Autodesk Pixlr 1.1.0

Filters, effects and stickers for high quality photo editing

  • Category:

    Retouching & Optimization

  • Version:

    1.1.0

  • Works under:

    Windows 8.1 / Windows 8 / Windows 7

  • Also available for:

    Mac

  • Program available in:In English
  • Program license:Free
  • Vote:
    5.2 (10)

AutoDesk Pixlr is a software suite that is available online and through an application that is a promising alternative to leading photo editing products.

One of the biggest features of Pixlr is that the interface is incredibly sleek, fast, and filled with lots of effects and actions to perform on images. It also has a web application, so you don't even need to have it installed on your computer to use it. It uses a proprietary layering format to store images, but it will also take in Adobe Photoshop layered files.

It has a large menu with a huge array of features to choose from for free. For a "freemium" upgrade of a few dollars a month, users can access their desktop app that boasts even more features and a smoother performance than the web app. It takes in a huge array of image formats, and users can even back up their progress as they go on the web app.

One of the problems we encountered with it was frequent crashing with the web app. It's impressive, and frankly unprecedented, but it has a huge strain on the user's computer. The desktop app (for a small monthly fee) did not have any such problems. However, its features rival Photoshop and maybe even surpass Adobe's popular suite in a few ways. Even with every upgrade, the cost is significantly less.

Finally, Autodesk's Pixlr is ideal for someone just getting into image editing. There's no big investment, and it's very intuitive. It lacks some very in-depth features that more expensive suites have, so if you're an experienced editor, you may want to look elsewhere.

Pros:

  • Web app and desktop app for convenience
  • Free to use many features
  • Accepts all popular image formats

Cons:

  • Web app crashes
  • Desktop app is not free
  • Lacks some advanced features of Photoshop

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