Pixelmator 3.7 Update Brings HEIF Image Support and Apple Photos Integration

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    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 $30.

    Article Link: Pixelmator 3.7 Update Brings HEIF Image Support and Apple Photos Integration
  2. green86 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 27, 2007
    North Carolina
    Wow, where can I get that picture they are working on for my wallpaper!

    And side note: I'm really surprised there isn't more P3 high color space backgrounds...

    And on topic, I'm really happy the Pixelmator team is still going strong. It is great to have such a nice, Apple-focused, non-subscription based app available.
  3. ikir macrumors 65816


    Sep 26, 2007
  4. adamjackson macrumors 68000

    Jul 9, 2008
    Pixelmator has kept me from paying Adobe $9.99 a month for the last 3 years. Thanks team! I only need image editing half an hour a month at most and would gladly pay an upgrade to Pixelmator 4 when it comes out to support this team and their hard work.

    I own a copy of Lightroom non-subscription and use that every day.
  5. Michaelgtrusa macrumors 604

    Oct 13, 2008
    One of the greats, they make the new every time the speak. The pro version is soon, perhaps as soon as M DLdNkMfW0AAqR1k.jpg onday.
  6. ProwlingTiger macrumors 65816


    Jan 15, 2008
    Just curious, if you only need image editing half an hour a month, what are you using Lightroom for everyday?
  7. simonmet, Oct 6, 2017
    Last edited: Oct 6, 2017

    simonmet macrumors 68000


    Sep 9, 2012
    You can buy the upcoming Pixelmator Pro if you feel like supporting them some more. They deserve it!
    --- Post Merged, Oct 6, 2017 ---
    Lightroom is primarily a cataloging and library software - very different to Photoshop. Photographers often only need global adjustments, filters and spot healing tools. Photoshop is much more than that.
  8. mixel macrumors 68000


    Jan 12, 2006
    Leeds, UK
    Oh jeez. Pixelmator pro is coming? I've just recently thrown my hat in with Affinity Photo after decades of Adobe stuff. If pixelmator pro's getting a similar featureset I'm going to be spoilt for choice.

    Saying that I doubt Pixelmator's iPad version is as feature complete as Affinity's? One thing I LOVE about Af:p is how its so easy to move a working file between iPad and desktop without compromises.
  9. Michaelgtrusa macrumors 604

    Oct 13, 2008
    Pricing and a release date for Pixelmator Pro remain unknown, but the company confirms Pixelmator will continue to be maintained after Pixelmator Pro ships.
  10. BWhaler macrumors 68030


    Jan 8, 2003
    Wonderful news. Pixelmator is a fantastic app.
  11. arefbe macrumors 6502


    Sep 11, 2010
    Not seeing the update in the App Store. Still on 3.6 Oops, sorry. It just came up.
  12. adamjackson macrumors 68000

    Jul 9, 2008
    @simonmet is right. I'm not a professional photographer. Lightroom is the catalogue and where I do white balance, various cropping and straightening and exposure mods to RAW images. I export all of those in full size JPEG to Photos for Mac and Lightroom archive grows and grows but I generally don't go back to those images once processing is done. Viewing / sharing is done via Photos

    If I have to make a more serious edit, I'll open Pixelmator but this is a rare occurrence. You can see from my Flickr page, I do almost nothing to my photos. they're all straight out of the camera - https://www.flickr.com/photos/adamjackson/page2
  13. Nozuka macrumors 68020

    Jul 3, 2012
  14. TechZeke macrumors 68020


    Jul 29, 2012
    Rialto, CA
    The stronger the Pixelmator and Affinity teams get, the less consumers and professionals a-like have to deal with Adobe's BS.

    I have used it to create stuff my for hobbies, clubs, and school projects. For my basic needs, I've definitely gotten my money's worth.
  15. Good User Name macrumors regular

    Jul 7, 2011
    It looks like Pixelmator is converting the HEIC file to a JPG in order to do its editing. Is that the only way that this works?

    It's still better than pretty much anything else even if it is.
  16. WinterWolf90 macrumors 6502

    Jan 18, 2014
    Are the edits non destructive? I really wish phots had burn tools and other minor things.
  17. Michaelgtrusa macrumors 604

    Oct 13, 2008
    Can't get this update as the MAS is down for me.
  18. ProwlingTiger macrumors 65816


    Jan 15, 2008
    I totally understand that, professional photographer myself. That was my guess, I just wanted a bit of clarity.

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