Harshdeep 2.0

April 2, 2006

Clash of Online Image Editors

Filed under: Internet — harshdeep @ 1:24 pm

Most of the day-to-day applications (word editors, calendars, personal organizers, spreadsheets and more) are becoming available on the web and they are finding users too. It's obvious for Basic Image Editing apps to follow course. I say Basic, because despite the cool AJAXy and Flashy web apps coming up these days, it's still a long way until we can expect to see professional Photoshop-like functionality delivered over the web.
Out of the available options right now, I think and are the most promising.

Both have an interactive AJAXy interface – the kind we have come to expect from web applications these days. Pixoh has a more desktop-like workspace – you can drag the image around on the screen and resize it by dragging the corners.

The feature set is pretty limited in both the applications, but PXN8's toolbox is comparatively much richer. Both of these are under continuous development, so more features should be on their way.

PXN8 toolbox

PXN8 Toolbox


Pixoh toolbox

Pixoh toolbox

Pixoh Toolbox

As these applications become more mature, it would be interesting to see how they are going to make money. Both are free services – I think they are gonna stay that way. PXN8 shows Google Ads, but Pixoh doesn't seem to have any business model in place yet. Maybe they are just betting on getting bought by a bigger fish.



  1. PXN8’s toolbox looks like very bad user interface design. Nearly all of the icons look the same, so the user must instead rely on the washed-out text.
    “Enhance” and “Fill light” are identical icons, for example, and the poor choice of thin white text on confusing backgrounds can be appreciated on “Select All” and “Select none” (in fact, to me, “Select none” looks like “Select more” on first glances).

    Comment by Chris Wenham — April 3, 2006 @ 4:30 pm

  2. Chris,
    I agree – the enhance & fill-light icons are identical. I will replace the enhance icon with something more appropriate.


    Comment by sxoop — April 3, 2006 @ 4:52 pm

  3. Harsh, I have changed my blog from anshuljain.wordpress.com to jainanshul.com. Could you please update the links that r there in ur posts. Thanks.

    Comment by Anshul — April 4, 2006 @ 3:51 pm

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