Pixelmator Pro, Watercolor Studio, London fest finished

Pixelmator Pro image tool with CoreML, Metal 2 enhancements soon to macOS — The Pixelmator developers have turned to Apple’s CoreML machine learning toolset, and are releasing Pixelmator Pro soon to directly combat Photoshop’s market dominance.
A series of new tools will allow users to design layouts, and create vector graphics like Adobe Illustrator as well. Retouching images and digital painting remain at the core of the app, but have been improved with the new version. Pixelmator Pro will retain nondestructive image editing like its predecessor. A new Recipes feature allows users to save developed effects, use them in other images, and share them with other users. There will be a version for iOS, too. [If it supports layers and pen-selection, and you can buy it with no subscription like Adobe’s which it cranks up in price every few months, I’m in!]

Watercolor Studio is a new photo-to-watercolor artistic app for macOS — JixiPix Software has introduced Watercolor Studio, an automatic photo-to-watercolor artistic app. It renders any ordinary photo into a watercolour-like painting. Watercolor Studio requires macOS 10.7 or higher. It costs NZ$74.99/US$49.99 and is available at the JixiPix website or the Mac App Store.

Apple discontinues annual London music festival — Apple’s annual UK music festival, most recently rebranded as the Apple Music Festival, is no more. According to a report on Monday, the company said it will no longer host the event that over the past decade has drawn big-name acts in promotion of Apple’s digital music services.