“I’ll start out by saying that real, hardcore pixel-pushers will probably only ever use Photoshop,” Jason D. O’Grady writes for ZDNet. “But then, there are the rest of us who’ll probably never exploit the depths of Photoshop, and only use a handful of the same basic features over and over again. For most Mac users, Adobe Photoshop is overkill.”
“When Adobe announced this week that it was killing its Creative Suite (which includes Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign, among others) as packaged software in exchange for Creative Cloud (CC), a pure-play subscription model, you could almost hear the cry of designers across the globe screaming at their Wacom tablets and color calibrated monitor,” O’Grady writes. “After the initial shock that Adobe had one-upped Microsoft in the software subscription race had wore off, two things immediately came to mind. First, it might be time to upgrade from CS5 to CS6, just in case I really need Photoshop’s extra muscle. And second, it’s time to find a replacement for Photoshop that better suits my needs (and budget).”
O’Grady writes, “Hands down, the best replacement for Photoshop on the Mac is Pixelmator, which is available for $14.99 from the Mac App Store. I’ve been testing Pixelmator 2.2 Blueberry, which is due to be released on Thursday, May 9 (as a free upgrade, natch), and it’s an amazingly tight piece of code that’s extremely fast, functional, and beautiful at the same time. In fact, it performs the half dozen or so tasks that I use Photoshop for, better than Photoshop did.”
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MacDailyNews Take: We’ve been using Pixelmator daily for years now and highly recommend the application.
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