Pixlr Photo Editing

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I had tried Pixlr a long time ago, but had completely forgotten about it until my friend and fellow instructional tech geek Tony Thompson posted something about it on his blog last month. With Picnic being assimilated by Google and with Aviary acting a bit weird, I was hoping another option for online photo editing would come along, and Pixlr seems to be the best option right now.

Pixlr comes in several flavors.  There is the full-fledge photo editor, but there are also several quick tools for adding preset effects.  There is Pixlr Express for quick touch-ups and Pixlr-o-Matic for effects such as vintage photos, etc.  Android and iOS apps are available for these last two services.  There is also Pixlr imm.io, an image sharing service and Pixlr Grabber, a screen capture plugin for Firefox and Chrome. Continue reading “Pixlr Photo Editing”

Cool 3D Tools

Dogwood Anaglyph

I’ve discovered a treasure trove of 3D tools. Japanese developer Muttyan has put together HUGE collection of applications for viewing and creating stereoscopic images and videos. These include side-by-side stereographs as well as anaglyphs using a variety of color and polarizing schemes.

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Online since 2003, the site design looks like it’s stuck in the 1990’s, but the content is current and comprehensive, and that’s what matters.

I first stumbled onto the site looking for a way to create 3D views of Google Earth.  I had wondered if there was a way to create an off-set image that could be converted to anaglyphs.  I found Muttyan’s Stereo Google Earth page, and started exploring.

This page uses two instances of the Google Earth plugin to present side-by-side images of chosen locations.  I started with an overhead screen capture, such as this one of downtown Greenville… Continue reading “Cool 3D Tools”

Not Quite Normal

Some time ago I had a teacher ask me about Xtranormal as a possibility for digital storytelling. I took a brief look at it, and it appeared fairly simple and easy to use. You type in some text, and animated characters act and read what you typed in a mechanical voice. It seemed fairly simplistic, … Continue reading Not Quite Normal

Starting from “Scratch”

This is the first of two applications I’ve come across this week which I’ll be highlighting here. First is Scratch, a free downloadable programming application from MIT modeled on the old Logo programming language. Later I’ll be taking a look at DimDim, a free alternative to the popular GoToMeeting application. I first learned about Scratch … Continue reading Starting from “Scratch”