Archive for October, 2009

Zeitgeist humor

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

Why do bankers love golf?

Because you can play it even with handcuffs on.

Hehe.

Mixin’ time

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

Yesterday we were bored. Terribly bored. Until someone had the idea to check out MySpace for their members’ current in-stuff. A few minutes later, we added some more images to the “Mix with preset images”-tool. Folks, now you can finally create those neat “glittering” graphics using Phixr. These seem to be extremely popular among the MySpace crowd.

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While we were at it, we also added a “mode”-selector to both of the “Mix” tools. The different modes (not every one looks good in all situations) allow a bunch of new effects. Here’s one using “Dodge” mode.

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And here’s another one. The same image mixed twice, each time using a different “Copy XXX channel” mode:

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Erm, now there’s one more thing. We accidently  dumped the “Position”-selector in the “Mix with other Photo” tool. This must have happened shortly before the relaunch. Well, long story short, it’s back. Sorrrry.

Finally, we have a 中文(简体) version of Phixr in the pipeline. The translation is in progress.

Phixr vs. Facebook

Sunday, October 11th, 2009

Did you know that Phixr is also available as a Facebook-app? It’s public profile page is here.

To be honest, it’s not really a Facebook app. Phixr’s interface is too big to fit into Facebook’s small working area, and re-sizing it would leave you with an unusable miniture. So we decided to integrate at least a part of Phixr into Facebook.  In essence, you can login, sign-up and select the photo to edit inside Facebook, the rest will be happening in a new window or tab.

BTW, if you like Phixr, we’d be grateful for a review (clicking on the stars does nicely, if you are lazy) or if you even became a fan. Not fishing here, really.

Twitter really rocks…

Tuesday, October 6th, 2009

phixr’s visitors’ numbers. On one day alone, people sent 2132 twitter tweets through phixr. If we had expected that, we’d implemented that feature earlier…

BTW perhaps this new blog page (to which we transferred all our old blog posts from our old, slightly primitive blog page) will help gather the crowd. Hm. Phixr really lacks the social aspect. What if we added some sort of what’s-hot-and-what-not of phixr work…? Would that be appreciated by the masses?

Post-Relaunch Oct 1

Sunday, October 4th, 2009

Phixr relaunch on Oct 1 went smooth, we expected more troubles from switching IP and software at the same time.  Just returned from the party, tired and exhausted. After weeks of 24/7 coding, we really need a break. We hope the folks out there like the results.

Just found the ideal door sign for our office in the next few weeks:

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Phixr mini-relaunch

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

Welcome to our new outfit! Well, we are sure you noticed. Phixr looks different. We’ve worked hard, tortured a reasonably large crowd with amber fluids and chips for an extensive period of time in order to provide us with the feedback we wanted to hear… and now: Here it is. Phixr’s new, shiny clothes. What’s not to like?

Other news include

  • new “comic” and “printed comic” special effects (see demo image);
  • new “comic border” in the border tool (see demo image);
  • the “mix with preset image” tool now includes not only patterns, but also objects (like a heart, a light bulb, a party hat, etc) that can be inserted into your image. Also, this tool now uses the selection.
  • automatic update of the selection: if you move or otherwise change it, any tool window using the selection will automatically update.
  • the “lomo effect” is now much faster;
  • bugfixes in speech bubble (yes, again). We apologize for eventual inconveniences (yes, again).
  • better handling in tool windows, and much more.

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Under the hood, the news are mainly that we are running on a new server farm. Twice as many CPUs, twice the memory. That should do for a while… Happy phixing, dudes