If you haven't tried out Autodesk's fabulous Pixlr, a capable photo editor in the browser, you should. It's good. Now, it's available as a free desktop program for Mac and Windows.
Just like Pixlr's web version, the desktop edition offers all the basic tools for easily cropping and resizing your images, as well as stylised filters to turn your photos into sketches and watercolors. Signing up with a free account with Autodesk will also give you access to additional effects, overlays and double exposure to create more advanced edits. You can also pay $US2 a month or $US15 a year for advanced tools like Influence Masks for stylised text. Pro members will also get additional features over time.
If you're a heavy Photoshop user, you won't be able to jump ship; Pixlr's aimed more at the person who just needs low-level tools. Even the Pro version of Pixlr pales in comparison in terms of feature set. But if you're someone who just needs to crop, resize and throw the occasional overlay on there, it's one of the best free alternatives.
And now that it's on the desktop version of Pixlr, it can use the additional horsepower that your laptop offers for advanced features like high-resolution output, preserving your metadata, and using any font on your system with your images. Also, you know, it's free. [Pixlr via The Next Web]