Here are the files if anyone else wants them: https://www.dropbox.com/s/fu2sz9ydrbz1g ... _tools.zip
You need to place the files to Pixelmator.app/Contents/Resources.
Just remember to backup the original files in case you want them back or if something goes wrong.
I agree that the tool icons could be more distinguishable (especially the tiny purple smudge that is the magic wand). Ironic that someone has lovingly handcrafted all of the tool icons at a size that makes them very hard to see and appreciate.
But the thing that makes me have to put away Pixelmator before I want to is the black window frames.
It's a tough thing, because while I also find dark/black type on white/light background easier to read, I also find it fatiguing to have 2 square feet of white white blasting away at my face for 8 hours, too!
I'd vote for: keeping current Pixelmator interface, plus adding an option for those who want a less dark one, for the very sound reasons cited.
1. Please keep the current, dark interface.
2. Please offer an option for those who want a lighter interface.
Same goes for icon and type sizes...I find everything perfectly readable, and I am (supposedly) in an age group which finds things hard to read. I have no clue what it takes on the dev side to achieve these changes, but enough people are having a hard time with the interface that I feel it bears attention.
Also, please not that neither the Pixelmator interface, nor the website are "black." This is a very dark gray, I'd suspect a dark warm gray. If the background were black...real black, as in rgb(0,0,0) your eyes would truly start bugging out after 10 minutes.
As long as we're throwing "expert testimony" at this problem, I've been using these things for 30 years. I am sick and tired of having 3 square feet of white blasting out at me all day long. I embraced the trend toward darker interfaces that seemed to arrive in the Mac world maybe about 10-ish years ago. Many of those "dark" apps offer some level of user configurability. Notable examples: Lightwave 3D and Blender 3D.
In the latter, you have control over virtually every atom of User Interface you could possibly imagine. I changed the Render progress bar from gray to red, but most the rest of the color looked right on to me.
I'm not sure who the usability specialist/expert poo-bahs are who would have dark interfaces removed from the computerscape, but judging by the large number of applications now rocking dark UIs, they appear to be out-voted!
I am working a lot with photo and video editors and when I start a project, I can literally sit for hours at my desk in fromt of the screen. However, as much as I like Pixelmator 3.2, the "BITCH BLACK" theme and the tiny little nano fonts require me to focus and concentrate so much on reading and finding tools that my eyes hurt within an hour.
I have the high end iMac with 27" screen and another two lower resolution monitors daisy-chained to it and although I work in full screen with all windows open, I have serious issues reading the tiny information provided, e.g. status bar, tool or filter labels etc.
Here are two features that would make Pixelmator a even more competitive replacement to PS CS series for many enthusiast pixel artists;
1. Additional user preferences/settings allowing to change font size for menu, labels, status bar etc at least between small, medium and large.
2. Additional user preferences/settings allowing to change the color theme between dark (black),medium dark (dark grey like in Final Cut Pro X) and light grey, or to be able to adjust the gamma.
Otherwise great engineering work.
I just bought this. I'm going to be creating book covers for the books I'm writing during retirement - and I have a gigantic monitor so I can SEE things - but a black background as the ONLY option is very difficult to work on with OLD EYES.
PLEASE give us an option for simple black text on a white or gray background - it has to be a very simple fix for you - and an impossible one for users.
THANKS. I'll dedicate one of my books to you if you do it.
Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt
QUOTE : "That’s right, we are going to work on a new Pixelmator version for OS X Yosemite right away. So I suspect that you’re going to see some user interface changes."
The bad news, however, is that we have no idea what they are up to for a new interface. Is it just to include glass-looking translucency all over the place like Apple has done in Yosemite, or is it to lighten the interface a bit ?
I'm a new user and another refugee from Photoshop. Wanted to say how much I've been impressed by your app - it's been a pleasure to use and the wealth of tutorials has made it all the more enjoyable. Good work and special thanks to Sebastiaan!
A couple of suggestions I'd like to offer: First re the UI: I too find the black BG and small text challenging though I like the overall effect. Perhaps you could consider using the same colour scheme as Apple does in FCPX and Motion. Having spent many hours on them I've found them comfortable to use. They seem to have hit on a good combination of dark UI and font size (which would not change the look of Pixelmator much).
