Archive for March, 2015

Spring

Friday, 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

Tuesday, 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!

Faceb$%&@%

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

Out latest update deals mainly with Facebook, who again decided it’s time to update their back-end API for applications like Phixr. And again, they removed useful stuff which Phixr could offer to you in the past.

The most obvious change is that you won’t get your full friends list in Phixr anymore. Instead, you will only see those of your friends who also use Facebook’s Phixr app (or at least have used it once in the past). This is a little annoying when you were regularly ‘working’ with your friends’ photos, but it is outright painful when it comes to tagging: From now on, you can only tag a fraction of your friends from inside Phixr. (Of course, you can still type in a name of a person to be tagged, but it won’t be a link to that person when viewing the photo in FB.) But you know what? If you were to convince all of your friend to use Phixr, that list would grow…. – nah, just kidding.

On the plus side: Nothing else has been changed in a way that might harm your experience using Phixr with Facebook.

Also, you might have noticed that you don’t get to see that Phixr login screen inside Facebook any more. Well, this screen was kind of annoying, and in essence not strictly necessary. When you access the Phixr-FB-app, you are now logged into Phixr automatically. Magic!

Google login now uses OpenID Connect, and that pesky warning from Google about some OpenID 2.0 mumbojumbo is gone.

ImageShack and Webs are no longer supported; the first because they completely changed their API (which is not usefully implemented now), and both because they were rarely used. (And listen ImageShack: Who pays for a photobucket clone these days…? I mean really?!)

Look at the time….. gotta go ;)

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