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Pixelmator Pro Gains New Exporting Tools, Auto Color Adjustments and Touch Bar Support

Pixelmator Pro, a graphics and image editing app from the Pixelmator team, received its first major update today to introduce new features that include MacBook Pro Touch Bar support, new tools for exporting images, auto color adjustment options, a Tutorials page, and more. The app now includes full support for the Touch Bar on recent 13 and 15-inch MacBook Pro models, providing quick access to tools for making color adjustments, choosing effect presets, selecting colors for brushes, and more. The Touch Bar has been designed to offer up the most useful options whenever you switch to a new tool. New Export for Web features are designed to allow users to prepare and optimize images for the web with advanced compression techniques in just a few clicks. The Pixelmator team says these tools compress images to the smallest size possible without a loss of quality. Quick Export offers up a web-friendly image optimized with your most-used settings, while a new Slice tool is meant to make it easier to create web designs by slicing images into smaller images with the option of optimizing each one separately. There are new Auto White Balance, Auto Lightness, and Auto Hue & Saturation tools that are powered by machine learning. These tools are meant to let users make one-click adjustments to optimize photos. Pixelmator says its machine learning algorithm was trained on millions of images to identify the contents of a photo and select the best lighting, contrast, and colors. Other new features in Pixelmator Pro include support for opening and exporting vector images

Pixelmator Pro Updated With Custom Aspect Ratios and Presets for Crop Tool

Popular photo and image editing software Pixelmator Pro was today updated to version 1.0.6, adding customizations for the crop tool along with a whole slew of other improvements and bug fixes. According to the Mac App Store release notes, the update introduces an option for custom aspect ratios for the crop tool, which can also be saved as custom crop presets. This should make cropping to your exact specifications quicker and easier even across different projects. With this new version of Pixelmator Pro, files exported to JPEG will be saved with a .jpg extension instead of .jpeg, and files can now also be exported in BMP and GIF formats. Improvements have also been made to other tools, such as the Type tool, the selection tools, and the Color Selection tool, with a full list of new improvements available below: Use the Crop tool to crop with your own custom ratios. Create and save custom crop presets. The Type tool will now be highlighted when a text layer is selected. If no text is selected, clicking a text preset will now add a new text layer with the preset style applied. When using the Type tool's Color Picker, pressing the Escape key will now close the Color Picker, as it should. Drag shapes from the Layers view to the Shapes palette to save them to your collection. The selection tools will now be highlighted if there is an active selection. A number of performance improvements make the selection tools faster and more reliable. You can now copy, cut, paste, and duplicate the components inside shapes. The Color Selection tool

New 'Pixelmator Pro' Photo Editing App for Mac Now Available

The team behind the popular Pixelmator photo editing app for iOS and Mac today launched its latest Mac app, Pixelmator Pro. Pixelmator Pro is a more advanced version of its existing Pixelmator software, built from the ground up for the Mac. First announced in September, Pixelmator Pro features a reimagined workflow with simplified editing tools, a single-window interface, and intelligent image editing features powered by machine learning. The software uses the Core ML framework built into macOS High Sierra to power features like automatic horizon detection, smarter quick selections, and better repair tools for removing unwanted objects from photos. Non-destructive image editing is a key feature, and there are new tools for resizing and rearranging layers. New color adjustment tools and RAW support make it easy to quickly adjust photos, and there's an entirely new painting engine and dynamic paint blending technology powered by Metal 2, along with new brushes. For those who are used to Pixelmator, the new Pixelmator Pro interface is quite a bit different and may take a bit of time to adjust to, but it is easier to locate tools, especially for new users. The repair tool for editing objects out of a photo is much improved and eliminates objects much more seamlessly with just a few clicks, and tools for selectively adjusting color, brightness, sharpness, and other image aspects are more easily accessible. Painting with the new painting tools is an entirely different experience thanks to the blending options, and there are a ton of new brushes and styles

