Just last week we gave you our rundown on the latest features to Pixelmator that landed in the 2.2 Blueberry update and were quite impressed how far the inexpensive Photoshop alternative has come. It appears we weren’t the only ones as the developers have just informed us that the new version reached 500,000 downloads since last Thursday making it the company’s most successful release ever:

“Pixelmator 2.2 downloads have surpassed the previous record downloads and topped half a million making it the most successful release in our history,” said Saulius Dailide of the Pixelmator Team. “Also, the customer response to Pixelmator 2.2 is absolutely incredible. We’ve been overwhelmed by the 5-star reviews on the Mac App Store and the fantastic support we receive from our customers.”

Normally the app goes for $14.99 on the Mac App Store, but the Pixelmator team just sent over a few copies for 9to5 readers that we’ll be giving away at the end of the day. To enter, follow us on Twitter then comment on this post, Facebook, or Twitter. We’ll be randomly grabbing winners all day.

You can get a quick look at what’s new in 2.2 in our video review below or check out our full review here.

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