Since the Mac App Store opened a couple of years ago, we Mac users with graphics and design on the mind have been swamped with simple paint and draw apps, and one-trick pony utilities, and photo enhancers.
Here’s another that’s actually quite good, priced right, and I have no clue of what to make of it or when or where to use it.
One Pixel At A Time
While there’s no love lost from me to Adobe because of their new rental price gouging on Creative Cloud, finding appropriate alternatives to some Create Suite apps remains a challenge.
One of my favorites is Pixelmator, which brings much of what Photoshop does at a tiny fraction of the price.
Adobe’s monopolistic attitude means many Mac users look for less expensive alternatives, including the imported (or, exported) Pixel Master.
I don’t really know quite what to make of Pixel Master. It’s a good Mac drawing app with a nominal price, and it has all the expected tools of the trade.
It’s like Prego. It’s in there. From pencil to eraser, eyedropper to magic wand, plus shapes, lines, and fills.
Pixel Master isn’t dumb, either. It has layers like Photoshop, and it’s easy to drop in a background image behind the canvas to trace a drawing.
Pixel Master’s tools are somewhat representative of a Fisher Price app but with some unique touches.
For example, images can be arranged in frames in the filmstrip view to create both pixel and GIF animations (GIF is back, baby!).
Even specific tools can be assigned to the right and left buttons of the Mac’s mouse for easier use. It even works in fullscreen mode to take advantage of the Mac’s wide screen, and the tools are well placed in familiar floating palettes.
The problem with Pixel Master is that other than the clever app icon, there’s not much that’s special or to differentiate it from any of a dozen less expensive and more capable paint and drawing apps for the Mac. It’s also far less of a tool than Pixelmator, but is priced just a few dollars less.
When it comes to inexpensive knock off apps I look for a compelling reason to try or buy. Pixel Master doesn’t have one.