GIMP Shmimp, Give Me a Browser

Don't get me wrong, I love The GIMP. We all love The GIMP, as our Readers' Choice awards show this month. If I'm being completely honest, however, I rarely have the need for such a powerful application. Usually, regardless of what computer system I'm on, I pick Pixlr as my image editing program.

Pixlr is a Web-based image editing tool that rivals native applications in speed, and more important, in functionality. Powerful tools like "spot heal" that aren't found in most simple image editors are essential for folks like me who still get teenager-like pimples in their late 30s. It also integrates with on-line storage (Flickr, Picasa, Facebook) and allows simple uploads/downloads to your local computer. In fact, you have to look really hard in order to realize Pixlr isn't a native application.

Regardless of what operating system you're on, you can check out Pixlr right now by heading to It's not GIMP, but it certainly isn't gimpy either.


Shawn is Associate Editor here at Linux Journal, and has been around Linux since the beginning. He has a passion for open source, and he loves to teach. He also drinks too much coffee, which often shows in his writing.


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Thanks for sharing

More info's picture

Thanks for sharing

Is this article paid?

Ariels's picture

I wonder how is it possible to read on a Linux related site, ads (or at least reading the article feels like publicity) suggesting to use Flash and other 0-privacy products that even do not support our platform at all (if it works well for you under Linux, this is for sure a coincidence). It's a shame, hope the author takes another direction next time, with more useful information about our beloved platform, taking in account the target users. Regards.


Juna's picture

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Why choose a Flash based product?

MGP's picture

Shawn come on!, with the poor support Adobe/Flash gets on Linux, how can a Linux Magazine push such a product regardless of quality.

Flash? No chance.

madtom1999's picture

Flash? No chance.

When having such a powerful

emzap79's picture

When having such a powerful tool as gimp, why wouldn't I use it, I don't get it. Loading time on my 4 old year asus laptop takes me about 25 secs (just checked!). This is less time than it takes me to open a PDF on certain reader, without mentioning names. For "less complex" tasks there exists a whole bunch of other software on linux, including imagemagick, which I use rather often. Don't get me wrong, if the reason for this article is pointing GIMP-Developers for integrating The GIMP into a web-browser, I'm absolutely with you. But that you can adress directly, IMHO.

An online app and it requires

meow's picture

An online app and it requires Flash is what you prefer? Man, you don't make a damn sense.

Sorry, but neither does your

Anonymous's picture

Sorry, but neither does your second sentence.

alternatives to gimp

photog's picture

if one needs something less powerful than gimp, Shotwell or a similar desktop Photo Manager with editing capabilities may be a better choice. by better I mean they do not require Flash or that your photos are uploaded to anyone elses server. that said I have many friends you are fine with flash and use online web editors very often. they are definitely not for me. but it is important to realize that not everyone needs powerful editing.


LarsChristian's picture

Seems like it requires flash, so I'll stick with gimp.