Now I can see just enough to know that all the tool I need and want are available; I just have a heck of time seeing the tools - whether it's just the size of the tool icons or the black interface; or combination of both - it is just too taxing for me to work with. I want so bad to make this work and not have to buy PS. If I do - it won't be b/c I think it's any better - just that I can see it easier. Please, Please.....
Stop. Just stop.
It's FINE that it's not a problem for you. Congratulations. But guess what, other people have different experiences than you do. Maybe their vision is perfect but they just don't LIKE the interface. Or maybe they're like me and have astigmatism, where the white-on-black causes severe eye strain. Or maybe it's a different hardware configuration that's causing a completely different experience for them.
As it happens, even though I thought the interface was a bit too dark before, it wasn't until I got a 2017 MacBook Pro with the wide color gaumt HiDPI display that it really became a problem for me.
Eye strain, yes, that's a bit of a problem. But the windows are SO BLACK now, on this screen, that it's often impossible for me to see where the edges of the windows are, making the interface very difficult to work with. If I move the windows to my second display -- a standard resolution, standard gamut ASUS 24-inch LCD, I do not have these problems.
But here's the thing… no one who's asking for a change, that I've seen, is insisting that it MUST be made lighter for EVERYONE… they simply want the OPTION to change it for THEMSELVES.
And count me in. I use Pixelmator as my primary image editing app now that I've abandoned Adobe for their customer-hostile billing practices. But the current super-dark interface, on the new MacBook Pro, makes Pixelmator way harder for me to use than it should be. I don't want to say people shouldn't have the option to have the interface the way it is; I just want the option to make it a little bit lighter.
Sadly, since this thread is over 5 years old, I don't hold out a lot of hope at this point.
As others have long pointed out, Pixelmator is a chore to use on a large Retina screen; icons and labels are microscopic, and palettes tiny and scattered. The jet-black interface is exhausting on the eyes for many, if not most.
Look at this forum: small type on black background, the worst readability combination for any kind of usage. I hate reading this forum; it's archaic. It may *look* sexy but all usability studies show how awful white text on black is to readability.
The developer has continued to ignore these *basic* usability requests, coasting on past accolades and occasionally delivering new features that perhaps 10-20 percent of users need or want. And now it appears they've been distracted by a new app's development, given the stupid mystery tease on this site's landing page.
I've moved on from Pixelmator, though I'd use it if the screen usability issues were addressed. I find ACORN to be a much better app than Pixelmator, save for a couple of features in Pixelmator not in Acorn. Also, the UI for Acorn is far more enjoyable to use for long periods of time. AFFINITY PHOTO (and Designer) are good alternatives, too, with an *adjustable* dark UI, including sizeable tool labels. It's almost as if they listened to the pleas of Pixelmator users, then delivered what they wanted.
In any case, for most my needs, I avoid Pixelmator at all costs. My eyes thank me.
This is one of those apps that created a lot of media buzz at first, luring many people into purchasing it, then coasting on laurels with occasional releases but ignoring user feedback. In my experience, and from what I see on this board, the developers have little interest in user feedback or suggestions. Almost none at all given they rarely deliver improvements based on feedback.
When someone asks me if I recommend Pixelmator, now it's a strong NO.
On top of that, the icons and the type used are very small and the black surrounding them eats away much of their visibility.
My Photoshop needs a new license, and I will purchase one and continu using it.
When using Pixelmator, I have to tune up my display's brightness from the usually half to maximum, which makes switching to another application or the desktop a painful experience: first squinting to see all the tiny details in the dark, then squinting against the floods of light.
I think devs that can come up with such a functionally rich app should be rewarded, if only to withstand mogols like Adobe. So my 30 bucks spent are more like a donation than an exchange for something useful.
By the way, this black website is terrible as well. Not everything classy is clever.
A lighter GUI option would be SO NICE.
Adding a light interface to the original Pixelmator would be rather tricky and, although we will continue updating Pixelmator, our focus is now Pixelmator Pro. If you'd like to know a little more about why that is, we've got a blog post on the topic here:
https://www.pixelmator.com/blog/2018/11 ... mator-pro/
(And FWIW, while a dark interface may look cool, it completely screws up the human vision system for looking at contrast and luminosity. If you process an image in dark surroundings, and display it in a white matte, your image will appear to be too dark, and the shadows will be entire out of balance.) Here's proof: https://www.valleau.art/blog/archives/333
(LATER) - Apple is not cooperating. Do you have a version that I can use with High Sierra? The black type on black interface is simply impossible to use as it is now. If you do not have a HS-compatible version, is there some alteration I can make to this version via the terminal; change some setting?
As mentioned above, we added a light appearance to Pixelmator Pro and, if you'd like to try it out, you can check out the free trial here. As an owner of the original Pixelmator, you'll get an extended 30-day trial.