About six years ago, Pixlr – a popular web based Photoshop-like app – was acquired by Autodesk.
About a month ago, 123RF – one of the world’s largest royalty-free digital stock agencies – acquired Pixlr.
This made a lot of people wonder about the future of our favorite web-based photo editing app. Some saw it as a sign of good things to come, others were less optimistic.
When you read the Pixlr blog, you get a sense that things will be OK and that Pixlr isn’t going anywhere. A quote from the April 25th post on Pixlr’s blog:
It’s a game-changing collaboration that empowers creatives with seamless access to free and affordable content within their favorite free image editing tools. Through this transaction, both 123RF and Autodesk aim to develop and enhance Pixlr to inspire more users worldwide.
This quote comes from Andy Sitt, founder and chairmen of Inmagine Group and 123RF and sounds very positive.
Another positive sign regarding Pixlr’s future comes from their May 17th post, titled: “Pixlr Today Is The One Chrome Plug-In To Rule Them All”.
This Chrome plugin boasts the following features:
- Not just Google, but search stock content
- Browse your recently visited sites
- Help you plan your day with an intuitive To-do list
- Allows you to access Pixlr’s entire suite of web-apps without even typing a word in the URL bar
- Refresh your day with super pretty photos that you can purchase immediately if you want to!
- Access the entire #madewithpixlr library from your browser
- And tell the time and date!
I’m using the plugin now for my new tab and it’s quite nice. It does everything they say it does. There’s a beautiful random new picture for every tab. A fun, inspirational quote with each new tab. A Google search bar, of course.
The Stock Photo search feature is neat, if you’re into paying for stock photos. *cough*upsplash*cough*pexels*cough*.
The plugin offers easy access to Pixlr’s line of web apps, shows the weather, and with a click of a button in the settings menu, can sync with Google Tasks.
The biggest complaint I have is that there’s a button that says “Recent Visited” and I just really feel like it should say “Recently Visited”. Probably a simple oversight.
Now if they would just re-write the web app in HTML5 instead of Flash then all would be right in the world.
To read the blog post, visit http://pixlr.com/blog/pixlr-today-is-the-one-chrome-plug-in-to-rule-them-all/
To download the plugin, visit https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/pixlr-today/nkgmhpdhaaijoaeaokmhdpfegfmbmfjg?hl=en