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Pixelmator for iOS Gets an Update

Tuesday, 14 July 2015.

We’re back with more great news.

But before jumping in, we want to thank all of you for your feedback about Pixelmator for iPhone and for sharing your stunning artwork with us. It is absolutely amazing to be able to create something that you enjoy, and it’s just as awesome to see how creative people get when they have the right tools.

So, thanks for sharing!

Today, we’re bringing some great new enhancements to Pixelmator for iOS.

Dynamic Touch

First off, we’ve enhanced all Retouch tools with a cool new feature, which we call Dynamic Touch.

When you touch the screen with your finger, Dynamic Touch detects the finger surface area in contact with the screen and automatically adjusts the brush size when the surface area changes.

It’s really simple to use—touch the screen with the tip of your finger to create thin strokes and use a larger finger surface area for thicker lines. This makes retouching images way faster and more precise.

Repair Tool

Next, do you remember the jaw-dropping, advanced repairing algorithm we recently introduced to Pixelmator for Mac? Well, we’re bringing the same repairing magic to Pixelmator for iOS. This means that now you can use your iPad and iPhone to remove objects from your photos, unbelievably fast and with exactly the same quality you get on your Mac. How good is that?

Pixelmator for iOS 2.0.2 also includes other great enhancements, improvements and bug fixes. You can learn about them here.

Learning resources

But that’s not all! We’re also introducing two great new ways to learn about Pixelmator for iOS features and how to use them.

Learn everything there is to know with the new, complete User Guide or go ahead and watch short, inspiring Pixelmator for iPhone tutorials.

Watch the Color Adjustments tutorial

We’ll be constantly sharing new tutorials, so make sure to check back once in a while.

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Pixelmator for iPhone Is Now Available

Thursday, 28 May 2015.

We’re extremely excited to let you know that the hot, new super-powerful Pixelmator for iPhone is out now in the App Store.

And it’s great — it’s a complete photo editing, painting and layer-based graphic design app for your iPhone.

Watch the overview video

Pixelmator is a universal app that is every bit as powerful as Pixelmator for iPad. It even comes with exactly the same magical Repair tool that we demonstrated at the Apple Special Event last October — and it works just as amazingly on the iPhone.

Pixelmator for iPhone brings not only all the powerful Pixelmator for iPad features to your iPhone, but also some cool new stuff such as Metal-powered Distort Tools and a new Clone tool (long anticipated by our iPad users).

Pixelmator for iPhone is available on the App Store for $4.99 and it is a free download for those of you who already have an iPad version.

Go ahead and download the world’s most powerful mobile image editing app — we are eager to see what you guys create using the new Pixelmator for iPhone.

P.S. As for the near future, an in-depth Pixelmator for iPhone ibook and a bunch of awesome video tutorials are in the works. Stay tuned.

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One more thing (Pixelmator for iPhone)

Wednesday, 6 May 2015.

Pixelmator for iPhone is coming. And it’s awesome.

It sports all of the incredible features and power of Pixelmator for iPad, right on your iPhone.

It adds some amazing new features, too, such as the new Distort Tools, powered by Apple’s Metal technology (translation: incredibly fast graphics processing tech, mainly used for creating graphics-intense games).

Here’s a short video we made to show the new Distort Tools in Pixelmator for iPhone:

If you don’t own Pixelmator for iPad yet, now is the best time to get it — not only because Pixelmator for iPad is on sale now (50% off), but also because all Pixelmator for iPad owners will automatically get Pixelmator for iPhone as soon as it is out. Just like that.

Yup, Pixelmator is a universal app and works seamlessly on iPhone and iPad alike.

How good is that!

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Pixelmator 3.3.2 Update

Wednesday, 29 April 2015.

Pixelmator 3.3.2 is out, featuring lots of new stuff — Photos app support, Force Touch trackpad support, jaw-dropping Repair Tool enhancements, and much more.

We simply love the new Photos app for Mac. That’s why we are excited to let you know that you can now access your Photos library right from the Photo Browser in Pixelmator. It looks good and works great.

The new Force Touch trackpad support is also here for you to play with. You can now paint with pressure sensitivity using a Force Touch trackpad on the new MacBook and MacBook Pro. The force sensors detect how much pressure you’re applying, and Pixelmator changes the size of your brush. It feels just like painting with a stylus.

Finally, we are very proud of the unique, incredibly powerful Repair Tool in Pixelmator for Mac, which is now up to 5 times faster. Since we’ve spent so much time perfecting the tech behind this tool, we had to make a video on how it works:

Stunning, isn’t it? If you don’t believe what you just saw (which wouldn’t be much of a surprise), go ahead and update Pixelmator to 3.3.2. Then, download the photo you just saw in the video and try it for yourself. You can download it here.

The Repair Tool is one of our many fun and interesting secret scientific projects. We even used the new Mac Pro (because it’s extremely fast and powerful) to automatically improve our Repair technology algorithms.

