Pixelmator Pro Gains Full Support for macOS Mojave, Light Mode and New Core ML 2-Powered Auto Enhance Feature

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Popular image editing app Pixelmator Pro was today updated to version 1.2, which adds full support for macOS Mojave, a new light mode, faster machine learning tools, and more.

    The update introduces compatibility for Continuity Camera and Quick Actions, two macOS Mojave features. Continuity Camera support is designed to let you import a photo into Pixelmator Pro directly from an iPhone, while Quick Actions let you edit images using Finder.


    Batch processing functionality has been added to Automator for white balance, auto enhance, color adjustments, effects, and file conversions, and Automator is what powers the new Quick Actions you'll find in Finder. There are also tools for creating your own Pixelmator Pro Quick Actions that can be executed without opening the Pixelmator app.

    macOS Mojave brought Core ML 2, which is now powering Pixelmator Pro features like Auto Layer Naming, ML Color Adjustments, ML Hue & Saturation, ML White Balance, ML Lightness, and a new ML Enhance feature that's designed to let Apple's neural network analyze and improve the colors of an image in just a few seconds.

    ML Enhance is an auto enhance feature that was trained on 20 million professional photos, which lets it tweak 37 color adjustments all at once for the best possible automatic color tuning.


    The updated version of Pixelmator Pro includes a new light appearance and a revamped dark appearance, both of which are designed to work with the Light Mode and Dark Mode in macOS Mojave. Pixelmator Pro will automatically activate one of these modes based on your macOS settings.

    SVG fonts are also supported in Pixelmator Pro 1.2, and several bug fixes have been included.

    Pixelmator Pro 1.2 can be downloaded from the App Store for $29.99, a 50 percent discount off of the regular Pixelmator Pro price. Customers who have already purchased Pixelmator Pro will get the update for free. [Direct Link]

    Article Link: Pixelmator Pro Gains Full Support for macOS Mojave, Light Mode and New Core ML 2-Powered Auto Enhance Feature
  2. Nozuka macrumors 68020

    Jul 3, 2012
    I like how fast and consistent they are with adding/using new OS features. I wish other developers would do the same.
  3. Pakaku macrumors 68000


    Aug 29, 2009
    Pixelmator is the only OSX app that I'm aware of that actually added a light theme after Mojave started adding support for a dark themed UI.
  4. R10k macrumors member

    Aug 10, 2017
    Haha... true.

    Affinity has had a light and dark UI since the beginning.

    I wonder if with this, you can have a dark UI if Mac OS is set to light UI? They seem to hint that you can’t...
  5. GoAndrius macrumors newbie


    Nov 29, 2017
    Pixelmator Team
    Yep, and you can even use a light UI if your macOS is set to Dark Mode (not sure why you would, but why not). Or you can have the app switch automatically — totally up to the user. :p
  6. travelsheep macrumors 6502


    May 30, 2013
    Wow ! Great news ! Plus an option to view the interface without having to use a scanning electron microscope would be nice.
  7. Amazing Iceman macrumors 68040

    Amazing Iceman

    Nov 8, 2008
    Florida, U.S.A.
    Allow me please to throw the typical question:
    Which one is better now: Pixelmator Pro or Affinity Photo?

    It would be a huge plus if Pixelmator Pro releases an iOS app with all the features of the macOS version.
  8. jlc1978 macrumors 68020


    Aug 14, 2009
    I don't use AD so I can't do a direct comparison, but PM Pro is very good; I've replace PS with it. I use it for photo touchup and adding text; so I really don't stretch it. Taht said, it's certainly is a powerful tool.

    Considering PM is currently cheaper than AD I'd give it a try.

    I'm guessing the two will converge as the iPad Pro gets more powerful.
  9. neuropsychguy macrumors 65816


    Sep 29, 2008
    I believe the consensus is Affinity is still more powerful but both are very good. I use Pixelmator (non-pro version) all the time and it does all I need it to do but I'm not a graphics professional.
  10. macbanjo macrumors member


    Jan 8, 2008
    Deep in a forest with a great Mt. view
    I have AP on booth the Mac and iPad, AP to me is more a pro tool along the lines of photoshop with the learning curve.
    for color corrections I think AP has the edge, but for building a file with layers and text and whatnot I like using PP.
    Pixelmator is very Mac like in its layout and learning curve and I like the pro version one window workflow.
    I believe I read a while back that they were working on a new version for the Ipad that would be more in line with the desktop version, which I'm hoping to see
  11. RMo macrumors 65816


    Aug 7, 2007
    Iowa, USA
    I'll have to try this out! Maybe Light Mode will help me see the icons better, but:

    Yes, I also wish for non-microscopic icons. Maybe the next release, or so I've been wishing for years. :)
  12. WAM2 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 6, 2011
    United States
    Been using Pixelmator for years and the Pro version is getting super powerful. Awesome that they implemented these powerful api’s.
  13. alvindarkness macrumors 6502a

    Jul 11, 2009
    I own both. Affinity Photo is easily the better app, both interface (work flow) and feature wise. Nothing wrong with Pixelmator Pro though, and features are always being added.
  14. SigEp265 macrumors 6502


    Dec 15, 2011
    Southern California
    I bought this when it was on sale and didn't do my research to find out that it requires Metal :(

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