nucleus, and it is going very well.

Thursday, 11 February 2010.


Fully Charged Batteries


All of the Pixelmator Team crew members (except for the support master, of course) just returned from a nearly three-month vacation. Yes, I realize that is an unusually long break. But if you take into account the considerable number and quality of recent Pixelmator releases(including Firestarter, Kitten, Draftsman, Tempo, Sprinkle, and finally, the glorious Spider), I hope that you can find it in your heart to grant us the time we took to slow down a bit so as to prepare ourselves for even greater accomplishments.

What’s more, our vacation was absolutely perfect for the following reasons:

  • It was agreed that our vacation time would be unlimited, with each crew member taking as much time as needed before missing worktop such an extent that one cannot but resist returning.
  • We visited Germany’s Munich, Alps, and some impressive Alpine castles, all of which contributed to making this a mentally refreshing and restorative trip.
  • We set up our new office, which is turning out to be a much more well-suited place in which to work and for our company to grow:
  • It looks as though Pixelmator is selling everywhere – from our tiny Web store to such giants as Apple Store, Amazon, and almost anywhere else you can think of.
  • Not surprisingly, Pixelmator 1.5 Spider happened to be the most successful Pixelmator release ever. Spider is still selling like hotcakes, and your feedback regarding the current version is great.
  • And because Spider has been so successful and other Pixelmator releases were also very strong, we have made lots of money.
  • Since we have a bit of money, we are looking to put the majority of it into Pixelmator’s development, perhaps investing in some new technology, hiring some good developers to help us out, and so forth.
  • With clearer heads from our vacation, we have also reviewed the Pixelmator flight plan, which looks better than ever. The plan is, in fact, so inspiring that the whole team cannot wait to reveal it to you in future Pixelmator updates.


Currently, the Pixelmator Team is working on the 1.5.1 update, which will provide numerous improvements and enhancements. It is to be released at the end of this month or sometime in early February. If you happen to have any problems with Spider, now is the perfect time to let us know about them; we might be able to add the change or improvement into 1.5.1.


For those of you wondering whether or not the Pixelmator Team is working on version 2.0, I can assure you that we are, in fact, doing so! And working very hard at it, too. To be more precise, we have been working on it (UI, features, foundation) for almost a year now, but it is still months, maybe even years away from release – it certainly won’t happen in 2010.Reasons for this delay include:

a) Pixelmator 1.X is the foundation for 2.0 and, by our standards, still needs a lot of improvements;
b) Since 2.0 has more than enough features, some of them should really be introduced in the 1.X era;
c) We would like to polish up certain important features in 1.X before adding new features;
d) Lastly, it really does take time to develop impressive stuff.

Thus, there will be no less than two or three major updates for Pixelmator 1.X. The newest one to be released once it is finished is called Pixelmator 1.6 Nucleus.

I am more than happy to confirm that after such a long vacation and such great news about Pixelmator, the Pixelmator Team’s batteries are once more fully charged and ready for a triumphant Pixelmator journey into the future.

Stay tuned.

Friday, 15 January 2010.


Pixelmator Team Releases Pixelmator 1.5 Spider

Version 1.5 Adds Save for Web, Snow Leopard Support, and More

The Pixelmator Team released Pixelmator 1.5 today, an update to the revolutionary GPU-powered image editing tool that provides everything needed to create, edit, and enhance still images. Available as a free software update, Pixelmator 1.5, codenamed Spider, features Save for Web, a Slice tool, a Trim tool, Info Labels, and more.

“Pixelmator is a perfect fit for anyone who is passionate about image editing,” said Saulius Dailide of the Pixelmator Team. “And now with the breakthrough version 1.5 Spider features, Pixelmator becomes one of the world’s best tools for exporting images for the Web.”

The new Web tools in Pixelmator allow users to prepare and export images for the Web with minimal effort, whether it is an individual image or a complex page layout. Images can be optimized and saved in Web-standard JPEG, PNG, or GIF file formats with different quality settings.

The new powerful Slice tool in Pixelmator can be used to slice an image into pieces, allowing each piece of an image to be optimized and saved using its own optimization settings. Saving an optimized part of an image is as easy as dragging and dropping it onto the desktop. The file size and preview of optimized slices or images are available in nearly real-time in the Pixelmator window.

