Pixelmator 1.0 looks like a good start. It feels a lot like older, less Windowsy, versions of Photoshop. The Core Data–based file format is a good idea. As with Acorn, there is currently no way to preview the quality when exporting to JPEG or PNG. Jesper has some good criticisms, but the sticking point for me is the transparent HUD-style palettes and windows, all overloaded with black. The interface is distracting, except when it was in full-screen mode. Acorn’s interface is not distracting, and it’s refreshingly clean. Also, I’m still wondering in what sense Pixelmator is “The World's First GPU-Powered Image Editor.” It’s certainly not the first to use Core Image.
Meanwhile, Photoshop Elements 4 isn’t a universal binary, and there’s no Mac version of 5. The Mac version of Photoshop Elements 6 is planned for 2008 and looks more like Lightroom than Photoshop. I don’t think I have any use for such a product.
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