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Pixo Image Editor

Happy Halloween!

As Halloween is upfront, we released a thematic stickers pack + bonus frame for your users. They are available in all plans, so enjoy!

If you are not a Halloween fan, you may consider filtering them by using our filterStickers and filterFrames APIs.

New text features

Almost month ago we asked you which are your most wanted new features. Most votes were for extending Text controls. Therefore, we did it! We added a lot of new options to the Text plugin of the editor:

  • Text background-color
  • Line height
  • Letter spacing
  • Text shadow
  • Text stroke
  • Superscript / subscript
  • Text-fill Pattern

Also, we improved control over selections. Now users can apply text styles to selection only. Watch the video and see all these in action:

What’s next?

We plan to extend the Text-fill Pattern functionality by creating API for custom patterns, as well as add UI for uploading custom patterns.

The most wanted features form is still active!

Vote for your most wanted features now, and we will implement them with higher priority!

Customizing styles: custom stylesheet

As you know, when integrating Pixo you can customize its look & feel by setting colors and backgrounds of the main components. We’ve been asked by a couple of customers to allow styling of even more & smaller components, like form elements, buttons, etc.

Instead, today we provide hook for attaching custom stylesheets.

This will allow you to completely overwrite Pixo’s default styles with your own, matching in full the look & feel of your product (fonts, colors, etc.).

How it works?

Just define your stylesheets in the styles option property:

var pixo_instance = new Pixo.Bridge({
  apikey: 'abc123xyz000',
  styles: {
     // CSS text
     css: '.pixo-canvaswrap { outline: 15px solid red }',
     // Stylesheet URL
     url: 'https://yourdomain.com/path/to/pixo-overrides.css',
  },
});

You can define both.

Backward-compatibility?

This change preserves the old way of setting custom styles.

Custom styling is a Premium feature

Check out our Pricing for further details.

Upcoming features

What are your most wanted features?

We are ready with the list of features we want to implement in Pixo in the near future. Now, you have the power to determine what’s your most wanted ones, so we can start with them! In this form we ask you to determine the importance of each feature we plan to implement. These determined as most wanted by you will be implemented sooner than the others.

And here is the list with the planned features, and their descriptions:

Image Zoom In/Out

The ability to zoom the edited image will allow users to precisely edit small parts for it, for example erase some tiny text or improve faces using the Drawing tools. Users will be able to double or triple zoom small images, or zoom large images to their actual size, and see specific region.

Additional Text features

Rich text editing features, such as:

  • Text background-color
  • Line height
  • Letter spacing
  • Text shadow
  • Text stroke
  • Superscript / subscript
  • Text-fill Pattern

Custom Stickers from File or URL

Together with our stock collection (or your custom stickers collection) users can choose to upload sticker from their file system or URL.

Collages

Users like creating collages – combining multiple photos in one. See Examples.

Additional Stock Filters

  • Vibrance
  • Denoise
  • Unsharp
  • Vignette
  • Exposure
  • Gamma
  • SoftContrast

+ ability to configure filter strength via <input type="range" />

Image Resizing

Resize image (enlarge, reduce) manually + pre-defined image sizes (Facebook/Twitter cover, etc.).

Image Perspective

Drag to change image perspective.

Replace Background

Users will be able to replace the original background of the edited photo with another one – either choose from stock backgrounds or upload custom image background. Or simply replace with solid color.

Batch Editing API

You provide a list with images to edit. User edits just the first one, then Pixo smartly replicates changes to the batch!

Custom Filters API

This API will allow you to implement additional image filters.

Custom Shapes API

This API will allow you to implement additional shapes.

What are your most wanted features?

Fill in the form, and the features with most votes will be implemented sooner!

Shapes just shipped to Pixo

Hey hey, it’s the middle of the Summer, and it’s getting hot at Pixo’s office! After the release of the subscriptions service, we moved back to features development and improvements. Today we released Shape, our new feature, with which users will be able to wrap their images inside specific shapes. Current list of shapes includes:

  • Rhombus
  • Circle
  • Ellipse
  • Diamond
  • Star
  • Hexagon
  • Octagon

Give them a test drive, or watch them in action:

This is a Premium feature. It will be available in the FREE plan for 1 month, starting off today.

