For the past year, Pixelmator has been working on a new update to its Mac editing app, Pixelmator Pro. Redesigned from the ground up, it’s more powerful than ever, more beautiful than ever, and it will be available on Thursday, November 19th, 2020.
I use Pixelmator Pro as my primary photo editing and graphic design app, and it’s totally worth the cost– especially compared to alternatives like Adobe’s Photoshop with a minimum $9.99/month subscription. You can sign up to get notified about the release of 2.0 here, or you can buy it on the Mac App Store here for a one-time cost of $39.99.
Support for M1 Macs
The Pixelmator Pro editing engine is powered by high-performance Metal code, so we can take advantage of the unified memory architecture of the M1 chip to bring you much speedier and much more responsive image editing. Machine learning tasks like ML Super Resolution are now up to a staggering 15 times faster on the new Macs. And, as a Universal app, Pixelmator Pro 2.0 runs natively on both M1 and Intel-based devices, so we’re completely ready for the new era of Mac.
Support for macOS Big Sur
Pixelmator Pro 2.0 is also fully compatible with macOS Big Sur with a new unified toolbar and a gorgeous new app icon.
There’s an all-new, more refined, and more modern design. Almost every tool, every menu, and every button has been updated to make the app more intuitive and more fun to use, making it easier for you to be creative. You can now customize the Pixelmator Pro interface, the list of tools, and the toolbar. We’ve also added a new Effects Browser, a new Presets Browser, over 200 beautiful new presets for the Color Adjustment, Effect, Style, Shape, and Gradient tools, and more.
Pixelmator Team did not respond to a request for comment in time for this article. We’ll update it if we hear back.