GPU-Powered Pixelmator Takes on Photoshop, Hurray!

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Got a new Mac but can’t afford the oh-so-expensive Photoshop? Take heart, Pixelmator will be here for only $59.

Pixelmator is the first image editing tool powered by the graphics processing unit (GPU) of your video card, and it provides everything you need to create, edit, and enhance still images. This is a new technology. A GPU-powered image editor can be quite powerful.

Pixelmator is based on Core Image and OpenGL technologies that use Mac’s video card for image processing. Core Image and OpenGL utilize the graphics card for image processing operations, freeing the CPU for other tasks.

The new image editor promises powerful selection, painting, retouching, navigation, and color correction tools. It also delivers layers-based image editing, GPU-powered image processing, color management, automation, and transparent HUD user interface for work with images.

“Finally, an innovative, fast, and easy-to-use image editor that brings the power of today’s expensive image production tools to every Mac user at a very affordable price,” said Saulius Dailide of the Pixelmator Team.

Wait a little while though, Pixelmator will be available in July.


Published by Chris Malinao

Chris teaches Lightroom as workflow software to photography students at the FPPF, Federation of Philippine Photographers Foundation. He also teaches smartphone photography.