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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:
- 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.
- 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, …).
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.
… 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.
- 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.
- 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!
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).
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
Anyway, we have some specials related to the event in our sleeve, have fun.
We are experiencing some issues with Facebook at the moment, so downloading from and uploading to Facebook is currently not functional. Also, Phixr’s Facebook app and page is down. We are sorry for the inconvenience.
For people who used Phixr only from within Facebook: Phixr is not just a Facebook app, it’s also a website. Go to http://www.phixr.com (eventually select your language in the bottom of the page) and start from there.
We hope that we can restore our Facebook features soon.
Update: Facebook app, page and features have been restored. Yeah.
Phixr is now even better for marking stuff in photos. We added a whole bunch of arrows and circles for highlighting.
The Fun Effects tool now has a brightness and contrast slider. This is especially useful for the charcoal, shade and magic halo effects.
The remaining changes are mostly under the hood, and we’ll spare you the details – Happy phixing!
Phixr is now available in seven languages! This week we added Portuguese. The portuguese version is available at pt.phixr.com. Except for some help text, the site is completely translated. If you find translation errors, drop us a note – we’d be happy to know.
In other news:
- Sliders: Double-clicking on the slider handles now resets the slider to its default value.
- Tool windows: A small lock icon in the title bars now allows locking and unlocking the selection’s aspect ratio. Previously, this was only possible using the respective button in the main window.
- On touch devices, double-tapping the selection resets it.