7 days ago

A more in-depth look at Pixelmator Pro 2.0

We’ve got a quick piece of news today – we’ve just posted a video overview of the Pixelmator Pro 2.0 update with a more in-depth look at the biggest new features and improvements. Check it out below!

And just in case you haven’t yet updated (automatically or otherwise), you can grab Pixelmator Pro 2.0 from the Mac App Store by clicking the button below.

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12 days ago

Pixelmator Pro 2.0 now available

Good things come to those who wait. And sometimes, those good things come a little early. That’s right, Pixelmator Pro 2.0 is now available — one day earlier than we had originally planned.

The 2.0 upgrade includes full support for the incredible new M1-powered Macs, an all-new, more refined design, support for macOS Big Sur, and a whole range of other great new features. You can find out all about the update in our previous blog post, check out the full release notes on our Updates page, and browse our gorgeouse new Pixelmator Pro page.

We genuinely cannot wait for you to try it out and we hope you’ll enjoy all the changes and improvements we’ve worked on. Pixelmator Pro 2.0 is a free upgrade to all existing Pixelmator Pro users, so head on down to the Mac App Store to make sure you’re all up to date.

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17 days ago

Pixelmator Team unveils Pixelmator Pro 2.0 with support for M1-powered Macs

This is Pixelmator Pro 2.0. Redesigned from the ground up, it’s more powerful than ever, more beautiful than ever, and it will be available in just six days, on Thursday, November 19th.

Support for M1-powered Macs

The Pixelmator Pro editing engine is powered by high-performance Metal code, so we can take advantage of the unified memory architecture of the M1 chip to bring you much speedier and much more responsive image editing. Machine learning tasks like ML Super Resolution are now up to a staggering 15 times faster on the new Macs. And, as a Universal app, Pixelmator Pro 2.0 runs natively on both M1 and Intel-based devices, so we’re completely ready for the new era of Mac.

Up to 15x faster ML Super Resolution

macOS Big Sur

Pixelmator Pro 2.0 is also fully compatible with macOS Big Sur with a new unified toolbar and a gorgeous new app icon.

All-New Design

Oh, and there’s one more thing – one more pretty huge new feature. That’s the all-new, more refined, and more modern design. Almost every tool, every menu, and every button has been updated to make the app more intuitive and more fun to use, making it easier for you to be creative. You can now customize the Pixelmator Pro interface, the list of tools, and the toolbar. We’ve also added a new Effects Browser, a new Presets Browser, over 200 beautiful new presets for the Color Adjustment, Effect, Style, Shape, and Gradient tools, and more.

In fact, this update is so big our full release notes didn’t even fit under the App Store’s 4,000 character limit. But you can read them in full on our Updates page!

You can get all the details about what’s coming on November 19th on our all-new Pixelmator Pro page. And make sure to sign up for our newsletter to be notified as soon as the update goes live.

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October 21, 2020

Pixelmator Pro 2.0

For the past 12 months, we’ve been working on a very special update to Pixelmator Pro. We’ll be able to tell you all about it very soon.

If you’d like to get any news about Pixelmator Pro 2.0 as soon as they’re available, sign up below.



September 29, 2020

Pixelmator 2.6 for iOS out now

Pixelmator for iOS just got a major update! Version 2.6 brings full compatibility with iOS and iPadOS 14, adds support for using Pixelmator with a Magic Keyboard, trackpad, or mouse, and includes over 70 keyboard shortcuts.

The update is now available and is free to all existing Pixelmator for iOS users — visit the App Store to make sure you’re all up to date!

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September 21, 2020

Pixelmator Photo featured in September Apple Event

Pixelmator Photo and our magical ML Super Resolution recently had the honor of being featured in the “Time Flies” Apple Event. It was incredibly rewarding seeing our hard work being recognized and is great motivation to keep making our apps better and better! Just in case you missed it, you can catch our 15 (OK, 30) seconds of glory below.

If you’d like to rewatch the entire event, you can catch it here. And if you’d like to check out ML Super Resolution and Pixelmator Photo 1.4, you can download it below.

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September 17, 2020

Pixelmator Pro gets AppleScript support

Hey everyone! Big news from the Pixelmator Team, today we’re releasing a major update to Pixelmator Pro. Version 1.8, codenamed Lynx, is now here, bringing incredibly full-featured support for AppleScript.

