Pixel Dude Review: This app is categorized as a “productivity” app, but it’s just plain fun! Whether you have a need for some pixel art or just want to doodle away a bit, ‘Pixel Dude: Editor for Pixel Art with Dropbox Support‘ ($3.99) is a good choice.
The app presents you with a 32×32 pixel canvas to work your magic on. There are buttons at the top of the canvas for file management such as new, load, save, etc. It also shows a preview of your work in a more real-world size – a great feature to make sure your efforts are making the impact you intended.
At the bottom of the canvas are a bunch of color chips to choose from. The first row represents large categories of colors that you can swipe to see the entire rainbow. Once you’ve selected one of those colors, a second row appears with gradients of your chosen color. This allows you to choose very specific colors. And once you’ve chosen a color to work with, it appears in a third row, representing colors you’ve selected for your drawing.
There are also some very useful, very familiar tools available. Layers, vertical/horizontal symmetry, rotation, bucket and dropper tools, pencil, and eraser are all buttons at the bottom of the canvas. And drawing is very easy because of the relatively large size of the canvas.
Undo and redo are unlimited, so you can change your mind at any point in the process. It did crash a couple of times when tapping the Undo button, but little was lost even though I hadn’t officially saved yet. And saving is one of the areas where Pixel Dude shines. First off, it saves your drawing in 64×64 and 128×128 formats automatically. And once you save your drawing, you can email it to yourself or others from right within the app. Or you can enable it to sync with your Dropbox account – a very nice touch.
- Simple, familiar interface
- Real-time preview
- Automatic scaling to 64×64 and 128×128
- In-app emailing and Dropbox syncing
- Works only in portrait orientation