Pixelmator now exclusive to the Mac App Store

In a huge act of faith, Pixelmator has gone exclusive to the app store, with a fantastic deal to boot:

“…we are fully committed to supporting the Mac App Store by completely moving Pixelmator sales and distribution to the Mac App Store in the upcoming months. To ease the transition to the Mac App Store for our users, we’ve come up with an exciting solution that we think everyone will love taking advantage of. We call it the Pixelmator transition to the Mac App Store….”

That deal includes a huge discount on the app (down to $29 from $59), version 2.0 for free when it’s released and the opportunity for all non-registered customers to participate. And with that, Pixelmator just became my first Mac App Store purchase.

The Mac App Store

Here are a few quick thoughts on the Mac App Store.

I think this is the first I’ve seen software from Apple without preferences. What’s really odd is that if you go to your account info, you’ll find an empty settings area.

![Screen Shot 2011 01 06 at 8.40.44 pm](http://52tiger.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/screen_shot_2011_01_06_at_84044_pm.png)

The animation of an app “jumping” into the dock to download is cute, and I like the progress bar, but I don’t necessarily want every app to live in the Dock. Yes, it only takes a second to correct, but still.

I’d like to take advantage of the store’s update mechanism for apps I purchased prior to the store’s release, but suspect I won’t be able to “hook” them in somehow.

The Aqua scroll bar is dated. Compare it below to iPhoto (middle) and iTunes (background). True, other Mac apps like iChat, iCal and even the Finder use Aqua scroll bars, but I figured the Mac App Store would resemble other recent Apple software, like iPhoto ’11 and iTunes 10.

![Screen Shot 2011 01 06 at 8.47.11 pm](http://52tiger.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/screen_shot_2011_01_06_at_84711_pm.png)

Perhaps my eyes are failing as I age, but the prices are hard to read. White text on a field of light grey doesn’t offer much contrast.

![Screen Shot 2011 01 06 at 8.51.52 pm](http://52tiger.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/screen_shot_2011_01_06_at_85152_pm.png)

Enough complaining. I love the purchase history screen; it’s much nicer than the pile of apps the iOS App Store crams into iTunes. Also, apps are very easy to find, as the store is only doing one thing, like a quaint boutique. Meanwhile, its sibling iTunes has morphed into The Mall of America on Black Friday.

Finally, I purchase Mac software much less frequently than I buy iOS software, and I don’t expect that to change with the Mac App Store’s release. For now I’m glad to have a convenient, attractive, curated place to shop. Congratulations to Apple and all the developers who launched apps today.

Alfred for Mac has replaced Quicksilver for me

I’ve spent the past two weeks using Alfred as a Quicksilver replacement with great success. This app, still in beta, is much more than an app launcher. With the “Powerpack” installed (£12), it becomes quite robust and useful.

I’ll have a full review up at TUAW this week, but until then, here’s a spoiler: I like it. A lot.