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

Discussion in 'Mac Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Nov 15, 2016.

  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    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.
    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]

    Article Link: Pixelmator Gains Support for macOS Sierra Features, MacBook Pro Touch Bar
  2. ILikeAllOS macrumors 6502


    Jul 28, 2011
    Tampa Bay
    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:
  3. nicho, Nov 15, 2016
    Last edited: Nov 15, 2016

    nicho macrumors 68020

    Feb 15, 2008
    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? :/
  4. Bbqthis macrumors 6502a


    Apr 12, 2015
    Bay Area, CA
    And yet the iOS version still doesn't support RAW editing properly...
  5. AFPoster macrumors 68000

    Jul 14, 2008
    Charlotte, NC
    My favorite app! Glad to see this update go live.
  6. BWhaler macrumors 68030


    Jan 8, 2003
    I love Pixelmator. One of the best apps on any platform.

    It keeps getting better and better without the complexity of Photoshop.
  7. netwalker macrumors regular


    Jul 28, 2007
    Also Affinity Designer just got TouchBar support.
  8. Jerion macrumors member

    Mar 31, 2016
    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.
  9. Zyriab macrumors newbie

    Jan 4, 2013
    Yes, but don't install 1.5.2 it had a glitch which I'm surprised wasn't reported here on MacRumors. Affinity have now released 1.5.3 which fixes the issue.
  10. SBlue1 macrumors 65816


    Oct 17, 2008
    Speak for yourself. I use darker/lighter and mute/lower/louder frequently. Never used the other keys though like play/stop/forward. Gotta check if they work with iTunes and Youtube. Oh and there is a launchpad key? LOL. Anyway, I also never understood why people are pissed the esc key is gone since I never used it either. But I don't think that just because I don't use it nobody uses it.

    Oh and yeah I love Pixelmator. Support them from day one.

    The palette tool in the emoji bar ist a great idea. Use the right hand with the mouse and left hand for the colour while painting. Great. A shame I will never be able to use that feature since MacBook Pros are so insanely expensive now.
  11. Michaelgtrusa macrumors 604

    Oct 13, 2008
  12. gertzen macrumors newbie


    Feb 2, 2010
    Denver, CO
    Love seeing new features in this program. Too bad they won't implement alignment tools even though they've been asked for by the user community for over 4 years. They also seem unwilling to respond as to why they won't implement said feature. Such tools are pretty much necessary for any complex file with hundreds of elements that need to be aligned just so. The mouse drag "snap-to" alignment guides just don't work when you have too many elements.

  13. kdjohn3 macrumors newbie

    Jan 6, 2004
    I've been using Pixelmator for years. While it is a great app and well worth the money, one thing has always bugged me. I hate the floating tool palettes. I've been wishing for an update that would give users the option to have fixed palettes on the sides. Getting tired of waiting for it. More tempted than ever to give Affinity Photo a try.
  14. joueboy macrumors 65816

    Jul 3, 2008
    If there's a real bang for your buck application, this one get the award. It's amazing how the developer always takes advantage of the technology everytime Apple release something new. Thank you Pixelmator team!
  15. elemenohme macrumors regular

    Nov 6, 2014
    I agree. I've asked several times for basic alignment tools over the years and never got any kind of response. I guess they're implementing the touch bar stuff since it's easy; perhaps alignment tools are something too complex for their coders to do.

    I don't use Pixelmator much any more since it hasn't been updated with any useful new features in a long time. It just seems to be hobbling along with the same feature set and periodic compatibility updates for the OS. And the trendy black interface (and web site) that was introduced in version 2 is really tough on my eyes, especially on a retina display.

    Anyway, touch bar support would be last on my list for improvements to this once-innovative app.
  16. shareef777 Suspended


    Jul 26, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    What's weird is that I had this app installed on my old Mac, but it's not showing up as purchased on my new MBP. Had version 3.5.1.

    Found the issue. Apparently if an app is 'hidden' in the Mac App Store, it comes up as for purchase again. Pretty weird bug.
  17. di1in macrumors regular


    Feb 27, 2011
    What's your recommendation now as an alternative for Pixelmator?
  18. mgroover macrumors newbie

    Oct 3, 2013
    "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."

    Wide gamut does not automatically give you more vibrant colours, it requires source material that has more colour information in it.
  19. sudo1996, Nov 16, 2016
    Last edited: Nov 16, 2016

    sudo1996 Suspended


    Aug 21, 2015
    Berkeley, CA, USA
    Wow, I imagine picking colors over and over is a lot less tedious now. Dedicated little displays are great to have. I've got three monitors on my workstation, but one is really small and is dedicated to my messaging apps, email, and iTunes so I can keep that all separate. Touch Bar is small but can be as useful as a second monitor just because of all those little things you need shown all the time. Nintendo DS also used that concept, BTW, and it has worked well.
    --- Post Merged, Nov 16, 2016 ---
    My question: Can we have Terminal/iTerm2 showing CPU and memory usage from htop inside an SSH session on there? :D That would actually be useful for me as I frequently use my laptop to manage my servers.
    --- Post Merged, Nov 16, 2016 ---
    I can't use Vim without the escape key, so I'd have to rebind caps lock to escape. Not that big of a deal. I have much bigger problems with other aspects of the laptop.
  20. Merode macrumors 6502


    Nov 5, 2013
    Warszawa, Poland
    Pixelmator is a toy compared to Affinity Photo. Yet another version without non-destructive layer-based edits.
  21. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    Glad to see they are on the ball. Hopefully other devs will be too. But seems Apple is going to have to extend this to the MB too (I assume the MBA is a dead model running) to achieve any type of economy of scale for devs to incorporate it.

    I think Apple needs to build in user customization for non-supported apps within OS X. So, for example, if MS only updates the Office 365 version, not the stand alone, users can make their own macros and map them to a TB key. Otherwise TB is at the sole mercy of devs and that would be a waste of real estate.
  22. Teon macrumors regular


    Feb 14, 2016
    Well, it's obvious
    and I totally agree with you

Share This Page