Pixlr-o-matic photo app hits Android

After landing on iOS devices, Facebook, and Chrome, Autodesk's photo filter/processing app is now available for Android.

Screenshot by Joshua Goldman/CNET

Autodesk has been busy spreading its free retro photo-processing app Pixlr-o-matic across every major platform. In August, it launched an iPad app and it quickly shot to the top of the download charts; it's still sitting in the top 10 free photography apps. And now Android users can test out the 25,000 possible combinations of color filters, lighting effects, and frames on their photos.

What's best about the app is the interface, which lets you quickly apply what you want, see the end result, and then share or save your final photo. The Android app is the only version that can connect to messaging services on your Android device such as Skype or IM. Images can also be saved to your SD card at resolutions up to 2,000x1,000 pixels, and they're stored with the names of filters you've used.

Unfortunately, you can only apply one filter, lighting effect, and frame at a time, and you can't increase or decrease the effect. The only way to apply additional filters is to save out and reopen the photo. Also, all of the color filters have nondescriptive names, making it a pain to quickly pick your desired result. For example, "Sophia" is apparently heavy vignetting typical of a toy camera lens.

You can check out the slideshow below for more details, but overall Pixlr-o-matic is worth the free download from the Android Market. Not sure you want it on your smartphone? You can also test it out as Facebook or Chrome Web apps, download it as an Adobe Air application for Windows, or just use it in your browser.

About the author

Joshua Goldman is a senior editor for CNET Reviews, covering cameras, camcorders, and related accessories. He has been writing about and reviewing consumer technology and software since 2000.

 

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