New 'Pixelmator Pro' Photo Editing App Launching November 29 for $59

Earlier this year, the team behind the popular Pixelmator photo editing app for iOS and Mac announced plans to unveil a new pro-level Mac app, Pixelmator Pro. At the time the app was announced in September, the Pixelmator team had not provided a release date, but today announced that the new software will be coming on November 29. Pixelmator Pro features a reimagined editing workflow with simplified editing tools and intelligent image editing features powered by machine learning. It uses a single-window interface and has been built from the ground up for the Mac. The software uses the new Core ML framework built into macOS High Sierra to power a range of features like automatic horizon detection, a faster and smarter quick selection tool, and an improved repair tool for effortlessly removing objects from photos. Nondestructive color adjustment tools are available for editing the colors in photos, and there are tools for easily resizing and rearranging layers, plus there's an entirely new painting engine and dynamic paint blending technology powered by Metal 2. When it launches on November 29, Pixelmator Pro will be priced at $59, a special introductory price. The Pixelmator team plans to raise the price eventually as new updates and features are added, with the intended price for the software set at $99. As with the current Pixelmator app, Pixelmator Pro will be a one-time purchase and updates will be provided to customers for free.

Pixelmator App for iOS Updated With Drag and Drop and HEIF Image Support

Pixelmator today updated its iOS app with full support for iOS 11, including importing HEIF images and Drag and Drop functionality on iPad. Drag and Drop support enables iPad users to easily move images and graphics between Pixelmator and other apps. For example, users can move their entire composition into apps like Mail, Messages, and Keynote by simply touching and holding outside the image canvas, then dropping the image into the other app. With support for HEIF images, Pixelmator for iOS users can now import images saved in the High Efficiency Image File Format. The new, more efficient format reduces file sizes without sacrificing quality, and is now used as the default on the iPhone 7 and later. Learn more about HEIF in our earlier coverage. Last week, Pixelmator for Mac was also updated to include HEIF image support and integration with Apple's Photos app on macOS High Sierra. The update also includes bug fixes for issues such as Pixelmator quitting unexpectedly when zooming in after starting a selection, compositions sometimes disappearing when adding or removing layers, and certain buttons in the Color and Format popovers occasionally not responding to touches. Pixelmator version 2.4 is available on the App Store [Direct Link] as a free update for existing users. The app costs $4.99 for new

Pixelmator 3.7 Update Brings HEIF Image Support and Apple Photos Integration

Pixelmator has been updated for Mac to include support for the new HEIF image standard in macOS High Sierra. Once users have updated to Pixelmator 3.7, they'll also be able to make full use of the new Photo app integration available in Apple's latest desktop operating system. In macOS High Sierra, it's possible to open a photo in a third-party app right from within the Photos Library using the "Edit With..." menu option, after which Pixelmator should appear following the update. Subsequently, any edits made within Pixelmator will be automatically saved back to the Photos library. Added support for the new HEIF image standard includes the ability to import photos from iPhone 7, iPhone 8, and iPhone X, which save in the more efficient compression format by default. You can find out more about HEIF here. Other improvements in the 3.7 update to Pixelmator include enhanced support for Photoshop PSD files, an improved Repair Tool, and a return of the ability to drag image assets from Photos and Safari directly into Pixelmator. Pixelmator is available to buy on the Mac App Store for

