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Pixillion Plus Image Converter

CNET Editors' review

This intuitive program makes it easy to convert your images to a different file format. However, we were somewhat annoyed by the various product pushes that come with it, and we're not sure why the publisher touts it as a free program because it's limited to a 14-day trial period.

Pixillion Image Converter has a very simple and straightforward user interface. Self-explanatory menu commands run along the top of the window and allow you to quickly add files and folders and configure conversion options. The program also includes a Help feature, but it's crowded by a long list of the developer's other products. Oddly, the interface includes a mysterious Toolbox button that, when we clicked it, downloaded another program to "Find tasks according to what software you are using." But when we clicked on a specific task, it prompted the program to download yet another program. The whole process was very annoying. Still, we were able to quickly add our files, select an output folder and format, and flip and resize our image, all by using the Output effects menu. The Converter Options menu let us configure our overwrite options in the event that a destination file already exists, such as overwriting the file or aborting the operation altogether.

Pixillion Image Converter is limited to a 14-day trial period, despite the publisher's claim that it's a "free image format converter." It installed a desktop icon without our permission but uninstalled cleanly. Despite our caveats, we recommend this program for all users.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Good software, no customer support."

    February 27, 2013  |   By ariesdoc

    Version: Pixillion Plus Image Converter 2.42

    Pros

    Converts many picture formats into icon or bmp format, quickly and easily. Has many features for those who want to "tweak" their icons. Yet it is easy enough for the novice to learn very quickly. Much better than other programs I have tried or the myriad of ways one can convert pics into desktop icons. If you purchase the program, or actually the registration number to "unlock it", you can convert more than the initial 5, which goes down after you do so many files. The "crapware" they try to load, such as tool bars, and other demo programs are easy to decline. (But the Crapware is common in a large number of downloadable software....Why, I do not know....Why does every programer want to install a darn tool bar and change your homepage? sigh)

    I gave it less stars because of the cons I will mention below. Had they been more honest, it would have gotten a better grade.

    Worth a look in my opinion.....

    Cons

    No ability to contact a real person to ask question if you want to buy it. The difference between what the Premium and Standard versions do, is unclear.
    Once installed you can only convert 5 files at a time, then less after that. It is misleading when they say a free 14 day trial, and they try to dump other software on you every chance they can, during install and if you choose to buy it....If you do, be careful they try to sneak in things like a $33 a month tech support, or a backup disc for $19.99 and other things. Just be aware.
    I, like many others do not like the "bait and switch", or changing our homepage or installing tool bars or software we do not want. Honesty will always win the day. It is too bad that NCH software feels they need to resort to misleading information or misrepresenting things. Because it is actually a decent program. I took away 2 stars because of that. A shame, because if they were honest, the software in my opinion would get a high mark anyway.

    Summary

    I did buy the premium version, it converts files extremely fast, you can choose where you wish the exported files to go with no problem. It has many other options which are nice too. But you have to download the manual, but in reality it is user friendly and not complicated.
    Once I started using it, I found it a great program, it is a shame that the company has no customer support, UNLESS you bought the Premium version, then you have to enter some code before your allowed to talk to a human....(Still working that part out)

    Overall a solid program, not difficult to learn, and has many features many would like. I don't know what they all do, but it is fun to play around with it. If they had better customer, I might try some of NCH software, but I won't simply because of that reason.

    FYI, in my opinion the best customer service so far comes from Serif software.. And they have great products along with awesome support.

    Hope this review helps someone.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Useful but annoyingly misleading free version claim."

    March 7, 2012  |   By DFTInc

    Version: Pixillion Plus Image Converter 2.41

    Pros

    Useful programme - easy to use for what I needed which was straight file conversion (TIFF to JPEG for file size reduction to attach to emails).

    Cons

    Like so many sites on the internet, annoyingly misleading statement regarding "free version" which at the point of download does not tell you that it's a 14 day trial. Makes you want to remove the programme just for the hell of it. Also leads you onto other products which is equally annoying.

    Summary

    OK but that misleading up front version info is unnecessary.

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  • 3.0 stars

    "it is nice"

    March 15, 2011  |   By Nkanang

    Version: Pixillion Plus Image Converter 2.29

    Pros

    it is nice

    Cons

    it is nice

    Summary

    it is nice

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Very useful"

    September 12, 2010  |   By davidschafer

    Version: Pixillion Plus Image Converter 2.22

    Pros

    I find it easy to use

    Cons

    no problems yet

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Good program, Bad Support."

    August 30, 2010  |   By DMALTMAN

    Version: Pixillion Plus Image Converter 2.22

    Pros

    Does a good job of converting the image format. This is a image converter not a resizer........

    Cons

    Good program, Bad support from company on paid version. More detail in summary page......

    Summary

    I had ran the free program for a few months and decided to purchase the product. I had done several upgrades and repairs to the computer which required a reinstall of the OS. One was because of a defective hard drive and one was due to a virus and another done because of a bad mother board. NCH only allows the install of the product a few times per year and each time the program is re-installed it contacts there server and sends the computer signature to them to activate the program so any mother board changes or any changes that there server feels is different enough will flag the program. In my case NCH claims that the program was installed on three computers which is not the case. The first few times I did not back up there program like they suggested and that was my fault but come to find out It would not make any difference anyways. The last update I reloaded there back up and it still contacted there server and rejected the activation codes that I had paid for. After several e-mails back and forth and by the way you can not talk to a person at NCH over the phone, I am now stuck with the free version that I paid for with no resolve of this problem. They have been useless and also have my money as well. I am now looking at using AVS for there version of this software for next time??

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  • 2.0 stars

    "slightly disappointed"

    July 24, 2010  |   By stephenmweber

    Version: Pixillion Plus Image Converter 2.22

    Pros

    application was easy to uninstall!

    Cons

    My expectations may have been out of line. I thought I was downloading something that could resize a gif and maintain its sharpness. I had better luck in word than I did using this app. Again I may have expected something the product doesn't do.

    Summary

    Don't download if you want to resize a picture. You'll need something else. Its just a basic image converted.

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