Pixel 1.0 final release

As I mentioned in my earlier post, there is a deal with investor who is going to take care about all marketing and sales of Pixel, as well as branding and first-level support. Release date for final version of Pixel is set to April, 30th 2009 and from then there will be new version released every year. Until then there might be few betas released for beta testing and what’s important, all current customers will be handled by me. That means customers will get access to all betas and final version as well, since they already paid for their license. After final version is released, all sales will be automatically transferred to new investor.

Pixel and all other future applications development will be handled by newly established company called Mediaware, s.r.o. (Ltd.), where I act at CEO position. When the deal between Mediaware and new investor is finished and all contracts/agreements are signed I will announce their name and publish more information about this co-operation, roadmap, features list, supported platforms, prices and so on.

Thanks for your patience and support, the future looks very promising for this project. Take care.

75 thoughts on “Pixel 1.0 final release

  1. Wulf

    “information about … prices and so on.” -> hope this doesn’t mean that registred beta users have to pay again then!!!

  2. V.

    Well, in this case i am nearly ready to purchase a licence, but i am still missing a real 64bit linux binary (as i do not have any other system on my workstation). Please, give us at least beta 8 to be able to compare it against Gimp.

  3. Graeme Geldenhuys

    When you say “final version”, I hope you mean v1 of Pixel, and not final as in the “last ever version” of Pixel?

    Either way, great news that the project is getting some sponsorship!

  4. africanforest

    Nice words, but still just words.
    As for Pixel, I only believe in facts.
    And there a absolutely no new FACTS so far. Today is September 22nd, 2008.

  5. jan

    erm…. by the

    “then there will be new version released every year”

    and

    “including all updates until next major release (2.0) and for all supported platforms. Once it is finished price will go higher to $89.”

    so, it means we pay for one year usage, then the next year april 30 2010 will cost us $89?

    well…i hope 1.0 final will be at least be as good as photoshop is now (cs3) and since adobe has it’s own software for cutting websites i would like to see that feature embedded in pixel 1.0 too…

    so far it seems pixel has been sold, at least in my opinion, that’s good and bad. i hope the investor will still be producing linux versions aswell.

    so much for now from me πŸ™‚

  6. Administrator Post author

    This investor will be doing only marketing, sales and first level support. Pixel wasn’t sold, I’m responsible for the development and as I mentioned I established new company to do just this. Regarding upgrades, they won’t cost you full price once you paid for Pixel. Frankly, this price has to be decided yet, but I think it won’t be more than 50% of full price. Also $89 price might be a little bit lower as well, marketing team will decide on this…

  7. floogy

    Like bilbo said: Yes, it’s hard to believe, due to your bad communication attitude during the developement process, sad to say, though it is…

  8. Gutter

    Wow, I hope that the marketing team is good, Pixel’s author image need to be scrubbed clean!

  9. David

    Congrats, Pavel. Your hard work will be paying off! Without steady support, it has taken some time but still pixel is good and has great potential. We’ll complain for sure about delays and wanting more, but I think you’re used to that by now πŸ˜‰

  10. Bob

    So basically you are considering breaking your existing verbal contract with your paying users (e.g. to not charge us for updates from 1.0-2.0) or am I just misunderstanding this and you’ll keep the existing contract?

  11. Pavel Kanzelsberger

    I will not break contract with existing customers, their licenses continue to be valid and customers are entitled to all updates without paying again.

  12. Art

    When will be a stable version 1.0 of Pixel, I have beta 7 but more options don’t work properly, and program crashes every time

  13. Jack

    Does this mean that we will be loosing support for GNU/Linux? If this new person decides to stop selling the GNU/Linux version it’ll be a real shame.

  14. Pavel Kanzelsberger

    No worries about the Linux version, this one will continue in 32-bit and 64-bit flavour for x86 platforms. Originally marketing team wasn’t interested in Linux version, but I will surely develop it and they have to sell it πŸ˜‰

    To explain, new “investor” is not taking over the company. They will just do the worldwide marketing and sales, as well as first level support.

  15. Edgar Bueltemeyer

    Hello, is it planned to release beta 8 for OSX/Intel? I have serious problems with beta 7. btw. beta 7 was released 2006-11-28. So NO new version since 2 years! ThatΒ΄s hard..

