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06-05-2006, 10:49 AM
Pixel is a RGB, CMYK and HDR image editing, photo retouching and manipulating program available for many operating systems formerly known as Pixel32. It is available for Windows, Linux, Linspire, MacOSX, BeOS, Zeta, QNX, MorphOS, FreeBSD, eComStation, OS/2, SkyOS and even old plain DOS, for both x86 and PowerPC architectures.

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- Pixel is running following platforms now: Windows, Linux/x86, Linux/PPC, Linspire, Zeta/BeOS/x86, QNX/x86, FreeBSD/x86, MacOSX/PPC, MorphOS/PPC, eComStation, OS/2, SkyOS and DOS
- In future following ports are possible if there’s general interest: Linux/x86_64, Linux/ARM, MacOSX/x86, Solaris/x86, Solaris/Sparc, Window x64, NetBSD/x86


- Pixel is an extremely small and fast application
- It is easy to translate to any language as it supports full Unicode, all available translations are available at once (English, German, French, Spanish, Dutch, Slovak, Croatian, Swedish, Polish, Russian, Korean, Hungarian, Afrikaans and Brazilian Portuguese)
- IME and XIM support for Asian languages
- Supports TWAIN compatible scanners, digital cameras
- Supports SANE compatible scanners, digital cameras and others (Linux, BeOS, eComStation)
- Pressure sensitive tablets support
- Printing support
- Multiple color managed clipboards
- Various image formats handling (GIF, PNG, JPG, TIFF, BMP, PSD… )
- Support for JPEG-2000 format

Image Editing:

- Support for layers, channels, masks and selections
- Color Management support for RGB, CMYK, Grayscale and CIE Lab modes (8-bit and 16-bit)
- Support for HDR (High Dynamic Range) images with 32-bit/channel precision, HDR images in - Pixel are editable in full HDR quality, not in 8-bit RGB as in competiting programs
- Realtime live effects for layers (adjustments, effects), sets of live effects can be saved as layer Styles
- Image browsing and searching


- Includes variety of brushes, including full-color brushes and animated brushes
- Brush retouching tools including special effects
- Retouching set of filter plug-ins

Web Features:

- Complex support for image slicing and image optimizations (GIF, PNG, JPEG, WBMP)
- Direct editing of generated HTML code without destroying user’s additions
- Support for clickable maps
- Support for small animations for your web pages (animated GIFs)

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Pixel is not free software, if you like it and want to support its development, you may consider purchasing a copy (http://www.kanzelsberger.com/pixel/?page_id=6). Licensing and prices are very fair, and include unlimited support.

SOURCE (http://www.kanzelsberger.com/pixel/?page_id=12)

06-05-2006, 11:37 AM
wow.. that looks great, downloading beta!

06-05-2006, 11:54 AM
looks exactly like photoshop :D Only under linux sweet..

06-05-2006, 11:57 AM
crashed 4 times allready :D but i like it!

06-05-2006, 12:27 PM
Photoshop Jr! :bounce:

06-05-2006, 12:31 PM
Crazy - I discovered it from another site - and did a search to check if anybody on CGTalk has used it.... I think working tablet support under linux will make me part with the $32 dollars :) - no crashes so far :)

06-05-2006, 12:59 PM
An Intel-Mac version would be sweet to have. I like using it under Windows, so I'd definately buy it when available for my MacBook.

Kudos on the great software. BTW, is .EXR support planned?

06-05-2006, 03:56 PM
It looks great and feels pretty good for drawing but I only used it for about 2 mins before it crahsed! If they can get it as stable as Photoshop i'd definately buy it, if not it's useless to me :(

06-05-2006, 04:01 PM
Um, I think this has a very long way to go before it's a Photoshop substitute.

06-05-2006, 04:49 PM
Um, I think this has a very long way to go before it's a Photoshop substitute.

Maybe, but it's only $32. All it has to do is have a better interface than the GIMP.

Papa Lazarou
06-06-2006, 01:19 AM
Um, I think this has a very long way to go before it's a Photoshop substitute.

Actually I think it's already pretty close. There's a few kinks that need to be ironed out, and a few features that should be added, but for my purposes, it's already close enough for most things. So far the only problem I have with it is the lack of save as gif format, and the way the transform tool works. It's reasonably stable on my system.

What features is it missing?

06-06-2006, 02:46 AM
Some of the more advanced masking options, for one... pixel aspect ratio... there are a ton of things (and unfortunately I don't have time to try and dig them all up). I don't own Photoshop myself, but I've been using it recently elsewhere and can tell pretty quickly that although I think it's a tad overpriced, there's a ton of things more it can do than Pixel. Of course, if you want a super-budget priced program, Pixel may be just what you're after. I didn't personally like the workflow (try selecting all of the numbers to change a brush size... ugh) but as someone else has said, it better than Gimp and GTK.

The other issue is, Pixel's stability is pretty poor. I managed to crash out the installer by trying to copy my install path to the pictures path... I hit Ctrl-v twice (the first time it did nothing) and then it crashed. Sure it's beta but... it's a bit worrying when you can crash the installer :)

I like PhotoImpact, myself. It's different to Photoshop, but it's cheap and can hold its own.

06-06-2006, 07:22 AM
You can crash pretty much any installer if you try hard enough...and frankly...

I managed to crash out the installer by trying to copy my install path to the pictures path...

why would you want to try to copy your path while installing ?? or am i getting you wrong there

06-06-2006, 08:43 AM
It's definatly worth spending 32$. It's much slower than Photoshop or PSP but it has some nice tiny features which improves workflow. Beta hasn't crashed yet but I can already see some things that need to be fixed.

06-06-2006, 10:15 AM
You can crash pretty much any installer if you try hard enough...

If you try hard enough, sure. I'm sure I could crash just about any installer by hacking it, or sicking a virus on it, or smashing my computer against a wall. All I did was try and copy and paste some text on the same window.

Pixel asks two things- where you want it installed, and where you want your pictures saved to. Since I don't like my pictures being saved to 'My pictures', I tried to copy and paste in the Pixel directory for it to place the images into. Have a look for yourself- the two text boxes for these paths are one under the other.

06-06-2006, 10:55 AM
sorry, got you wrong indeed...i thought you meant you were trying to copy/paste the folder on your drive not the location hehehe...and that made me wonder :P


Papa Lazarou
06-06-2006, 11:55 PM
I didn't personally like the workflow (try selecting all of the numbers to change a brush size... ugh)

Actually that is a bit awkward, took me a while to figure out how you change brush size(it's right next to the undo button). But once you know, it's simple enough.

06-07-2006, 04:32 AM
The issue I had was simply in selecting text. All I wanted to do is increase the size of something, but I couldn't seem to select all three numbers.

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