Pixelmator offers a Photoshop-esque experience for those who don’t know
the ins and outs of Photoshop. While it lacks the depth of niche
features that distinguish Adobe’s offering, it matches, and often
beats, Photoshop when it comes to interface, usability, and speed,
offering an extensive feature list of its own.
Every day, life presents any number of problems that need solving—from
settling bets to knowing which fish are OK to eat to remembering where
the soupspoon goes in a formal table setting. Your iPhone or iPod touch
can act as a digital Swiss Army knife, offering up the right tool to
get you through almost any dilemma. We review and rate a collection of
handy helper apps and ass-saving accessories that are sure to boost
your rep as the consummate boy scout, always prepared for anything.
Painter has been around the computer graphics world almost as long as
Photoshop and has always been the absolute leader in the realm of
simulating natural media (paintbrushes, pencils, inks, and so on)—and
retains the title to this very day. While this latest version of
Painter continues to be the go-to app for painting on your Mac, this
update is possibly the least exciting in the program’s history and
doesn’t offer much in the way of upgrade incentive for existing users.
They say a picture’s worth a thousand words. And now that multimedia
has taken over the Web, flat 2D images sometimes just aren’t enough
anymore. But going from a series of photos to an interactive 3D image
can take a bit of work. After stitching the photos together, additional
processing is required to turn them into interactive, virtual reality
files viewable in a Web browser. Some stitching programs have the
capacity to output QuickTime VR (QTVR) files. Flash developers,
meanwhile, have made huge strides in coding Flash to display
interactive virtual reality images, and a handful of dedicated programs
now create Flash-based VR files.