For starters, Pixelmator 2.1 for iOS is now fully compatible with iOS 9 (in fact, it’s now an iOS 9-only app) and supports Slide Over and Split View iPad multitasking modes.
With Split View on compatible iPads, customers can use Pixelmator and any other app at the same time. More importantly, the app now opening and editing images in 8K resolution.
Multitasking on iPad
The app now uses San Francisco, Apple’s new typeface used across iOS, OS X, watchOS and tvOS platforms.
As for Pixelmator’s new iOS 9 multitasking features on the iPad, it’s worth reiterating that Slide Over is supported on all iPads that are compatible with iOS 9 but the new side-by-side Split View multitasking mode is restricted to the iPad Air 2, iPad mini 4 and the iPad Pro.
Open in Place and Save to Photos
In addition to support for iOS 9 and 8K resolution and multitasking on iPads via Split View and Slide Over mode, the update enables all-new Open in Place and Save to Photos features.
Open in Place lets you open images from anywhere you want and save the changes you make in the exact same place. Save to Photos, as the name suggests, allows you to open an image from the stock Photosapp and save the changes you make onto the same image, without creating a copy.
Last but not least, Pixelmator now plays nice with iOS 9’s enhanced Spotlight Search that can search content buried within apps, so you can now use Spotlight on the Home screen to quickly find your Pixelmator documents.
Pixelmator 2.1 for iOS changelog
Pixelmator for iOS 2.1 update packs in the following changes and improvements:
- Pixelmator now works great on the new iOS 9.
- Multitasking on iPad with Split View and Slide Over lets you use Pixelmator for iPad and any other app at the same time.
- Open and edit images in stunning 8K resolution.
- Open in Place feature lets you open Pixelmator images from anywhere you want and save the changes you make in the exact same place.
- Save to Photos lets you open an image from Photos and save the changes you make onto the same image without creating a copy.
- Use Spotlight to quickly find your Pixelmator documents.
- Copy Image lets you quickly copy the entire image composition to Clipboard.
- San Francisco is now the new user interface font.
This edition of Pixelmator is being provided as a free update to existing users of the app.
The 92.9-megabyte download requires an iPhone, iPod touch or iPad with iOS 9.0 or later. Pixelmator is localized in English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish and Traditional Chinese.
Pixelmator for Mac requires an Intel-based Mac with a 64-bit processor and OS X 10.9.5 or later. The app is localized in English, French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish.