Exploring Picozu Beta

Breanna Carter has offered to write some news articles for Meet the GIMP!. This is her first piece, about a free to use online graphics tool. I’ll steer her to real Open Source in the future ūüėČ , but this project fro Romania is way to cool not to be mentioned. BTW, next show is in the works – Rolf¬†
The people at Picozu have created a purely web-based photo-manipulation and drawing app.  Picozu is still in beta testing mode, but may prove to be one of the most user-friendly and interactive online tools for designing images for the web and personal art.
Instead of relying on traditional software building tools to create the program, Picozu relies on HTML5, CSS, and Javascript to run. While you can access it from any browser, it seems to work best in Chrome, Firefox, and Safari. Because of the web browser integration of the product, it is easy to upload photos from your social media websites. If you sign in with Facebook, you can access any one of your albums for a wide selection of photos. You can also access sites like Twitter, Flickr, Instagram, and Deviant Art as well.
Because the program doesn’t run on any Flash or ActionScript, mobile phone¬†developers and tablet designers may begin to have a field day with the¬†product. There is not a set standard for tablet design other than Adobe¬†products and Picozu may take the cake for a free alternative.
When it comes to features, Picozu includes all of the basics of graphic programs ¬†and more. Staples like brushes, filters, layers, curves, and a¬†histogram are all present and easily accessible. Cropping and resizing are¬†simple tasks and you can save your altered images to your desktop folders¬†¬†for easy upload to social media sites, or Picozu’s own servers.
One of the most heralded innovations of the new browser app is the Picozu Shooter. Instead of fumbling around with messy browser screenshots, this add-on allows you to take still images of websites and transfer them directly into Picozu instead of fumbling around with GIMP. The only downside to this feature is that it is only available in Mozilla Firefox or Safari right now.
While many are praising this new innovation, it is still in beta and needs much more development. You can help contribute by using the service, giving feedback, or even giving donations to the developers in order to keep the product free of charge.

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