AutoDesk releases Pixlr, a new photo editor for Mac

AutoDesk releases Pixlr, a new photo editor for Mac

AutoDesk has released a Pixlr, a new desktop app for editing images. Pixlr can be used not only to touch up and fix your photos, but also to add a wide variety of effects. Like AutoDesk's recent Sketchbook update, Pixlr utilizes a teired membership system, with paying members unlocking more features.

Pixlr features a number of tools to help you work with photos. You can of course crop, rotate, and resize. You can use the Auto Fix tool to make quick corrections. The Double Exposure tool lets you merge two pictures to create a single image. Pro level members get access to Influence Masks, which let you enhance specific elements of a photo, and double exposure tools, which you can use to adjust transparency and blend images.

Pixlr is free to download, and you can subscribe directly through AutoDesk, as well as using your iTunes account. There is a Starter membership, which includes basic photo editing and over 600 effects for free, without requiring an account. The Essentials membership requires an account, but is also free, and lets you use more tools and effects. Finally, the Pro membership, which cost $1.99 per month or $14.99 per year opens up access to all features of the app.

What do you think of Pixlr? Let us know below in the comments.

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Never, ever, ever, ever am I going to buy software on a "subscription basis" and I think the majority of the (non professional) market agrees too.

The market for this is relatively new, so it hasn't decided anything. LastPass seems to be successful with its subscription model, so is Office365, and so on.

Adobe's CC subscription in the pro market is actually very successful.

Generally, many people like subscription models because it means they'd get automatic free upgrades and access to multiple platforms. This is assuming it'd be cheaper than paying for apps separately for each platform over time.

Also, in this specific case, Pixlr is freemium. It is free with up to 600 effects included. You pay 15$ a year to unlock everything else. The question is, do you get automatic upgrades to newer features in the future.

I am not a big fan of subscription software, but I have to point out that Adobe has millions of people on Creative Cloud, and not all "pros." I'm something of a "retired pro" and even I signed up for the $10/month PS CC + Lightroom + goodies package. Despite some reservations, this is in point of fact a steal compared to the normal costs of these programs. At $10/month it would take me approximately eight years to cover the cost. That's very fair IMHO.

While you have the right to YOUR opinion, wishes and purchase patterns... extending that to include anyone else self-aggrandizes your stance on the matter as being worthwhile... and even farther from fact than you realize.

You stated that non-professionals don't see the need for a subscription. How obvious is that?! Then you don't NEED professional tools and by all means, should look for something else that's more affordable and palatable for your pocketbook.

Can I assume you're using Apple devices? If so, you're on a sub whether you realize it or not, since iOS and OSX "subscriptions" (along with iWork, iTunes, iPhoto, etc.) are built into the pricing of Apple products. Apple even had to do some creative bookkeeping and charge a small fee once for an update to iOS I believe(?) a few years back to take that into account.

Question is, for the average amateur user, how does it stack up to Photoshop or at least Lightroom? And compared to the upcoming OS X Photo app?

I'm gonna take it for a spin. Then come back and update by comment. I tried the $10/mo subscription for Photoshop/Lightroom but discovered that with Pixelmator it's not worth keeping around at that price for how often I need it. But a $15/yr subscription is cheap enough that if this is good enough I wouldn't bat an eye at that price point. Plus, 600 effects for free? I love free software if it's decent. Mou, anyone?

So after 30 minutes of playing around with it here are my thoughts:

I like it but I have some gripes. The basic editing features are simple and straight forward. I really like the shuffle button. I love it so much that I wish there was a Next button to the left of it so I could systematically try all the effects easily without much effort but I suppose I can click through each one. My biggest gripe at this point is that I don't know what's a paid feature and what's not. It's unclear 30 minutes in. I assume that I can try all features for a limited time? It's just unclear at this point and I wish that was more clear. Will update in a few days after more playing.

I love Pixlr on my Android phone, particularly utilising the 'Focal' feature to create depth of field. I was therefore very keen to try out the Desktop version on my MacBook. A problem that I've immediately run into though, and can't seem to find a solution for, is that all my photos are managed through iPhoto and I can find no way of importing them to Pixlr Desktop. Is there a way and, if so, could somebody please guide me?

I love Pixlr on my Android phone, particularly utilising the 'Focal' feature to create depth of field. I was therefore very keen to try out the Desktop version on my MacBook. A problem that I've immediately run into though, and can't seem to find a solution for, is that all my photos are managed through iPhoto and I can find no way of importing them to Pixlr Desktop. Is there a way and, if so, could somebody please guide me?