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Put a full-featured image editor directly into Google Drive with Pixlr

There are many under advertised apps available now that Docs is Google Drive. The Pixlr Editor makes image editing a snap.

Kevin Purdy wrote a very informative article for Fast Company this week explaining how to unlock apps for Google Drive. One of the apps he highlights caught my eye: Pixlr Editor. This is exactly the app I have been looking for to save me time when I am writing blog posts and creating photo galleries for TechRepublic.

Pixlr Editor is a full-featured in browser photo editing app that you can use to edit image files while they still reside in Google Drive. And if you have synched your Drive files across more than one computer, whatever editing you do on one will automatically appear on another system. Now, that's a productivity increase I can get behind.

Installing apps

Pixlr Editor is available from the Chrome Web Store and it integrates very well with the Chrome Browser, but you are not limited to Chrome. Up-do-date versions of Firefox, Internet Explorer, Opera, and Safari will work just fine with the Pixlr Editor. I am using Chrome in my example.

Start Chrome and navigate to Google Drive. Click the gear icon to open the menu and click on the Manage Apps entry (Figure A). The resulting screen (Figure B) is where your apps can be managed after you have installed them, so you'll probably be seeing it often.

Figure A

Manage your apps

Figure B

Get more apps
The Pixlr Editor is popular so there may be a link right on the front page, but if there isn't, just type "Pixlr" in the search box and choose the editor app. Click on the "Add to Chrome" button (or the "Install" button in a different browser). (Figure C)

Figure C

Click to install
The app will install into Chrome in a matter of moments (Figure D).

Figure D

Pixlr Editor is installed
To get the full effect of the app, close Chrome and then restart it. Launch the editor and make changes to any image file located in your Google Drive (or anywhere your PC can reach for that matter). You can also right-click a file in your Drive and you'll see that the Pixlr Editor has been added to your Open With menu. (Figure E and F)

Figure E

Open a New Tab and run Pixlr

Figure F

Ready to edit an image

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Mark Kaelin is a CBS Interactive Senior Editor for TechRepublic. He is the host for the Microsoft Windows and Office blog, the Google in the Enterprise blog, the Five Apps blog and the Big Data Analytics blog.

4 comments
deICERAY
deICERAY

If that editor is so damn good, how come you couldn't even draw an arrow to the "gear icon" whatever that is!? For an article on an app that can edit pictures, this was an utter failure because you didn't even USE IT!

dogknees
dogknees

Are my tools of choice. I'll have to check this app out.

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin

What is your favorite tool for editing images? Have you considered the potential for a web-based image editing tool?

lowcountry.IT
lowcountry.IT

if you don't know what or where the gear icon is you have obviously never used a Google product. awesome troll attempt!

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