After a long wait, LG Optimus has been finally released in the US. It has been released with the most popular US carrier service, AT&T. The price at which it’s available is mere 200 USD and it holds a 2 year contract. There were strong …
The Pixelmator team has just released a significant update to their popular Mac image editing software, adding “over 100 new features,” including several new tools, including one that I am particularly excited about: The new Light Leak tool!
From the press release:
Today the Pixelmator Team released Pixelmator 2.2, a major update of the world’s most innovative, easy-to-use, fast and powerful image editing app. Pixelmator 2.2 Blueberry features new, easy-to-use Smart Shape, Move and Paint Selection Tools, and a new Light Leak effect for creating retro-artistically illuminated images. Pixelmator 2.2 Blueberry is available today as a free update from the Mac App Store.
“We’re excited to deliver even more, easy-to-use, advanced features to our Pixelmator fans and continue to create the best and most enjoyable image editing experience,” said Saulius Dailide of the Pixelmator Team. “With new state-of-the-art Smart Shape Tools, people can fully enhance their images, create logos, Web layouts, posters, and much more, all easier than ever before.
While Pixelmator still isn’t quite as powerful as Adobe Photoshop, most users find that it contains and supports enough features to meet their needs – and at a price of $ 14.99 (much, much less than Photoshop), it’s also a far better value. If you’re not already a Pixelmator user, you can download a free trial from their Web site. I’ve used Pixelmator for several years, and I can’t say enough good things about it.
Here’s a summary of the new features, from the press release:
Pixelmator 2.2 Blueberry comes with more than 100 new features and improvements, including:
- Smart Shapes Tools, which let you quickly adjust a shape’s outline with easy-to-use controls to get just the look you’re after;
- Shapes palette packed with dozens of readily available shapes that are as easy to add as dragging and dropping;
- Shape Style palette, so you can effortlessly create more polished and advanced shapes;
- Convert Text into Shape, which allows you to convert type layers to shape layers and then easily apply gradients, shadows, strokes, or even reshape individual letters;
- Smart Move Tool, which knows when you are working with image or shape layers and gives you just the options you need at that time;
- Paint Selection Tool, which is the simplest and the fastest way to make even the most challenging selections in your images with just a few brush strokes; and
- Light Leak effect, which makes it easy and fun to create stunning, retro-artistically illuminated images from any of your photos.
Additional features include the new Color Popovers for quicker access to color swatches, new gradient presets, improved drawing tools, an improved Type Tool, the ability to copy and paste shape styles, and major performance improvements.
Pixelmator 2.2 is available now from the Mac App Store for $ 14.99, and as always, is a free update for current owners of the app.
- Pixelmator 2.2 (Direct Link)
Check out the below videos to see some of the new features in action!
Hearst Magazines has hit its goal of one million subscribers to the digital editions of its publications on tablets like the Apple iPad, Samsung, Galaxy Tab, and the Amazon Kindle Fire.
Hearst had planned to hit the million subscriber milestone by the end of 2012, but the publisher missed its goal by 90 days, Hearst chief David Carey told AllThingsD. Carey expects that the magazine will have about three million digital subscribers by 2016, about 10 percent of Hearst’s entire base.
Hearst publishes titles that include O, Food Network Magazine, Popular Mechanics, and Cosmopolitan.
Apps like Apple’s Newsstand, which acts as a collection spot for a reader’s digital periodicals, have provided an excellent platform for magazines to be presented in the digital age.
Revenues from digital sales have yet to approach that of physical magazines. However, it is estimated that iPad users spend over $ 70,000 a day on Newsstand content. An encouraging number for publishers looking to enter the digital publication arena.
After receiving some serious blows from the PC slump, Asus has geared itself for some good news. It was among the major losers in the PC slump, thus Asus has since then focused its attention to the launch of its awaited devices. One of …
As part of their quarterly earnings conference call yesterday, Apple offered a progress report on the state of the App Store – and to say that Apple’s app market delivered impressive results would be quite the understatement. According to Apple, the App Store has now seen over 45 billion total app downloads – that’s over 700 million app downloads per day, and over 800 downloads every single second.
What’s more, app developers have been served an impressive amount of cash as a reward for their efforts. In fact, Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer revealed that Apple is now paying over $ 1B per quarter to developers, and has paid out a total of over $ 9B to developers. Further, about half of that has been paid within the last year, which gives a pretty good idea of just how strong that App Store’s performance really is.
The company also revealed that there are now a total of 850,000 apps now available on the App Store, 350,000 of which are designed specifically with the iPad in mind. As of yesterday, the App Store is currently available in 155 countries, spanning about 90% of the world’s population.
That’s a pretty impressive achievement for a service that launched less than 5 years ago…