Pixelmator Pro ‘Avalon’ update brings macOS Catalina support and more

The latest Pixelmator Pro version 1.5 Avalon comes with a number of updates, including support for macOS Catalina, the Mac Pro, Pro Display XDR, machine-learning powered noise reduction and improved performance.

The Mac image editing package is now fully compatible with macOS 10.15 Catalina, including support for Sidecar and Apple Pencil. Pixelmator Pro users running Apple's latest OS can now extend their desktop workspace with an iPad and use the Apple Pencil for painting, retouching and illustration tasks. This includes the Pencil's double-tap gesture for undoing and redoing, switching between Paint and Erase tools, or showing the Apple Colors window.

In addition the software's editing engine has been optimized to take full advantage of the new Mac Pro's power reserves. Pixalmator says that thanks to multi-GPU processing, the new Core ML-powered ML Denoise is applied up to 2.5 times faster on a Mac Pro with 2 GPUs compared to and iMac Pro.

The Apple Pro Display XDR's 10-bit color depth and P3 wide color gamut are supported as well and the Pixelmator claims the new Extended Dynamic Range Mode lets you see previously invisible detail when editing RAW image files.

ML Denoise is a new noise reduction tools based on machine-learning. It is designed to remove luminance and color noise and can reduce compression artifacts. Pixelmator says the tool has been trained to intelligently preserve details, avoiding the blurring effect of simpler denoising tools.

Performance improvements include 10 times faster zooming and scrolling, up to 2.4 times faster painting and up to 2.7 times faster effect rendering.

Pixelmator Pro 1.5 Avalon is available today on the Mac App Store as a free update for existing users. New customers will have to invest $39.99 and am upgrade discount is available for users of the original Pixelmator app. More information is available on the Pixelmator website.