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Google Rained On My Picnik!

I'm a big fan/user of Google services, from Gmail to Reader, Docs to Calendar, not to mention "search" obviously.

So I wasn't too concerned when back in March 2010 Google bought the online photo-editing suite Picnik, which has been my photo-editor of choice for more years than I can remember.

But when I logged on today along with millions of other users, I discovered that the picnik was - quite literally - over...

Noooooooooooooo......Yell

Picnik was the perfect simple image editor for me to crop and re-size images for my articles and blogs.  Hell, I cropped and re-sized the screenshot above using it!  There is also a very handy addon for Firefox which enables me to send web images to Picnik with just two mouse-clicks.

The official announcement tries to soften the blow by allowing users to download all their previously used images (not an issue for me), and by making the previously premium features free (nice, but I don't particularly need or want those features).

The Picnik team are going to be working on photo-editing across other Google products, notably Google+.  Now, I am a user of Google+ but I don't understand 1) why I should have to use a social network for photo-editing, and 2) how ANYONE is benefiting from closing Picnik!

 

Oh, well...it's just a website and life goes on. Google own it and if they really want to kill it, that's up to them. But it will make my work harder in the short-term and I may have to find another online photo-editing service.  Any suggestions?

Comments


  • 3 years ago

    SonofPearl

    I tried Aviary, but wasn't happy with it. I think I'm going to settle on Pixlr Express which has a nice Firefox addon and seems to suit my needs (mostly just resizing and cropping) pretty well.

  • 3 years ago

    wormrose

    Thanks for explaining it to me.

  • 3 years ago

    dunce

    I recommend GIMP. It's free and pretty easy to use. You can make any combination of keys do anything, or even set it to use your game controllers, e.g, joystick (!).

  • 3 years ago

    NimzoRoy

    Does this have anything to do with chess?  wormrose

    NO, so does that mean no one here is allowed to write any non-chess articles? You can always look thru the article and blog archives for all the chess articles you want around here. Here's another non-chess link that's a total waste of everyone's time in fact it was such a big waste out of 107 reads  everyone was too disgusted to be bothered complaining about it

    http://blog.chess.com/NimzoRoy/non-chess-matters

  • 3 years ago

    Joseph-S

     The end of Picnik?  That is a major bummer!

  • 3 years ago

    SonofPearl

    @ wormrose Sorry to have wasted your time Sealed

  • 3 years ago

    wormrose

    Why is this a main page article? I must be the only one annoyed by this. Or maybe nobody reads your articles.

  • 3 years ago

    SonofPearl

    I've now checked Google+ and I'm relieved to see that many of the Picnik image editing tools are available there, in a very similar layout. 

    However, unless someone creates a Firefox addon which can send web images to the Google+ editor, I'm still a long way from the 2-click system I had before.Cry

  • 3 years ago

    SonofPearl

    Gigelino Thanks. I seem to remember trying Aviary many years ago.  I just had another look and it's probably not simple enough for me! Lots of features I don't need which obscure the ones I really want to use. I'm fussy, I know! Laughing

  • 3 years ago

    Gigelino

    I think it's worth mentioning also: Aviary - A photo editing solution for web & mobile apps and their set of tools: http://advanced.aviary.com/

  • 3 years ago

    SonofPearl

    Gigelino Thanks. I haven't looked at GIMP for a long time, so I'll check it out.

  • 3 years ago

    Gigelino

    Hey, SonofPearl. Try GIMP (http://www.gimp.org/) an open-source photo editor.

  • 3 years ago

    SonofPearl

    @ wormrose - only that virtually every chess article and blog I write is put together with a little help from this service, which is going to close. So, no, not really! Tongue out

  • 3 years ago

    wormrose

    Does this have anything to do with chess?

  • 3 years ago

    DeepGreene

    I can't believe you're just telling me about this service *now*. :( Hopeful that the transition to G+ is quick & that you find the new implementation equally useful.
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