Pixelmator Updated With 16-Bit Color and Full Mac Pro Support

pixelmator.png Pixelmator has updated its image editing software to version 3.1, adding full support for the new Mac Pro, including 16-bit per channel images, full GPU support, and optimizations for the multi-core processors in the new machine.

The app now uses both Mac Pro GPU's simultaneously for composition rendering and uses lots of background computing to speed up zoom and other tasks, with the company claiming that "image editing is now completely seamless, and even with large and complex compositions you will experience profoundly faster and more responsive performance."
"We are extremely excited for professionals to experience the power and speed of Pixelmator 3.1 Marble on their new Mac Pros," said Saulius Dailide of the Pixelmator Team. "Harnessing the power of the Mac Pro’s dual-GPU architecture, we’re now able to support 16-bit per channel images for the first time and push the limits of Pixelmator performance like never before."
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Pixelmator has also gained a new Order Prints feature that allows users to order postcards, notecards, gallery frames, or posters right in the app. The app received its last significant upgrade back in October when it gained a new image editing engine.

Pixelmator 3.1 is a free upgrade for existing users, while new users can download the app from the Mac App Store for $29.99. [Direct Link]

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9 months ago
Hello Pixelmator! Goodbye Photoshop!
Rating: 6 Votes
9 months ago

Always good news to see Pixelmator updated. But I do wonder how many Mac Pro users are actually using Pixelmator that much. Seems if a pro is going to spend that much on a tool, they'd use Photoshop.


not a pro, but have yet to find any feature i was missing from photoshop when using pixelmator. i think its a viable alternative.
Rating: 6 Votes
9 months ago

Hello Pixelmator! Goodbye Photoshop!


I've since given up on PS. I have an older version and I refuse to go the subscription model. I'm not a heavy hitter so Pixelmator has been more then enough for me.
Rating: 6 Votes
9 months ago
Just got a reply from them that other macs will get the 16bit just a little later. My personal opinion is it needs some new api in 10.9.2 that is already in the special build of 10.9.1 for nMP...
Rating: 6 Votes
9 months ago
Always good news to see Pixelmator updated. But I do wonder how many Mac Pro users are actually using Pixelmator that much. Seems if a pro is going to spend that much on a tool, they'd use Photoshop.
Rating: 4 Votes
9 months ago
and Pixelmator is a snap to use.

I prefer it to Photoshop, but Pro mileage may vary.

I am very impressed at how quickly they've updated the software to utilize the Mac Pro (I know they were used in the Mac Pro demos but still this is very nice to see.) They were pretty fast with Retina optimization too.
Rating: 3 Votes
9 months ago

not a pro, but have yet to find any feature i was missing from photoshop when using pixelmator. i think its a viable alternative.


am a pro, Pixelmator is about 20% of Photoshop features that I use hehe. Pixelmator is great but not there yet :)
Rating: 3 Votes
9 months ago

It's only for the working space. You can avoid color banding by working in 16bit per color. The final image should be reduced to 8bit.

Or you can leave the final image in 16bit in case you have to make changes to it again.
Rating: 2 Votes
9 months ago
I'm Adobe CC subscriber and I use Photoshop/Illustrator daily (and probably won't switch away anytime soon), but I'm very impressed with the progress Pixelmator is making. And the price is also really great, I purchased the boxed version a long time ago and then later purchased again the Mac App Store version, just to support the guys. I wish more developers where this nimble and with such honest pricing.
Rating: 2 Votes
9 months ago

Always good news to see Pixelmator updated. But I do wonder how many Mac Pro users are actually using Pixelmator that much. Seems if a pro is going to spend that much on a tool, they'd use Photoshop.


I thought the same, but also thought that if you want to be taken seriously as a professionnal tool, you've got to start somewhere! Small steps. Maybe one day it'll be considered normal to invest on a Mac Pro to use Pixelmator. For now I agree it's a little weird though.
Rating: 2 Votes

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