October 10, 2017

Pixelmator for iOS 2.4 Cobalt adds support for iOS 11

The Pixelmator Team today released a major update to its full-featured, powerful, and fast image editor for iPad and iPhone. Pixelmator for iOS 2.4, codenamed Cobalt, brings full support for iOS 11, adds support for Drag and Drop so you can move images and graphics between Pixelmator for iPad and other apps more easily than ever, includes support for importing HEIF images, and more. Pixelmator for iOS 2.4 Cobalt is available today as a free update from the App Store.

“The powerful new multitasking features in iOS 11 go great with Pixelmator for iPad,” said Saulius Dailide, one of the founders of the Pixelmator Team. “Pixelmator for iPad already includes support for Slide Over and Split View and now, with the addition of Drag and Drop, creating, enhancing, and sharing your images on the go becomes easier and more intuitive than ever.”

Pixelmator for iOS 2.4 Cobalt adds full support for iOS 11 and takes advantage of its powerful new multitasking features. With support for Drag and Drop, you can now move images and graphics between Pixelmator for iPad and other apps more easily than ever. You can use Multi-Touch to quickly add multiple images to your composition at once. And you can even move your entire composition into apps like Mail, Messages, and Keynote by simply touching and holding outside the image canvas, then dropping your image into the other app.

With support for HEIF images, Pixelmator for iOS users can now import images shot on the latest iPhone models, including iPhone X. HEIF, the High Efficiency Image File Format, is a new, much more efficient format that reduces file sizes without sacrificing quality and is used as the default on all the latest iPhone models, starting with iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

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October 10, 2017

Pixelmator for iOS gets featured as the App of the Day

The new App Store on iOS 11 is really fun. Apps of the day, tips and tricks, and interesting posts make the whole experience of discovering apps much more enjoyable. So we were beyond thrilled to see that Pixelmator for iOS was featured as the App of the Day. And the accompanying text is just way too good to not repost (in full) here on our blog. Check it out:

You just had an amazing Saturday night. It was lit, it was hype, it was dope. But because so much happened, the memories are hazy. Thankfully, you managed to take a picture that captures the entire night.

The elephant in that kebab place is perfectly framed. (How did it even get in there?) And you even got the sword swallower doing his thing with the kebab skewer. Epic!

Shame that bummed out clown in the background is killing the vibe of the whole photo. Wait a minute… There must’ve been a circus in town, right?

Anyway, don’t worry! Just download Pixelmator. This powerful image editing app has a whole host of amazing features, but one stands out in particular: Repair. With this, you can remove nearly any element you don’t like in your picture.

That sad clown, for example. Just rub your finger over him and: Poof! He’s gone. The app intelligently fills in the gap so that it looks like he was never there to begin with. There’s a certain irony in cheering a picture up by erasing a clown, isn’t there?

Aside from that killer feature, Pixelmator contains everything you need to bring out the best in your pictures. Of course, there are the usual filters and endless possibilities to adjust the lighting, but with a multitude of retouching options you can also make changes to small areas of your photos — completely removing colour from objects using Desaturate or softening and sharpening sections of the image. You’ll look your best, even in the middle of the most epic night out ever.

And, in the event that your next night out isn’t so exciting, test out some of the features under the Distort tab and you’ll be able to warp, pinch and twist your pictures until they look just as bizarre as an elephant in a kebab shop.

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October 5, 2017

Pixelmator 3.7 Mount Whitney brings full support for macOS High Sierra

The Pixelmator Team today released Pixelmator 3.7 Mount Whitney, a major update to its full-featured, powerful, and fast image editing app for Mac. Pixelmator 3.7 Mount Whitney brings full support for macOS High Sierra, adds the ability to launch Pixelmator from the Photos app and save edits back to your original image, features support for importing HEIF images, and more.

“People love using Pixelmator on the Mac, and one of the biggest reasons is its extensive integration with macOS,” said Saulius Dailide, one of the founders of the Pixelmator Team. “And with Pixelmator 3.7 Mount Whitney, we think users are really going to love the much more seamless experience of launching Pixelmator right from the Photos app and automatically saving changes back to the same image in the Photos library.”

You can now launch Pixelmator directly from the Photos app — any edits you make will be automatically saved to your original image in the Photos library. In addition, the option to edit with Pixelmator appears automatically in the Photos Image menu as soon as Pixelmator is installed or updated for a completely effortless experience.

