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Pixa is the best image organizer for your Mac.

Designers own a huge amount of images, and it can be very hard to keep them organized. Pixa manages your pictures, helps you find them and quickly exports files. Improve your design workflow with this, the ultimate image organizer.

Do you want to try Pixa? We have a demo available on our website.

One App to rule them all:
• AI
• GIF (sure, even animated)
• Pixelmator
• Acorn
• Sketch
• Pixelmator
• Pixen

The power of Live Folders unleashed:
• Don’t change the way you work, organize your files on disk and Pixa will look for every folder change
• Re-organize your project’s assets without moving the originals
• If you keep your collection on an external hard drive Life Folders will be your best friend

Increase your team work collaboration:
• Add your Dropbox folder as Live Folder and you will have a constantly up-to-date Library
• Using Open Meta all your tags and notes will be automatically synched through Dropbox

Smart tagging simplifies your life:
• Automatic tagging by colour and size
• Import of IPTC and Open Meta tags
• Export of Open Meta tags and notes.
• Pixa will keep the link of images dragged from the web

Improved search:
• Search through all your library for color, size or file name
• Duplicate detection on import
• Dig in deep with advanced searches

Quick Export your results:
• One drag export using integrated presets
• Create new presets selecting file type, size and archiving

One click and you are on the Cloud:
• Connect Dropbox or CloudApp and share your pictures with one click
• Use the Cloud capability with Quick Export to quickly present your work to your customers or friends
• Share on imgur

Screenshot your inspirations:
• Capture all the screen, a part of it or a window with customizable hot keys
• Grab full web page snapshots
• All screenshots are auto-tagged by size and colour

Begin a new work with assistance:
• The template system lets you create files directly from Pixa
• Built-in template like iOS icon and HTML grids are here to speed you up
• Create your owns templates from images you frequently use

Fine workmanship:
• A Loupe tool lets you check your images pixel by pixel
• The Loupe picks the colors and copies them to the clipboard in many useful formats (HTML, RGB, CSS3...)
• The information panel shows Metadata associated to the images

We love OS X:
• Pixa comes with the powerful Mountain Lion share menu
• All the interface is touch enabled to get the best from your trackpad
• Pinch to zoom, swipe to scroll -- all the gestures you are used to
• Quicklook and Full screen integration

What's New in Version 1.1.7

• Deleted images from Live Folders will now clean up properly after quitting Pixa
• Preparation for OSX 10.10


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Customer Reviews

This baby has possibilities.

After the bumpy task of getting your photos/graphics catalogued, which mildly put can be an eccentric experience, this little gem does the main task of helping you root through your files easily, providing a pleasing and adjustable visual catalog and, for my purposes at least, sufficient information about each file. The only thing missing that can’t be worked around is an eps importer which, if you’re cataloging a graphics collect and not just photos, can cause Pixa to ignore a large portion of your intended entries - about half of mine in fact. I used to use Extensis Portfolio, and this little guy does a sporting good job at nearly everything Portfolio did for about one millionth of Portfolio’s price.

A nice, clean image browser

Pixa is a terrific image browser - imagine just the image organizing side of iPhoto, but cleaned up and made more elegant. I was delighted at how easily my images were imported as Live Folders, and the app seems to track things well. It has a couple of orthogonal mechanisms for organizing - including a robust tagging system and “Projects” (which are kind of like folders), as well as the actual folders that the images live in. It’s fast, too. I use it to organize my photo collection and it lets me do my editing in (say) Photoshop or Gimp.
I am enjoying using it. It seems to have a lot of potential.

Used to have potential

Sadly, I fear this app is on the verge of becoming abandonware (if it isn’t already). The Nov 2014 update was a minor fix without fixing major issues, including:

* Lack of proper sort numbering hierarchy (e.g., if you have images numbered fig 1, fig 2, fig 3, ... fig 10 ... it will sort them fig 1, fig 10, fig 2, fig 3, ...)
* Live folder sync is temperamental and slow, especially with large libraries
* Auto-tagging feature can become a nightmare; the Finder will pick up those tags; when you try to remove some none-sensical tags and then reopen the app, the Pixa Library starts to choke and the familiar spinning ball will never leave your sight.
* Not Retina compatible: look and feel is dated and looks awful on Retina displays (iMac and MBP) — not what you want in an app geared to designers.

Save your money; there seems to be no effort on behalf of the developer to keep generating interest in this app (on the developer’s Twitter feed—which is woefully neglected and “thin" — last tweet for PixaApp dates back to Feb 21, 2014; no teasers in terms of what may be underway etc). I'm regretting having bought it back in 2014.

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  • $24.99
  • Category: Graphics & Design
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.1.7
  • Size: 8.1 MB
  • Languages: English, French, German, Japanese, Simplified Chinese
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Compatibility: OS X 10.7.3 or later, 64-bit processor

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