Improved mobile menu

With the release of Shape, we updated our mobile menu to accommodate even more features:

It’s almost August…

…and the 1 month bonus for existing users ends. Did you purchase your subscription already? If not, here’s how to do it. After Trial/Bonus period ends, all projects without subscriptions will be converted to a FREE plan. FREE plan has some limitations, in terms of APIs and features:

Our paid service is now available

Hello,

As announced a month ago, Pixo becomes paid starting effectively today. Pricing plans can be found in the “Pricing” section in this website.

One change we had to introduce regarding pricing was the fact that yearly subscriptions will be charged once, in full, and not on monthly basis, as initially announced. The reason is the fact that we had to change our payments gateway partner in the last minute. The new partner (2checkout) does not support this model, unfortunately.

All existing users, registered prior today, will be considered as new users and will get 30-day free trial. During this trial, you can purchase a plan, and cancel it anytime. Plans can be purchased from the Control Panel –> Projects, per project, by clicking the Subscription button:

If you cannot determine which plan best suits your needs, don’t worry – you have 30 days trial period, during which you can observe your usage, again through Control Panel –> Projects, per project, by clicking the View button:

You may select a range by using the date picker, and see how many images your users saved:

Should you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us ASAP.

We wish to thank you for using Pixo as your Image Editor. We will do our best to continue improving and extending it with new functionalities. In the next couple of days we will announce our next upcoming features, so stay tuned!

Q&A regarding our paid service

As we’re getting more and more questions regarding our announcement for the paid service, we are posting some Q&As here.

Q: How to determine which is the best pricing package for me?
A: You can login to our Control Panel using your registration email and password and fetch statistics for your usage. Choose 1, 2, 3 etc. month range from the date picker and you will see total image saves. This will help you calculate how many images your users edit with Pixo, and determine which is the best package for you.

Q: What if I don’t have past usage? I am a new user.
A: You will get a 30-day trial period. During this period you will be able to see how much your users use the image editor.

Q: What happens if I exceed my quota?
A: If you exceed your limits, your package will be automatically converted to FREE till the remaining billing period until the next billing. But don’t worry – you will get automatic email notification when you reach 90% of your limits.

Q: Can I upgrade? Will I have to pay the new package in full?
A: Yes, you can. You will have to pay only for the upgrade. Example: you are on a $10/month package and you want to upgrade on the 10th day of your usage. You want to upgrade to Medium, which is $30/month. You will have to pay the Medium price which is $30 minus the remaining time of your current package, which is –$6.66 (30 days billing period, paid $10, 10 days passed, you get back the extra charge for the remaining 20 days). Or in other words the upgrade will cost you $23.33 for the first month.

Q: Can I downgrade?
A: Yes, and we will refund you with the difference of the extra paid amount.

Q: What is the difference between annual and monthly subscription?
A: Both subscriptions are billed monthly. The annual subscription gives you discount, but the contract is for 1 year. If you decide to cancel it, you owe us the amount for the remaining period. You can cancel the monthly subscription anytime, without extra cost. Example: you purchase Small subscription for 1 year and you pay $10. During the first month you decide to cancel it. You will have to pay us the amount for the remaining period, which is 11 months * $10 = $110.

Q: I want to enter my payment details, but I cannot find where. What should I do?
A: We are still integrating the payment service, and will release it on July 1st. Then you will be able to purchase a subscription and pay for it. You will get July for free, so the first billable month will be August, 2019.

Pixo becomes paid on July 1

Hi folks! Long time no hear. We’ve been busy with preparing our pricing and integrating a payment service. Yes – Pixo becomes paid since July 1.

When?

After 1st of July, all new registered users will start 30-day trial period. After that, they will have to either purchase a pre-paid package or pay-as-you-go, or continue free (with limitations).

