Posted: 30 Mar 2009 10:02 PM PDT
Pixlr is an online image editing application created entirely in Flash. Think of it as a free, online, always available Photoshop. Admittedly, it might be aimed at graphic novices rather than for professionals who demand more power from a desktop application, but having tested Pixlr I must say it is very impressive! Features such as layers, filters, blend modes and image adjustments, usually reserved for the desktop installation of Photoshop, are all available at Pixlr.com courtesy of Flash Player running in your favorite Web browser. You can even open images from your local machine, manipulate them inside of Pixlr, and then save your freshly edited files back to your desktop.
Tapping into the API
But the fun does not end there. The creators of Pixlr have opened-up the power of their online software application with an API! So you can take advantage of some of the available Pixlr Web services and integrate them into your own apps. Are you paying attention, Flash developers?
Sending images to the Pixlr editor can be done in two ways either via a GET or a POST request. It couldn’t be simpler. Imagine the possibilities of tapping into the Pixlr API: You could use it to collect digital signatures from your Flash/PHP application for example, where users could sign their name using a mouse or graphics tablet via a Flash drawing tool you’ve created (or purchased and extended from FlashDen of course) and then have the image saved and uploaded to a server and then e-mailed back to you. Pretty exciting.
Or what about using the Pixlr API to have clients review your images, add notes to it, draw big circles around things they want changed, and then send the file back to you? As you can see from the API examples below, Pixlr has some promising potential:
Finally, Pixlr is growing from strength to strength. Yesterday saw the release of Pixlr Express, a photo-centric application to directly compete with Adobe’s online version of Photoshop, Photoshop Express (also developed in Flash incidentally). Time will tell if Pixlr continues to grow in order to compete with corporate powerhouse Photoshop Express, but as far as online application development is concerned, Flash is already the winner.
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