Pixelmator Update 3.2.1

Pixelmator 3.2.1 is a maintenance update that has some serious technology upgrades coming with it. One of the most important technology enhancements is the switch to the OpenGL Core Profile. We needed this so that we can access all of the latest GPU features, have a more streamlined API, and have more control over the rendering pipeline. This new and modern technology will help us keep Pixelmator blistering fast. There are some other improvements related to future releases, and, of course, bug fixes as usual.

It is nothing flashy, yet we are we are quite happy with this update and looking forward to releasing Pixelmator 3.3, a major update dedicated to OS X Yosemite support.


Thursday, 11 September 2014.


Pixelmator 3.2.1 Beta Testing

We are wrapping up a new Pixelmator update 3.2.1. It looks all good and improved. We’ve done some major foundation and technology changes that are very important for future Pixelmator releases. It’s such a huge technology revamp that this Pixelmator update needs a really thorough testing. So we need your help.

Would you like to have a look at Pixelmator 3.2.1, try it, and give us some feedback? If you would, email us at beta@pixelmator.com. Include your Mac specifications and briefly let us know why you want to participate in beta testing. Thanks!

Update: The beta has ended. Thanks for registering!

Thursday, 14 August 2014.


Terrific Creativity Apps Promotion

Terrific Creativity Apps Promotion

Apple has launched a Terrific Creativity Apps promotion where you can get a whole slew of wonderful
apps at discounted prices. Our favorite image editing app – Pixelmator – goes on sale for limited time, too, as part of the promotion! Head to the Mac App Store to grab your copy now at a discounted price while
the promo lasts.

Update: The promotion has ended.

Friday, 18 July 2014.


Bye Aperture, Hello Photos

OS X Yosemite

Bye Aperture, Hello Photos

Apple has announced that it is discontinuing Aperture and iPhoto development in favor of the Photos app with integrated iCloud Photo Library. We know that many of you are using those apps in combination with Pixelmator. While we might not be able to offer you a replacement app (at least right away), we want to do everything we can to help smooth the transition.

First, we are going to fully embrace the new Photos app. In fact, we can’t wait to see it. When I first saw Apple announce Photos during the Keynote, I thought, finally there’s a secure place to store photos and easily access them on all devices. iCloud Photo Library sounds super great. On top of that, Photos offers extensions, which means that developers like us can integrate some cool editing features and filters right into it. We already have some ideas for it.

Next, if you have any suggestions for tools or features that you’re going to miss since Aperture and iPhotos are gone, write them down in the comments, or shoot us an email at info@pixelmator.com. We’ll be very happy to hear your thoughts.

Tuesday, 1 July 2014.


Pixelmator and OS X Yosemite

OS X Yosemite

Pixelmator and OS X Yosemite

All of you must have heard by now about the new OS X called Yosemite. It’s coming this fall along with other incredible things Apple announced during the keynote. We are absolutely thrilled to see new features as Apple fans, but we’re even more excited as developers.

That’s right, we are going to work on a new Pixelmator version for OS X Yosemite right away. So I suspect that you’re going to see some user interface changes. And, of course, we’re absolutely itching to dig in and have a look at what we can do with the new Swift language and Xcode 6. Boy, this is going
to be sooo exciting!

Tuesday, 3 June 2014.


Pixelmator 3.2 Sandstone Is Now Available on the Mac App Store

Powerful Image Editing App Adds All-new Repair Tool, 16-bits per channel Support,
and Lock Layers Feature

Today, the Pixelmator Team announced Pixelmator 3.2 Sandstone, an amazing update to its fast, innovative, and powerful image editing app, featuring an all-new Repair Tool, 16-bits per channel support, and Lock Layers feature. Pixelmator 3.2 Sandstone is available today as a free update on the Mac App Store.

“Packed with incredible features, Pixelmator 3.2 Sandstone delivers the most empowering image editing experience Pixelmator fans have ever had,” said Saulius Dailide of the Pixelmator Team. “Redeveloped from the ground up Repair Tool, 16-bits per channel support and Lock Layers feature make Pixelmator an excellent image editor that is just as fun and easy-to-use as it is powerful.”

Pixelmator 3.2 Sandstone

Pixelmator 3.2 Sandstone features an all-new Repair Tool. Redeveloped from the inside-out, the new Repair Tool is built on breakthrough technologies that enable removing unwanted objects or image imperfections with an unsurpassed level of quality and precision. It now has three options: Quick, Standard, and Advanced repairs. These options are the combinations of sophisticated repairing algorithms aimed at achieving the best results when removing small or large objects from smooth and complicated backgrounds—all while using four times less memory than its predecessor.

Pixelmator 3.2 Sandstone brings 16-bits per channel support to the Mac. With 16-bits per channel support, you have more color data to work with and greatly reduce the risk of color banding. This means that you can make advanced color adjustments to an image while keeping its color rich and vibrant.

Pixelmator 3.2 Sandstone makes it even easier to work with large and complex compositions by bringing the new and long-anticipated Lock Layers feature. Now you can simply lock certain layers to protect their content from any further changes so that you can freely edit the rest of your composition.

Pixelmator 3.2 Sandstone also includes a new Convert Selection into Shape option that lets you quickly and easily create all kinds of shapes from any selection, a number of improvements, user interface enhancements, and fixes related to stability and reliability.

Thursday, 22 May 2014.


