If you haven't tried out Autodesk's fabulous Pixlr, a full-fledged photo editor in the browser, you absolutely must. It's the go-to app for most of us here at Gizmodo. Now, it's available as a free desktop program for Mac and Windows.
Just like Pixlr's web version, the desktop edition offers all the basic tools for easily cropping and resizing your images as well as stylise filters to turn your photos into sketches and watercolours. Signing up with a free account with Autodesk will also give you access to additional effects, overlays and double exposure to create advance edits. You can also pay $1.99 (£1.20) a month or $14.99 (£9.03) a year for advanced tools like Influence Masks for stylised text. Pro members will also get additional features over time.
One of the best things about using the desktop version of Pixlr is that it can use the additional horsepower that your laptop offers for advanced features like high-resolution output, preserving your metadata, and using any font on your system with your images. That and the ability to finally ditch Photoshop, of course. [The Next Web]