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And there are two other projects similar to Pixelmator, one released and one upcoming after Leopard comes out. The reason for all this activity is that the Mac's core graphics routines allow programmers to just do an interface, and *boom*, they have an image editor.

I tried Pixelmater. Nice, but the problem is that although I only use a small subset of Photoshop's features, I use particular esoteric features of Photoshop a lot, and it's unlikely that they will turn up in these new programs anytime soon. The features are mostly automating and labor saving aspects that Photoshop has that allow a whole string of effects to be applied in one shot, shadows, gradient overlays, outlines, etc.