May 13, 2006
Web-based Photo Editing with Phixr
A few weeks ago I lost my photo editor of choice, Photoshop. (I didn't really loose it, but it doesn't run well on the new Intel Mac). I've been using Photoshop since the early 90s, fairly heavily when I worked as a grapihc designer. I even did some Photoshop coursework at university.
I felt the impact of not having Photoshop right away as I used it frequently for tweaking photos. So I got this brilliant idea to write up a simple web-based UI to ImageMagick, an open source photo editing application/library that I've used over the years for server-based photo manipulations. A quick look at Google reveals the work isn't necessary, Phixr already does what I need. It provides a few simple utilities like crop, resize, rotate, sharpen, blur, and adding text. The UI is nice enough to give you preview boxes of before and after images using thumbnails as you're specifying parameters for the alteration. It even includes an undo and redo button. The photo can be downloaded as displayed at any point during your editing. Nicely done Phixr folks.
This begs the question, what hasn't been webified?
Posted by mike at May 13, 2006 10:03 AM