  16. Pjotr

    Hi,

    I like the feel and look, but cr2 (raw) files don’t seem to be processed correctly. Will that be better in your final release?

    Regards,
    Pjotr

  17. SLegrand

    Great news. I was starting to lose faith and patience in this. I rarely use anything but “proven and tested” software, but when pixel came out, I just had to support the initiative of creating a linux image editor that photoshop users can use. So I paid. 2 years with no new release made me regret this. So hopefully, this will be what I was waiting for. A real push to muscle into photoshop’s market. I guarantee you that if you’re serious about it and keep building it for linux you’ll have some pretty major clients knocking at your door. Think weta, dreamworks, pixar, ilm, sony. All these companies are in dire need of this kind of tool.

  18. netsurf

    So is there any chance of a new beta to people who have already bought the program? i really enjoyed how much potential this software had and spoke with my money. So i would appreciate a new beta soon just so i can see how it is coming along.

  19. Mike K

    Wow! Pixel really is the perfect cross platform tool!

    I’ve been developing games professionally for nearly as long as Pixel has been in development, and I am long overdue for something to replace my trusty old of Paint Shop Pro (with something other than Corel’s butchered result, Adobe’s Monster, and Gimpy Gimp).

    I regularly bounce between each of the major 3 platforms, so I was thrilled to discover this. I primarily work on Windows, and really only found 2 things that are holding me back. Tablet Support, and Image File support.

    1. My Wacom Intuos 3 currently does nothing with the App loaded. Obviously there’s something already in place, it’s just not working with my setup yet.

    2. PSD files and TIF files generated by Sketchbook Pro don’t seem to load correctly.

    Pretty much as soon as I can use my tablet and load my assets, you can count me in for a sale. PSP/PSPImage or Layered TIFF support would be icing on the cake, but I can work around it.

    If you’d like some example assets that don’t load, feel free to contact me. I’d be glad to help.

    Keep up the good work. I’m looking forward to the next beta.
    – Mike

  20. Mike K

    Oops… I misread and assumed Pixel’s development lifetime has been the past 10 years or from the copyright link at the bottom, but still. Great program with huge potential. πŸ™‚

  21. Xushi

    “There will be a new version every year”

    So in other words, the license we’ll be purchasing will only grant us our privileges for 1 year? So we have to pay $50 each year to get a new license in order to have the upgrades?

    Will the previous version still be maintained? Or will we be forced to upgrade to later and later versions to see features and bug fixes?

    This is slowly turning to sound like MS and Adobe to me… Ironic.

  22. Alexander Ewering

    Hrms… not meaning to be overly impatient, but the initial announcement of the ‘deal’ is now almost 4 months old, and no news about it. Not meaning to me overly pessimistic either, eh, but past experience has taught me (and probably others) to be slightly alarmed at delays πŸ˜‰

  23. Mads Nygaard Pedersen

    I think it is great news if Pavel succeeds – unfornunately the timing for seeking investors at this point for any project is incredibly bad. World is in recession.

    On the other hand – keeping a positive mind. A stable version of Pixel should be a great incitament for any investor if the pricing remains reasonable.

    I am one of those early beta testers and though I admire and appreciate Pavel’s efforts on this project – I still think Pavel ought to have considered putting an open source verion on track and sell a supported version + documentation and services on the side. This model would speed up the development phase considerably and ensure Pixel to be mora than a mere Photoshop close.

    Best of luck – and look forward to see the grand opening not many months away now.

    /Mads

  24. Alexander Ewering

    Hmmmm, deal is not yet signed/finished, but only 6 weeks till release… LOOKS LIKE HE’S IN A HURRY πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  25. Xushi

    “I can’t wait! I want some feedback since 15 sept!!”

    Heh, lucky you πŸ™‚ I’ve been waiting for some feedback since 15 sept… 2006 πŸ™‚

  26. Pavel Kanzelsberger

    Sorry for not updating the news, I’m too busy with development until we get this released. Anyway contract has been signed in September and is in progress. After final release Pixel will probably get new name, new website, new forums and so on. All purchased licenses are of course valid and eligible for free update to final version. At first version for Windows, Linux (32/64) and MacOSX is released as ESD, later also retail version. Stay tuned. Thanks.

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