Newly redesigned web app aims to make social media graphics simple

pixteller redesigned
PixTeller / Screenshot
Graphics on social media tend to have a much greater reach than text-only posts — and one Romanian startup is aiming to make the process of creating those graphics as simple as possible. PixTeller is a web-based graphic design platform intended to be simple enough for anyone to use, from making Facebook cover photos to turning inspirational quotes into shareable photos.

PixTeller has been around since 2014, but the program recently underwent a drastic upgrade at the end of 2016, going from a limited CSS and JQuery editor for images up to 605 pixels in width to a template-based drag-and-drop graphics designer. The platform is designed for both personal and commercial users to create projects ranging from social media graphics to photo albums and multi-page documents.

Graduating from a single-image editor to a multi-page, multi-template platform, PixTeller now offers a number of different options. Users can start with pre-designed templates to quickly customize, or use a side panel to add shapes, photos, text, and drawings to start from scratch.

PixTeller also serves as a community — designers can share their own templates and mark them for public use, which means the platform’s range of templates will likely grow beyond the templates the company produces. Graphics can be saved both publicly and privately.

PixTeller CEO Alexandru Roznovat says the program makes it possible to create designs quickly, mentioning that he created 4,000 templates in about three weeks using PixTeller.

With the re-designed platform, PixTeller continues to be accessible for free — but with a watermark. A new business subscription plan removes the watermark and opens up files to save under different formats, including PNG, GIF, and PDF. The extra features are available with a $9 monthly subscription.

The redesigned design platform now has over 80,000 registered users.

Photography

Color grading pushes Pinnacle Studio 22 toward more pro video editing features

Designed for videographers that aren't pros but aren't basic users either, Pinnacle Studio 22 expands its advanced tools with color grading and four-point editing. The updates bring more advanced tools to the platform.
Social Media

How to use Adobe Spark Post to spice up your social media images

Images are proven to get more likes than plain text -- but only if those images are good. Adobe Spark post is an AI-powered design program for non-designers. Here's how to use it to take your social media feeds to the next level.
Photography

Brother’s new laser printers spit out prints with just a tap thanks to NFC

Seven new color laser printers carry the Brother name, as well as new features like NFC to easily print from mobile. The lineup sits between $200 and $400, and boasts faster print speeds and an updated design.
Computing

Nvidia introduces its eighth-generation ‘Turing’ design, but not in gaming cards

Nvidia revealed its new graphics chip design called “Turing” during SIGGRAPH 2018. Rumored to be the foundation of Nvidia’s next family of GeForce cards, the company instead showcased Turing in Quadro RTX-branded cards for pros.
Social Media

Three million people quit Snapchat after the redesign

After a million users signed petitions to get the old Snapchat back, the network's user count is showing the early results of the changes with a three-million-user drop in daily active users.
Social Media

Facebook wants to help you find a mentor with its latest Groups feature

Facebook is designed for connecting to other people -- so why not mentors? Today, Facebook launched a program inside Groups that allows for two users to go through a mentorship program together.
Features

The numbers don’t lie: Facebook is faltering. So what will eventually replace it?

Facebook is faltering, and the data prove it. User growth is slowing, employee outlooks are dipping, and young people are looking elsewhere. But for Facebook to fail, an alternative must arise. Who will it be?
Social Media

Facebook’s less cluttered friend list feeds are no more

Facebook friend feeds created a more curated news feed -- but not anymore. Facebook discontinued the feature, saying it wasn't widely used. The move will help the network focus on improving the news feed, the company says.
Photography

Starting a vlog? Here are the best cameras to buy

Any camera that shoots video can be used to vlog, but a few models stand out from the crowd thanks to superior image quality, ergonomics, and usability.
Photography

For Monaris, it’s a photography career launched on an iPhone and Instagram

On Instagram, she's known just as Monaris. But street photographer Paola Franqui has built a following largely with an iPhone and a smile. We sat down with her to talk photography, style, and Instagram, of course.
Mobile

Marco? Polo! Let's explore the app known as the 'video walkie-talkie'

Marco Polo has been dubbed the "video walkie-talkie," but how does the video messaging app stack up against competitors like Snapchat and Instagram? From unique filters to personalized video messages, we explore the Marco Polo app.
Social Media

Kids can now initiate a friend request on Messenger Kids by using a password

Facebook's messaging app for the under-13 crowd required parents, not kids, to initiate the process of adding a friend. Now kids can start the process by using a unique passphrase -- a feature that still requires parental approval.
Photography

The Nixplay Iris might just make digital picture frames cool again

The digital picture frame's popularity has fizzled because of time-consuming updates and low quality -- but can a Wi-Fi connected frame change that? The Nixplay Iris is an 8-inch smart digital picture frame that wireless updates photos.
Social Media

Instagram hackers are changing account info into Russian email addresses

Have you logged in to your Instagram lately? A hack circulating this month has Instagram users locked out of their accounts because a hacker changed all the profile data, according to a report.