By Shiny Frog di Matteo Rattotti e C. S.N.C.
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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:
• GIF (sure, even animated)
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
• 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
• 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 1.1.3
• Lots of bug fixes
Exactly what I needed
I really loved this app the first time I tried it, I bought it only 3 days into the trial. I work with graphics and vectors on the web so a lot of pngs and SVGs with transparency which apps like iPhoto do not handle well. Web snaphots are nice since they can do the width of... [name width/heigth of device here]. Helpful for web designers.
I abuse live folders since they can sync well and leave the images accessible, like my wallpapers folder. Live folders also work in a folder tree format so a collection of artbooks can be sorted Artbooks(the live folder) > artist > book in the folder tree format. The search is pretty powerful as far as in-app searches go including min/max searches for width and height.
All in all I love the app, it is great for graphics, illustrator and Photoshop users who don't want to save the image in PNG or JPEG just for preview. If you deal strictly in photos you may like lightroom or aperture for non-destructive editing but this works well for things like vector graphics since it can preview and includes "open in app" for Ai and SVG, the format I make things in, whie still doing a good job with artwork I get online from DA and Pixiv and photos.
Good choice for image library organisation and browsing
Some of the paradigms are a little odd (projects, folders, smart folders?), and the tabs haven't been particularly useful yet, but overall it's a great app for organising stock photography or similar collections. After testing a number of other options last year, Pixa was my choice for managing texture libraries both at work and at home (though less than 2000 images, so not particularly impressive!).
Two features I hope are added:
• Browser extension or OSX service that can add items to specific groups with minimal input (I usually have to manually add the source URL and other info, which could easily be automated for speedier data collection).
• Support for more media (video, audio, or really any media types other than plain images).
That said, there's a careful balance needed in terms of responsiveness and features, and Pixa is currently at the just-fast-enough-it's-ok point. Any slower and it'll be frustrating to use.
Great Balance of Simplicity and Features
Version 1.1 has really matured since using the v 1.0 demo. This app has everything I need for managing reference images while keeping the interface simple. It has been very stable so far and performance has been great. Live Folders work as expected. I haven’t bothered to import images into Pixa’s actual library. I just use Live Folders.
Things I’d like to see for the future:
- A workflow for people that only use Live Folders with Dropbox (e.g. I can’t really take advantage of the browser extension without some extra steps because the extensions import images directly to the library, not my Dropbox Live Folders)
- Redesigned icon with different concept.
- Category: Graphics & Design
- Updated: Dec 04, 2013
- Version: 1.1.3
- Size: 8.5 MB
- Languages: English, French, German, Japanese, Simplified Chinese
- Seller: Shiny Frog di Matteo Rattotti e C. S.N.C.
- © 2012 Shiny Frog S.n.c.
Compatibility: OS X 10.7.3 or later, 64-bit processor