Pixelmator Pro hit Mac App Store less than two weeks ago and already the app has received several updates which fixed initial bugs and improved performance. On Monday, the Pixlemator team released version 1.0.4 of the app, bringing additional fixes and improvements.

Here’s what’s new in Pixelmator Pro 1.0.4 for Mac.

Pixelmator Pro 1.0.4 changelog

This update includes the following fixes and improvements:

  • The last used Layers view will now be used for all new images
  • You can now press the Space bar to use the Hand tool while making selections with Free, Polygonal and Magnetic Selection tools
  • The Unite, Subtract, Intersect and Exclude buttons for editing vector shapes are now available when using the Arrange tool
  • Copy Style, Paste Style, Unite Shapes, Subtract Shapes, Intersect Shapes and Merge Shape Components are now available in the Layers view shortcut menu
  • You can now press Command-Option-A to select all the layers in an image
  • The performance of the painting tools has been improved
  • Brushes like Varnish should now be much faster, more improvements are also coming
  • You can now undo guide movements
  • Several related fixes improve the reliability of cursors
  • Edit > Cut will now clear selected areas
  • Canvas Size will now work with negative values when Relative is selected
  • When exporting presets using the preset shortcut menu, only a single preset will be exported
  • The Color Fill tool color picker will now be canceled if you press the Escape key
  • Trim Canvas will now work correctly with masked layers
  • Document PPI will now be preserved when saving
  • Fixed an issue that caused Pixelmator Pro to stop responding when resizing the canvas with an active selection
  • The Grid will now be displayed correctly with all PPI settings
  • Hidden layers will no longer become visible when merging
  • The template chooser will now show template details by default
  • The Open Recent menu will no longer show nonexistent images
  • Your scanned images will now be imported once a scan has been completed
  • A range of additional stability fixes and improvements

The update is free to existing users of the app.

The best Photoshop alternative out there

Featuring a beautiful one-window dark-themed user interface and full support for modern Mac technologies built into macOS, such as iCloud, Versions, Tabs, Full Screen, Split View, Sharing, Wide Color and more, Pixelmator Pro lets you nondestructively edit Apple’s HEIF image files, layered Photoshop documents, RAW files and images in all the most popular formats, such as JPEG, TIFF, PNG, PSD, PDF, GIF, BMP, TGA and JPG-2000.

The app includes a Photos extension and uses machine learning for some smart features, like the ability to give layers descriptive names, straighten images intelligently, remove objects from your photos with stunning realism and make accurate selections with ease.

Pixelmator Pro is $59.99 on Mac App Store.

  • Free trial at www[dot]pixelmator[dot]com/pro/free-trial/

  • Wot Eva

    Correction required – there are no Photos extensions like the older version. You have to use the Edit With command to open the file in Pixelmator Pro.

  • In the off chance that anyone is interested in my initial thoughts after using the free trial for a few days here you go. Tl;DR, this is a beautiful app that has some great new features but seems to prioritize form over functionality and leads to some annoyances while not really adding any new features that I wish it would have.

    First off the bugs. I’ve been doing a lot of work with vector illustrations recently and thought I’d see how Pixelmator is doing in this area. Unfortunately however I didn’t get very far into this. On my first test illustration I ran into a bug that wouldn’t allow the transform tool to flip my shapes for me which brought that test to an abrupt halt. Later when I was working on an illustration for an iMessage Sticker pack I noticed that the curves generated by the pen tool seem to be very low resolution and even using the ellipse tool resulted in noticeable jagged lines meaning that I had to switch back to Pixelmator (non-pro) to finish the illustration.

    While the new interface is very clean and has a lot of nice features in it, I find that I’m able to work much faster in the old version as I have plenty of screen space to leave all the various tools open on the screen and just work from them as needed. With the new setup however, I’m constantly having to switch “tabs” to get to other toolsets and find myself wishing I could undock them and leave them on the screen for faster access. Maybe I just need to start learning the keyboard shortcuts or something but I find it’s a much slower workflow (at least initially). Which also raises an interesting learning curve point in that none of the keyboard shortcuts are obvious inside the app interface. I would have loved if I could hold down option or alt when hovering over tools to see what the shortcuts for it is but instead I have to look for that tool in the application menu if I want to figure out what the shortcut key is.

    There’s also some mild annoyances with Pixelmator Pro not remembering preferred layouts. Unlike Pixelmator (not-pro) which always opens with my tool windows all open and where I prefer them on screen, every new document starts off with he layers panel hidden and there is no shortcut to get it back. I have to manually turn it on every single time I start a new project. I also have an issue with Pixelmator wanting to hide things from me all the time. For instance every time I want to create a new layer style it defaults to showing me only the fill setting. If I want stroke and shadow settings I have to turn those both on to even get to the settings which results in extra clicks vs before. It’s not like Pixelmator Pro even needed to do this to save space as the entire area below this is empty. But instead of filling it with the tools you may need it insists on having you manually opt into them every time.

    I was bummed to find out that styles still can’t be assigned to groups of layers and even more bummed to find out that the export option is more limited that Pixelmator (non-pro). Before I could export to jpeg, png, tiff, psd, pdf, bmp, gif, jpeg-2000, tga and webP. In the pro version I can only export to jpeg, png, tiff, psd, pdf and Pixelmator pro. That’s right I can export to Pixelmator pro fro some reason from within Pixelmator pro. Pixelmator’s exports were always an area I felt they lacked in so to see the list shrink further (even though it didn’t lose any exports I care about) is discouraging.

    Anyways, I’m very interested to see what Vectormator (pro?) end up becoming but as much as I wanted to love this program I’m having a hard time embracing it when I consistently find myself going back to the old app to either get work done faster, have more accurate line work, or to avoid a bug that’s preventing me from getting a project done.

  • PeterBlood

    Better than Affinity Photo?