However, there's no warranty voided on a digital software. Changing a few PNGs isn't dangerous and if your copy is broken, you delete it and download it again.
First of all, I'm a user of pixelmator myself and like it very much, today I was reading a article on the Mac.Appstorm.net that compare pixelmator to the Acorn, it was interesting, reading the comments I've noted that people are complaining about the dark UI of pixelmator, so to improve the software I've though of aware you guys about so you coud have some feedback from the people about the UI.
In this case my feature request are be able to change tha background color of the UI (today black), but be cool, I don't wanna a color picker to do that, just some predefined shades of gray, about 2 or 3 to be exacly, just so people can make more light GUI when they cant use the dark one.
I believe that if the GUI background is programmed (other than a simple image) this can be easyly implemented, if is a image i too believe that cant be that hard to change.
The comments can be found at:http://mac.appstorm.net/reviews/graphics/clash-of-the-image-editors-acorn-vs-pixelmator/
I looked on the foruns but the close topic to subject was kind of unsolved with no definitive awser and can be found here:http://support.pixelmator.com/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=6986&p=34404&hilit=user+interface#p34404
On my day job I'm a part of a 50+ team of people who use Adobe After Effects CS6 and we super appreciate the feature that allows us to adjust the UI custom to our working needs.
It's probably a small improvements, but it's a giant leap for your daily operations.
Please do integrate it as soon as possible.
Thank you for considerations!
For some reason black UIs (and parallax scrolling) are quite trendy right now, so I don't want to tell you not to be hip...
But PLEASE consider doing what JetBrains does with their IDEs: they let you CHOOSE "Darcula" as a UI theme or not.
Not all of us get to work in a predictable work environment with great lighting. Some of us have a MacBook Pro Retina for a reason, and we often find ourselves in situations where trying to read this site or use Pixelmator is a total NIGHTMARE.
For instance, right now I can look at my computer screen and see my own hands typing more easily than I can see my mouse cursor when I move it over this text.
Please, give us a choice! Give choice a chance!
Thanks for listening.
I live in Aperture as a pro photographer. I spend a reasonable amount of time in Photoshop, too.
In aperture, your workspace is black, but your interface elements are all dark grey to provide separation, and... more importantly in my mind, the elements within those palettes are all monochrome. This separation, and the monochrome tools, are there for a very good reason.
It is these elements in PXM that I think are causing the jarring sensation to the interface for so many users - indistinguishable palettes, and gaudy cartoon tool icons that distract from the image within the canvas for no reason - the tool icons, shapes and layer/brush highlights should be there to use when needed, not to compete for attention with the image you're working on.
I'm trying to switch for all my image editing needs outside of Aperture, but (and sorry to be blunt) the interface currently looks like a kids paint package, or maybe it *was* fine, but a unicorn strayed into your office and shat a rainbow on it all?
Maybe your target isn't people who need to get serious work done - maybe you are aiming more at the 'kids paint package' market, but a flatter, subtler interface with subdued tools, highlights etc would set you firmly in the "we're a serious app for everyone" camp.
I've attached a screenshot showing Aperture's interface for reference - it's *incredibly* unobtrusive while remaining incredibly powerful.
Give us the option to have a monochrome interface with separation between the canvas and palettes (i.e. grey!) and I think you'd make a huge chunk of your userbase happy.
I hope will solve the problem of the black interface.
Pixelmator interface it's really user-hostile.
We would like you quickly provide for a better alternative to black
Thanks a lot.
+ Readability is lower with iconography and text on black (researched fact)
+ Eyestrain is greater with white on black (researched fact)
+ Laptop usability in marginal light is lower, especially on glossy screens (subjective opinion)
Please offer the alternative of palettes with light backgrounds. The excessive use of black for everything looks cool on a nice desk monitor in optimal lighting, but in the field or in less perfect conditions, it's crap. It's why I no longer use Pixelmator; the black palettes are unreadable on a glossy MacBook screen.