Why do men climb mountains? The typical answer is “because they’re there.” Or, “because they can.” Why do Mac app developers design, create, and publish applications? The motives are many; money, challenge, fame, or, perhaps the exercise of creating something from scratch to see how it’s done.
That’s how I view PixelShop, a somewhat pedestrian, almost competent Mac image and photo enhancement app. There’s something to like here. PixelShop has more capability than most Mac paint and drawing apps that cost a bit less, but less capability than, say, Pixelmator, which is more akin to Photoshop mini Lite.
PixelShop is layer-based and comes with the expected array of tools, sans palettes. All the tools, options, and settings are combined into a single window, a structure I prefer to floating palettes all over the screen. Tools are neatly arranged left and right of the image being edited, and there’s a toolbar on top with self explanatory options.
PixelShop’s use of layers and non-destructive filters put it in a class beyond the typical inexpensive photo and image enhancement apps.
Interestingly, the app also comes with a variety of vector tools; good for rectangle, circle, lines, shapes, and text. Again, as layers. Everything about PixelShop smacks of potential. If you’re on a very tight budget, and just getting your feet wet in photo and image editing, PixelShop is a decent choice. However, it’s remarkable that Pixelmator, which has far more options, tools, and capability, is just $20 more.