Pikifx (pronounced "pickie-fix") is a new online photo editor for adding a bevy of effects and tweaks to photos without resorting to software apps. It comes from the same folks who made Web-based comic creator Comeeko (review), which has renamed itself Pikisnips. It's also a sister site to Pikipimp, which is virtual paper-doll-like prop tool for mucking about with digital photos.
Like other solutions that have cropped up in the past year, Pikifx lets you easily upload a shot from your hard drive or snatch it off the Web with a URL. From there you can choose from a small selection of tools such as a cropper, a text editor, a resizer, and an effects panel to make small adjustments. Once finished, you can output your image to one of five popular formats, e-mail it to a friend, or grab embed code for blogs or forum posts.
The real question is whether or not Pikifx is up to spec with some of the other popular online photo editors (see Picnik, Wiredness, Fauxto, Phixr, SnipShot, and Pixenate). For the most part, the answer is yes. It has a large selection of filters to play with, the results look good, and best of all, it's free. What might be its only shortcomings are speed, which is a bit sluggish, and the previewing tool, which is simply too small to be useful. There's also no way to hook it up to your online photo galleries on services such as Flickr or Photobucket, which some of the others handle really well. Regardless, it's a solid photo editor, and like others in its class, it's more than capable of replacing basic photo editing software on shared or public computers.