Pixelmator image editing software released

Pixelmator Team on Wednesday announced the release of Pixelmator 1.0, its new image editing software for Mac OS X. Pixelmator costs $59, and a demo version is available for download.

Pixelmator is billed as a GPU-based image editing tool — it leverages Mac OS X Core Image technology and open source libraries that work in conjunction with the graphics hardware on Macs. It features selection, painting, retouching, navigation, and color correction tools, layers-based image editing, GPU-based image processing, color management, automation and transparent HUD user interface.

Special features of Pixelmator include “Layer from iSight,” which lets you take a snapshot using your built-in video camera; and the Photo Browser palette, which offers quick access to the iPhoto library, events, albums, Smart Albums, and items in your Pictures folder.

Pixelmator works with more than 100 different file formats, and comes with more than 15 color correction tools and 50 Core Image-based filters, transform tools, file and stroke, Gradients, QuickMask mode, full-screen editing mode, Automator support, ColorSync support, Spotlight support and more.

Pixelmator requires Mac OS X v10.4 or later and a Mac equipped with a Core Image supported graphics card.

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