Picasa out, Google Photos in

December 18th, 2018

Or: For what’s worth it.

Google, the owner of Picasa Web Albums, is about to close down the interface Phixr used to communicate with Picasa. We assume they will shut down Picasa soon, too. So far, so good.

But, hallelujah, they offer an alternative, aptly yet boringly named “Google Photos”, as a replacement. For those who care. It looks ok, but nothing special.

However: Since we had to switch to a new google API, and google now jumped the “verification” bandwagon, Phixr’s use of Google Photos is, for the time being, restricted. Meaning:

1) An ugly “welcome” page warns you about Phixr being unverified, and,

2) – worse – google wouldn’t allow more than 100 Phixr users to connect their Google Photos to Phixr.

Both restrictions will disappear as soon as Google had the mercy to “verify” Phixr (we are as of yet unsure what they actually “verify”. The reason given on the google admin pages is “because you uploaded a new logo for your app”. Great. Gotta love clarity and logic.)


FB, suck it.

September 13th, 2018

Here are some of the terms that the FB folks intended to force on us:

3. User data
d. Compliance Review Rights. Upon our written request from time to time, you shall permit us and third-party professionals working at our direction (including auditors, attorneys, consultants, and/or computer forensics analysts) (collectively, “Auditors”) to review or audit your books, records, agreements, access logs, third party audit and examination reports, (real and virtual) systems, networks, technologies, facilities (including physical and remote access to data centers and cloud facilities), controls, processes, policies and procedures, which relate to the User Data and/or the Extended Platform Products to ensure compliance with our Online Terms and these Supplemental Terms. You will use commercially reasonable efforts to obtain permission from your Service Providers for us or our Auditors to perform the above review relating to the User Data and/or the Extended Platform Products. You shall provide us and our Auditors such information and assistance (including access to your personnel who are knowledgeable regarding your access to and use of the User Data and/or the Extended Platform Products), at your sole expense, as reasonably requested in order to perform the compliance review.


5. General. You will not, directly or indirectly, disclose the existence or content of these Supplemental Terms without our prior written consent in each instance. These Supplemental Terms are supplemental terms under the Terms and Commercial Terms. […] Notwithstanding anything to the contrary, to the extent these Supplemental Terms conflict, or are inconsistent, with the Online Terms or any existing agreement you have in place with us, these Supplemental Terms do not limit your obligations or our rights under the Online Terms or such existing agreement, and the terms that are more restrictive on you or more protective of us apply. For clarity, per our Commercial Terms, we may make changes to the Supplemental Terms and by continuing to access or use Platform after notice of any update to the Supplemental Terms, you agree to be bound by them.

No sane person running a service or app, let alone one that has another window to the outside-FB-world such as phixr through its website, can sign this.

Farewell, Facebook.

June 27th, 2018

Dear friends! We deeply regret to announce:

As of Aug 1, 2018, it will no longer be possible to upload photos from Phixr to Facebook, as Facebook decided to disable this feature entirely (for all apps).

But as if that wasn’t sad enough, they also try to force app developers into signing an agreement that would allow FB and employed third parties (attorneys, consultants, forensic analysts, etc) to perform random “audits” (ie private searches) of our premises, books, technologies, servers etc. And that is only the tip of the iceberg; other “obligations” include forcing our hardware provider to sign this agreement as well, and keeping this entire agreement a secret. This agreement is entirely unacceptable and we, of course, will not sign it.

As a consequence, as of Aug 1, 2018, Phixr will no longer support Facebook in any way and ultimately disappear as a FB app. Please start using our website directly, simply go to http://www.phixr.com or one of the international versions (such as http://es.phixr.comhttp://pt.phixr.com or http://de.phixr.com )

The Phixr team http://www.phixr.com

Phix! tool example

February 15th, 2017

I have a feeling that the Phix! tool didn’t get the attention it deserves here yet. So here it comes:

This tool’s speciality are “dull” looking images, like this one (shamelessly taken from here):



The Phix! tool can …,well, fix this photo with one click:

Screen Shot 2017-02-15 at 09.58.50


or for the cooler types:

Screen Shot 2017-02-15 at 09.59.55


or for fans of In***gram:

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We won’t say that this tool can fix any bad photo, but it definitely has some power.

Try it out!

July 2016 update

July 8th, 2016

Long time, no see! We hope you’re all doing well!

We made a small maintenance update to Phixr in the meantime, bringing you the following changes:

Dropbox users: We had to disconnect you from Dropbox due to an interface (API) update on Dropbox’s side. Please just reconnect, everything will work as before afterwards.

SmugMug users: Sorry folks, SmugMug is no longer supported due to technical reasons.

Some other changes were made in order to keep up with our third-party partners (who obviously have too much time and seem to waste it on pointless changes to their APIs), but nothing you’d notice.

As a small improvement we added the “Phix!” tool. This is a handy tool mostly for portraits of people or photos of landscapes that combines the most popular tools into one single step. Just choose a preset, your fixings (like eg. equalize, vignette, border) and you’re done. We might add more presets in the future.

