Pixelmator Pro Updated With Custom Aspect Ratios and Presets for Crop Tool

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Popular photo and image editing software Pixelmator Pro was today updated to version 1.0.6, adding customizations for the crop tool along with a whole slew of other improvements and bug fixes.

    According to the Mac App Store release notes, the update introduces an option for custom aspect ratios for the crop tool, which can also be saved as custom crop presets. This should make cropping to your exact specifications quicker and easier even across different projects.


    With this new version of Pixelmator Pro, files exported to JPEG will be saved with a .jpg extension instead of .jpeg, and files can now also be exported in BMP and GIF formats.

    Improvements have also been made to other tools, such as the Type tool, the selection tools, and the Color Selection tool, with a full list of new improvements available below:
    [*]Use the Crop tool to crop with your own custom ratios.
    [*]Create and save custom crop presets.
    [*]The Type tool will now be highlighted when a text layer is selected.
    [*]If no text is selected, clicking a text preset will now add a new text layer with the preset style applied.
    [*]When using the Type tool's Color Picker, pressing the Escape key will now close the Color Picker, as it should.
    [*]Drag shapes from the Layers view to the Shapes palette to save them to your collection.
    [*]The selection tools will now be highlighted if there is an active selection.
    [*]A number of performance improvements make the selection tools faster and more reliable.
    [*]You can now copy, cut, paste, and duplicate the components inside shapes.
    [*]The Color Selection tool now works on layers with color adjustments.
    [*]You can now hold down the Space bar to move selections while using the Rectangular and Elliptical selection tools.
    Dozens of additional bug fixes and small tweaks included in Pixelmator Pro 1.0.6 are listed in the Mac App Store update history.

    Pixelmator Pro, released in late November, is an updated and more advanced version of Pixelmator, which has been a popular photo editing app on Macs for years now. Pixelmator Pro was built from the ground up for the Mac and it takes advantage of the latest macOS software additions like Core ML, Metal 2, and more.

    Compared to Pixelmator, Pixelmator Pro offers a reimagined workflow with simplified and streamlined editing tools, a single-window editing interface, intelligent image editing features powered by machine learning, a new painting engine, an improved repair tool, and much more.

    Pixelmator Pro can be downloaded from the Mac App Store for $59.99. [Direct Link]

    Article Link: Pixelmator Pro Updated With Custom Aspect Ratios and Presets for Crop Tool
  2. macduke macrumors G3


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    Eh, if you're wanting to avoid Adobe, Affinity Photo and Affinity Designer are where it's at right now.
  3. Lone Deranger macrumors 68000

    Lone Deranger

    Apr 23, 2006
    Tokyo, Japan
    That black interface is such an eyesore. So unpleasant to work with. I find it bizarre that the developers are unwilling to provide preference options for this. They must be missing out on a significant chunk of revenue with their stubbornness. Affinity is where it's at.
  4. Junior117 macrumors regular

    Apr 9, 2015
    Toronto, Canada
    This reminds me that I need to buy this; I really like the original Pixelmator, so I'm sure I'll like this one, too.

    This is probably the first time I've heard anyone complain about a dark mode. I'm not saying don't since everyone has their preferences, but I'm rather surprised to read this with all these other posts complaining about, say, a lack of a dark mode in iOS for example.
  5. TMRJIJ macrumors 68030


    Dec 12, 2011
    South Carolina, United States
    You’re definitely in the minority on that. Most people here love dark mode. I find it much more cleaner and less strain on my eyes.
  6. billybobthornton macrumors newbie


    Apr 11, 2016
    All of these PixelMaker updates are the same. “Now with this new feature that Photoshop has had for 3 Years”.
  7. Internet Enzyme macrumors 6502a

    Internet Enzyme

    Feb 21, 2016
  8. Keebler macrumors 68030

    Jun 20, 2005
    True. But at a fraction of the price and without a subscription, I'm ok with it.
  9. Lone Deranger macrumors 68000

    Lone Deranger

    Apr 23, 2006
    Tokyo, Japan
    Plenty of folks not too happy with it though, if you look around. Like here, where folks have been complaining about it for years.
    Best way to go for creative apps is to provide a mid to dark grey GUI colour. Like Autodesk Maya, Foundry's Nuke and Mari for example. Photoshop's got it right too. But yeah, it really should be a preference to cater to everybody's tastes. Don't hardcode it in.
  10. ikir macrumors 65816


    Sep 26, 2007
    Not tue, over the years Pixelmator had features which were later copied by Adobe. Quite incredible indeed.
  11. organic bond macrumors regular

    May 5, 2007
    Totally agree. I can't stand it as I see myself reflected by my iMac's reflective screen. I told them years ago, no way. I bought Affinity Photo, which is just fine. I can't believe they're so stubborn, why don't they offer an alternative? Like Grey or Dark Grey. No, it MUST be black. They lost a customer and I'm definitely not alone.
    --- Post Merged, Jan 23, 2018 ---
    Lots of people complained. And even if minority, why not offering an alternative? And about strain on my eyes, that's exactly the problem I'm having with a black interface. MORE strain, not less. Generally speaking I always prefer to be able to choose, I don't like when others choose for me. The same holds true for the iMacs' reflective screen. Unbearable, to the point that I won't buy another one.
  12. GoAndrius macrumors newbie


    Nov 29, 2017
    Pixelmator Team
    Hey everyone, I'd just like to note that a light interface (whether optional or default) isn't something we've ignored because we think it's a bad idea or we're categorically against it, it's just that, so far, we weren't happy with the lighter designs we've tried and we feel that what we have now is more or less the best design we could create for image editing at this time. We'll see what the future brings, though. Oh, and I'd also like to add that this is a point release so it's mostly bugfixes with a few additional bits and pieces — much bigger things are coming in 1.1. ;)
  13. Wash08 macrumors member


    Sep 18, 2008
    I never used this app, but I don't like the dark mode, I prefer dark gray. I jumped to Affinity photo and never going back to the extortion that adobe is.
  14. gnipgnop macrumors 65816

    Feb 18, 2009
    I continue to have a weird issue with Photos files not being accessible from within Pixelmator Pro itself. The most recent update didn't fix it either. I get the pop-up window that tries to access the Photos library, but it never displays any content other than the spinning wheel. Have to use drag/drop or 'Open With' function within Photos itself to use Photos files within Pixelmator Pro.
  15. Junior117 macrumors regular

    Apr 9, 2015
    Toronto, Canada
    While I don't really understand how it's an eyesore to look at (I've never had that sort of issue, but then again, it's probably because I've been used to it), I do agree that they should at least make an option for a light mode. I just hope they don't shoehorn it in and make look out of place; I don't think many people would appreciate that.

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