AMITIAE - Saturday 17 December 2011
A Worthy Addition to Photo Apps on the App Store: Pixlr-o-matic from Autodesk - Now Updated
This item first appeared on my AMITIAE site on 28 August 2011. As that site is now non-operational, I am making some of the more interesting or useful articles available on eXtensions. The text includes information on an update to Pixlr-o-matic.
About the hardest thing about Pixlr-o-Matic is the pronunciation. The rest is not only plain-sailing but there was such a rightness about this that as I was going through my first look at the app, I whispered to myself, "Oh, wow. . . ." That does not happen much these days.
Autodesk are of course responsible for AutoCAD. However, they have a number of other high-level professional applications and are venturing a little more these days into consumer areas. This free app looks professional and well-designed from the outset.
The opening screen is a greyscale image that looks like planking. Initially, images displayed are also monochrome, but after a second or so -- presumably when the app has accessed its data fully -- these change to colour. At the top left is an information icon (i) that reveals a daunting license agreement. Top right is a red bookmark icon that links to the online PIXLR site for online editing of images, which is also easy to use and went straight into my bookmarks list.
The app has an unusual three ways to select images: camera, photo library, and "try one of ours". This gives a user three quality images to play with. Once photographs have been used, there is also a "Last photo" image to click on adding another nice touch.
Next to the film icon is a light bulb which controls lighting effects. There are 31 here including None. Then we have frames. Some of these also add extra effects as well as the usual white border or vignetting: another 30 here. If my maths is correct this gives the possibility of 24,986 different versions for output from each image. Obviously, not all will please everyone: this is somewhat of a subjective choice. The favourite selection control can be applied to Lighting Effects and Frames.
Exporting the images needs them to be saved, which uses the last icon on the right of that lower toolbar: a floppy disk. Three options are displayed: a circular arrow to go back to the main screen; a double arrow to go back to the editing screen; and an export arrow.
An updated panel now has several options plus Cancel: Photo Library, iTunes, Facebook, Flickr, Imm.io: an online image sharing site related to Pixlr, Dropbox and Email. Now when exporting images to the Photo Library there are 5 options: Small, Medium, Large, Very Large and Original. That last selection gave me images of 2592 x 1936 (5.0MP) with a file size of 1.92MB. Certain frame selections might reduce the output sizes.
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