Pixelmator Announces New 'Pixelmator Pro' Software Coming This Fall

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    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 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 more. All in all, Pixelmator Pro includes more than 40 tools to work with.

    Pixelmator Pro will be available sometime this fall. Prospective customers can sign up to get an email when the software launches on the Pixelmator Pro website.

    Article Link: Pixelmator Announces New 'Pixelmator Pro' Software Coming This Fall
  2. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

    T'hain Esh Kelch

    Aug 5, 2001
    Bad time for their website to go down.

    Personally I'll stay away. After a few years of waiting for a Pixelmator interface which is not made up by miniscule icons in dark grey on a black background, I've given up on the company. Not all of us sit in a completely dark room with screen brightness on "Sun in your face" when we work.
  3. Glassed Silver macrumors 68020

    Glassed Silver

    Mar 10, 2007
    Kassel, Germany
    I mean, any competition to Adobe is a boon, but I'll stick to Affinity I guess, even though their product pipeline communication is almost as bad as Apple's. (one word: DAM)

    Glassed Silver:ios
  4. viettanium macrumors 6502

    Sep 3, 2010
    free update for existing Pixelmator user?
  5. miscend macrumors regular

    Nov 5, 2009
  6. v1597psh macrumors regular


    Feb 4, 2014
    Look at the iCal icon in the dock. it says October 26. It might be the release date! Very excited!
  7. 576316 macrumors 601

    May 19, 2011
    Argh. I really like Pixelmator but I use Windows as my daily driver now, and really missing Pixelmator. I can totally understand their mission being a macOS-only one, but damn it...is it too much to ask for a Windows release?!
  8. BrettArchibald macrumors member


    Jul 31, 2007
    I don't get why this new version is being promoted as a separate PRO application?
    Is their current Pixelmator not *intended* to be used by professionals?
    Why not just upgrade the existing version with the new features?
    I suspect the reason why not is more due to marketing-decisions and the justification to charge a higher price for a separate app...
  9. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    Re: upgrades. As I see it this is just a teaser announcement. Upgrade pricing, if any, will come at the actual announcement. BUT c'mon Pixelmator is $30 or less. It's been on sale for as low as $15 AND it's very easy to get iTunes Gift Cards at 15-20% off. So my gut says there will be no upgrade pricing and I'm 100% OK with that -- you should be too. Devs need to make money on upgrades otherwise they have no incentive to update their programs. $30 is a freaking bargain for what Pixelmator does.
  10. 576316 macrumors 601

    May 19, 2011
    Agreed. Pixelmator is an incredible tool, and it's damn cheap. Adobe would happily charge you that price every month for Photoshop.
  11. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    Well we don't know if it is a separate application or a complete replacement yet. But I would guess if it isn't a replacement it's to prevent people from whining about a free or discounted upgrade. They can't do that if it's considered a totally brand new app. Also it would give Pixelmator a way to increase the price. They could sell "Pro" for, say $50, and keep Pixelmator at $30 or even reduce it to $20.
  12. djcerla macrumors 68000


    Apr 23, 2015
    More like $99. Or $199.
  13. coolfactor macrumors 68040

    Jul 29, 2002
    Vancouver, BC CANADA
    Yah, I'm afraid this will send the app down the same path as OmniGraffle... where users will end up with less certainty about which version is a better fit for them. I know that I can't justify the price for the "Pro" version of the app, even if I could really use that _one_ handy feature. Are the days of Pixelmator having the tremendous price advantage almost behind us?
  14. Michaelgtrusa macrumors 604

    Oct 13, 2008
    When this dev speaks the net explodes. Looking forward to this. Watch the vid.
  15. lunarworks macrumors 65816

    Jun 17, 2003
    Toronto, Canada
    Small icons let you have more screen space for photo editing, and dark controls let your eyes focus on the photo better.
  16. zantafio macrumors regular

    Apr 8, 2014
    it's going to be hard to beat Affinity Design/Photo
  17. MrChurchyard macrumors member

    Sep 22, 2008
    Yes—if for instance they make heavy use of CoreML, replicating those features on Windows would be punitive. Their entire app is heavily based on Cocoa, I doubt a lot of their code can be easily repurposed as cross-platform—a port would be tough to do.
  18. swm macrumors regular

    May 29, 2013
    or a subscription based ****up, for the worst case.
    anyway, for a product that may last 2-3 years with continuous bugfixes/improvements, charging $99 is pretty reasonable.
  19. uncle808us macrumors newbie


    Oct 31, 2013
    Annapolis, MD, USA
    The green Apple slime parts and another greedy head arises from the mirky Apple waters. Apple theory never fix the old. re-package add something small call it new raise the price.Pitiful!!
  20. reallynotnick macrumors 6502a

    Oct 21, 2005
    I'm curious as to how this app will pan out in price and support. I had been wanting to buy Pixelmator for awhile but my old Mac didn't support most of the tech that made it great. Now that I have a more modern Mac I'm interested in either picking this up or their older app, guess I'll just have to wait a little longer to see how this shakes up.
  21. simonmet, Sep 5, 2017
    Last edited: Sep 5, 2017

    simonmet macrumors 68000


    Sep 9, 2012
    As stated in this article, Pixelmator relies on a lot of core OS X (sorry “macOS”) technologies, so it can’t translate to Windows without pretty much rebuilding the app from scratch with equivalent Windows technologies, where they exist, or rebuilding them where they don’t.

    You’d then have the ongoing drain of maintaining cross-platform comparability which would impact cost, rate of development, stability and bugginess all negatively for Mac users.

    Pixelmator is just one of those fantastic Mac-only apps that shows what the Mac platform is capable of when in the hands of some switched-on Mac developers.
    --- Post Merged, Sep 5, 2017 ---
    Do you know how long Pixelmator has been out without asking users to pay for a single update, of which there’ve been many?

    I can’t even remember how many years it’s been since I bought it. Pixelmator is about as good to the customer as you can get yet you find a way to call them greedy slime? Unbelievable!

    I have no need for a Pro image editor but if I did I’m sure Pixelmator Pro will offer very good value and support.
  22. johannnn macrumors 65816


    Nov 20, 2009
    Love how many great app there are nowadays (Pixelmator, Luminar, Affinity Photo & Designer etc). For almost all people the Adobe suite is finally not needed :)
  23. cmChimera macrumors 68040


    Feb 12, 2010
    And also they've had plenty of free upgrades, and are not suggesting something like subscription pricing.
  24. joueboy macrumors 65816

    Jul 3, 2008
    After been stucked exclusively on MacOS for a long time, they eventually started adapting Tim's motto name things Pro and that should work better and sell more. I would have thought Pixelmator is better than that and should have made their product available to other platforms. I really hope they'll take off and hope for the best for the team. For now I'm happy for the Lightroom and Photoshop combo for $10 a month.
  25. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    Well we can all speculate on price. But based on what Pixelmator is saying itself I seriously doubt it will be anything near $199: “The target audience is pretty much everyone,” Pixelmator’s Andrius Gailiunas tells The Verge.

    If this is for "everyone" then that means consumers. They are not paying $199 for an app I can guarantee. I highly doubt they are paying $99 given you can get PS Elements AND Premiere for $79 or less and that is all a casual consumer needs.

    The original Pixelmator is $30. An updated version at best isn't going to be more than $60 and that is reaching. Pixelmator's real competitor is Affinity Photo which is $50. That is where I got my $50 from. Where are you getting your Space Station prices?

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