Pixelmator developers never cease to amaze us. They released a great update not too long ago, and now it turns out it’s packing a whole other app hidden inside of it. When you press Command + Shift + V the app switches it’s mode and becomes a vector editing tool. It might not yet be an Illustrator replacement, but I really like how the vector tools work and feel like. This is a great way to enhance the possibilities of the app and also some simple logos and shapes can be created from within the app, but in a more streamlined and specified UI. Great work!
You can download Pixelmator 2.2 on the App Store for $15. Blueberry is a free update for all the existing Pixelmator users. I hope to play a bit with the vector tools in Pixelmator / Vectormator and see how they work when there’s actual work to be done. Updates coming soon.
We expressed our love & admiration for Pixelmator a couple of times before, also noting a couple of small issues. (most of them are fixed by now :) But in general it’s one of the apps (and success stories) worth looking at with awe.
Now we can download the 2.2 version, codenamed Blueberry from the App Store and it’s absolutely worth it. At that price ($15) it’s probably the best price-to-features ratio on the planet. Sure – layer styles are nowhere to be found in this version (but they said they’re coming further down the road) but we have some more awesome photo effects (beautiful and very customizable light-leak effects) and vector shapes done in my oppinion better than in Photoshop. They’re both easier to manipulate, handle and edit than what the big brother has to offer.
Adobe moving to fully to the cloud with Pixelmator gaining features and staying at a low price point may in a year or two convince a lot of designers to just switch to a cheaper alternative with a much prettier UI and most of the really useful (at least for web / mobile design) functions are already there. Once we get layer styles a lot can change on the market.
Great job Pixelmator Team!
You can download the app on the mac app store and read more at www.pixelmator.com
Photoshop CS6 has brought a couple of great and not so great additions to the world’s most popular pro graphics app that we already covered. But now after over two months with it the little annoyances don’t seem to be going away in an update anytime soon.
Especially since Adobe has decided that we won’t get a CS7 and should all use Creative Cloud instead. On one hand the deal is great (and pays for itself usually with a portion of a project) but abandoning CS5 and CS6 users and leaving them with not-fixed bugs is kinda not-cool Adobe!
The Font bugs are the most common and most annoying – some fonts take a VERY long time (seconds) to load even on a Retina Macbook Pro with 8GB’s of RAM. Some fonts are smaller in size visually than others, but Photoshop proclaims them bigger for some reason. Setting a consistent font-size among lots of text-fields can be a pain.
I’m keeping the CS6 license, but will probably upgrade to Creative Cloud quite soon. Does anyone know if the CC version of Photoshop (yes it’s apparently a different version with a different update cycle) has those type tool bugs fixed?
With project “Innsbruck” – the apparent Jony Ive led iOS redesign – just a few months away, the web is speculating extensively what will the changes bring. People are speaking of flatter designs, less gradients, shadows, leather, wood and all the other Skeumorphic stuff and that is all good. Purely digital, flat designs are all the rage right now thanks to Microsoft’s innovative approach to Windows. Soon after that, Android and google iOS apps got some nice “flattening” treatments (coincidence? ;)).
The funny thing is that Microsoft is praised so much for the design of it’s system, yet most users choose either iPhone or Android anyway. There’s also one more problem with radical change – unless it’s something really new and great, it will simply be compared to being a Win8 ripoff. And does Apple really want to be the company that copies others?
There’s also the problem of the app-stores – I don’t expect all the developers changing both their apps and their icons to be more “minimal” in any way. And that will bring great inconsistency.
But all that aside I’d be happy to see Skeumorphism go, but it doesn’t necessarily need to be towards superminimal-flat design. It can be something in between that compliments the hardware well. You know, kinda like we tried with that color-coding the OS to the Phone’s color thing back a few months.
Source Sans pro is a great Sans Serif font from Adobe, that has a wide range of languages and a very nice overall design. As helvetica (in it’s many forms) is a bit overused, it’s always great to look for alternatives. You can download the font for free at:
Airbag is a Radiohead inspired Slab Serif Typeface that fits perfectly into any poster or branding design. It’s also free so it’s a no brainer. Go get it now at Simon Stratford’s website.
Download it for free here
Photoshop CS6 was released quite a while ago, but as usual, the first versions are ridden with bugs and generally slow, so I finally bought the update yesterday and wanted to share my impressions about it. There was one annoying (very annoying) bug with Middle-Eastern typography setting (instead of East Asian) that I resolved, but more on that later. Now let’s get to what’s cool:
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I took on a project recently to create a fake brand of a fast-food restaurant with a traditional Polish drinking angle with vodka shots as main courses and small appetizers to take the edge off.
You can see all the posters at our behance:
This week we have another “body copy” font that can replace Helvetica Neue in at least a few of your designs: introducing Museo Sans 500. The whole typeface is not free, but the 500 and 500 italic versions are so if you’re into finding a way to freshen up your copy designs go ahead and download it now!
Make sure to check out CityFix – we made it and it truly works, no mockups! We even added some real issues around the venue today.