Happy phixing!


PS: If you don’t see the “Phixr!” icon in the toolbox, reload the page (in FF and Chrome with the Shift-Key pressed while hitting “reload”).


September 11th, 2015

A quick warning: Please do NOT install any apps named “Phixr” from the iTunes store. They are fake (in fact, we don’t know what they actually do) and are not in any way related to us. A takedown notice has been issued to Apple.

Finally some clarity

May 18th, 2015

In the first week of sunny May, we brought you a couple of new features:

  • Clarity: The “Sharpen” tools got a new member, clarity. Dry scientific explanation: Clarity adds (or reduces) contrast in the images’s midtones. This, surprisingly, works a bit like sharpening, but without doing any sharpening. In fact, Clarity is one of the mostly used tools in professional photo editing suites, and it can really do wonders when applied to low-contrast photos:
    Before - After

    Before – After

    Top: Before - Bottom: After

    Top: Before – Bottom: After

    Top: Before - Bottom: After

    Top: Before – Bottom: After

  • The “Color adjustments” tool (the one with the many sliders) got four .. erm,… new sliders: Shadows/Highlights and Blacks/Whites. Although it might seem that those pairs do the same thing, in reality, they don’t. Without more boring mathematical mumbojumbo it’s hard to explain what they do. In layman’s terms: Blacks and Shadows increase/decrease darker colors (in different ways, though), while Highlights and Whites increase/decrease lighter colors. There you go…. I think it’s best if you simply try it out.
    Color Adjustments

    Color Adjustments


  • In other news: We (again) increased the size of some of the previews. Also, more tools generate their preview without server intervention, ie without any delay (Film grain, Sharpen, Clarity, many Color effects, …).

A side-note: We generally recommend Firefox, or Chrome/Safari/Opera (or any other Webkit/Blink-powered browser) for using Phixr. While Phixr works well with Internet Explorer (starting with version 7), due to missing browser-features and slow Javascript-engines (and that sadly includes current IE11), the experience might be a tad less beautiful.

From the desk of the eggspert

April 7th, 2015

I hope you all had a wonderful easter weekend! We were busy, as usual, and have some minor improvements for your photo-phixing eggsperience (the egg-puns stop here, promise):

  • Text: Text can now be blurred (see “Other” tab in Text tool); outer bevels can now be made bigger (6 steps instead of 3). However, this might look strange with some fonts, so please always check the preview.
  • Decorate: Borders consisting of objects (like for example the also new “bubble” borders) can now be rotated by up to 10 degrees, following the mantra “symmetry is the opposite of creativity” ;)
  • Camera & lens fx / mask tools: The mask size can now be 125% of the image size (before it was 95%), and the outline algorithm is improved in quality and speed.
  • Feather: The feather algorithm now fades the image more smoothly, and this goes for rectangular and elliptic selections.

Happy easter!


March 20th, 2015

… is coming, and it’s about time, isn’t it. But before you are off into a hopefully sunny and spring-ish weekend, we have some seemingly small but – as we believe – very useful changes to report.

  • Added a teeth-whitening-tool. Three sliders allow adjustment. In oder to avoid whitening parts of the skin surrounding the mouth, please select the teeth area as exactly as possible, and during adjustment watch out not only for the teeth, but especially the skin. Teeth whitener
  • Added more than 20 new objects, borders and overlays/textures for the “Decorate” tool. Also, we removed a few old ones which weren’t that .. uhm… great. That tool also has (again) gotten a bigger preview. In Camera & Lens tools, there are two new effects, one if which is the “center focus” tool, which we used for the pictures in this post for highlighting the interesting part.
  • All tool selectors can now be resized to show more effect icons at once. Unfortunately, this does not work on Internet Explorer. Resize icon
  • In order to simplify the upload process, photos to be uploaded can now also be dragged into the empty space to the left of the last uploaded photo. No need to open the upload form. Just drag a photo file from your explorer/finder into that area, and it will be uploaded. (Works in Chrome, FF, Opera, IE >= 10, etc) Update: This is in the works again, it showed to be slightly unpractical. Will provide a better solution tomorrow. Update 2: Fixed. Now a hard-to-miss big box will appear as soon as you drag a photo into the Phixr browser window.

There you go, …. and for us it’s back to work. Have a nice weekend, and happy phixing!

Phix your WordPress blog

March 10th, 2015

After dropping a few upload services like ImageShack and Webs, for a change, we now added a new one. A prominent one: Phixr can now upload images directly to your WordPress.com image library.

The process is self-explanatory, and frankly I don’t know what else to say about this feature, apart from it’s a great simplification for all of you bloggers out there.

Please note that Phixr can only support blogs hosted on WordPress.com, not your privately run WordPress installation on your own server.

In other news, we made the preview images in most of the tools much larger and easier to work with, especially on small screens (and therefore also mobile devices).

Happy phixing!