The Pixelmator Team has released Pixelmator Pro 1.4 Hummingbird, a major update to the award-winning Mac image editor designed to make powerful professional tools accessible to everyday users. The update introduces an incredible new Photos extension, bringing the entire Pixelmator Pro app to Photos, includes an all-new Zoom tool, an improved Crop tool, and much more.
“This is undoubtedly one of the craziest and best updates we’ve ever released,” said Saulius Dailide, one of the founders of the Pixelmator Team. “The Photos app is a fantastic photo management tool and a great photo editor. And now, with the amazing new Pixelmator Pro extension, it becomes an incredibly powerful layer-based image editor as well.”
The new extension for the Photos app includes every single tool and feature from Pixelmator Pro, integrating the entire app within Photos. This includes the machine learning-powered photo enhancement tools, nondestructive adjustments and effects, support for editing RAW photos, full support for layer-based editing, and more. So you can edit photos using a complete collection of advanced image editing tools without ever leaving the Photos app.
Changes made with the Pixelmator Pro extension can be saved directly to the Photos library, with layers and other nondestructive edits automatically preserved in an associated Pixelmator Pro document. Whenever an image previously edited with the Pixelmator Pro extension is reopened, layers, adjustments, and effects are restored automatically. And thanks to iCloud support, Pixelmator Pro files saved to the Photos library automatically sync between devices, so users can start editing on one device and continue on another.
The new Zoom Tool, with its beautiful, incredibly responsive navigator, adds a way to zoom and pan around images with ease. And the Crop tool now includes a Delete mode, the ability to crop to custom pixel sizes, and redesigned crop presets that free up even more space for viewing and editing images.
The major update also brings a number of additional new features and improvements, such as the ability to drag and drop layered files directly into existing images, refreshed Slice and Paint tool presets, image size templates for a variety of devices, significant performance improvements for documents with a large number of layers, and a whole lot more.