Picnik is a really wonderful new web service which offers users basic image manipulation tools. You can zoom in and out, edit brightness, contrast, exposure and a host of other tools, even a basic implementation of Levels. Quite impressive to deliver online via flash in itself, but there’s more to Picnik than that.
It joins an emerging field of creative web services which add value because they are online, not despite it.
For a start, it plays really nicely with Flickr, allowing you to take in and edit your uploaded photographs just as easily as the ones on your computer. And not just your own… You can do a full Flickr search on tags and titles. Very cool…
Second, it loads images directly from Yahoo Images, with a full search field and a nice clutter-free (and ad-free) result. I’d look forward to Google Images as an option.
Third, it allows you to put in a web address and it will distill all the images from that address and load them up for you to edit.
Fourth… it has a very nice full-screen mode, click on the Picnik logo in the top right and it expands to full screen.
Fifth… it will work with your webcam. I can see Photo Booth type Firefox plugins ahead…
This might well give Flash a good name. Quite awesome… check it out before Yahoo buys it.