Pixelmator Announces New 'Pixelmator Pro' Software Coming This Fall

The team behind the popular Pixelmator photo editing app for iOS and Mac today announced plans to unveil an all new pro-level app, Pixelmator Pro. According to the Pixelmator Pro teaser site, the new software features a reimagined editing workflow, simplified editing tools, and intelligent image editing features powered by machine learning. Pixelmator Pro is a powerful, beautiful, and easy to use image editor. Featuring an elegant and streamlined single-window interface, it puts all the focus on the images you edit, rather than what's around them. And with a design that is totally and completely Mac, it feels instantly familiar from the moment you first open the app. So image editing becomes simpler and more enjoyable than ever.Pixelmator Pro takes advantage of the new Core ML framework built into macOS High Sierra to provide features like automatic layer naming based on layer content, automatic horizon detection, an improved repair tool for removing objects from photos effortlessly, and a quick selection tool that's better than ever. The interface includes tools designed to make it easy to resize and rearrange layers, with a nondestructive Arrange Tool, smart spacing guides, and advanced alignment tools for aligning several objects with a click, plus there's a new painting engine powered by Metal 2 and dynamic paint blending technology. Nondestructive color adjustment tools let you edit the colors in photos, there are a selection of effects that can be added to each layer and combined in Recipes, and there are shape tools, drawing tools, layer styles, and

Pixelmator Gains Support for macOS Sierra Features, MacBook Pro Touch Bar

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. 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

Pixelmator for Mac Gains New Selection Tools, Retouch Extension for Photos

Popular image editing app Pixelmator was today updated to version 3.5, adding two impressive new tools to improve selections and a new Pixelmator Retouch extension for the Photos app. Pixelmator's new Quick Selection Tool, which is smarter than the existing tool, makes it much easier to select large areas of an image with a single brushstroke. The tool is designed to analyze color, texture, contrast, shadows, and highlights in an image to automatically detect an object that's being selected. "With the Quick Selection Tool, we wanted to create a totally unique experience for selecting objects," said Simonas Bastys, lead developer of the Pixelmator Team. "For more than 6 months, our team worked on developing a unique and incredibly smart algorithm, which used advanced machine-learning techniques to figure out for itself the best possible way to select objects. The results are stunning, and we're really happy to introduce this next-generation selection tool to all of our users."Alongside the Quick Selection Tool, a new Magnetic Selection Tool is designed to automatically snap to the edges of an object being traced, so a detailed selection can be made much more quickly. According to Pixelmator's developers, the algorithm behind Magnetic Selection is based on A* Pathfinding and ensures a perfect outline around nearly any object. For the built-in Photos app on the Mac, there's a Pixelmator Retouch extension that adds a number of retouching tools that can be used directly in Photos. With the extension, it's possible to remove objects, clone areas, adjust lightness and

Pixelmator for iOS Updated With Support for iPad Pro, Apple Pencil and 3D Touch

The team behind popular image editing app Pixelmator for Mac and iOS today announced a major update to its Pixelmator app for iOS, introducing full support and optimization for Apple's iPad Pro and Apple Pencil. There's a new palm rejection feature that allows users to rest their palms on the screen when sketching and editing images with the Apple Pencil, which works with more than 50 brushes in the Pixelmator app. Pixelmator also takes full advantage of the iPad Pro's speed, with 16K image support for editing images up to 100 megapixels. "User feedback about the desktop-class features of Pixelmator for iOS has been amazing, and today we're excited to make all those features available on the iPad Pro," said Saulius Dailide, one of the founders of Pixelmator Team. "Pixelmator on the iPad Pro gives you more space to create thanks to the large 12.9-inch display, allows you to paint more naturally than ever with full Apple Pencil and palm-rejection support, and lets you edit incredibly large images up to 100 megapixels."Today's update also introduces support for 3D Touch on the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus, adding Quick Action shortcuts when using a force touch on the Pixelmator icon on the home screen. 3D Touch support also brings 3D Touch-sensitive painting to Pixelmator, letting iPhone users vary the pressure on the screen to change the thickness of a brush stroke. Pixelmator 2.2 includes a few other improvements, like a new collection of artist-designed basic brushes, improved crop performance, an auto-straighten feature, and the ability to increase font

