Importing from Photoshop and speed issues

Is something not working like it should? Let us know.
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2018-09-15 12:11:35

Probably these issues aren't bugs, just want to list them here.

Import from Photoshop is pretty generic.
All vectors (text, shapes, lines) has been imported as raster layers, which is making import (for me) actually useless.
Is that a bug or lack of functionality?

On Macbook Pro 2014 Pixelmator runs waaaaaaay slower then Photoshop 2018 CC. Especially with many layered projects.
And turns to a slideshow trying to resize a group or number of layers together. Simply unusable.

The UI is great, polished, pixel perfect and smart, however I have a strong feeling, that the time spent between UI and App's core is unbalanced, shifted to UI side
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2018-09-16 10:23:45

Since the Photohop file format is proprietary and therefore not all functionality from a PSD-file can be converted yet to the way Pixelmator deals with the different type of layers. The team is trying to improve on this though.
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2018-09-19 15:00:49

The next Pixelmator Pro release (1.1.5) will have some pretty significant performance improvements for complex layered images — you can test it out, if you'd like, by signing up for our beta program here: ... fdd709ed71

Text should be imported as text, although certain other types of layers may be rasterized to make sure they look correct in Pixelmator Pro. We'd love to get a look at some of the files you're working with, though, to get a better idea about the kind of features you'd need. If you could share one or two examples with us at, that would be much appreciated!