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Wrangle Your Image Files Into Order With Pixa

Wrangle Your Image Files Into Order With Pixa

November 22, 2012
Pixa is a Mac app that's designed to help designers, photographers, and other professionals who deal with a lot of images. It helps you organize all of the images scattered across your computer into one easy to access place, which is incredibly handy. I'm not a professional designer, but I do take a lot of photographs and I deal with a lot of photoshop files. Over the last few years, those files have gone into hundreds of different folders, and I have had a hard time keeping track of all my work. That's not the case anymore since I downloaded Pixa, which helps me keep everything organized. Pixa deals with all kinds of file types, including PSD, AI, SVG, JPG, GIF (even animated ones!), PNG, TIFF, PDF, Pixelmator, BMP, ICO, ICNS, and EPS. No matter what type of images you deal with, Pixa will be a helpful addition to your workflow. The best part about Pixa is that it integrates seamlessly into any system that you're already using. It has a simple, clean interface that is both intuitive and easy to use, making it perfect for all potential users. Honestly, I loved the look of this app, which made it much easier to adopt.

When you open Pixa for the first time, you will be prompted to drag and drop images into the app. It will import and categorize them automatically, without you having to do anything else. I imported over 500 images, and it took just a few minutes for the app to organize them. Pixa isn't just a simple organizational app - it also has some impressive features that make it easier than ever to keep all of your work catalogued. You see, Pixa will take care of tedious tasks like tagging for you. After I imported my images, Pixa automatically organized them by color, which was impressive. This functionality worked well on my photos, separating them into white, black, gray, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple. Gray skies went into the gray category, while blue skies went into the blue category.

Green trees were categorized in green, and a lot of skintones went into red. I don't know how useful this will be in the long run, but it was definitely cool, and I can see how it would be a lot more functional for design images rather than photographic organization. Pixa also automatically detected duplicate images, and avoided importing them in to the program. My photos, in addition to being organized by color, were organized by size. Of course, they all went into the large category, but there are sections for icon, small, medium, large, and vector, again handy for graphic designers.

While I loved the layout and the way Pixa organized my photos, what really made the app functional for me were all the quick sharing features. With Pixa, you can instantly organize your files into projects, and then share them via email, iMessage, AirDrop, Twitter, Facebook, Dropbox, or Flickr. You can also add them to both iPhoto and Aperture. I like to upload my photos to several places at once, and Pixa made that a simple task. Pixa's sharing tools, especially the cloud functionality, allow for quick and easy backups too. When you import pictures, Pixa stores web address, extensions, and metadata, which is a nice additional feature, and with live folder support, you can organize images in Pixa without moving them from their original location. Combined with Dropbox, this is a great way to collaborate on projects with multiple people, because Pixa keeps the folders synced at all times. Since I do app reviews, I work with a ton of screenshots. I take and use screenshots every single day, and Pixa was a big help with those as well, because you can crop them down to specific sizes and make captures of parts of your work. All in all, Pixa is a fantastic resource for those of you who regularly deal with image files, in any form. If you're a photographer or a designer, this is almost a must have app. I did experience a few crashes, but for the most part, Pixa was stable and easy to use. You can get your own copy of Pixa from Apple's Mac App Store for just $24.99, which is 15% off of the regular price. That's a great deal, so snap it up before it ends!

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