Pixelmator Pro embraces Catalina’s Sidecar (and, surprisingly, Mac Pro)

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Pixelmator Pro 1.5 Avalon
Pixelmator Pro 1.5 Avalon is ready for everything Apple is introducing this fall.
Photo: Pixelmator

Pixelmator Pro, one of Photoshop’s strongest competitors, is now fully compatible with macOS Catalina, including the ability to use an iPad as a second screen.

And the high-end graphics app is also ready for the next Mac Pro, the super-powerful desktop Apple has on its docket for this fall.

Pixelmator Pro and macOS Catalina

Pixelmator Pro 1.5 Avalon’s support for the just-released version of macOS means it supports Sidecar, so it can use an iPadOS tablet as a drawing tool.

“With macOS Catalina and Sidecar, users have brand new ways of interacting with Mac apps,” said Saulius Dailide, co-founder of Pixelmator. “And thanks to the incredible painting engine, powerful painting tools, and advanced illustration tools in Pixelmator Pro, Sidecar support brings an incredible image editing experience enhanced by the precision of Apple Pencil.”

Bring on the 2019 Mac Pro

Graphics professionals are eagerly awaiting the debut of the next-generation Mac Pro, which will offer a 28-core Intel Xeon processor, up to 1.5TB of RAM, and other top-tier features.

Pixelmator promises its image editor will take full advantage of this desktop. “Thanks to multi-GPU processing, Pixelmator Pro applies the new Core ML-powered ML Denoise up to 2.5 times faster and renders effects up to 2 times faster on Mac Pro with 2 GPUs compared to iMac Pro,” notes the company.

The graphics app also supports Apple’s Pro Display XDR, and includes a new end-to-end Metal-powered rendering pipeline and a redesigned zoom engine. This makes zooming and scrolling at least 10x faster, painting is up to 2.4x faster, and effects are applied and rendered up to 2.7x faster.

Pixelmator Pro costs $39.99. It’s a one-time fee, not a subscription.

Source: Pixelmator