A while ago

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.


A while ago

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

A while ago

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.

A while ago

Least Secret Feature in Upcoming Pixelmator 2.1 Cherry

The ever-busy Pixelmator Team is about to release a new major version of Pixelmator: Pixelmator 2.1, codenamed Cherry. We’ve been working very hard on it for a few months now, and Cherry is one of the best major Pixelmator updates we have ever put together.

Today I am very excited to unveil the least secret feature of Pixelmator 2.1 Cherry: complete Pixelmator support for the new Retina display on the MacBook Pro. Yep, Pixelmator 2.1 Cherry is already fully Retina-ready, including all of the user interface elements as well as the image editing engine itself. And, what can I say—Pixelmator on the new MacBook Pro with Retina display (we’ve got a few of those around the office) looks totally incredible.

The Retina display is, of course, a brilliant fit for image editing using Pixelmator. But we’re also impressed by the MacBook Pro’s speed and power, HD graphics and video support, beautiful looks, and so many other great features. Apple did a phenomenal job on the new MacBook Pro. It is very likely the best Mac that has ever been made, and surely the best laptop on the planet.

The new Pixelmator 2.1 Cherry includes Retina support and some other fantastic new features, and it is coming your way very soon. Those of you who want a peek at what’s ahead can click here for a glimpse.

A while ago

Pixelmator 2.0.5 Now Available

Good things come in small packages, and to prove it, this week the Pixelmator Team brings you Pixelmator 2.0.5, our newest update. It’s a petite-yet-powerful set of enhancements designed to make your Pixelmator experience just a bit more awesome.

Here’s what’s new: I’m happy that with this update, Pixelmator is finally able to offer vastly improved support for Intel graphics cards. And because we’re always looking for ways to make a good thing better, 2.0.5 packs in a helping of other small but still mighty useful fixes. I hope you like this update.

A while ago

Pixelmator 2.0.4 Sandboxing

Hot on the heels of our update last month, we’re pleased to bring you Pixelmator 2.0.4. With even more improvements and, oh, so many of the fixes you’ve told us you want, we think you’ll agree that this update—our third this year—is a great one.

First, I don’t want to brag, but with this new version, Pixelmator is one of the first apps on the Mac App Store to integrate support for sandboxing.

Pixelmator sandboxing

Apple’s App Sandbox technology provides a line of defense for your Mac, so your data is safer and better protected.1 Kudos to Apple for making it available.

Other major improvements in Pixelmator 2.0.4 include a new way to open and save files that automatically maintains the highest image quality possible. This simple workflow uses the native Pixelmator format to preserve image data as you edit, so images always look their best. Take a look at our brief tutorial explaining how it works. ?

And there’s much more to love about 2.0.4. With over two dozen additional fixes for known issues and several new stability improvements, we hope this update will see you through until the upcoming release of Pixelmator 2.1. We are proud of the hard work we put into this and every Pixelmator update—and we hope it shows!

1 Translation: Sandboxing is good for Mac users, so we’re glad to dive right in.

A while ago

Pixelmator 2.0.3 Is Out

Not long ago, we brought you the biggest maintenance update in Pixelmator history. Today, we’re excited to bring you Pixelmator 2.0.3, our second maintenance update this year. It’s all part of our work to make Pixelmator the image editor for the rest of us.

Here are just a few of the many improvements we built into this update:

  • For starters, with Pixelmator 2.0.3, most users will see their memory footprint cut in half. That should sweeten performance noticeably and make using Pixelmator an even faster and smoother experience.
  • The Export for Web feature is vastly improved, with fixes for both stability and compatibility issues.
  • We also fixed a few nasty crashes, worked some magic in cases where PXM files were going corrupt, and topped off the update with dozens more enhancements.
  • And, if you’ve wished for a return to the old Deselect shortcut—well, we listened. From now on, Command-D is for Deselect again.

Last but not least, users who don’t get along entirely with the Lion OS X Autosave feature can now turn it off in Pixelmator by typing this command in the Terminal:

defaults write com.pixelmatorteam.pixelmator "disableAutosave" -bool YES

We’re very happy with Pixelmator 2.0.3. And, along with the recent maintenance updates, we are on track to release the next major update: Pixelmator 2.1.

A while ago

Pixelmator Tutorials Video Podcast


We’ve got some sweet goodies for you. Starting today, you can subscribe to and view the Pixelmator Tutorials video podcast from your iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (the new one is yummy) and, of course, from iTunes on your Mac. The new Pixelmator podcast is the quickest, easiest way to make sure you’re getting the most out of your favorite image editor. Even better, each episode is brought to you in full HD to let you catch even the smallest details of the action.

Just as in our awesome Pixelmator Tutorials website, each episode of the Pixelmator Tutorials video podcast will walk you through a different feature of Pixelmator, showing you just how easy it is to create, enhance and have fun with your images. You’ll learn how to work with the most useful tools and apply the most popular effects—quickly, expertly and on the go. And with new tutorials planned for the immediate future, this is one podcast subscription you won’t want to miss.

The Pixelmator Tutorials video podcast is immediately available in iTunes or by clicking here.