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.
“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.
Pixelmator 3.1 Marble also includes a number of improvements for Layer Styles, Type Tool, selections and others.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pixelmator Team Unveils Pixelmator 3.0 FX
Adds OS X Mavericks support, new Layer Styles, Liquify Tools, and the new Pixelmator Image Editing Engine
The Pixelmator Team today announced Pixelmator 3.0 FX, the most advanced version of Pixelmator to date, featuring Layer Styles, Liquify Tools, and support for new features in OS X Mavericks, delivering blazing fast performance with its new, state-of-the-art image editing engine. Pixelmator 3.0 FX is available today as a free upgrade from the Mac App Store.
“This is the day we’ve been working for since the initial Pixelmator launch and we are absolutely thrilled to bring this massive upgrade to Pixelmator fans,” said Saulius Dailide, of the Pixelmator Team. “Now with Layer Styles, Liquify Tools, and an incredibly faster performance delivered by the new Pixelmator’s state-of-the-art image editing engine, Pixelmator becomes a top-quality, full-featured image editing app for the Mac.”
Pixelmator 3.0 FX introduces Layer Styles. Now creating advanced and polished compositions is so much simpler, faster, and more enjoyable. Quickly apply shadows and inner shadows, beautiful gradients, create outlines, or reflections. Or apply a combination of effects with any of the great-looking Layer Styles presets. The best part is that all of this is done non-destructively.
The new Liquify Tools bring even more ways to shape up and play with your images. Slightly twist an element, add an artistic detail, or even completely distort the entire image. The new Warp, Bump, Pinch, and Twirl Liquify Tools are incredibly fun to play with, whether you want to subtly improve your photos or artistically distort them.
Pixelmator 3.0 FX became dramatically faster and more powerful. Pixelmator’s development team took an extra step to build a truly modern and innovative image editing engine that takes advantage of the full power of OS X, by combining technologies like Core Image, OpenCL, OpenGL, 64-bit architecture, and Grand Central Dispatch, giving you the speed you need to keep pace with your creativity.
With new features in OS X Mavericks, like App Nap and Compressed Memory, Pixelmator is even more responsive and power efficient. Tags in OS X Mavericks helps you organize and find Pixelmator documents quickly, and with enhanced multi-display support, you’ll have more flexibility than ever to open Pixelmator windows the way you want and on the display you want.
3.0 Coming Soon
Pixelmator 2.2.2 Quick Update
We have put together a small update squashing some minor flaws in current version of Pixelmator. The update is now available to download, and comes with improved Pixelmator file format compression when saving to iCloud, as well as other tiny improvements and bug fixes (you can check the full list here). The update is so small that I think it should be called a supplemental update, although the number 2.2.2 is nice too.
Enjoy, and stay tuned for bigger news to come!
Volume Purchases on the Mac App Store
Today we heard some exciting news from Apple. All Mac apps will soon be eligible to join the Volume Purchase Program for Business and Education. This means that all businesses and educational institutions will finally be able to buy multiple copies of apps at once.
We are thrilled to announce that Pixelmator will be available on the Volume Purchase Program for Business and Education as soon as it rolls out. And we have even more great news for educational institutions. We will give a whopping 50 percent volume discount to all educational institutions that buy 20 or more copies of Pixelmator in a single order.
Pixelmator has been on the Mac App Store since day one, and we’ve been very happy about it. And now we are even happier because absolutely everyone, including students, teachers, and employees, will be able to get Pixelmator on their Macs through the Mac App Store.
Pixelmator 2.2.1 Out Now
Today we are happy to release the first Pixelmator 2.2.1 update. That may sound minor in numbers, but in our little Pixelmator world, it’s a major one. We’ve done some radical improvements behind the scenes. One of them is a new Pixelmator file format. It’s still the same file format you are used to, yet it now has a completely new architecture that takes advantage of the modern OS X technologies making your image editing even faster and more enjoyable.
Here’re just a few highlights:
- 2x faster: It can open and save your Pixelmator documents twice as fast compared to the previous Pixelmator file format.
- Saves in background: This means that Pixelmator automatically saves the edits in the background while you play with images.
- Faster saving to iCloud: The first image file format to save only the edits you make to iCloud instead of saving the whole picture each time. So it takes less time to save and you have more time to enjoy image editing.
- Progress bar: The new file format allows us to show a progress bar with accurate status while opening and saving documents.
- Quick Look support: A better Quick Look support that lets you preview your Pixelmator document without even opening it.
And yet, if you like working with non-Pixelmator images better, we have good news for you, too. Now you can open, edit, and save images in their original file format. For example, you can open a JPG image, edit and save it back as a JPG without taking any extra steps. To turn this feature on, go to Pixelmator > Preferences.
One more feature that we took an extra care of is Pixelmator effects. The Effects Browser improvements let you search, preview, and apply effects more quickly while effects’ enhancements give you more flexibility in previewing effects and faster, smoother performance.
Check out every improvement we’ve made with Pixelmator 2.2.1 update here in detail.
P.S. Next up, Layer Styles.
More Custom Shapes
Inspired by your creations with the new shapes in Pixelmator 2.2 Blueberry, we had some fun as well and created a few more custom shapes for you to play with. You have probably already seen the new Shapes palette, and in case you missed this, you can add, save, and share those custom shapes with others.
Adding, saving, and sharing custom shapes is easy. Everything essentially works with drag and drop. To add a shape, drag the shape layer to the Shapes palette. To share shapes, drag them from the Shapes palette to your Desktop or even to your e-mail message window. Adding new shapes is just as simple–drag the shape file to Pixelmator.
Download and try the new shapes pack here. Hope you’ll enjoy them!
P.S. Thanks to the Pixelmator community, there’s now a website dedicated to Pixelmator shapes. You might want to check it out for some cool and trendy shapes or even add your own shape collection.
Beautifully designed, easy-to-use, fast, and powerful vector graphics app for the Mac
This app is absolutely awesome, and there is a good chance you already have it right there on your Mac. Without even knowing it.
We have sneaked a totally wicked but secret feature into Pixelmator 2.2 Blueberry. It’s a trick to convert your standard Pixelmator into a completely new drawing app. We call this new app (or more accurately this mode of an app) Vectormator.
Vectormator brings up and conveniently places all of the drawing tools and palettes on your screen. So you can create stunning shapes, illustrations, logos, and so much more, more easily than ever before.
To switch to Vectormator, simply press the Command-Shift-V keyboard shortcut, and watch the tools and palettes instantly change to Vectormator. To switch back to your Pixelmator, press the same keyboard shortcut again. Watch that happen in our short Vectormator video or try it yourself now.
This is it. Pixelmator is now a fully featured vector graphics app.