The latest update to the Pixelmator Pro image editing application for Mac introduces new features such as the ability to add curved and circular text, as well as improvements to its machine learning tools.
Pixelmator Pro 1.7 is the latest in numerous regular updates to the app, each improving performance or adding new features. This version brings important new additions as well as particularly appreciated improvements of recent tools.
Super resolution based on machine learning has been updated to increase the ability to successfully scale images to magnify them without visible artifacts or distortion. In Appleiphonestop’s tests, a 640 x 440 pixel graphic would be automatically resized in 1980 by 1320 in the previous Pixelmator Pro 1.6. In the new update, the same original automatically resized to 5940 x 3960.
ML super resolution can never be as good as an original high resolution copy, and how well it depends on the image. However, it was a useful tool and it now has greater advantages both because of the ability to evolve higher, but also because the process has been refined a little.
Instead of choosing an image, select ML Super Resolution and just waiting for the time it takes, now Pixelmator Pro 1.7 appears faster and also displays a progress bar for the first time.
Pixelmator Pro 1.7 also adds functionality that may have been a surprising omission so far. Starting with this version, users can enter text to follow on any curved or circular path, using three new input tools.
The circular type, the path type and the free-form type allow emojis as well as text. The new tools also work with line height and character spacing in the Normal Text tool, to allow more precise positioning of lettering. In our limited tests, it was not obvious how to extend and modify the type paths once they had been created, but creating new ones was particularly simple.
New Home Screen Offers List of Recent Documents
This latest version also adds what the Pixelmator company says is another long-awaited feature, the ability to rotate the canvas. It has always been possible to rotate an image to any degree, but now it is supposed to act like a piece of paper that artists can move around to suit them.
Finally, Pixelmator Pro 1.7 has brought a redesigned home screen that looks more like those of Affinity apps. The start screen now lists recent documents and offers options for quickly creating new ones.
Pixelmator Pro 1.7 is a free download from the Mac App Store for existing users, and costs $ 39.99 for new users.