Black Friday App Deals Include Pixelmator, Linky, Lost Within and More

Just ahead of Thanksgiving and the busy Black Friday shopping holiday in the U.S., some app developers have discounted their iOS and Mac apps for a limited time. We have been tracking App Store price drops on our sister website AppShopper and found early deals on popular apps Pixelmator, Linky, Lost Within and more. Pixelmator for iOS [Direct Link] has been discounted from $4.99 to $1.99, which is 60% off and the image editing app's lowest price since it went on sale for 99 cents in July 2015.Pixelmator is a powerful, full-featured, layer-based image editor that lets you touch up and enhance images, sketch and paint, as well as create advanced image compositions on iPad and iPhone alike.Pixelmator for Mac [Direct Link] is also on sale for $14.99, which is 50% off its regular price of $29.99. The OS X image editing app last went on sale for $14.99 in April 2015.Pixelmator takes full advantage of the latest Mac technologies, giving you speedy, powerful tools that let you touch up and enhance images, draw or paint, apply dazzling effects, or create advanced compositions amazingly simple. Once your images are ready, access them anywhere with iCloud, send them to iPhoto or Aperture, email, print, share, or save them to popular image formats–all right from Pixelmator. Linky for iOS [Direct Link] is on sale for 50% off during Black Friday week, lowering the app's price to $1.99 from $3.99. The popular link, text and sharing app was last discounted to $1.99 in November 2014.Linky lets you easily share webpage links, images and text extracts to Twitter, Facebook and App.net

Pixelmator for Mac Updated With El Capitan Split View Feature and Photos Extension

Popular photo editing app Pixelmator for Mac was today updated to version 3.4, adding full support for Apple's latest operating system, OS X El Capitan. The new version of Pixelmator supports the Split View feature in El Capitan, allowing Pixelmator to be used in full screen mode alongside another app at the same time. The Pixelmator Photos Extension, which can be used directly within Apple's own Photos app, introduces Metal-based Distort tools for editing images. With these tools, areas of the image can be reshaped in Photos to retouch them or add artistic effects. The extension was built using Apple's powerful graphics-processing technology, Metal. "Pixelmator always takes advantage of the latest Mac and OS X features and technologies, and today we're thrilled to introduce Pixelmator 3.4 Twist with full support for new OS X El Capitan, the ability to work in Pixelmator and a second app without any distractions via Split View, and a new, Metal-based Pixelmator Photos Extension," said Saulius Dailide, one of the founders of the Pixelmator Team. "Pixelmator Photos Extension features a collection of powerful distort tools, which allow users to distort images with stunning quality and incredible speed right inside the Photos app."Other improvements added today include Apple's San Francisco font as the new user interface font and enhanced support for the Force Touch trackpad, which is designed to make painting with the trackpad a smoother experience. Pixelmator can be downloaded from the Mac App Store for $29.99. [Direct Link]

Pixelmator for iOS Gains iOS 9 Support With Split-Screen Multitasking on iPad

Pixelmator for iOS was today updated with full support for iOS 9, enabling split-screen multitasking when used on an iPad. Pixelmator supports full Split View, which will allow the Pixelmator app to be used side-by-side with other apps on the iPad mini 4 and the iPad Air 2. On older iPads, split-screen multitasking will be limited to Slide Over. "Pixelmator always takes advantage of the latest iOS features and technologies, and today we're thrilled to bring Pixelmator for iOS 2.1, which includes full support for iOS 9, 8K image support, and the ability for iPad users to work in Pixelmator and any other app at the same time with Split View and Slide Over." said Aidas Dailide, one of the founders of the Pixelmator Team. "With the new features in Pixelmator for iOS, it is even easier and more fun to edit images on the go."Today's update also includes support for 8K resolution images, letting users edit photos that are up to 64 megapixels on their iPhone or iPad, and Spotlight Search on the iPhone and iPad will now index Pixelmator documents so they'll show up in search results. There's a new "Open in Place" feature to open images from anywhere and save edits in the same place, and the "Save to Photos" feature will now open images from Photos and save edits onto the same image without creating a duplicate image. Pixelmator can be downloaded from the App Store for $4.99. [Direct Link]