AppleScript is the Apple-created scripting language that lets you directly control apps using instructions written in intuitive, English-like terms. And almost every part of Pixelmator Pro is now scriptable, so for pretty much anything you can do with the app, you can now script those same tasks. Say you have tens or even hundreds of images. You might need to export and optimize them, or change the color of certain objects in them, or maybe even add annotations, taking the text from a Numbers spreadsheet and automatically placing it in Pixelmator Pro. Thanks to AppleScript support, you can now do all that, plus a whole lot more.

In our quest to make AppleScript support as great and full-featured as possible, we collaborated with Sal Soghoian, the legendary user automation guru, who served at Apple for 20 years as the Product Manager of Automation Technologies, including AppleScript, Services, the Terminal, Apple Configurator and Automator, among others. We’re super glad to have had the opportunity to work with Sal. He was a big help with our scripting dictionary and we think the extra attention to detail really paid off!

“AppleScript support in Pixelmator Pro is a game-changer, making this amazing app an essential component of everyone’s workflows.”

Sal Soghoian

Sal told us: “AppleScript support in Pixelmator Pro is a game-changer, making this amazing app an essential component of everyone’s workflows. Whether you run scripts or write them, the depth and scope of the AppleScript automation in Pixelmator Pro makes magic happen. Kudos to the Pixelmator Team for their commitment and service to the Mac community.” We’ve also created a tutorial with a quick overview of AppleScript itself, some example scripts, and links to useful resources. Happy scripting!

AppleScript TUTORIAL

The update is free for existing Pixelmator Pro users. And, for new users, our sale is still running, so you can get the app for 30% off its usual price.

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Now, we’ll be getting back to working on Pixelmator Pro 2.0. Nothing to share yet, but development is going well and it’s looking like 2.0 will be an amazing release. Stay tuned!

September 15, 2020

Pixelmator Photo major update brings ML Super Resolution to iPad

“Zoom… Enhance!” is now on iPad. Yes, Pixelmator Photo 1.4 is out today, introducing the incredible ML Super Resolution feature, so your iPad can now enlarge photos while preserving sharpness and enhancing details using state-of-the-art machine learning techniques.

ML Super Resolution uses a Core ML-powered algorithm that intelligently analyzes images and their contents and finds individual objects, their edges, patterns, gradients, colors, and other features. It then separates them and upscales each type of feature separately, before combining them back into an image. Magic.

It’s a pretty incredible feature and it requires some serious processing power — up to 62 thousand times more than traditional approaches. With the Apple Neural Engine, the dedicated neural processor on iPad, it’s crazy how quickly everything works! The magic happens in the blink of an eye, all on your device. You can learn a little more about the ML Super Resolution feature itself in this very detailed blog post.

Today’s update also adds a very awesome comparison slider, letting you quickly compare your edited image with the original in a split-screen view. And it works all around the app, so when using the Repair tool, you can turn on and move the comparison slider to see just the changes made with that tool. When the Color Adjustments tool selected, you’ll see just the color changes, and so on. Super useful.

Finally, we’ve added support for the double-tap gesture of Apple Pencil. You can customize what the gesture does in Pixelmator Photo settings, choosing to make it undo and redo, select the Repair tool, or show the comparison slider. P.S. We have a few more Apple Pencil improvements lined up for the future.

As Pixelmator Photo is becoming ever more powerful and full-featured, we’re also raising its price a little to $7.99. Of course, today’s update is absolutely free for existing users and is available to download from the App Store right now. Enjoy!

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July 16, 2020

Pixelmator Pro 1.7 major update adds text on a path (and more!)

We’ve been very busy over the last few months and we’re finally ready to share with you another great major update to Pixelmator Pro. Pixelmator Pro 1.7 Sequoia brings text on a path, canvas rotation, a new welcome screen, and version 3 of ML Super Resolution. Let’s dive right into each of those features!

Type text on a path, in a circle, or any other shape

This long-awaited and much-requested feature is now available in Pixelmator Pro! And we spent a long time refining every detail to make it the simplest and most intuitive tool of its kind.