Sneak Peek at Pixelmator 3.2 Sandstone

Good news! A major Pixelmator 3.2 Sandstone update is on its way. Some awesomely delicious goodies are coming with this update, but the sweetest of them all is the all-new Repair Tool. 

In developing an entirely new Repair Tool, we’ve used the latest breakthrough technologies that enable you to remove dust, blemishes and entire objects from your images with an unsurpassed level of precision and quality. 

The new Repair Tool and more are coming in a soon-to-be-released and free Pixelmator 3.2 Sandstone major update. 

Even more, we want as many of you as possible to have fun while editing pictures. So, starting today we cut the price in half for entire week until Pixelmator 3.2 Sandstone release. If you don’t have Pixelmator yet, it’s a good time to download it for just $14.99 and get Pixelmator 3.2 for free.

Thursday, 17 April 2014.


Pixelmator 3.1 Marble Fully Optimized for New Mac Pro

Update brings support for 16-bit color images on the new Mac Pro and
adds new print options

The Pixelmator Team today announced Pixelmator 3.1 Marble, an incredible update to its innovative, fast, and full-featured image editing app that adds support for 16-bit per channel images on the new Mac Pro and a new option for ordering prints. Pixelmator 3.1 Marble is available today as a free update from the Mac App Store.

Pixelmator 3.1 Marble

“We are extremely excited for professionals to experience the power and speed of Pixelmator 3.1 Marble on their new Mac Pros,” said Saulius Dailide of the Pixelmator Team. “Harnessing the power of the Mac Pro’s dual-GPU architecture, we’re now able to support 16-bit per channel images for the first time and push the limits of Pixelmator performance like never before.”

Fully optimized for the new Mac Pro, Pixelmator 3.1 Marble leverages the full power of the dual workstation-class GPUs built into it. Both graphics cards are used simultaneously to accelerate composition rendering and compute demanding tasks. This means that image editing is now completely seamless, and even with large and complex compositions you will experience profoundly faster and more responsive performance.

The enhancements for Pixelmator 3.1 Marble paired with the incredible power of the new Mac Pro allow us to bring support for 16-bit per channel color images, a feature professionals rely on, giving the flexibility to make adjustments to extreme lengths while keeping the image quality intact. Now all pros can take advantage of faster and more powerful editing of high-quality, rich, and vibrant pictures with Pixelmator 3.1 Marble on the new Mac Pro.

The Pixelmator Team also partnered with MILK Print on Demand to offer a new Order Prints feature. You can now quickly and easily turn your gorgeous images into stunning, fine-quality prints. With just a few clicks, you can order Pixelmator images as postcards, notecards, gallery frames, or posters and have them delivered right to your door.

Watch Order Prints video

Pixelmator 3.1 Marble also includes a number of improvements for Layer Styles, Type Tool, selections and others. 

Thursday, 23 January 2014.


Our New Office

In 2013, something more exciting happened that is closely related to Pixelmator development. We moved into our new office. I won’t bore you with the details, but I’m very happy that after a long search, careful set up, and vigilant testing we now have the best office to develop the world’s best image editing app for Macs.

Thursday, 19 December 2013.


2013 Roundup

2014 is just around the corner, so I think it’s time for the annual development update on what we’ve done so far and what we are up to. And, believe me, we have lots of stuff going on here.

But let me start with 2013. It was truly one of the most exciting and best years in Pixelmator history.

We had three awesomely successful releases. First, it was Pixelmator 2.2 Blueberry with easy and fun to play with Shape tools, a Paint Selection Tool, and a gorgeous Light Leak effect. Then, the Pixelmator 2.2.1 update with a new Pixelmator file format that can open and save Pixelmator documents two times faster than before. And, our most recent release, the Pixelmator 3.0 FX major upgrade with Layer Styles, Liquify Tools, and a new image editing engine.

Each release was more successful than the other. The number of downloads increased with every update. We even reached one million for the latest Pixelmator 3.0 FX update. We are very happy about this astonishing milestone.

What excites us even more is that your feedback is always incredibly great. Pixelmator has an average rating of 4.5 stars on the Mac App Store. I even checked how others are doing, thinking maybe it’s nothing unusual to have 4.5 stars. It turns out that Pixelmator is one of those (extremely) few apps.

Pixelmator Downloads

Within first three weeks






In the meantime, we’ve redesigned the entire Pixelmator web site, updated our tutorials page, and introduced the Get Started with Pixelmator guide. All of this, while working on Pixelmator updates.

What’s next

We receive tons of feature requests from you, including a single window mode, SVG, EPS file formats support, CMYK support, Multi-touch support, a white balance feature, adjustment layers, a scrollable shapes palette, 16-bit support, and many more (keep them coming!).

Some of the requests we receive might require another huge update, some I doubt fit the nature of Pixelmator, and some of them, I’m delighted to announce, are already in the works, like 16-bit support. Yup, it’s coming next year.

We have some more incredible stuff going on here that I can’t tell you about yet, though I’m absolutely itching to do so. I hope we’ll be ready to show you some sneaky peeks early next year.

So, to sum up everything, the year of 2013 has been absolutely incredible. We’ve finally released long-anticipated features and improved the Pixelmator performance. We even dared to call Pixelmator “a full-featured image editing app for the Macs,” because we think it can now stand up to this statement. And I know the year of 2014 is going to be just as exciting to all of us Pixelmator fans, starting with the new and awesome Pixelmator 3.1 update, codenamed Marble.

Tuesday, 17 December 2013.