Pixelmator Pro Whirlwind Appears on the Horizon

Pixelmator Pro Whirlwind Appears on the Horizon

By John P. Mello Jr.

Sep 6, 2017 10:04 AM PT

Pixelmator on Tuesday unveiled Pixelmator Pro 1.0 Whirlwind, a high-powered version of its popular photo editing application for macOS. Whirlwind will be available this fall.

The app’s interface has gotten an overhaul — it’s now in a single window with no floating toolbars — and it boasts new nondestructive, GPU-powered image editing tools and enhanced machine-learning features.

Nondestructive tools for color adjustments, effects, styles and layouts give users the freedom to make or remove changes at any point in the workflow of a photo editing project. Sets of changes can be saved as pre-sets and reused on other projects, or even shared with friends.

What’s more, Whirlwind, which is written in Apple’s Swift 4 language, is hooked into the Mac’s graphics processor and graphics technologies like Metal 2, Core Image and OpenGL. In other words, it’s designed for optimal performance on a Mac.

“Mac users like Pixelmator because it’s Mac only,” said
David D. Busch, creative director of the David Busch Photography Guides.

“They feel that making a program for Windows and Mac sacrifices a lot of the Mac’s advantages,” he told TechNewsWorld.

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