iPad app Pixelmator Photo now available to pre-order, launches next week

The Pixelmator team is today launching a new iPad app called Pixelmator Photo, a variant on their existing Pixelmator suite focused on non-destructive editing for photographers. The app is available to pre-order in the App Store now for $3.99, and will go live next week, priced at $4.99.

Pixelmator Pro (and the older Pixelmator for iPad) were comprehensive image editing suites that combined color adjustments, effects, vector shape tools, and more. Pixelmator Photo hones in on one popular use case — editing images taken with a camera — to create a new user interface for iPad that is optimized for photographers.

Open images from your Photos library using the Pixelmator Photo browser. The browser features a filter sidebar which makes much better use of the iPad display than the Apple Photos app. Once you are done editing, you can save your changes back to the Photos library or export in a variety of formats.