Saturday, March 29, 2008

Photoshop Express

Adobe takes a stab at the online photo sharing thing with its new Photoshop Express web offering. You can sign up for free and keep your photos organised, like Flickr or Picasa. They also let you edit your pictures inside a little Flash application in a limited way. However, it's got the Photoshop bra attached to it so they hope you'll try their standalone software like Photoshop Elements, or perhaps even fork out your life savings to buy a full version of Photoshop CS.

I've signed up for an account, and it's not too bad for really basic editing. They give you tools like crop, rotate, levels correction, exposure and saturation. There are also things that you can find in Photoshop Elements like red-eye removal and some special effects.

I still prefer Flickr for organising photos, and the full-featured Photoshop for editing. However, this is handy when you're stuck somewhere without your copy Photoshop and you need to edit and upload pictures immediately.

Update: The fine print to Adobe's service states that you give them permission to do whatever they like with your photos, in perpetuity. This is rather alarming.

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