Pixelmator grosses $1 million from Mac App Store

Less than three weeks after the Mac App Store's launch, Pixelmator's development team have announced their product has already grossed $1 million in sales. Happy customers are also leaving their mark in the review section, averaging 4.5 stars with 275 ratings in the US App Store, 5 stars from 128 ratings in the UK, and 4.5 stars with 129 ratings in Germany.

The team already have plans for future updates. Pixelmator 2.0, scheduled for release later this year, will be free to all who purchase the current version from the Mac App Store. The team have confirmed that 2.0 will be more expensive than the current $29 version, so buying now will save money in the long run. 2.0 will be a Mac App Store exclusive, reinforcing the team's belief in the App Store being the best distribution method on Mac OS X.

While still in its infancy, the Mac App Store has got off to a respectable start. 24 hours after launching, the service had provided more than one million downloads. Big hits like Call of Duty 4 and Sid Meier's Civilization IV have made the jump to the platform, both getting a warm reception in review sections. Services like Intel's AppUp and Google's Chrome Web Store are also bringing the App Store concept to the PC, so it may not be too unrealistic to think that the general consumer will visit an app store for all their future software.

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Thanks Pixelmator, also, the Mac Appstore doesn't support extra fees for updates, so that makes the free transition to 2.0 (for everyone buying it now, and in the future) more logical .

What a really nice and decent application. I've just bought it and I don't even have a mac yet! Planning on getting one over the next few months and figured I'd need this application so grab it while it wasn't that expensive, £18 for a decent image editor is fine by me.

Well done Pixelmator

Pixelmator team deserves all the good that comes their way. Hopefully they can use their profits to hire more people to work on the app because it shows how Photoshop should be really implemented on the Mac. It just hasn't caught up in features yet.

LaXu said,
Pixelmator team deserves all the good that comes their way. Hopefully they can use their profits to hire more people to work on the app because it shows how Photoshop should be really implemented on the Mac. It just hasn't caught up in features yet.

Well said.

In my opinion, if Mac's got more games and a wider choice of better graphics cards so many people would jump to Mac's...
Maybe the AppStore will get more game developers to go Mac also

jporter said,
In my opinion, if Mac's got more games and a wider choice of better graphics cards so many people would jump to Mac's...
Maybe the AppStore will get more game developers to go Mac also

On the graphics card aspect of that, there's only one machine they produce that you can even change your graphics card. The Mac Pro and it's hardly at a consumer price point.

_DP said,

On the graphics card aspect of that, there's only one machine they produce that you can even change your graphics card. The Mac Pro and it's hardly at a consumer price point.

Not sure about the other models, but the Macbook Pro is powerful enough to play most games that come out right now at medium settings. Obviously not the best solution but it is possible. The Mac Mini can play World of Warcraft on high (not saying much) without issues. The iMac plays all games on medium or higher and doesn't cost much more than regular PC's that you buy in the store. The point of being able to change your graphics card is only valid when talking about power users and non casual gamers that actually care to have the best hardware. Those people shouldn't even be looking at something a manufacture makes and get a custom system.

Also, Mac doesn't have to come out with more games because every game that works on Windows works on Mac. Most people still seem to forget that Windows can dual boot on a Mac so if it works on PC, it works on Mac. It's a selling point that Apple falls to push because most people don't use Mac's for two reasons. Price and ability to run Windows applications. The second isn't and hasn't been an issue for a few years now.

So those of us who have bought it, but not through the Mac App Store won't get Pixelmator 2.0 for free? If so, then way to screw a lot of your customers over!!

calmdown said,
So those of us who have bought it, but not through the Mac App Store won't get Pixelmator 2.0 for free? If so, then way to screw a lot of your customers over!!

Do you expect to get Photoshop CS6 for free after buying CS5 too?

Northgrove said,

Do you expect to get Photoshop CS6 for free after buying CS5 too?

The team already have plans for future updates. Pixelmator 2.0, scheduled for release later this year, will be free to all who purchase the current version from the Mac App Store.

Kindoff different isn't it?

calmdown said,
So those of us who have bought it, but not through the Mac App Store won't get Pixelmator 2.0 for free? If so, then way to screw a lot of your customers over!!

They'll likely have a discount as companies usually have for normal buyers. I don't think they really have a choice with making that update free or not on the App Store. As soon as the new version is published, it's considered a free update to those who purchased. It's probably outside of the developer's hands.

Northgrove said,

Do you expect to get Photoshop CS6 for free after buying CS5 too?

Ding...Ding...Ding..Ding...Woops, There goes the logic train. You just missed it!

How does that situation apply here at all?
Maybe you should practice your reading comprehension skills?

It's more like they're saying: "If you supported our product from the beginning and helped keep us in business or if you bought your license just before we transitioned to a Mac App Store only distribution model then you're just screwed and have to buy another license if you want the v2 upgrade for free. We really don't care about previous customers now that we are rich and know that with all the new purchases from the MAS that our business will continue to do well with or without your continued support. Our new customers who bought Pixelmator through the MAS are the ones who really made us rich and therefore they get the upgrade to v2 for free. While you our loyal customers have to re-purchase v1 through the MAS if you want v2 for free. We are honoured to bring our loyal customer such a great deal & think they should be delighted at the idea of buying something they already own....and not only that....if you act now you get the honour of paying more than the $US29 that our American customers pay in most countries for free thrown in!!!"

Edited by calmdown, Jan 26 2011, 12:39pm : More thorough explanation

calmdown said,
So those of us who have bought it, but not through the Mac App Store won't get Pixelmator 2.0 for free? If so, then way to screw a lot of your customers over!!
If it makes you feel any better, you can think of it as pre-ordering 2.0.

