New to market image editor, Pixelmator 1.0, is available now.

Developed for OS X by Lithuanian brothers Saulius and Aidas Dailide, the application exploits the graphic processor installed in Macs, offering image creation, editing and enhancement tools.

The software is based on Core Image and OpenGL technologies that use Mac's video card for image processing. Core Image and OpenGL utilize the graphics card for image processing operations, freeing the processor for other tasks.

Pixelmator employs a combination of open source and Mac OS X technologies to furnish selection, painting, retouching, navigation, and colour correction tools, and layers-based image editing.

The application - which costs $59 - also offers image processing, colour management and automation tools, all accessed using a transparent user interface, so you can see the image you are working with.

There's also a 'New Layer from iSight' command, which allows you to add pictures taken with the webcam to your compositions.

The Photo Browser palette in Pixelmator offers quick access to iPhoto Library, events, albums, Smart Albums, and pictures in the user's Pictures folder. Users can drag-&-drop any of these images as layers into a Pixelmator composition.

Pixelmator supports more than 100 different file formats, including Photoshop images with layers, and includes 15 colour correction tools and 50 Core Image-powered filters, transform tools, fill and stroke, Gradients, QuickMask mode, full-screen editing mode, Automator support, ColorSync support, Spotlight support, and much more.

The Pixelmator demo version is available as a free download.