It’s been a great year for Pixelmator. We are extremely happy to see how Pixelmator improves with each release and that the Pixelmator community is rapidly growing. Successful releases, such as Pixelmator 2.1 Cherry, only prove that the decisions we are making are the right ones.
And, boy, we made a lot of them during 2012. We’ve changed from the ground how Pixelmator handles colors, we’ve introduced the world’s fastest Healing Tool, updated Pixelmator for Retina displays, and added other cool new features. In fact, we’ve released more Pixelmator updates than ever before, fixing several hundred bugs and making very important improvements. The number is astonishing when you think that all of it was done by our small Pixelmator Team.
All of those constant maintenance updates aim for more than just to make Pixelmator more reliable and stable, and awesome. We’ve carefully crafted and laid a foundation for a couple of new features that we will introduce next year. And, you know, we just can’t keep it a secret any longer, so here it goes.
We are super excited to announce that, in 2013, layer styles are coming to your favourite image editing app! But wait, there’s more. Just before introducing layer styles, we have one more treat for you on the way—Pixelmator 2.2 Blueberry. Here’s a hint:
That’s all from us for now. Talk with you next year.
The Pixelmator Team wishes you all warm and cozy holidays!
Pixelmator 2.1.4 Now Available
As promised, we’ve wrapped up a Pixelmator 2.1.4 update for you just before the holidays. It’s a minor update, but we couldn’t be more proud of the quality and performance improvements we’ve made.
Here are just some of them:
- Improved Auto Save support
- Enabled layer Auto Select for painting and retouching tools
- Improved effect’s responsiveness when working with large images
- Improved Adobe Photoshop CS6 brush collections support
- Fixed important stability issues
- And much more
And, as always, the update is free and available for immediate download to all of you who already own Pixelmator 2.
Everything we do at Pixelmator Team is aimed at making your favorite app the best in the world. With every minor update, we strive to live up to a high-quality standard. We even put aside new features, such as layer styles, for the sake of quality improvements. So far, we are happy with what we’ve achieved. However, there is one issue we wanted to talk about a little bit more.
A month or so ago, after the most recent OS X update (10.8.2), we’ve bumped into a problem that causes certain Macs to restart when intensively using Pixelmator. Sometimes, the app would stop responding without restarting a computer, or just cause some graphical glitches.
We did everything to find the root cause of the problem. We’ve researched a vast amount of information about OS X internals. We’ve torn down our Macs. We even reached out to Apple. Finally, the picture was clear: It’s an issue with NVIDIA GeForce graphics card drivers.*
Although the issue isn’t with Pixelmator, we didn’t give up. We’ve searched for various workarounds, and then, we checked with you to see if any of them helped (thanks so much for being so patient and for taking the time to test those workarounds). But in the end, nothing worked.
Good thing, though—the guys at Apple are very helpful, and as soon as we hear about a solution, we’ll let you know about it that very moment.
To prove our commitment to you and to brighten up the holiday spirit, we are soon to release a Pixelmator 2.1.4 update that comes with tons of quality improvements.
* The following Macs with NVIDIA GeForce graphics cards are currently affected: GT 120, GT 320M, GT 330M, 9400M, and GT 9600.
Get Creative this Holiday Season
Pixelmator has all kinds of tools to create a one-of-a-kind picture. Check out dozens of tutorials for inspiration, and have fun creating personal holiday gifts for your loved ones.
Best of all, starting today, you can download Pixelmator for just $14.99 from the Mac App Store. Grab your copy now and make those unforgettable photos just in time for the holiday season.
Meanwhile, we’ll go back to polishing the next awesome Pixelmator update.
Color Perfect Pixelmator 2.1.3
This update adds entirely new color management: Soft Proofing, ColorSync, full sRGB support, and more.
We are excited to announce the Pixelmator 2.1.3 update. It has completely redesigned color management and a ton of great new features that will help you keep all your image colors in perfect shape.
In the digital world, colors can be defined in many ways, and when it comes to precision, a feature called Soft Proofing comes in handy. Soft Proofing lets you quickly apply different color profiles to your images so you can get an idea of how the outcome, such as the printed image, might look. That’s right, CMYK lovers, now you can preview and work in CMYK colors.
On top of that, thanks to the sRGB standard, the image colors inside Pixelmator will also look better. The sRGB color standard is widely used on most devices you come across every day, such as digital cameras, scanners, or even your iPhone. This means that the colors of images you edit in Pixelmator will look absolutely perfect outside Pixelmator and across all of your Apple devices.
Here are some more highlights for this update:
- New Color Management look
- Enhanced PSD file format support
- Improved Automator actions
- Ability to reset gradient presets or brush collections quickly
- Spanish and Italian languages added
View more of what’s in, or just go ahead and download Pixelmator 2.1.3 now.
