Pixenate is an online photo editing tool that gives users a number of ways to improve and customize their photographs. The user selects an image and can begin using the tools provided. Undo and redo functions are available so the user can correct any unwanted changes. Select and un-select lets the user work with an entire photo. Zoom function is included as well as cropping features and a resize function. Rotate tools let the user shift the image clockwise or counter clockwise while horizontal and vertical flipping provides a more direct repositioning option. The user can also brighten, smooth and normalize color balance in a photograph. Underexposed images can be fixed with the fill light tool and the spirit level tool lets users adjust images that are slightly slanted. Additional tools include red eye removal, teeth whitening and a color tool.
Pixenate was created by Sxoop Technologies. The application is mostly marketed as a photo editing option that can be placed on the user’s website. The site currently offers a variety of basic photo editing tools that might be handy on a site that contains none. The application has been mentioned on third party sites, with generally positive reviews despite its lack of sophisticated features. Users interested in serious photo editing might be disappointed by the application’s simple capabilities.
Pixenate can be added to the user’s photo website. While this may provide more functionality for the user’s visitors, it really doesn’t offer much to the casual visitor stopping by the Pixenate site. There are a few helpful functions, although nothing extravagant or detailed. The most notable editing function is the teeth whitening feature that allows the user to even out the color of teeth in a photo. This is significantly cheaper than having the photo subjects visit the dentist, but still doesn’t add much appeal to the application.
Pixenate keeps things simple with a basic design that gives the image center stage. The user’s image appears beside the editing sidebar menu. Each tool appears as a stylized icon that is described when the user mouses over each. Users can easily learn how to use Pixenate, although the design leaves something to be desired. On the up side, there are no loud banner advertisements to distract the user from their editing work.
Pixenate does not offer users a registration option. Any visitor can click the blue “Choose Your Image to Edit” link found above the tool menu to begin. The user selects a file and can move on to the editing tools, making changes as necessary. Below the tool menu, the user will find a few more icons that allow them to save their edited image to their computer or upload it to a Flickr account. The user is not required to have a Flickr account to use Pixenate.
Anyone can stop by the Pixenate website and begin editing an image. The site provides the user with random sample images and lets them upload their own images. The user can only work on one image at a time. Since there is no account option there is no fee required to use the application. The user must upload to Flickr or download to their PC. The site requires no information and lets the user get started as soon as they arrive.
Pixenate offers users a mediocre photo editing tool for simple editing jobs. Anyone who is interested in making minor improvements may appreciate the few features included. The application might give someone something to do for a short time, however it has little to offer beyond that. There are many other photo editing applications that provide significantly more functionality and the ability to save images online.