/- Razorfold said,

Kindoff different isn't it?


The special deal about free upgrades up to and including Pixelmator 2.0 on Mac App Store is only there because Pixelmator users has to repurchase the app on the Mac App Store despite having already purchased it outside of the store in order to receive updates from continued development. I.e. a Pixelmator 1.6.2 "non-store edition" user would have to pay $20 to receive Pixelmator 1.6.4 "store edition" and onwards. That sucks to have to pay for such a small upgrade, and because of that, they're offering Pixelmator 2.0 for free in a special case for those users as an act of kindness for their users faith in the product.

Read more here:
http://www.pixelmator.com/webl...ition-to-the-mac-app-store/

Edited by Northgrove, Jan 26 2011, 12:12pm :

calmdown said,
So those of us who have bought it, but not through the Mac App Store won't get Pixelmator 2.0 for free? If so, then way to screw a lot of your customers over!!

If Pixelmator 2 is App Store exclusive then anyone who isn't running 10.6 won't get it AT ALL.

Actually, it requires 10.6 so that doesn't matter.

calmdown said,
So those of us who have bought it, but not through the Mac App Store won't get Pixelmator 2.0 for free? If so, then way to screw a lot of your customers over!!

Sucks for people right now but that tends to happen during transition periods from one system to another. Eventually all software will go over the store so this won't be an issue anymore. Obviously Pixelmator isn't hurting over it so I am sure they really don't care.

Mike Brown said,
If it makes you feel any better, you can think of it as pre-ordering 2.0.

This. The developers never promised a free upgrade to 2.0. It just so happens that 2.0 is about to be released so it wouldn't be fair to put 1.6 in the app store and then make people who buy that buy 2.0 again, given the close proximity to release. I doubt app store buyers will get 3.0 as a free upgrade. Likewise, people who bought v1 and have had it through it's life cycle aren't entitled to a free v2 upgrade.

I don't plan to upgrade to v2.0, personally. v1 still has all the great features I paid for back when I bought it plus some more due to updates for v1. I don't feel this sense of entitlement to unlimited free upgrades like some of you apparently do. Developers need to be able to support themselves in-order to develop the great software you use. Don't be so needy and whaa whaa over not getting something for nothing. Time to act like adults. Only children go the "it's not fair!" route.

Edited by Shadrack, Jan 26 2011, 4:06pm :

Shadrack said,

This. The developers never promised a free upgrade to 2.0. It just so happens that 2.0 is about to be released so it wouldn't be fair to put 1.6 in the app store and then make people who buy that buy 2.0 again, given the close proximity to release. I doubt app store buyers will get 3.0 as a free upgrade. Likewise, people who bought v1 and have had it through it's life cycle aren't entitled to a free v2 upgrade.

Version 2 is coming "later this year", so it's most likely not anywhere close to imminent, knowing Pixelmator team's fairly slow release cycle. You can read on their website why they've decided to do it like that. Basically it's again Apple being shortsighted by not having proper measures for turning already purchased software into App Store compatible ones. Sure, it may say installed for many programs but apparently those still can't get updates thru the App Store. I haven't looked into the Mac app store much yet but it doesn't seem to have an option to download the trial or demo versions of software either.

I wonder if they're again letting the idiots who make iTunes run the show for this app too...

Mike Brown said,
If it makes you feel any better, you can think of it as pre-ordering 2.0.

It's not really just a question of semantics. It's not about getting v2 for free either. I wouldn't mind paying for the upgrade if the folks who purchased v1 from the Mac App Store had to pay for the upgrade too.


Shadrack said,

This. The developers never promised a free upgrade to 2.0. It just so happens that 2.0 is about to be released so it wouldn't be fair to put 1.6 in the app store and then make people who buy that buy 2.0 again, given the close proximity to release.

So hypothetically, if I had bought Pixelmator just before the Mac App Store launched then it "it would be fair to put 1.6 in the app store and then make people who buy that buy 2.0 again, given the close proximity to release"? Double standards anyone?

Shadrack said,

I doubt app store buyers will get 3.0 as a free upgrade. Likewise, people who bought v1 and have had it through it's life cycle aren't entitled to a free v2 upgrade.

Explain the logic there? You're saying that app store buyers get v1.6 and a free upgrade to v2, but not v3. Gotcha...Then you say that users that have supported Pixelmator since before the app store aren't entitled to a free upgrade? Your lack of rational critical thinking is making my brain hurt!

Shadrack said,

I don't feel this sense of entitlement to unlimited free upgrades like some of you apparently do.

I assume you're addressing me? Need to use hyperbole to prove your point? I never said I was entitled to anything that the newer Mac App Store buyers get.

Shadrack said,

Don't be so needy and whaa whaa over not getting something for nothing. Time to act like adults. Only children go the "it's not fair!" route.

Wow. Self righteous enough there? Again..Your lack of the ability to not overexaggerate with gratuitous hyperbolic-layden antagonism doesn't leave me feeling that I should even dignify your mislayed/misdirected accusations with a thorough response.

Shadrack said,

Developers need to be able to support themselves in-order to develop the great software you use.

Yeah. They really seem to be struggling eh? I mean their decision to stop distribution outside of the Mac App Store is surely for the benefit of their users and not to try and maximise their already very significant profits? How do you know any of us aren't developers who have greater ethical standards?


Sigh. Can't post a simple observation/greivance without fanboys & company shills jump on you. Why do I even bother?!

Read about this over on Mac Rumors a couple of hours ago, and thought boy is this app that great. It seems that the Mac Store is doing better for some dev than some people thought they would do. All I got from the Appstore so far is a $1.99 version of Mahjong .