What about existing users?

After 1st of July, existing users should purchase a pre-paid package or pay-as-you-go (whatever works better for them). Existing users will get July for free, so technically August will be the first billable month.

How much Pixo will cost?

We charge per saved images only. You may have thousands of users who simply open the editor and test it, but do not save their edited image. We won’t bill you for such usage. Only saved images.

There will be 3 pre-paid packages, as well as pay-per-use (pay-as-you-go).

Small – $10/month

  • premium image editing API support
  • full-featured image editor
  • 300 saved images/month
  • $10/month for annual subscription monthly billed
  • regular price $12.50/month

Medium – $30/month

  • premium image editing API support
  • full-featured image editor
  • 1000 saved images/month
  • $30/month for annual subscription monthly billed
  • regular price $38/month

Large – $135/month

  • premium image editing API support
  • full-featured image editor
  • 5000 saved images/month
  • $135/month for annual subscription monthly billed
  • regular price $171/month

Pay per use – $0.035/saved image

This option is suitable for large number of saved images per month.

  • premium image editing API support
  • full-featured image editor
  • $0.035 per saved image

How to determine which option is the best for you

If you are existing user, check out your usage per month in Pixo’s Control Panel.

If you are a new user, you will have 30-day trial period. During this period you will be able to get idea of your monthly usage.

Whatever option you go with, you can always upgrade or downgrade. Just contact us.

Is there a trial period?

Yes – 30 days.

Is there a free plan?

Yes, but with limitations:

  • only 100 saved images/month
  • limited features
    • only basic image filters
    • seasonal stickers not included
    • blur feature not included
    • custom stickers API not supported
    • no support for custom frames
    • custom colors/logo not supported
    • no feature sets
    • limited undo/redo
    • saved image dimensions up to 2MP

More questions?

Contact us and we will be happy to answer all your questions.

Performance optimizations

Hi folks! We are happy to announce that this week we deployed a couple of performance optimizations, resulting in greater response on low-end hardware, such as old smartphones. Results of our tests showed that Pixo is now 4 times faster in terms of applying image effects, adjustments, and blur. These are great results!

Another great improvement is image saving. Pixo now detects if the saved image has transparency, and by default saves it as jpeg if no transparency detected, or as png otherwise. This results in very acceptable file sizes for photos. And to make you happier – you have full control over the output! With the new output setting you can define the output format, as well as quality:

  • output (Object) Settings for output image’s quality and format:
    • format (String) Image format (type), can be one of the following:
      • “auto” Default Detects if the image has alpha-transparent pixels, and sets format to jpeg (no transparency) or png
      • “input” Preserves the input format, but only in case it is jpeg or png. For any other format, the above behavior is applied
      • “jpeg” Forces jpeg format. Note: transparent pixels will appear black
      • “png” Forces png format. Note: output image may become very large (megabytes)
    • quality (Number) Value between 0 and 1, closer value to 1 results in higher quality, and vice-versa. Applies only if the output format will be jpeg image. Default 0.65

Example:

<script>
   new Pixo.Bridge({
      apikey: 'abc123xyz000',
      output: {
         format: 'jpeg', // Can be "auto" (default), "input", "jpeg", "png"
         quality: .85, // Value from 0 to 1, default 0.65
      },
   }).edit('http://yourdomain.com/path/to/imagetoedit.jpg');
</script>

Happy coding!

New cool blur effects

Hey there! We are actively working on a new end-user feature – adding blur effects to images! We will release them this Wed, April 3.

Here’s how it looks:

And here’s how these effects can be applied with ease:

Zoom blur

Here is a comparison of the zoom-blur effect (original image/with zoom-blur):

Tilt Shift blur

Release date

The new feature will be released this Wed, Apr 3.

Don’t want Blur in your product?

Then just exclude it from the feature set:

      new Pixo.Bridge({
         features: {
            excluded: [ 'blur' ], 
         },
      });

Happy coding!