With support for HEIF images, Pixelmator users can import images shot on the latest iPhone models, including iPhone X. HEIF, the High Efficiency Image File Format, is a new, much more efficient format that reduces file sizes without sacrificing quality and is used as the default on all the latest iPhone models, starting with iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

Pixelmator 3.7 Mount Whitney also includes improvements to the Repair Tool algorithm, which make it faster and more accurate, improved support for PSD images, and a number of other improvements and fixes.

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September 26, 2017

Three Times

The wonderful macOS High Sierra just came out and we couldn’t be more excited about the upgrade. There are some groundbreaking new core technologies that we use and love already very much — like Metal 2, Machine Learning, HEIF, VR, and some others.

However, there is one very cool detail that is incredibly heartwarming for us all at the Pixelmator Team — in the official macOS High Sierra press release, Pixelmator is mentioned three times in different paragraphs (Pixelmator twice and Pixelmator Pro once). Yes, you read it right — THREE huge times. That is insane. That is incredibly cool.

We are very proud of this.

However, we don’t take this for granted. It is a huge responsibility and we do understand very well that we have to keep going strong, even stronger in order to be worth it. Pixelmator Pro is a good example of that.

P.S. We are also putting the final touches on Pixelmator 3.7 Mount Whitney (macOS High Sierra support, Edit With Pixelmator in Photos, HEIF, and more) and Pixelmator for iOS 2.4 Cobalt (iOS 11 support, maybe the new file browser, HEIF, and more). We should be finished by the end of this week and then expect to release both updates sometime next week. So stay tuned.

September 22, 2017

New Icon

The app icon is a fundamental part of any app. I personally judge apps by their icons and I am very comfortable admitting that. The icon is a reflection of lots of things, including quality, beauty, innovation, platform nativeness, and even the developer’s values. All of this is visible from the very first glimpse. It’s incredibly rare for an app with a beautiful icon to be crap. Even more, app icons are of utmost importance in macOS, since we, Mac users, care a lot about how our apps look and feel.

Pixelmator has always had a beautiful icon. It was important to us from the very beginning, so we took great care in designing it. And that hasn’t changed now with the upcoming Pixelmator Pro. In fact, Pixelmator Pro has the most beautiful icon we’ve ever made. It says exactly what we want it to say — Pixelmator Pro is a creative Mac app that has a lot to do with photos.

The fact that the Pixelmator Pro icon is inspired by Photos is not a coincidence. We want you to know exactly that — this is a native Mac app that extends the Photos app on your Mac with awesome creative tools. That’s what brush in the icon says. And the thick rounded board means that it’s a huge standalone app, not some piece of utility software. The modified flower from the Photos icon represents a manipulated or edited photo, which is what Pixelmator Pro is all about.

Previous Icon

Even though the Pixelmator Pro icon is beautiful and incredibly meaningful — we are going to change it.

In our initial app testing, we’ve run into a problem with the icon where we sometimes launched the Photos app instead of Pixelmator Pro and vice versa. Especially if the macOS Dock was too small. That is not OK. Another thing is that, when creating the icon for Pixelmator Pro for iPad, we looked for full icon consistency between both macOS and iOS. So we tried to use the same flower shape. But that looked even closer to the Photos app on iOS — not OK even more.

So we went out to try to come up with something new. We did it — and it turned out to be amazing. The new Pixelmator Pro icon clearly shows that this is a creative, expressive, and very Mac app.

New Icon

It channels creativity using all the colors of the color spectrum in an expressive, partly abstract design. It also features our signature brush and the 9º rotation that appears in many default macOS app icons. It’s instantly recognizable. And we’ve designed it to delight you from the very first moment you download Pixelmator Pro. I think you and your Mac are going to love it.

Be sure to let us know what you think about the new icon. We are updating the Pixelmator Pro app, our website, and all of our product and marketing materials while you read this. It should all be ready for you to enjoy very soon at www.pixelmator.com.

Stay tuned.

September 21, 2017

Cave Paintings

While we all wait until Pixelmator Pro is released, we thought we’d feature something special on our website. This time, it’s the beautiful and mystical art of cave painting. In the coming weeks, we’ll continue to explore many other artistic styles and artists that have shaped art throughout history. And you’re very welcome to join us in this exploration, whether by visiting our website or subscribing to our awesome newsletter.