In Pixelmator Pro 1.7 Sequoia, you’ll find three new tools grouped together with the regular type tool. There’s the Circular Type, Path Type, and the Freeform Type tools. You can use those to quickly and easily create text layers on paths. And you can also create your own shapes or paths and then click them with any of the type tools to add text on a path. Here are a few neat facts about our new type tools:

  • We use the native macOS text system, so things like SVG fonts and emoji are fully supported!
  • The ShiftT keyboard shortcut will now cycle through the currently selected type tool

  • We’ve also added support for the standard Shift and Option modifier keys when resizing text boxes on paths

Freely rotate the image canvas to any angle

Canvas rotation might be one of the most important features for digital painters and illustrators and it’s something we’ve wanted to add for a long time. We also spent a long time making sure it’s easy to find, and almost as importantly, easy to reset!

To rotate the canvas, you can use the standard rotate Multi-Touch gesture. Or, if you’re using a graphics tablet or mouse, you can also press and hold the SpacebarR keyboard shortcut and drag your canvas to rotate it. You’ll notice that, when the canvas is rotated, some very handy canvas rotation controls automatically appear, disappearing once the canvas rotation is set back to 0°.

A friendly new welcome screen

The first thing you see when you open an app makes a big impression. And we wanted to make it easier for new users to open and create images. That’s what this new welcome screen is all about! You’ll find quick ways to create an empty new document, open images from your Photos library, and browse images saved on your Mac.

If you’d rather see the native Open dialog, that hasn’t gone anywhere — simply turn off the “Show this window when Pixelmator Pro launches” option in the welcome screen.

Improvements to ML Super Resolution and RAW support

ML Super Resolution has been improved once more, this time, we’ve worked on the quality, added a progress bar, and added support for upscaling RAW photos while preserving all their RAW data!

The update is available today from the Mac App Store and is free to all existing Pixelmator Pro users. Visit the App Store to make sure you’re all up to date and let us know what you make of the additions and improvements!

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June 19, 2020

Major Pixelmator Photo update now available

Pixelmator Photo 1.3 is out today bringing a whole bunch of great new features and improvements. We’ve added all-new shortcut menus all around the app, the ability to choose an accent color for buttons and other elements, preset management, and improved batch editing. Read on for the details!

Shortcut Menus

New shortcut menus make all kinds of actions much faster and easier.

Accent Color

Customize the color of buttons in Pixelmator Photo.

Preset Management

Create and customize color adjustment preset collections.

Improved Batch Editing

Quick actions, improved workflow editing, and more.

Shortcut menus to speed up your workflows

Shortcut menus (also known as context menus) are the menus that appear when you touch and hold an app on the home screen, for example. And in iOS 13, it’s now possible to put these menus in new places, like our Photos library browser. With that, we were able to add all kinds of handy functions that make the browser even more powerful. For example, when you touch and hold a photo, you can quickly share, favorite, duplicate, revert, or delete it. What’s more, you can even copy and paste adjustments or apply your favorite batch workflows to it, too! And that’s not the only place you’ll find these great new menus — they’re also available in the Files browser and in various places when editing photos.

Add a touch of color

Giving your apps a personal touch is always fun and we really like the accent color feature on macOS. As Pixelmator Pro shows! So while this feature isn’t available on iOS, we thought we could at least add it ourselves to Pixelmator Photo. In Pixelmator Photo 1.3, you can now change the color of buttons and other elements in the app by choosing an accent color.

All-new preset management

Pixelmator Photo has a great set of color adjustment presets for a range of different photography styles, which are organized into thematic collections. And it also lets you create custom presets, which is pretty awesome. But wouldn’t it be great to be able to create your own collections or delete some you don’t need? With today’s update, you can do just that! The collections you create are fully customizable, so you can even write your own descriptions and color-code custom collections!

You can also rearrange the order of preset collections and the order of the presets inside them. You’ll notice that all these great new actions are in those shiny new shortcut menus.

Even better batch editing

It’s probably fair to say that Pixelmator Photo might have the best and most full-featured batch photo editing experience on iPad. But there’s always room for improvement and we think we’ve made that experience even better! We’ve added quick actions for batch editing — these are your favorite batch workflows — and these appear when you select multiple photos and tap Edit. This will save you at least a few taps when batch editing. We’ve also made improvements to how batch workflows are edited and you’ll find handy shortcut menus here, too.

The update is now available and is free for all existing Pixelmator Photo users. Visit the App Store to make sure you’re all up to date and enjoy the awesome new features!

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