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Pixelmator 3.1 adds 16-bit color, other Mac Pro-related features

updated 09:36 am EST, Thu January 23, 2014

Includes SLI graphics, multicore optimizations

Pixelmator has released an important update of its namesake image editing software, v3.1, also codenamed Marble. The release is mainly geared toward supporting the 2013 Mac Pro, for instance enabling 16-bit-per-channel color, multicore optimizations, and the use of both of the Pro's graphics cards simultaneously. This should speed up rendering and various other tasks, offering what Pixelmator claims is "profoundly" better performance.

For all users, the app now includes an Order Prints feature; via MILK Print on Demand, people can order items such as postcards, posters, and gallery frames. Layer Styles have gained a number of improvements, such as the ability to change the opacity of multiple layers simultaneously, and a streamlined workflow. Smaller changes include the restoration of a number of effects -- such as Pointillize, Pixelize, Tracer, Neon, and ASCII -- and expanded RAW format support.

The update is free for existing Pixelmator owners, and can be downloaded via the Mac App Store. For new users, the software costs $30.

by MacNN Staff



  1. prl99

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: 03-24-09

    Who said there weren't any low cost applications that could use multicore and twin GPUs for the new Mac Pro? We didn't have to wait for Adobe to figure out how to do it, the Dailide brothers from Lithuania have come out with a fantastic update that proves we shouldn't have to wait for large developers to produce the applications we need. Great job Pixelmator!

  1. prl99

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  1. pairof9s

    Senior User

    Joined: 01-03-08

    Hear, hear, prl99!

    Pixelmator is the best software I've purchased for the Mac over the last 3 years. It has a short learning curve for Photoshop users and continues have features added by the excellent development team. For the price, you can't go wrong...even comparing it to Photoshop Elements.

  1. mac_in_tosh

    Junior Member

    Joined: 12-14-11

    And I'll add that I have found Pixelmator support to be very responsive.

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