Image-Editing With Picnik: Is The Grass Really Greener?

The premium version of Picnik launched earlier this week, and is available as a free trial for a few more days. After that, members must pay an annual subscription fee of $25 to access all of the premium features, but there are plenty of basic free features that everyone can use. Here’s our list of what’s hot and what’s not.

We scoped out online image-editor Picnik (www.picnik.com) in our June issue (The Goods, June, 2007) and thought it was pretty cool. But now that it's out of beta, we're really wowed.

The premium version of Picnik launched earlier this week, and is available as a free trial for a few more days. After that, members must pay an annual subscription fee of $25 to access all of the premium features, but there are plenty of basic free features that everyone can use. Here’s our list of what’s hot and what’s not.

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Hot: Picnik works with any web browser on both PCs and Macs and goes full screen so you might even forget you're on a website. But, because it's not software that's installed on one machine, you can access all your photos and the entire history of edits you've made even when you're not at your own computer, and you don't even have to remember to save your changes. You can tell Picnik to pull photos from any various photo-sharing sites (flickr, picasa, photobucket, etc.), or your hard drive, or even from a web search. When you're done editing a shot, it's one click to e-mail it, save it to a website, your computer, or print it.

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(** **more of what's hot, a list of what's not, and a before and after shot, after the jump)

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