5 awesome free online image editors

For long, Adobe Photoshop CS5 has been the king of easy & in-depth image editing, and . But some new photo editing tools have started emerging that allow you to customize your photos online, no need to download heavy Adobe softwares and pay for them, these online tools are very easy to use, allow sufficient editing options and yeah, are totally free.

1. Photoshop Express

Photoshop is among the most popular image editing softwares, today. Well, I think its the best, even online. Adobe allows you to use some of the basic features of Photoshop online for free, in an amazing dark interface with so much simplicity & yet a variety of controls, that even a caveman can produce marvelous cave paintings :p.

Photo editing screenshot in Photoshop Express online

Above image was edited using Adobe Photoshop Express (PSE), that’s what Photoshop’s online image editor is called. You can add text, frames, stickers, apply a variety of effects with in-depth control & what not. PSE has also got apps for iOS & Android to allow editing on-the-go.

2. Picnik

You must have heard or used Picnik somewhere, it’s that popular. It has a really great variety of Free & Premium editing features with great efficiency & control, enough to make Photoshop (let’s call it PS from now on) sweat.

Photo editing screenshot in Picnik

They’ve got everything from color effects & frames, to stickers & special effects. What I really liked were seasonal settings that allow you to add Halloween pumpkins or Christmas presents to you photo as per the season.

 3. Pixlr

When I opened Pixlr’s free image editor online for the first time, I got to the help menu & saw about, to check had I really opened Pixlr, or is it Photoshop! Pixlr editor’s interface is very much like Adobe Photoshop, as you can clearly see in the screenshot below.

Photo editing screenshot in Pixlr

Apart from the interface, many of its features also resemble Photoshop. It’s got a navigator, allows you to create layers, see history, has a toolbox with similar tools like the Magic Wand in PS. Pixlr has even got a Filter menu where you can find great effects, yup like PS again. But then, it’s a great tool for rookie editors.

4. FotoFlexer

In a very primitive interface, you get a fairly good variety of editing options. In FotoFlexer, you can even add animated objects, like a sparkling butterfly or star, or insert your friend’s face into that of a wrestler, or….say a donkey 😉

Photo editing screenshot in fotoflexer

It allows you to edit settings like contrast & color balance, you may add text or stickers, add borders, make a poster out of your picture, or do loads of other things. What needs improvement is the interface & more in-detail control of its features.

5. Avairy

Aviary editor has a simple yet effective interface with merely 16 editing options. It also sports 4 image effects that are pretty good, but lack user-control, they’re more of a one-touch image effects.

Photo editing screenshot in aviary

The mainstream 16 options are very basic and don’t provide for extensive editing, but are very useful. I could effortlessly touch-up my flower image shown above to bring in more colors & the stickers provide a good makeover with that hat & mustache, no?

Aviary also provides extensions for Chrome & Firefox that allow you to edit any picture while browsing, with just a right click on the image. You don’t need to leave the page as the editor opens up in a lightbox. Though the extension editor is quite slow, it serves the purpose.

Did I miss out on your favorite online photo editor? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

 

[Update] Android Ice-cream Sandwich & Samsung Nexus Prime launch on Oct. 19

The media event was previously scheduled for October 11, 2011. But following Steve Job’s death it had been delayed. Google & Samsung have now announced the event to be held in Hong Kong on October 19. The media event will see the launch of much awaited Google Android’s Ice Cream Sandwich version & Samsung’s Google Nexus Prime.

android ice cream sandwich logo

Nexus Prime will be the first smartphone to house this new OS. Though the event doesn’t mention “ice cream sandwich”, but its invitation contains a sandwiched version of Android’s logo. Samsung Nexus Prime is reported to have a dual-core 1.5 GHz processor, 1GB of RAM and 4G LTE, among some other star features, which will include compatibility with Google Wallet.

 

 

VLC media player now available for android & how to install it

Time to gather your MKVs, AVIs, MP4s and all other videos! VLC media player, the most popular and free media player which supports every video format (and audio too), is now available in Android! The VLC player was available on the iOS and is now available on the Android platform as well. However, it is still in its pre-Alpha stage.

 

vlc available for android

VLC player is available for all platforms on PC – be it MAC, Windows or Linux. The reason why VLC is very popular is because it can play almost all kinds of video formats out there in the world and sometimes even the corrupt ones! It can automatically detect media files that are present on your SDcard and hence very convenient. Imagine having the power of playing any video of any format on your Android device.