Since there are numerous ways to repair any area of an image, our Mac Pro worked incredibly hard for months to find the best algorithm. It analyzed millions of possible ways to repair areas of various complexity, and then it compared the speed and quality ratio of each final result. Lastly, our Mac Pro—this is awesome—derived a repairing strategy that gives the optimal result every single time. How smart is that?

In other words, the new Mac Pro did a great job. And because it did so well, you can now wipe away unwanted objects in Pixelmator for Mac extremely quickly and with superb quality.

Enjoy the new Pixelmator update and please remember that we feel great when you let us know what you think about our work.

We’ll talk to you very soon about some awesome new stuff. Thanks.

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Pixelmator for iPad 1.1 Is Now Available

Thursday, 19 March 2015.

We’re super excited to finally let you know that the new and awesome Pixelmator for iPad update is out now.

Just to remind you — Pixelmator for iPad is the best image editor on the iPad and it is one of the most innovative and technologically advanced iOS apps ever built. And oh, if you are a Mac user and not that interested in iOS, just listen for a sec: All the cool things we now make for the iPad are coming to the Mac. But more on that later.

In the meantime, read on to find out what we’ve packed for you in Pixelmator for iPad 1.1 Aquarelle.

Watercolor painting technology
This thing is unique for the iPad, extremely innovative and super advanced. The secret behind it is that while you paint with the new watercolor brushes, the Pixelmator painting engine simulates applying wet paint onto paper. And just like in real life, when strokes overlap, their colors blend with each other and create an entirely new color with a soft gradient in-between.

Watch the Watercolor Video

Watercolor is great for painting, experimenting or for adding an artistic touch to your photos, since hey, even not-so-great paintings look awesome when painted in watercolor.

The new Color Picker
It’s not just simply a Color Picker. It is the most beautiful Color Picker ever. In addition to all the standard color choosing options and elegance, it also features an ability to quickly access your recently used colors and the new Color Grid. Color Grid lets you pinch into a chosen color to get a grid of its shades, so you can choose colors with much greater precision, and most importantly, have fun while doing it. You’ve just got to watch this Color Picker video.

2x Faster Painting Performance
Since its very first day, Pixelmator for iPad Paint Engine has had the best-in-class performance. With the new watercolor technology and major performance improvements, it just got even better. Yup — up to two times faster! We did that not because we needed to, but because we could.

Best-in-class Photoshop support
16-bit, CMYK, Grayscale Photoshop images as well as Photoshop images with masks are now also supported. In other words, you won’t find a better app for working with the Adobe Photoshop file format on iPad or any other tablet. Even Adobe Photoshop Touch is eating our dust.

And many more amazing details
We have also added many other smaller but very handy features, such as an ability to insert a photo as a new layer from iCloud Drive, lock image transparency with Lock Alpha, open RAW image preview, use a refreshed Eyedropper tool, see a live brush preview, enjoy much better overall stylus support, and have full support for Adonit styluses.

If that weren’t enough, we also added many other subtle tweaks that you can read about in our Pixelmator for iPad 1.1 release notes.

Pixelmator for iPad is awesome. We hope you’ll love the new updates as much as we enjoyed creating them. Please check it out ASAP and let us know what you think.

Learn more about the new Pixelmator for iPad or view in the App Store.

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Pixelmator for iPad 1.1 Sneak Peek

Thursday, 15 January 2015.

The first awesome major update of Pixelmator for iPad 1.1, codenamed Aquarelle, is coming.

Codename Aquarelle pretty much says it all about the release – it is beautiful, colorful and, well, you guessed it: in addition to many awesome new features and improvements, it also includes a fantastic watercolor painting technology.

We prepared a short sneak peek video of watercolor in Pixelmator 1.1 Aquarelle.

Watercolor painting is magic. It takes advantage of our new super advanced blending techniques to paint watercolor on your iPad as realistically as in real life. The new watercolor brushes that come with 1.1 Aquarelle are also simply amazing. Even if you are not that much into painting, just by simply playing with the new brushes, you will most definitely create some awesome artwork. And, if you are good at painting, you will create magic – that’s for sure.

Watercolor brushes alone make this update super awesome, but we have some more goodies packed in Pixelmator for iPad 1.1 Aquarelle. Stay tuned for more, or subscribe to the Pixelmator Newsletter to be the first to know about this awesome new update.

Oh, and by the way, Pixelmator 1.1 Aquarelle is going to be a free update for all existing Pixelmator users.

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Pixelmator Newsletter

Thursday, 8 January 2015.

We have a very sweet announcement today! Pixelmator Newsletter is on its way. You can subscribe now to be the first to learn all the ins and outs of Pixelmator and image editing.

