Traditionally graphical programs like Photoshop, Paint Shop Pro and Gimp has been installed locally on your desktop PC, however with the cloud philosophy gaining strength, the first online graphical programs are being launched. In this post we’ll take a look at the free online program Pixlr
Pixlr was launched in july 2008, and has undergone a tremendous development since. From being a pretty simple image editing tool, Pixlr is now a full suite of useful programs and tools:
- Pixlr Editor – the full featured online image editor
- Pixlr Express – a simple online image editor
- Pixlr Grabber – image capturing plugin for Firefox and Chrome
- Pixlr imm.io – online photo sharing service
Pixlr is based on a flash application and has some very nice features like:
- 20+ filters for different image effects
- Image resizing and cropping
- Drawing tools with customizable brushes
- Many image adjustment features
Working with Pixlr
I’ve been working with Pixlr the last couple of weeks, and I have been quite positive surprised.
Pixlr doesn’t have all the advanced features that you find in Photoshop, Gimp or Paint shop Pro. But the lack of advanced features makes the tool easy to learn, and pretty fast in normal use.
Pixlr is especially useful if you’re working from eg. a Netbook with limited storage capacity or from a new/remote computer where no photo editing program has been installed.