The competition is really hotting up for Adobe these days. With Luminar, Capture One, and Exposure 3, all creating super fast, intuitive, and non-destructive raw photo editing software, it's no wonder that Adobe has just announced an update to their notoriously uncooperative selection tool, because today, Pixelmator have now thrown their hat into the ring by announcing that they have released Pixelmator Pro, a photo editing application with full raw support, available only to macOS users.
On first look its interface seems intuitive and eye catching, which is what one comes to expect from a Mac program. Reading a little deeper however, reveals a potentially very powerful application which includes, but is not limited to: layers for non-destructive editing (with an AI powered, automatic naming system, or as I call it: "magic"), powerful selection tools including color selection; painting tools and dual-texture brushes powered by Apples Metal-2 graphics technology, with support for Photoshop brushes; vector tools, and automatic horizon detection, all with with full integration into Mac's OS via iCloud, Versions, Tabs, Full Screen, Split View, Sharing, Wide Color, and others.
Saulius Dailide, one of the founders of the Pixelmator Team says; "Its innovative, user-centered design makes editing images on a Mac simpler than ever. And with its GPU-powered and machine learning-enhanced editing tools, Pixelmator Pro is built for the future."
But what does this mean for Adobe? I'm not entirely sure because there's nothing that can yet compete with Photoshop. However, because of the frosty response to the new Lightroom updates, the fact that they are now completely subscription based, and Adobe's slow reaction to people complaining about Lightroom's clunky file system and it's notoriously slow speeds, other companies are catching up. This is only good news for the industry as a whole.
You can buy and download it from the App Store, here for $59.99.
[via Pixelmator Pro]