VLC media player

The VLC player app released is still in its early stage and hence currently under development. It is a very early build provided by an Android developer by the name of CVPCS. Because of the way VLC is built, it will not support all Android devices. Instead, CVPCS has provided with two versions – NEON and Non-NEON version. These are basically different versions for different processors.

VLC for Android will be using the Native Development Kit (NDK). Because of this, the app will be compiling native-level binaries which will work only on the class of processors for which they were designed. Hence the same build will not work across all Android devices.

How to install VLC app on Android

First you need to determine whether your smartphone processor is of the type NEON or not. Use your file manager app for this. Locate the folder /proc/cpuinfo. Open that file. It should look something like this:

Processor: ARMv7 Processor rev 2 (v7l)
Processor: 0
BogoMIPS: 1597.74
Features: swp half thumb fastmult vfp edsp thumbee neon vfpv3
CPU implementer: 0×41
CPU architecture: 7
CPU variant: 0×1
CPU part: 0xc09
CPU revision: 2

Have a look at the Features line. Search for the keyword “neon”. If it’s present (like in the example above) then you need to download the NEON version of the app. If it’s not there then you download the Non-NEON version.

To install the VLC player on your Android, follow the steps below:

  • Download the appropriate VLC Player app to your android:
  • Locate it using the file manager and install it.
  • Now run the installed VLC player app. It should run in the video mode by default.
  • Toggle between the video and music mode by a one touch button which is present at the top right corner of the screen.
  • To play your media files, specify the directories. For this, go to Menu>>Preferences>>Directories and choose the desired folders to play.

Voila! Your VLC player is up and running on your Android device! However, remember that this version is in its (pre-) Alpha stage. This version will consume much battery power, and is buggy and unstable. Nevertheless, it’s heartening to have a VLC app for your Android.

About The Author:
Kate is a blogger by profession. She loves writing on luxury and lifestyle. Beside this she is fond of gadgets. These days she is researching a lot about mobile phones as she is planning to buy one.

[Review] Ubislate or Aakash tablet is world’s cheapest

Price Update:
Aakash Tablet: INR 2,500
Ubislate: INR 3,000

India gifted the world its cheapest car, Tata Nano. This time, the government has stepped into the booming Tablet PC market with Ubislate (a.k.a. Aakash Tablet) which sports a price tag of $61.35 (Rs. 3,000). Compare that to the market leader Apple iPad‘s $500.

Read about the new version of Ubislate or Aakash Tablet: Aakash-2

ubislate or aakash tablet

When Indian telecom minister Kapil Sibal had showed off the prototype named Sakshat, he said it would cost $35. At a hiked price than was promised, this Android Aakash tablet is still the world’s cheapest.

Developers

Ubislate has been developed & manufactured by a Canadian firm DataWind in collaboration with IIT (Indian Institute of Technology), Rajasthan in India.

Specifications

Price

Okay, price is never included in the features list, but at $61 it’s the cheapest tablet in market & that is its top feature. Also, the Indian Government will provide Ubislate at a price of $31, subsidizing 50% of the cost for educational institutes in India, but also taking away 2 key features: Voice calling & Android App Market.

This subsidized version of Ubislate has been given the name Aakash tablet.

Operating System

Google’s Android 2.2 Froyo will both Ubislate & Aakash Tablet. Although Android 2.3, 2.4 & 3.0 have already been launched, but the inexpensive hardware of Ubislate or Aakash Tablet won’t be able to support the latest Android versions.

android logo

Processor

366 MHz Connexant with Graphics accelerator and HD Video processor. Its low processor makes the Android experience a little sluggish, but you get what you pay for.

Memory

  • 256 MB RAM is what you get in the Ubislate & Aaksh tablet, yeah it’s a little too low, not for multitaskers.
  • 2 GB flash drive as internal storage memory, expandable upto 32 GB.
datawind ubislate

Display

  • 7” screen sported by many high end tablets like Blackberry Playbook
  • 800×480 pixel resolution for nice graphical experience.
  • Full Resistive Touchscreen which will definitely need a stylus.
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Multimedia

  • 3.5 mm Audio jack to connect your headphones.
  • HD Video processor
  • No camera at this price, but you can always connect an external webcam via its USB ports.

Battery

  • Up to 180 minutes battery backup on standby
  •  2,100 mAh Li-ion battery

So in Aakash Tablet, the Government subsidized version of Ubislate, you will be missing on Voice calling & the Android App Market.

