Major update for Pixelmator for iOS released

Pixelmator for iOS just received a major update! In Pixelmator 2.5, there’s a brand new, Files-based document browser, a new photo browser that makes it easier to browse and open images from your Photos library, and new image size presets along with a new browser.

Pixelmator for iOS version 2.5
Pixelmator for iOS version 2.5

• Native Document Browser: Use the new Files-based document browser to open and manage your documents.

• New Photo Browser: Use the new Files-based document browser to open and manage your documents.

• Image Size Presets: Quickly create new images with common sizes.

This update is a really big deal for Pixelmator for iOS. These new features might not be amazingly flashy but they’re incredibly important to the future of Pixelmator for iOS. And the headline feature is the awesome Files-based document browser, bringing a much-improved file browsing and opening experience along with great features like file search, tagging, and more.

More info and download link via Apple’s App Store here.

MacDailyNews Note: Here are the full release notes:

Pixelmator 2.5 adds a brand new, Files-based document browser, bringing simpler and more familiar document management, a new photo browser that makes it easier to browse and open images from your Photos library, and new image size presets that let you quickly create new images with common sizes.

• Use the new Files-based document browser to open and manage all your Pixelmator documents.
• Thanks to the new browser, it’s now easier to open and edit images in iCloud, on your device, in external locations, or even in third-party cloud storage services.
• With a brand new photo browser, you can now browse and open images in your Photos library more easily than ever.
• Use the new image size presets to quickly create new images with common sizes.
• Take Photo and Open Most Recent Photo have been added as quick actions.
• The selected Flash mode will be preserved after closing and reopening the Camera.
• The strength of the True Tone effect will now be reduced when editing in Pixelmator.
• If certain third-party apps used the PXM extension for their files, having those apps installed could prevent Pixelmator from creating or opening files. Fixed.
• Fixed a number of memory management issues.
• The Pixelmator for iOS Help would sometimes be displayed incorrectly. Fixed.
• Having the Full Keyboard Access accessibility setting turned on would cause Pixelmator to quit unexpectedly. Fixed.

7 Comments

  1. I happened to purchase Pixelmator just yesterday in version 2.5. I have no idea how to open a photo from my Photos album on my iPhone. I can edit a photo in Photos and choose Pixelmator but then I can only choose filters. For this reason I find this app not worth the money to say it mildly. Does anyone know how to open a picture that I took with my iPhone?

    1. It’s really complicated (/s). On an iPad, you open Pixelmator and tap the “+” icon at the top right, then “Photos” at the bottom right. That opens a photo browser. You select a picture to edit and edit it. The process was a little different, but no more difficult, in prior versions of the app.

      In my experience, Pixelmator has most of the features of Photoshop at a fraction of the cost. A professional at Photoshop might differ. As an amateur, I found the Pixelmator interface much more intuitive than the versions of Photoshop I used from 1990 to 2010 or so.

      1. @TxUser
        Thanks for your tip. You won’t believe how long I’ve tried to open a picture from my Photos album until I read your post. It is simple but I find the navigation for a first time user not intuitive. Click on the + in the UPPER RIGHT corner. Then go all the way down to the BOTTOM RIGHT corner and tap on “Photos”. I know that the iPhone screen is not that big but the “Categories” on the left and all the different formats that filled the screen drew all my attention. I completely overlooked that there were 3 tabs on the bottom of the screen. Now it works! 🙂

        1. Thank you. Had exactly the same problem, and couldn’t find any place (including support on Pixelatir website) with information on how to solve this easiest of initial problems. Not intuitive in terms if interface design, but easy once you know.

    1. Pixelmator is not a draw program; there are only primitive vector graphics. You could use it to paint or to edit images. Think a simpler Photoshop without a monthly fee. If you don’t need the painting features, Pixelmator Photo might suit you better.

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