Snipshot and other online photo editing tools

Snipshot and other online photo editing tools

After writing the post regarding Flickr and Picnik, I came across a great post by Christian Watson on his Smiley Cat blog. In this post, Online Image Editors Compared, he compares about 13 different online photo/image editors including: Fauxto (now called Splashup), Picnik, and Snipshot. He includes a very detailed comparison chart. Here is a Snipshot screen shot.

Snipshot and other online photo editing tools

I quote from his blog:

Thoughts and Takeaways

Overall, I was very impressed with what’s available when it comes to editing images online. By and large the tools were easy to use and had an impressive array of features.

The majority of the tools had solid basic image editing functionality — crop, resize, adjust color, brightness and so on. Some had unlimited levels of undo and redo, which was especially handy.

Some of the features available were up there with full-blown graphics tools. For example, Cellsea included the unsharp mask function for accurately adjusting sharpness.

Two of the image editors (NetImager and nexImage) allowed you to use layers to apply your changes and effects in a non-destructive way, which was a nice feature.

The tools were integrated to varying degress with online image storage services like Flickr and Photobucket. Some also enabled you to view all the images from a web page and then choose which one you wanted to edit, although apart from Cellsea, this was done via a bookmarklet.

The tools had varying capabilities when it came to uploading and saving images from/to different formats. However, between them all you could probably upload and save an image in most of the main file formats (e.g., JPG, GIF, PNG, BMP, TIFF, PDF, EPS).

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Flickr adds online editing using Picnik

Flickr adds online editing using Picnik

Flickr announced online photo editing today. