Posted by: YunaMonos on Apr 18, 2010
Citrify is a new kid on the block that makes touching up and resizing your blogging photos a breeze. The cherry on top, is that it is online and free. Many expensive imaging software companies can learn a thing or two from this tiny start-up, when it comes to ease of use and clutter reduction.
Citrify does what it says it can do without taking ages to load, forcing you to install third party plug-ins or falling over every so often. It is Flash-based which means that most of the online community can use it without worrying what operating system or browser they are using.
All the editing and resizing happens online, without first having to upload the image. You simply identify the file on your hard disk or memory stick, edit and save. This makes Citrify ideal for travelers who use slow connections, third party machines or laptops not suited to having resource intensive imaging software installed.
Citrify offers a basic free tool and a premium tool for which they charge a once-off fee. To support the developers I would pay the fee, but the basic interface would suffice for most users. It allows red-eye correction, blemish correction, exposure correction and a host of other handy features.
The interface uses sliders for resizing and touching up pictures, eliminating the need for you to guess the pixel size of the image you want. You can even add special effects like sepia tones and black and white. Mistakes are easily corrected as the software has a multi-step undo memory and all the effects appear in real time so you can immediately see whether or not you like what you are doing.
The two person Canadian team, responsible for Citrify, also has some interesting insights into how they managed to increase their site traffic to 35 thousand within a month, with no startup capital. I for one wish them luck. This is a great tool.
Try Citrify, and let me know what you think.