Pixelmator 1.6 Nucleus to go Mac OS X Snow Leopard-only

Apple Online Store“Yup, that’s right: we are moving our whole code to Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard. In fact, we already moved it a few months ago. And, boy, are we happy about that!” Pixelmator co-founder Saulius Dailide blogs.

“Moving 100% to Snow Leopard not only makes the development easier and faster for us, but also it makes your favorite image editor a much better app and also an environmentally cleaner app (considering that the environment is the Mac OS X),” Dailide writes. “Other reasons for the move are obvious: new technologies that we can take advantage of, old show-stopping technologies that we can get rid of, an extremely fast growing number of Snow Leopard users (our web stats are our intel), happier developers (us), and so on and on and on.”

Dailide writes, “In other words, we just love developing for Mac and wish to take advantage of the best that Mac can give.”

“For those of you who are still running Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, I can say that even though it is a good OS, I really hope that Pixelmator 1.6 Nucleus will encourage you to upgrade to an even better OS – Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard,” Dailide writes. “Or if you can’t or don’t want to move to Snow Leopard, Pixelmator 1.5.1 Spider (still one of the best apps) will be there for you for awhile.”:

Dailide writes, “I just wanted to let you know about this move (which is very big, especially considering the huge number of Pixelmator users out there) so that you could prepare yourself if necessary.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Pixelmator is a testament to what’s possible when developers code for specific platforms’ strengths versus lazily excreting lowest common denominator bloat dumbed-down for multiple platforms. RIght, Adobe?

Do not buy Adobe’s Photoshop Elements until you have tried Pixelmator’s free 30-day trial. We use Pixelmator daily.


  1. Since I use Photoshop I have no need for Pixelmator but it does look like a great app.

    Particularly like the ‘send to Apple Mail’ feature. Adobe does not add features such as this because they want the the CS suite to be identical on both platforms. Lowest common denominator and all. Just like Jobs said.

  2. This is a move Adobe would never understand. Drop outdated technologies to make the application faster, more efficient, and more reliable? That’s absurd! Good job, Pixelmator.

  3. I moved from Adobe to Pixelmator about 2 years ago and am the happier for it. It doesn’t take 3 hours to launch, upgrades are cheaper, support is better, and it does everything I need. I’ve pushed it on all my Mac friends/family.

  4. now that im just about done with college i was gonna get into photoshop as a hobby always wanted to learn that but i think i might look into this and hey i have been meaning to buy snow leapord just havent gotten around to it but ima def get it now see what this pixelmator is all about i like thier price better then adobes lol

  5. I bought Pixelmator back when it first came out and have never regretted the purchase. As a point of reference, I also own the latest version of PSE and rarely ever touch it. Unless you know you absolutely NEED Photoshop, Pixelmator is probably all you will need.
    Finally, the app is regularly updated and all have been free. The $ spent on this app are some of the best I have ever spent on SW.

  6. I have Pixelmator but its several years since I used it. It was better than Elements then because it had curves but lacked a bit in other areas.

    CS4 is the end of the line. I will not be ripped off any longer. I shall try the free SL version of Pixelmator and probably buy it . My Elements 3 is creaking and takes too long to start.

  7. I like these guys. I hope Apple helps them so their product becomes better than Adobe. The less Apple and Mac users are dependent on Adobe, the better.

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