September 20, 2017

Pixelmator for iOS makes it into an awesome iOS 11 tutorial video

Apple has been doing a series of super fun videos on iPad + iOS 11. And Pixelmator for iOS, together with its magical Repair Tool, made a fabulous appearance in one of the latest vids! Here it is just in case you missed it:

Being featured by Apple is always a really big deal and this really brightened up our week as we get closer to the Pixelmator Pro release.

For more info on Pixelmator for iOS click here.

September 5, 2017

Pixelmator Team introduces Pixelmator Pro

The Pixelmator Team today unveiled Pixelmator Pro, a brand new Mac app that redefines image editing on the Mac, providing professional-grade editing tools in an incredibly intuitive and accessible design. Pixelmator Pro 1.0, codenamed Whirlwind, includes a modern single-window interface, nondestructive, GPU-powered image editing tools, machine learning-enhanced editing features, and more.

“Pixelmator Pro offers every tool you could ever need to create, edit, and enhance images on a Mac in a beautiful, user-centered interface,” said Saulius Dailide, one of the founders of the Pixelmator Team. “And with its GPU-powered, machine learning-enhanced tools, it’s truly one of the most advanced and innovative image editing apps on the planet.”

The modern, dark single-window interface of Pixelmator Pro has been created exclusively for working with images. Its streamlined, macOS-inspired design provides a completely native Mac app experience and is fully consistent with the look and feel of macOS. And a reimagined, user-centered workflow design makes the professional editing tools in Pixelmator Pro incredibly accessible, even to first-time users.

Completely nondestructive color adjustments, effects, styles, and layouting tools in Pixelmator Pro give users the freedom and flexibility to go back and modify or delete individual changes at any point in the editing workflow. Thanks to the new presets feature, you can create endless combinations of multiple adjustments, effects, or styles, save them to your favorites and reuse them in any of your images. Drag-and-drop sharing also makes it a breeze to share presets with others.

Pixelmator Pro pushes the boundaries of image editing, using breakthrough machine learning to deliver more intelligent editing tools and features. Integrated via the new, blazing fast Core ML framework, machine learning lets Pixelmator Pro detect and understand various features within images, bringing a number of groundbreaking advancements, such as jaw-droppingly accurate automatic layer naming, automatic horizon detection, stunningly realistic object removal, and intelligent quick selections.

Designed exclusively for the Mac, Pixelmator Pro uses the Mac graphics processor in tandem with the latest Mac graphics technologies, such as Metal 2, Core Image, and OpenGL, to deliver blistering fast, GPU-powered image editing. Built with Swift 4, Pixelmator Pro is a next-generation app that takes full advantage of the latest technological innovations in hardware and software.

The Pixelmator Team has also packed a wide range of other features and innovations into Pixelmator Pro, such as HEIF file format compatibility; full RAW support, including support for multiple RAW layers; superior support for Adobe Photoshop images; complete macOS integration via full support for iCloud, Versions, Tabs, Full Screen, Split View, Sharing, Permanent Undo, Touch Bar, Wide Color, and others; Metal 2-powered painting tools and dual texture brushes; powerful retouching, reshaping, selecting, type, shape and vector tools; and a lot more.

Pixelmator Pro is coming exclusively to the Mac App Store this fall.

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June 6, 2017

WWDC17 Keynote

It’s like this year’s WWDC Keynote was made exclusively for us at the Pixelmator Team and very much for me, personally. I loved every single bit of it. I think it was the best WWDC Keynote yet.

I use Apple Watch — I got the Apple Watch Activity app update where you can now basically do a triathlon. I’ll do a triathlon one day (sprint distance, of course. Probably after a couple of our secret massive releases). I know that VR is the future and there you go — now we all (most importantly Apple) officially and loudly agree about it. iPad Pro and iOS — brilliant updates, what’s not to like.

Very excited about iMac Pro. Even more excited about the unannounced, but somehow mentioned between the lines modular Mac Pro. Can’t wait to run our apps on those two — it’s like they are made for what we do.

But I am most excited about macOS High Sierra — OMG, OMG, OMG — Metal 2, Core ML, Swift 4, external GPU Support, and so much more. Our awesome Pixelmator Team engineers are already squeezing every single bit out of it, and pouring it right into our spectacular upcoming new app. In addition, and it’s pretty much granted, those cool new technologies are always a great boost for the whole team to get things going with extra energy.