Pixelmator also comes with a useful Web Color plug-in for the Apple Color Palette, allowing Web designers to select and copy hexadecimal colors quickly to the HTML or CSS application.

The new Info Labels feature unobtrusively shows useful information depending on the tool in use such as selection, crop and slice sizes, tolerance levels for Magic Wand, Paint Bucket, and Magic Eraser, gradient angle and radius, transform dimensions, and more.

The new Trim feature allows quick and easy cropping of an image by trimming surrounding transparent pixels or background pixels in a specified color.

Other new features in Pixelmator 1.5 Spider include support for Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, Italian language, the Reveal All feature, and the Send To feature that allows the user to send images quickly to the Mail and iPhoto applications; improved Export, Image Size, Canvas Size, and File Info features; minor user interface changes; compatibility and performance improvements; and several bug fixes.

Pixelmator 1.5 Spider is a free update for current Pixelmator users. Download now!

Tuesday, 8 September 2009.


Spider Gallery

I am sure many of you can’t wait for Pixelmator 1.5 to be released. We had planned to ship the wonderful update today but couldn’t do it due to a few small issues. As always, we want the release, the app, and everything that has to do with it to be perfect.

Anyway, the good news is that Spider will be released on Tuesday, September 8th, and because I don’t want you to be depressed until Spider is available, here are some 1.5 screenshots for you:

Talk to you on Tuesday. Cheers.

Thursday, 3 September 2009.


Next Step (Updated)

After the remarkable Pixelmator updates of late, including Pixelmator 1.4 Sprinkle and Pixelmator 1.4.1, the new Learn website, and the new manual, I am very happy to inform you that we are working very hard to build the next major Pixelmator update: Pixelmator 1.5 Spider.

I am not able to provide any details yet due to competition and our desire to surprise you, but I can say that Spider is the largest and, based on your feedback, requests, and comments on our website and our neighbor websites as well as Twitter comments, probably the most welcome Pixelmator update since 1.0.

Pixelmator 1.5 Spider is coming in a few weeks and will be available as a free update to existing Pixelmator users.

Update: (2009/07/29) it seems it takes longer then expected to release the new version – stay tuned as we’re working hard to bring 1.5 release to life.

Wednesday, 29 April 2009.


Pixelmator a great, inexpensive image editor

Pixelmator is what I imagine Apple would make if it were going to create an image editor. It has an elegant interface, it’s easy to use, it’s powerful, and it’s reasonably priced. At $59, it’s a steal for what you get.

Jim Dalrymple

Read more…

Monday, 27 April 2009.


Pixelmator Team Releases Pixelmator 1.4.1

Adds Noise Filter and Introduces a Learning Website and a New User Manual

The Pixelmator Team released Pixelmator 1.4.1 today, an update to the revolutionary GPU-powered image editing tool that provides everything needed to create, edit, and enhance still images. Available as a free software update, Pixelmator 1.4.1 features a noise filter, improvements, and bug fixes. The Pixelmator Team is also introducing a new learning website and a new user manual for Pixelmator users.

“Tens of thousands of Mac users have fallen in love with Pixelmator,” said Saulius Dailide of the Pixelmator Team. “With the new learning website and manual, the Pixelmator Team continues to demonstrate its commitment to Pixelmator quality and attentiveness to the needs of its users.”

Pixelmator 1.4.1 introduces a noise filter, which allows the artist to quickly apply random pixels to an image. This allows users to create realistic textures and special effects and provides advanced retouching capabilities. The current update also offers minor user interface and performance improvements as well as bug fixes to the application.

The Pixelmator Team is also launching a new learning website for Pixelmator users. This new website (www.pixelmator.com/learn/) is all about learning how to use Pixelmator. It features helpful text, video, and third-party tutorials, tips, and tricks, as well as practical resources to make the most of the powerful Pixelmator features and tools.

Further, the Pixelmator Team released a new user manual. Fully updated with information about the most recent version of Pixelmator, this manual introduces users to the Pixelmator interface and its powerful features, providing detailed instructions about using Pixelmator tools. The 300-page manual, full of useful information for intermediate as well as for beginning users, is available as a free download at the Pixelmator website (www.pixelmator.com/support/documentation/).

Pixelmator 1.4.1 is a free update for current Pixelmator users.

Tuesday, 21 April 2009.