Pixelmator 3.4 released, adds extension for Apple’s Photos, new Split View feature

Pixelmator Team today announced Pixelmator 3.4 Twist — a major update to its full-featured, powerful, and fast image editor for Mac. Pixelmator 3.4 Twist introduces full support for OS X El Capitan, adds the new Split View feature, brings a new Photos Extension with Metal-based Distort tools, and more. Pixelmator 3.4 Twist is available today as a free upgrade from the Mac App Store.

“Pixelmator always takes advantage of the latest Mac and OS X features and technologies, and today we’re thrilled to introduce Pixelmator 3.4 Twist with full support for new OS X El Capitan, the ability to work in Pixelmator and a second app without any distractions via Split View, and a new, Metal-based Pixelmator Photos Extension,” said Saulius Dailide, one of the founders of the Pixelmator Team, in a statement. “Pixelmator Photos Extension features a collection of powerful distort tools, which allow users to distort images with stunning quality and incredible speed right inside the Photos app.”

Pixelmator 3.4 Twist
Pixelmator 3.4 Twist

Split View support lets you work with Pixelmator and any other app side-by-side in full screen. This means you can edit your image and use the second app at the same time without any distractions.

Pixelmator Photos Extension
Pixelmator Photos Extension
The new Pixelmator Photos Extension brings powerful, Metal-based Distort tools to your Photos app. Now you can reshape areas of your image to retouch photos, create artistic effects, or simply have fun with your images without leaving Photos. Pixelmator Photos Extension is built from the ground up on Metal, Apple’s incredibly powerful and fast graphics-processing technology that allows you to distort images inside Photos with stunning quality and speed. Pixelmator Photos Extension features an instantly familiar user interface and feels right at home inside the Photos app.

Pixelmator 3.4 Twist features other improvements, including San Francisco as the new user-interface font, and enhanced support for the Force Touch trackpad, which makes painting with the trackpad even smoother.

Pixelmator 3.4 Twist is available exclusively from the Mac App Store for $29.99.

It is a free upgrade to all existing customers who purchased the app from the Mac App Store. More info here.


  1. When Photos for Mac replace Aperture Apple said it would support third party extensions. This can bring Photos to prosumer, even pro, level. It will help Photos evolve faster. I will say it has a ways to go. Not being able to keep most of my photos on my RAID is a big issue for me. I do see advantages of Photos rethink of how work with photos. 21st century photography is very different from 20th. The way manage photos needs to change as well.

    This is going to be a lot like FCPX. It was a complete rewrite to take advantage of new technology and reduce bloat. It was missing a lot at first, however it has quickly evolved. I see people complaining about stuff that has been fixed. I still see professional tech writers say Macs don’t have a secondary click.

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