You’ll get fresh and up-to-date tutorials with clear and easy-to-follow instructions right in your inbox. Also, you’ll learn just how easy and fun it is to do things like remove image background, change colors, erase parts of an image, combine several images into one, and so much more. There’s an infinite number of cool things you can do with Pixelmator as well as an infinite number of ways to do the same thing. So, in addition, we’ll tell you quick and very useful tips and tricks for easier workflow.

And of course, you’ll be the first to know about Pixelmator news and announcements.

The very first issue will be released later this month. Don’t miss it!

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New Pixelmator for Mac and iPad Updates

Tuesday, 16 December 2014.

It’s an exciting day today. We have two (!) Pixelmator updates ready for you to download: Pixelmator for Mac 3.3.1 and Pixelmator for iPad 1.0.2. Things like this only happen before the Holiday Season.

Pixelmator for Mac 3.3.1

Pixelmator for Mac comes wrapped in some new and pretty neat features. You’ve been asking about them for some time, so we’re quite excited to announce that with Pixelmator for Mac 3.3.1, you now can:

  • Pinch to zoom within a document window.
  • Scroll your shapes, gradients, and styles collections within Shapes, Gradients, and Styles palettes.

In addition to the new features, we’ve squashed some bugs and improved the Pixelmator performance. You can now properly see the document window bottom side, the Info bar now correctly displays X and Y coordinates, the Pixelmator folder now always appears in iCloud Drive, and much more.

Pixelmator for iPad 1.0.2

Pixelmator for iPad has got some love, too. We’ve made some great improvements with rotation, so it’s now so much easier to rotate objects, the brushes have been remastered to work better with styluses, and a whole lot more:

  • We’ve made it way easier to rotate objects on the canvas.
  • You can rotate even more precisely with the new Rotate slider in Format > Arrange.
  • A new Opacity slider to adjust brush tip opacity.
  • A new Brush Size slider to adjust the Retouch tool tip size.
  • Remastered brushes to work better with styluses.
  • A slew of fixes to preserve EXIF metadata:
    • Image metadata is preserved when using Pixelmator Photo Editing Extension;
    • Image metadata is preserved when opening and exporting images to Photo Library;
    • Image metadata is preserved if image is opened from iCloud Drive.
  • A bunch of fixes to improve Photo Editing Extension:
    • Remastered Blur effect to work better;
    • Minimized the extension app executable file size to lower memory footprint;
    • Removed all unnecessary resources so the extension package is even smaller.
  • The selection drawing performance is way better now.
  • Sharpen effect performance is greatly improved.
  • Sharpen/Soften retouching tools’ intensity is improved.
  • Selection animation now restores correctly when switching between apps.
  • Removed irrelevant warning about color profiles when exporting PNG or JPG files to Pixelmator iCloud Drive.
  • Fixed several minor memory leaks.
  • Improved app launch stability. Please upgrade to iOS 8.1.2, too. If you are still experiencing any issues, please email us at bugs@pixelmator.com.
  • Improved compatibility with Pixelmator for Mac shapes.
  • Improved the Paint Selection tool performance.
  • Fixed possible crashing issue related to the Paint Selection tool.
  • Added Traditional Chinese localization.

Enjoy the updates and have a wonderful Holiday Season.

P.S. Some more exciting news! An awesomely delicious newsletter is getting ready for show. If you want to join the news list, subscribe here.

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App of the Year

Monday, 8 December 2014.

It turns out Pixelmator for iPad is the app of the year for 2014!

(WOOHOO!)

There are no words to describe how happy we are. Believe me, no one could be any more excited than we are.

We worked really hard on Pixelmator for almost two years: staying late at night and working weekends researching, adding, perfecting, polishing, then repeating the same process again and again to build or improve the features and core foundation of the app to impossibility – all that for you to later notice or simply feel the awesomeness of Pixelmator for iPad.

We honestly want you to enjoy Pixelmator on your iPad to its utmost.

And, from the looks of your emails, App Store reviews, magazine and blog reviews, and now the App Store App of the Year 2014 award, we think our wish is turning into reality, which specifically inspires us to create even more exciting things – just wait till you see our major update of Pixelmator for iPad 1.1 or the new version of Pixelmator for Mac. Those are jaw-dropping…

We would like to say a big thank you to you – our Pixelmator users and fans. For everything – your fantastic help, awesome inspiration and hardcore support. Thanks to you, we are able to continue to do what we love: create the world’s best image editor for Mac and iPad.

And, of course, thank you, Apple, for always being there for us to not only notice, but also let everyone know, how awesome both Pixelmator for Mac and Pixelmator for iPad are.

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Black Friday Sale

Thursday, 27 November 2014.

Good news, everyone! Two of the best image editing apps are now available at the best price. Pixelmator for Mac is going down to $14.99, and Pixelmator for iPad launch promotion extends for another week. It is still just $4.99.

Black Friday Sale

If you’re still wondering, I think there’s no better time than now to get Pixelmator for Mac or iPad, or even both and start creating beautiful holiday season cards for your family and friends.

Update: The sale has ended.

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