Pixelmator for iOS Updated With Dynamic Touch, Repair Tool Improvements

Pixelmator for the iPhone and iPad was today updated to version 2.0.2, adding the first major new features since the app expanded to the iPhone in May. The 2.0.2 update brings Dynamic Touch, a new feature for all of the app's Retouch tools. With Dynamic Touch, users can adjust the stroke size of Retouch tools without needing to open up the brush settings menu for faster image corrections. Dynamic Touch detects the surface area of the finger that's in contact with the screen and changes the brush size accordingly. If you paint with just the tip of your finger, the brush will be thinner, while painting with a full finger on the screen will make the brush thicker. Today's update brings the Pixelmator for Mac repair tool algorithm to iOS, which makes removing unwanted images from a photograph or image quicker and more precise. According to the app's release notes, the repair tool is up to five times faster."There are numerous ways to repair any area of an image, so we did a lot of testing on a Mac Pro to optimize the algorithm of our Repair tool," said Simonas Bastys, the lead developer of the Pixelmator Team. "We analyzed millions of possible ways to repair areas of various complexity, and then compared the speed and quality ratio of each final result. After six months of testing, we derived a repairing algorithm that gives stunning quality with incredible speed every single time. Pixelmator for iOS now takes advantage of the same algorithm."In addition to the above mentioned features, Pixelmator is also gaining an improved Pixelmator Photo Editing extension for editing

Powerful Image Editing App 'Pixelmator' Expands to the iPhone

Back in October, popular Mac image editing app Pixelmator was brought to iOS in the form of an iPad app, and as of today, that iOS app is being expanded to the iPhone. Pixelmator for iOS is now a universal app, giving iPhone users a way to edit their images with Pixelmator's powerful image editing tools for the first time. iPhone support is an important step in Pixelmator's evolution and will let the company reach a much wider customer base. For many people, the iPhone has largely replaced point and shoot cameras. Image sharing site Flickr, for example, lists Apple's iPhones as the top three most popular cameras. There are already a wealth of image editing apps available for the iPhone, but Pixelmator sets itself apart with a solid set of tools packaged in an accessible interface and iCloud interconnectivity with the Pixelmator Mac app. Pixelmator for iPhone offers the same tools available in the iPad app, so those who have used the previous version of the app will be familiar with its capabilities. On the iPhone, Pixelmator's photo editing tools are likely to be the most useful, letting users adjust colors, fix lighting, add filters, crop, straighten, and distort photographs. There are also powerful retouching tools that can be used to remove unwanted objects from images, much like in the Mac app. Tools have granular adjustments for making minor tweaks to the look of a photo, and there are brush-on effects in the "Retouch" menu that let users paint on image-correcting adjustments with a finger. Pixelmator can also be used by artists and mobile designers

Pixelmator for Mac Updated With Force Touch Trackpad Support, Improved Repair Tool

Popular image editing app Pixelmator was today updated to version 3.3.2, introducing a more powerful repair tool and introducing support for the new Photos app and the Force Touch trackpad found in the new MacBook and the recently updated 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro. Pixelmator's repair tool (the bandaid icon in the app) lets users remove unwanted objects from photos in just a few minutes using a paintbrush, and in 3.3.2, the repair tool has been improved to be faster and more efficient, resulting in even cleaner results when removing an object from an image.Repair tool is one of our many secret scientific projects that is fun and interesting to work with. We even used the new Mac Pro (because it's extremely fast and powerful) to automatically improve our Repair technology algorithms. Since there are numerous ways to repair any area of an image, our Mac Pro worked incredibly hard for months to find the best algorithm. It analyzed millions of possible ways to repair areas of various complexity and then it compared the speed and quality ratio of each final result. Lastly, our Mac Pro (this is really awesome) derived with a repairing strategy that gives the optimal result every single time. How smart is that! After updating to 3.3.2, Pixelmator users with a Force Touch trackpad can use it for pressure sensitive painting. The Force Touch trackpad sensors detect how much pressure is being applied to the trackpad, and Pixelmator uses that information to change the size of the brush while painting for thicker or thinner lines. With Photos for OS X support, also included