Pixelmator in Apple Keynote Again
Wow! Everyone’s favorite worldwide marketing executive Phil Schiller mentioned Pixelmator at the Apple keynote event. Again!
It is truly a great feeling to be in Apple’s keynote alongside such amazing products as the new MacBook Pro with Retina display, the incredible iMac (boy, we can’t wait to put our hands on that!), and the new iPad mini.
P.S. We also have some sweet news coming up about Pixelmator 2.1.3. Stay tuned!
Pixelmator 2.1.2 Quick Update
We’ve just introduced the all-new Healing Tool with stunning performance improvements. Now, thanks to your feedback, we’ve improved the Healing Tool quality even more.
Hurry up and download the Pixelmator 2.1.2 update from the Mac App Store and see how you like it.
All-New Healing Tool in Pixelmator 2.1.1
The Pixelmator 2.1.1 update is out! But this is more than just another maintenance update. We’ve packed in a little treat for you: This update brings a radically improved Healing Tool. Now you can easily remove image imperfections or just about any image element you want, so your pictures look their absolute best.
Pixelmator Healing Tool Performance
Up to 20x faster than previous version
We are bursting with pride to tell you that this is the best and the fastest Healing Tool in the world. Pretty sophisticated algorithms and the latest OS X technologies have allowed us to create a tool that performs at an incredible speed. We hope you’ll be as excited about it as we are.
A lot of other good things are here, too: the ability to temporarily hide the Alignment Guides with the Command key, significant performance improvements, the effects you’ve missed, and much more.
The Most Successful Release Ever
Pixelmator 2.1 has been the most successful release ever. We’ve been overwhelmed by the incredible feedback and sales. Pixelmator 2.1 Cherry–the major upgrade that adds a bunch of new features–hit the Mac App Store tops and its downloads exceeded 250,000 in just two weeks. This is an astonishing number that we’ve never seen in our history before.
We put our hearts into Pixelmator. And the reward could not be more staggering. Nothing makes us happier than knowing that people are enjoying Pixelmator, talking about it to their family and friends, and sharing their excitement on Twitter and blogs. Thanks to all of you guys who stick by us and believe in our work.
The Pixelmator Team
Pixelmator Adds Support for OS X Mountain Lion
Major Update Adds iCloud Support, Effects Browser, Vintage and Miniaturize Effects and Smart Alignment Guides
The Pixelmator Team today released a major update of Pixelmator, its inspiring, easy-to-use and feature-packed image editing software for the Mac. Designed to take full advantage of OS X Mountain Lion and the new MacBook Pro with Retina display, Pixelmator 2.1 adds support for iCloud, a new Effects Browser with new Vintage and Miniaturize effects, smart Alignment Guides and several other enhancements.
“Pixelmator continues to be a big hit among both professional and amateur image editors, and we’re thrilled to deliver even more features at a very affordable price,” said Saulius Dailide of the Pixelmator Team. “With support for Mountain Lion, iCloud and the new Retina display, Pixelmator 2.1 is ideal for Mac users looking to tap into their creativity with a full-featured, easy-to-use image editing app.”
The new Effects Browser takes the guesswork out of selecting effects by collecting, organizing and providing an animated preview of all of Pixelmator’s Color Adjustments, Blur, Distortion, Tile and dozens of other effects, together in one helpful palette. Users can also use the browser to tag and access Favorites in one place.
Pixelmator 2.1 also introduces several brand new effects, including the Vintage, Miniaturize, Black and White, Snow and Rain effects. With the Vintage effect, users get eight new photo filters that give pictures the look of old image processing and bring to mind photos from other eras. Meanwhile, the Miniaturize effect makes real-world scenes appear scaled down to size with a few clicks. It’s an optical illusion that gives ordinary objects in photos the endearing look of a toy model only inches tall.
Building precisely aligned image compositions is now short work in Pixelmator 2.1, with the new smart Alignment Guides. This new feature lets users position objects with pinpoint accuracy and build compositions quickly by using individual objects or image elements. The Alignment Guides gracefully appear and disappear onscreen as they are needed, while Object Spacing automatically shows when objects are equally spaced on the canvas.
In addition to full compatibility with OS X Mountain Lion, Pixelmator 2.1 comes with iCloud support, which automatically and effortlessly keeps Pixelmator work up to date across all of a user’s Macs; as well, complete Retina display support lets users fully enjoy image editing using Pixelmator on the new MacBook Pro with Retina display.
Pixelmator 2.1 is available exclusively from the Mac App Store for a limited-time price of $14.99—a substantial savings off the usual price of $59. It is also available as a free update for existing users.