Pixelmator 2.1 released; major update supports OS X Mountain Lion, iCloud, MacBook Pro with Retina display and more

The Pixelmator Team today released a major update of Pixelmator, its inspiring, easy-to-use and feature-packed image editing software for the Mac. Designed to take full advantage of OS X Mountain Lion and the new MacBook Pro with Retina display, Pixelmator 2.1 adds support for iCloud, a new Effects Browser with new Vintage and Miniaturize effects, smart Alignment Guides and several other enhancements.

“Pixelmator continues to be a big hit among both professional and amateur image editors, and we’re thrilled to deliver even more features at a very affordable price,” said Saulius Dailide of the Pixelmator Team, in the press release. “With support for Mountain Lion, iCloud and the new Retina display, Pixelmator 2.1 is ideal for Mac users looking to tap into their creativity with a full-featured, easy-to-use image editing app.”

The new Effects Browser takes the guesswork out of selecting effects by collecting, organizing and providing an animated preview of all of Pixelmator’s Color Adjustments, Blur, Distortion, Tile and dozens of other effects, together in one helpful palette. Users can also use the browser to tag and access Favorites in one place. 

Pixelmator 2.1 also introduces several brand new effects, including the Vintage, Miniaturize, Black and White, Snow and Rain effects. With the Vintage effect, users get eight new photo filters that give pictures the look of old image processing and bring to mind photos from other eras. Meanwhile, the Miniaturize effect makes real-world scenes appear scaled down to size with a few clicks. It’s an optical illusion that gives ordinary objects in photos the endearing look of a toy model only inches tall.

Pixelmator 2.1
Pixelmator 2.1

Building precisely aligned image compositions is now short work in Pixelmator 2.1, with the new smart Alignment Guides. This new feature lets users position objects with pinpoint accuracy and build compositions quickly by using individual objects or image elements. The Alignment Guides gracefully appear and disappear onscreen as they are needed, while Object Spacing automatically shows when objects are equally spaced on the canvas.

In addition to full compatibility with OS X Mountain Lion, Pixelmator 2.1 comes with iCloud support, which automatically and effortlessly keeps Pixelmator work up to date across all of a user’s Macs; as well, complete Retina display support lets users fully enjoy image editing using Pixelmator on the new MacBook Pro with Retina display.

Pixelmator 2.1 is available exclusively from the Mac App Store for a limited-time price of $14.99 — a substantial savings off the usual price of $59 – here.

It’s also available as a free update for existing users.

Founded in 2007 by two brothers—Saulius Dailide and Aidas Dailide—the Pixelmator Team develops the most practical, fun, innovative and easy-to-use software for Mac OS X. In 2011 the Pixelmator Team was honored with a beautiful Apple Design Award for Pixelmator. Also in 2011, Apple named it Mac App Store App of the Year.

Source: Pixelmator Team

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  1. Pixelmator doesn’t handle large .tiff scans very well. It slows down my mac to the point where the app crashes and you loose hours of work (photo restoration). Also can’t keep up to my Intuos 5, I always get the beech ball. It’s Amateur hour. I had to go back to photoshop elements. 27″ imac, 8 gigs ram, 1 gig video card, OS Lion

    1. i had to dump elements and found pixelmator which I find on my 2010 Mac with 8gigs to be very quick and highly usable. I have now used pixelmator to author large 24″x36″ canvas prints and many smaller posters

    2. Had to drop Pixelmator after it started to disappear files randomly – one moment a happy edit, next a blank file.

      I’ll upgrade to give it a second chance, but only with dupe files.

      13″ MBP Lion btw.

    1. Thats actually silly, especially wanting 3rd party support. I’m a photoshop exert and Pixelmator is quite good for what it is. I think you’re more opposed to learning curve like most people are.

  2. At Byways Magazine, we began to using last year and then realized we were no longer using Photoshop. All of our Newsstand issues have been created with this program. Go to iTunes and download the free app — bywaysapp — and we have several free issues to review. We think our pub looks pretty professional, and after 30 years of publishing, it should!

      1. I am going to iCal this one, joker. The iWork apps are consistently among the best selling (like, Top 10) software on the Mac App Store. And Keynote, in particular, is regarded as a best-in-class application. I don’t think Apple has any plans to EOL software that brings in both $$ and opinion-leading users.

        1. You’re still trying to log into MobileMe right Ralph? I bet you are waiting for updates to iWeb and iDVD. Any program waiting on 2+ years for an update is gone. Only zombies too slow and stupid don’t realize that.

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