Pixelmator has announced Pixelmator Pro 2.0. Pixelmator calls it 'the biggest update to Pixelmator Pro yet,' and it includes an all-new design, support for Macs using Apple's new M1 chip, full compatibility with the upcoming macOS Big Sur (macOS 11.0) and much more. Further, the update is free for all existing Pixelmator Pro users.

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Pixelmator Pro's editing engine is underpinned by Metal code, allowing the team to take full advantage of the unified memory architecture of the Apple M1 chip. The result is 'much speedier and much more responsive image editing.' Tasks relying upon machine learning, such as ML Super Resolution, are up to 15 times faster on the new Macs equipped with the M1 chip. Pixelmator Pro 2.0 remains a Universal app, meaning it runs natively on both M1 and Intel-based Apple devices.

Regarding the all-new design, Pixelmator has worked hard to make Pixelmator Pro 2.0 a more intuitive application and has given it a modern makeover. The team states that 'almost every tool, every menu, and every button has been updated to make the app more intuitive and more fun to use…' Further, users can customize the Pixelmator Pro interface, including the app's list of tools and its toolbar. There are also four new workspace presets to choose from, including photography, design, illustration and painting.

You can see the new 'Photography' workspace in Pixelmator Pro 2 here. Image credit: Pixelmator. Click to enlarge.

In terms of tools, Pixelmator Pro 2.0 includes a new Effects Browser, a new Presets Browser (including over 200 new presets) and more. There are seven new color adjustment preset collections and eight new effect preset collections. You can read the full list of updates by clicking here.

Pixelmator Pro 2.0 will be available on November 19. For existing Pixelmator Pro users, the update will be free. For new customers, Pixelmator Pro is available for $39.99 USD. You can purchase the app now in the Mac App Store and receive the major update at no additional charge on November 19. To learn more about Pixelmator Pro, click here.

Image credit: Pixelmator. Click to enlarge.

While you do not need a Mac with the M1 chip to take advantage of the new features in Pixelmator Pro 2.0, the software does especially benefit from the performance gains granted by the M1 chip. You can learn more about the M1 chip and the new Macs by checking out our coverage.

Via 9to5Mac