Pixelmator releases version 3.2 'Sandstone' with 16-bit support and new Repair Tool

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The Pixelmator Team on Thursday revealed the newest version of their popular Photoshop alternative for Mac, bringing a number of enhancements that now allow users to work with 16 bits of color per channel, easily remove unwanted objects from images, and lock specific layers.

The update's landmark feature is the new Repair Tool, which the company says has been "redeveloped from the inside out." The tool allows users to simply paint over an object that they would like to remove from an image with broad stokes — the software will then remove that portion and automatically stitch together a replacement background.

Users have three options with the new repair tool: quick, standard, and advanced repairs. Thanks to algorithmic enhancements, the Pixelmator Team says that the new tool uses four times less memory than its predecessor.

The group has also added support for working with 16 bits of color per channel, a feature now available on every Mac. In addition, layers can now be locked individually, and users have access to a new Convert Selection into Shape option. The company also promises "a number of improvements, user interface enhancements, and fixes related to stability and reliability."

"Packed with incredible features, Pixelmator 3.2 Sandstone delivers the most empowering image editing experience Pixelmator fans have ever had," Pixelmator cofounder Saulius Dailide said in a release. "Redeveloped from the ground up Repair Tool, 16-bits per channel support and Lock Layers feature make Pixelmator an excellent image editor that is just as fun and easy-to-use as it is powerful."

Pixelmator version 3.2 is available now as a $29.99, 35.7-megabyte download from the Mac App Store.