Popular Pixelmator Pro app on sale for a limited time

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What you need to know

  • Pixelmator Pro is one of the most popular Mac apps today.
  • It's normally priced at $40.
  • The great deal will only be available for a few days.

If you're a Pixelmator Mac user who hasn't yet upgraded to Pixelmator Pro (opens in new tab), you might want to consider an incredible new deal. Until October 28, the Pro version is available for half off the regular price.

Normally $39.99, the popular editing suite for Mac is now $19.99 in the Mac App Store. The price break comes just a week after the Pixelmator Pro Avalon update launched following Apple's release of macOS Catalina.

First introduced in 2017, Pixelmator Pro lets you open and edit images in most of the popular formats, including JPEG, TIFF, PNG, PSD, HEIF, SVG, PDF, GIF, BMP, TGA, and JPEG-2000. It also has the ability to open and edit Photoshop images with layers, SVG vector images, and more.

Pixelmator Pro 1.5 Avalon introduces full support for macOS Catalina, the upcoming Mac Pro, and Pro Display XDR. New features include support for Apple Sidecar and SF Symbols, new RAW editing workflows, and more. The update also includes de-noise technology the Pixelmator team promises will "intelligently preserve detail, even fixing noise that has been partially removed by cameras or editing software."

The Avalon update also introduces performance improvements thanks to an "end-to-end Metal rendering and editing pipeline." Zooming and scrolling are apparently 10x faster, while effects and painting are up to 2x faster.

You can find Pixelmator Pro in the Mac App Store (opens in new tab).

Bryan M Wolfe
Staff Writer

Bryan M. Wolfe has written about technology for over a decade on various websites, including TechRadar, AppAdvice, and many more. Before this, he worked in the technology field across different industries, including healthcare and education. He’s currently iMore’s lead on all things Mac and macOS, although he also loves covering iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. Bryan enjoys watching his favorite sports teams, traveling, and driving around his teenage daughter to her latest stage show, audition, or school event in his spare time. He also keeps busy walking his black and white cocker spaniel, Izzy, and trying new coffees and liquid grapes.

1 Comment
  • Has anyone commented on the reports that people who have paid for Pixelmator Pro haven't been able to download it? I would consider buying the upgrade, but seeing these reports in the MAS and seeing my MBP try to download the latest update for Pixelmator for a week unsuccessfully, I'm not confident that if I did purchase, I would be able to download it. Also, looking at the comparison of the two products on their website, it looks like there are several features/options in Pixelmator that are not available in the Pro version. Seems like Pro would have everything the regular version has plus more, not less.