Second, I found a pdf Pixelmator Manual for Version 1.6. As I need to be away from internet connection fairly frequently having a pdf manual is a great help. Would love to see an updated version.
Thanks. Looking forward to what you come up with next.
I quite like the design direction of the photos app in Yosemite:
It would make sense to align the design of Pixelmator with the Photos app.It is dark, but not as dark as Pixelmator and is quite flat. I wonder how the style of the icons on the right will suit the Pixelmator's tool panel. The icons are not distracting at all, but easily identifiable even though they are so minimalistic and in grayscale. That might be a bit difficult for Pixelmator to pull off with so many different tools, would be nice if they do manage to pull off something like this :)
(I snagged the picture from: https://thephotosexpert.com/tips/2014/6 ... tments-bar )
This is especially important when I'm on the road and needing to work on my laptop.
Otherwise, love the program!
The issue is one of contrast. while I can see all of these text bits, I sometimes have to...not exactly squint, but look closer or take more time to make sure of what I'm seeing.
If text were a bit lighter, and therefore, more contrast against their background, I feel that User experience and efficiency would be greatly enhanced, and work fatigue reduced.
I have Pixelmator set as my default app as I am trying to ditch Adobe.
Grey would be great.
The Pixelmator app is exhausting to use and with poor UI implementation. (Compare it to Acorn, which is not as feature-rich but whose UI is a *pleasure* to use in comparison to Pixelmator.
They've just released what appears to be an amazing iPad app -- but with the same white text on black. Gawdalmighty. Get someone over 40 on your staff, please.
It's beautifully designed as-is though. It would be ugly as sin in grey or white. It would also make it difficult to work on certain types of images in particular where extra light in the UI would really throw things off.
I wouldn't be too pleased if it changed, but perhaps a toggleable mode that inverts things for people who want it would be OK.
I think there's a few critical things that need to come along first though.
One final plea, please don't use lots of white, I find it glaring and it hurts my eyes.
Each time I try to get out of Photoshop and into Pixelmator, I end up going back to PS because the UI is more usable and less strain on the eyes. Can't tell where the palettes are when overlapped in Pixelmator, the icons on the toolbar are microscopic on a large screen, and the small white type on black throughout the app is just the dog's breath.
Some people like the white on black. Fine. I get it. But no doubt just as many don't. There's a very good usability reason why no Adobe products use black UI.
While this seems to be the "In" thing for graphic apps, it's certainly not everyone's preference.
I find it had on the eyes and it gives me a headache after an hour.
There should be a choice available to set the U.I. to one's preference.
Still have glossy jet-black interface. Still have floating palettes that are often unfindable or difficult to distinguish. Still have typeface size that is often microscopic. Likewise with toolbar icons.
In my experience, when software developers ignore fundamental and consistent feedback from users, for years, the software eventually lands in the dead pool. There are enough options for Pixelmator to be made irrelevant... Acorn, Affinity Design and Photo, et cetera.
You can't rely on the kudos from four years ago.
I have an image of Pixelmator's developers sitting at all the same screen configurations, in perfect conditions, confirming to one another that all looks good to them. The users must be wacko.
Moving on. Actually, did so a long time ago.
I experience black theme with floating windows confusing and outdated.
Is there a roadmap for future features and updates?
Not a single effort by Pixelmator to improve a single issue on the UI: unreadable toolbar icons, often unreadable white-on-black text, the clutter of indistinguishable black floating palettes.
For four years so many *paying* users have requested even the most modest of options or improvements in the user interface. Not a single visible change.
When there is a white or bright background, there is more glare. It's like working in an old photography darkroom.
If Pixelmator brightened their background too much, they would risk losing a lot of professional users. So they need to find the right balance without getting too far from the dark interface we're used to in our other photo apps.
A dark environment is better for reducing glare during photo editing for more accurate colors and seeing details than a bright environment does. That's why every professional art app has a dark user interface.
Does the developers even read the forums? If not why open them. Using a forum is a waste of database space, if it is not used.