Seattle-based Picnik is a recent addition to the Google start-up acquisition stable. Thinking about Picnik, I realized that I had only a hazy idea of how online (web-based) photo editing evolved. I’ve been using Photoshop since it was something like v2 (eons ago, in Internet time), so it’s not surprising that I was a relatively late adopter of online editing tools.
Web-based photo editors highlighted:
- Photoshop Express
- Slashup (was Fauxto)
In the tradition of blogging, this is a reverse chronological list. Please shout (in comments) if I’ve missed a key milestone or tool!
1 March 2010
12 February 2010
Aviary’s image editor goes free for all (Lifehacker).
07 July 2009
15 August 2008
SumoPaint launches (pdf).
15 July 2008
28 March 2008
The Christian Science Monitor reports that Adobe has launched an online (free, Flash-based) version of Photoshop called Photoshop Express.
25 March 2008
OpenSocial Foundation launch with Yahoo, Google, MySpace means applications like Picnik can work across social networks (ArsTechnica).
27 February 2008
15 February 2008
FotoFlexer goes free for all (cNet).
04 December 2007
Flickr and Picnik integration rolled out (Mashable).
16 November 2007
30 July 2007
10 January 2007
19 December 2006
Mashable review of Fauxto, now Splashup.
18 July 2006
23 June 2006
10 April 2006
06 March 2006
These online editors have their roots in standalone software applications like Adobe’s Photoshop, Corel’s PaintShop Photo, Corel’s Ulead PhotoImpact, Google’s Picassa, and, of course, Gimp. I have not included Glide (operating system as a service – see InfoWeek from 2007).
Next up: iPhone photo editing tools.