Pixelmator Pro video reveals impressive UX and UI ahead of upcoming launch

“Early last month, Pixelmator announced the upcoming release of Pixelmator Pro, its latest app built from the ground up to enable non-destructive editing, new effect layers, a new painting system with realistic brushes, and more,” Michael Potuck reports for 9to5Mac.

“Today the developers have shared a new video giving us a closer look at the new software,” Potuck reports.

Potuck reports, “The new 2-minute video dives into the improved user experience by looking at the layout of the new single window UI, non-destructive editing, and macOS inspired features like support for tabs and split-view.”

Pixelmator Pro is a powerful, beautiful, and easy to use image editor. Featuring an elegant and streamlined single-window interface, it puts all the focus on the images you edit, rather than what’s around them. And with a design that’s totally and completely Mac, it feels instantly familiar from the moment you first open the app. So image editing becomes simpler and more enjoyable than ever.

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MacDailyNews Take: We can’t wait to get Pixelmator Pro!

More info about Pixelmator Pro 1.0 Whirlwind here.

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  1. If you want to replace Photoshop, you need to be able to open and save Photoshop files, maintaining layers, effects, etc., and then be able to output a file BACK to Photoshop so you can share files with colleagues and clients who still rely on Adobe. At this point, no matter how good your product, you can’t ignore the legacy effect. It why Pages and Numbers have never really made a dent, either.

    1. But it is ideal for small shops and general folks like me.

      Regarding Pages..in my experience, there have been no compatibility issues (importing/exports, etc). It’s the only word processor I use. Most Mac users I know never considered trying it because they are used to word. Numbers is a different story..it’s the only reason why I also have office installed..and even then, I tend to differ to the office installation on my windows VM to avoid issues.

      1. You do not have to dig very deeply to find issues with opening/editing/saving MS Word files. Just try to bring in and then edit with many typography styles and image placements.

      2. You also can’t “save as” Word in Pages, rather you have to do a multi-step “export” and end up with duplicate files. So this app locked itself in its own private Apple world for starters. And sadly, I have no idea whether or not it’s any good.

        Back to the app at hand, I bought Pixelmator to avoid Adobe’s “rent collection” service since my periods of light, intensive and no photo editing come and go rather randomly, and part of my lack of enthusiasm is my fault for not spending a bunch of hours cracking the interface and finding out the frustrations I have probably mostly have reasonably simple ways of doing things I know how to do in one app in a new one, i.e., I wanted a Photoshop workalike I didn’t have to pay for forever on the installment plan, but the addition of “PXM” files to my photo library – that I access across MacOS, Windows, Android and iOS – and which several of those platforms don’t know squat about is a step too far away from universality for me, so I only use it for simple edits in JPGs or do editing and save as TIFF (just as I do with Adobe, whose PSDs also don’t preview everywhere).

      1. What issues have you seen with Pages? Sure, if you have macros in forms and goofy tables..but no program is that cross compatible with office apps. For any document that is standard..it exports into and from Word beautifully. I do it every day.

        1. As I mentioned above, you don’t have to get into macros or weird tables. Just complex typography, page layouts, etc. can mess you up when going from MS Word to Pages and back.

    1. Me too but as I am headed for semi retirement and will eventually be forced to choose to stay with the OS I have now in Sierra or having to pay through the nose on a monthly basis no matter how much work I do, Pixelmator will likely become my software of choice. Rarely have to send files as ps so that’s no problem. Illustrator and in particular Indesign will likely be more problematical however to replace.

  2. Will it be able to work with plug-ins made for Photoshop or Lightroom? I am assuming that most good plug-in programers will eventually come up with a Pixelmator Pro version. Just wondering when.
    Personally I use Photo Ninja and Portrait Pro – plug-ins.

    1. God knows Adobe needs something to upset their apple competish cart. The steadily improving FCPX and DaVinci Resolve Studio are helping in the video arena. I only wish Apple had finished Phenomena as an “AE Killer.” I guess that became Motion.

  3. Layers on the left.. Tools on the right… great! Totally opposite every other Workflow I’ve been using since 1997. And when switching between Layout Apps and PIxelmator it’s not going to work well.. SO much for the User Experience unless Pixelmator is all you use. For production and working with others like Printers.. Photoshop is a must. If I was to say I’m using something else they’re gonna roll their eyes at me!

  4. I’m glad we’ve finally moved away from Photoshop clones and someone has rethought the UI and it looks fantastic.

    I stopped throwing money at Adobe bloatware when the original Pixelmator arrived, I’m very happy to support these guys with Pixelmator Pro too.

  5. Pixelmator is one of the few apps I find works better in a touch environment (such as an iPad) than on a computer (desktop or laptop). I actually enjoy interacting with it via touch; on my iMac? It’s okay but for some reason I don’t find it nearly as engaging or interesting.

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