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New Pixelmator update targets the Mac Pro

Jackie Dove | Jan. 24, 2014
Pixelmator is on the move with the launch of a brand new upgrade--version 3.1 Marble--on the heels of another major update, Pixelmator 3.0 FX. The app that's widely seen as a consumer-level alternative to Photoshop CC now offers a slate of under-the-hood improvements directly targeting Apple's diminutive new Mac Pro. Specifically, version 3.1 takes advantage of the Mac Pro's hardware to hasten performance and supports full input, output, and conversion of 16-bit images when used on a Mac Pro.

While Pixelmator does not have the same huge set of capabilities as Photoshop, it is working toward boosting the app's profile with enough high-end features to give photographers a meaningful choice. The price is $30, compared with Adobe's monthly subscription fee of $10 for the Photography Bundle or $20 for Photoshop alone. Pixelmator 3.1 is available only on the Mac App Store and is a free upgrade for all versions purchased on the MAS. A 30-day free trial is also available from the company's website.


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