Today the Pixelmator team provided a sneak peek of their image editing tool. Codenamed Chameleon, Pixelmator 2.0 is a major upgrade that is expected to ship later in the summer of 2011. If you have already purchased the app via the
The new feature list is quite comprehensive. First, there are drawing tools (pen, freeform pen, convert, and path selection tools) that allow users to create and edit vector shapes. These tools also include pre-drawn triangle, line, rectangle, circle and custom shapes available on a new Shapes palette. The fill and stroke settings for these shapes are adjusted in a new Shape Settings palette, and shadows are easily added from this palette as well.
Probably the most anticipated feature in the upgrade is the content aware technology that can be used to detect elements in images. New retouching tools are also apart of the upgrade including a Sponge Tool for adding/reducing colors from image areas. There is also a new Smudge Tool for smearing paint by using a brush tip to do the retouching. The UI has also been streamlined and made easier to use.
Pixelmator 2.0 is expected to ship sometime in Summer 2011 and will be available in the Mac Store for $59.