I've been waiting on Adobe to toss its hat in the ring. Finally, it's been tossed. About six months ago, Adobe started promising an online photo editor totally web-based, and totally free. In the mean time, I've had my students explore Picnik.com, Splashup.com, Fotoflexer.com and Flauntr.com to make their blog pictures. We haven't been disappointed, either. As Picnik.com became more powerful and added more premium features, viewers trialed them and then asked they be made free. Picnik.com listened and about a month ago, started using advertising to subsidize these features so that everyone could enjoy these upgrades without a cost. What a smart move. Just in time to hook users a tad before Adobe would make its debut in the photo editing webware world.
Beware. When you upload to Photoshop Express, you are essentially giving away your rights to your images. That one will be a hard one for many to swallow. No more glossing over those Terms of Services, it seems. Will I be spending class time to let students test drive this baby? Probably not - or at least not until it gains more "horsepower. It has potential, but it does not yet possess the 'wow' factor I was hoping for.
"... you grant Adobe a worldwide, royalty-free, nonexclusive, perpetual, irrevocable, and fully sublicensable license to use, distribute, derive revenue or other remuneration from, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, publicly perform and publicly display such Content (in whole or in part) and to incorporate such Content into other Materials or works in any format or medium now known or later developed."