Pixelmator 3.1 just released

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by MCAsan, Jan 23, 2014.

  1. MCAsan macrumors 601


    Jul 9, 2012
    Got the update this morning.

    Pixelmator 3.1 Marble (Released on January 23, 2014)

    New Features
    • Exclusive new Mac Pro support: Pixelmator 3.1 Marble takes advantage of the new Mac Pro’s incredible power and speed with its dual-GPU support. This means that just about any edit you make, you will experience remarkably smoother and more fluid performance.
    • 16-bit support on the new Mac Pro: 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. You can now edit rich and vibrant images in Pixelmator 3.1 Marble on the new Mac Pro.
    • Order Prints: You can now quickly and easily turn your gorgeous images into stunning, fine-quality prints. With just a few clicks, order Pixelmator images as postcards, notecards, gallery frames, or posters.
    Optimized for the New Mac Pro
    • Both GPUs are used simultaneously when applying effects: one for computing the effect and the other one for composition rendering.
    • 16-bit per channel color images are supported.
    • The image auto saving is computed in the background while image composition is being rendered.
    • Optimizations made for all 4-core, 6-core, 8-core, or 12-core Intel Xeon processors for better zoom out handling and faster bitmap layer duplications.
    • GCD Dispatch I/O technology and PCIe-based flash storage makes opening and exporting high resolution images faster.
    • Increased memory bandwidth is fully utilized for Pixelmator operations.
    Layer Styles Improvements
    • Now, you can select more than one layer with styles and change the opacity of the selected layers all at once.
    • When you move a selection made on layers with styles, the layer style always stays visible, even when you go to another app and back.
    • You can now apply styles on a new layer right after you’ve painted with the Paint Bucket Tool or the Pixel Tool.
    • When converting layers with styles into regular layers, the Opacity setting always stays intact.
    • When you clear layer contents, the layer style icon disappears as well.
    • The Styles palette stays active when you copy layers with styles into a newly created document.
    • You can now change the gradient fill for newly created text or shape layers from the Gradients palette without opening the Styles palette.
    • When you choose a color in the Colors palette, it doesn’t change the color choice in the Styles palette.
    • You can now remove style presets even if you have several layers with styles selected.
    • After you clear a layer style, you can now remove layer style presets.
    Other Improvements
    • Pointillize, Pixelize, Mandala, Concert, City Lights, Color Hatch, X-ray, Infrared, Line Dye, Tracer, Scanner, Newspaper, Neon, ASCII, Blue Print and Projectile effects are now available again.
    • The effects’ rope is now more stable.
    • Improved RAW image file format support.
    • You can now turn off Auto Select on shape layers as well as on the others layers.
    • When you Control-click the selection on an empty layer, you can now choose Refine selection from the shortcut menu.
    • When grouped text layers are duplicated, the text stays visible.
    • When text or shape layers are converted into pixels, the Opacity setting stays intact.
    • Now you can drag a gradient preset to the Finder.
    • Improvements have been made for the outside stroke effect.
    • New layers are no longer added when painting with the Paint Bucket Tool set to 0% of Opacity.
    • Colors are updated in the Fill dialog correctly, whether you choose the dialog from the Menu bar or use the keyboard shortcut.
    • The “Low disk space” message no longer appears when there’s lots of space on the computer.
    • Improved localizations.
    • And other tiny-yet-annoying bugs, random graphical glitches, and crashes have been fixed.
  2. phrehdd macrumors 68040


    Oct 25, 2008
    I am hoping one day to see both Pixelmator and Corel's offering being major contenders in the battle against Adobe. So far, Pixelmator has been slowly moving forward in a very good way.

    It would be great if Pixelmator was set up and had 3rd party plug ins to help move them forward. Maybe they can court makers such as NIK, OnOne, Alien Skin etc.
  3. MCAsan thread starter macrumors 601


    Jul 9, 2012
    [QUOTE It would be great if Pixelmator was set up and had 3rd party plug ins to help move them forward. Maybe they can court makers such as NIK, OnOne, Alien Skin etc.[/QUOTE]

    Pixelmator, like Photoshop, is a general purpose graphics programs. As least for processing photos, it itself is usually used as a plugin to Lightroom or Aperture...in the same way as Photoshop (full or just Elements), the Nik collection and OnOne Suite. I would surprised if Pixelmator would host plugins.
  4. Bear macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    Photoshop supports plugins.
  5. slayerizer macrumors 6502a

    Nov 9, 2012
    This runs great on my not so mighty iMac 2008! :D
  6. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5


    Jun 6, 2003
    Solon, OH
    Awesome update. :D

    Pixelmator makes my life so much easier. Seriously, the ability to manage layers and export and... all the other stuff you can do with it.
  7. Michaelgtrusa macrumors 604

    Oct 13, 2008
  8. wheelhot macrumors 68020

    Nov 23, 2007
    Hmm, I wonder how does Pixelmator fares up when it comes to airbrushing?

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