Monday, August 18, 2008

Pixlr: The New and Hot Online Image Editor

Free online image editors are nothing new. They are extremely useful for those of us who need simple photo editing, and can't (or don't feel like) opening Photoshop, GIMP or any other image editing software.

I've been using Pixoh (AKA Snipshot) for a long time now, and it's quite fun and useful. There's also Picnik, which is rather popular, FotoFlexer and many many more (see list at the bottom of the post).

And now comes storming the very cool, sleek and fast online image editor, named Pixlr. With such an annoying Web 2.0 name, I didn't really expect much of it. But Pixlr is surprisingly good.

The first thing you might notice is how extremely fast Pixlr is. It loaded in 2 seconds, maybe even less. The interface is very comfortable to anyone who has used any kind of image editing software. The toolbars on the left and on the right are reminiscent of Photoshop's toolbar - only they are a lot simpler and with fewer functions.

I tested Pixlr, which is Flash-based, in Firefox and encountered no errors or problems. The features are rather impressive for a free online image editor. You can even work with layers, if you know how.

A serious flaw is the absence of a Text tool. I mean, the application is very impressive and efficient, with many features - a text tool is really mandatory. Another limitation - you can only save your files as JPEG or PNG.

All in all - Pixlr is a wonderful free online image editor, and it's definitely going on my favorites list. I hope it improves and at the same time stays quick and easy to use. Well done, guys!

A list of free online image editors:


Shmoolikipod said...

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