Pixelmator 2.0

Now in its second version, Pixelmator debuted in 2007, but gained more notoriety with the launch of the Mac App Store in 2011. Version 2 builds on an already very solid tool set with new features like a Healing Tool with Content-Aware Fill, a new type tool, and burn and dodge capabilities.

Though it doesn’t have all of the tools and capabilities of Photoshop, it comes remarkably close, and offers a similar feel and organization. Perhaps the most remarkable feature of Pixelmator, however, is its price—just $29—for a lot of power and capability. Pixelmator is Mac OS X only. Contact: Pixelmator, www.pixelmator.com.

The Info Bar displays RGB values for any pixel you hover over, or the dimensions of a selection or object. It also displays your image’s current color mode and the zoom level of the current display.

Traditional drop-down menus (which are hidden in full-screen mode unless you hover the cursor near the top of the screen) are also similar to those found in Photo shop, and include common necessities like Levels and Curves, plus niceties like the ability to quickly public directly to Facebook, Flickr and Picasa.

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