Are you planning to buy Ubislate Tablet anytime soon after the release? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

[Review] Galaxy player 4 & 5 unveiled by Samsung

Samsung recently announced the Galaxy player 4 and 5, the first having the Android base, which launched on October 16, 2011. Both of these devices have large screen wherein you can enjoy incredible games, social networking, videos and e-book, which are portable media devices, set to rival the iPod Touch.

samsung galaxy player 4

Both these devices come with excellent connectivity features, cool camera for photography and video conferencing, a stereo speaker to enjoy any soothing music, and stunning web experience through Adobe Flash 10.1 feature. This was things in nutshell, let’s explore the Galaxy player 4 and 5 at length to get the inside story of these two devices.

Samsung Galaxy 4 Player

  • Android OS, v2.2 (Froyo), (Upgradeable to Gingerbread 2.3)
  • 4.0 inches, Super Clear LCD, Capacitive Touch Screen
  • 3.2 Megapixel Camera with Auto Focus
  • 0.3 Megapixel VGA Camera
  • 1 Ghz Processor
  • FM Radio
  • Multi Format Audio and Video Player
  • High speed GPRS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity
  • Android OS, v2.2 (Froyo), (Upgradeable to Gingerbread 2.3)
  • 5.0 inches, WVGA TFT-LCD, Capacitive Touch Screen
  • 3.2 Megapixel Camera with Auto Focus
  • 0.3 Megapixel Front VGA Camera
  • Multi Format Audio and Video Player
  • Sound Alive Audio Enhancing Technology

Easy to use communication features

The 4” model is certainly a Galaxy’s phone, without the 3G connection. However, it sports a 4 inch screen, flash support, two cameras, GPS features, built in stereo speakers, Wi-Fi and of course the full access to Android Market. The only difference in 5 inch model is the grown up LCD screen.

Samsung-Galaxy-Player-5

Both the Galaxy players are powered with Qik applications where you get VoIP calls via Wi Fi. You can also load the Skype on the 4 inches model. And with a set of speaker and microphone your communication becomes pretty easy and natural. The picture qualities in both the devices are crystal clear.

Social media comes with a different flair on these devices; you can download all the applications like Twitter and Facebook and enjoy interacting with friends. Thus you connect with more number of friends without complaining about the squinting issue seen in the small screen of mobile devices.

Exceptional Multimedia

You can enjoy ‘n’ number of incredible games on both the devices of Samsung. The sound effects you get in both the models are excellent. You can enjoy thousands of games coming through Android Marketplace and tremendous portability. Therefore any casual or hardcore game freak can have the best gaming experience on both these models.

samsung galaxy game

The stereo speakers having virtual 5.1 surround sound effects having SoundAlive Post processing technology which makes both the models as BoomBox, which can rock any event or occasion. You can get unmatched quality while you enjoy watching number of movies and TV shows on the LCD WVGA display evident in both the models. Both these devices promise an outstanding crystal clear picture or video quality.

Moreover, these two devices support a number of formats like Xvid, DivX, H.264 and MPEG4 which can be played without any hassle. The music experience comes great in both of the devices wherein formats like MP3, AAC, WMA, Flac and Ogg are comfortably supported.

samsung galaxy player multimedia

The feature Drag ‘N Play gives you an opportunity to simply drag anything from your PC to your player in both the devices. In this way you can enjoy anything without actually installing the required software in any of the device.

Access to number of Apps

Both the Galaxy player 4 and 5 are the only two mobile devices in the world which have the Google certification. Therefore they are competent to access more than 1, 00,000 Android applications using Google’s Android Market. The best part is the presence of Adobe Flash 10.1 which means you are not disappointed while you surf the internet.

Call Faker free prank application for android

Hence your internet experience goes the best from both the models. Both these devices encompass Android the version 2.2 -Froyo and which can be further upgraded to Gingerbread version 2.3.

Final word

The devices come with features and Apps which are hardly seen in of the devices in this category. Hence these can be called as one stop shop stuff, where you get everything, right from excellent internet browsing experience, mind blowing multimedia, downloading tons of e-books to read and refer and the list goes on.

[Update] Samsung Galaxy Players launched

 

 

About The Author:
Kate is a blogger by profession. She loves writing on luxury and lifestyle. Beside this she is fond of gadgets & video games. She has written articles on hacking, mobile phones and more.