No Photoshop No Problem

Posted by Paul on March 16, 2012

A trend in IT is towards hosted software applications where software exists in the cloud and is access and used through web browsers.

Google's Chromebook is a bet that this trend will continue - it can't run anything except a browser, where all other software runs.

pixlr is one of the most impressive of these web applications, designed as a clone of the ever-popular Adobe Photoshop.

For fairly simple Photoshop work, pixlr is excellent. If you don't have Photoshop, or you're not at your main computer it's a great alternative.

It's developed by Autodesk, the company behind AutoCad, 3D Studio Max and Maya amongst others.

It's built on the Adobe Flash player, and with current broadband speeds working with photos isn't a problem.

I'd say that it has about 10% of the features of the real Adobe Photoshop, but does miss things such as paths, layer groups, the new 3D features and of course with so few of the features it can't import real PSDs.

Overall a very useful tool but a long way from being a Photoshop replacement.

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