Popular Mac image editing app Pixelmator today received a major update that incorporates many features included in macOS Sierra and introduces support for the Touch Bar on the new MacBook Pro.

With macOS Sierra compatibility, Pixelmator supports tabs, so multiple windows can be combined for easier management, and it includes the Universal Clipboard feature introduced in Sierra, allowing for cross-device copy paste.

Pixelmator now works with P3 wide color gamut, so you'll see brighter, more vibrant colors when using the app with the new MacBook Pro or one of the new LG 4K or 5K displays. Most importantly, this version of Pixelmator includes support for the MacBook Pro's Touch Bar.

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End users won't be able to access Touch Bar features until the first MacBook Pro orders begin arriving next week, but Pixelmator is launching it early. The Touch Bar keeps the most useful Pixelmator tools right at your fingertips for quicker editing and streamlined workflows. It automatically changes based on what you're doing within the app, and it can be customized to suit your individual needs.

Touch Bar:
- Set the most useful tool options for your selected tool right in the Touch Bar.
- The Touch Bar is customizable, so you can choose exactly which tools you'd like to keep in it.
- Use the Touch Bar to change color, alignment, and other text properties.
- When previewing effects or adjustments, a Show Original button lets you take a peek at the original image.
- Use Rotate and Scale sliders to transform layers.
- And do a lot more!

Pixelmator also now includes a new content-aware Smart Refine feature that's designed to make selecting content quicker and more accurate. Smart Refine is able to detect object edges in an image to automatically refine a selection outline. It naturally smooths the edges of a selection for easier blending, and there's a new workflow for making quick edits to a selection through painting.

Pixelmator can be downloaded from the Mac App Store for $29.99. [Direct Link]

Top Rated Comments

TMRJIJ Avatar
81 months ago
Love this app!
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ILikeAllOS Avatar
81 months ago
Thank god Apple added the Touch Bar to replace the F keys that nobody ever uses!
Now apps like this can become even more powerful. :cool:
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
nicho Avatar
81 months ago
End users won't be able to access Touch Bar features until the first MacBook Pro orders begin arriving next week, but Pixelmator is launching it early.
I thought you'd already reported on end users who'd had their MBPs delivered? Is this a scripted press release that got held back? :/
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
netwalker Avatar
81 months ago
Also Affinity Designer just got TouchBar support.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
AFPoster Avatar
81 months ago
My favorite app! Glad to see this update go live.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Jerion Avatar
81 months ago
I can't speak for Acorn or Affinity- I especially hear many great things about the latter- but for the level of graphics work I do (lightweight hobbyist), Pixelmator is a pretty-close-to-perfect blend of clean and friendly UI, capable tools, and fast performance. It's really nice to see them be on top of everything that MacOS has to offer.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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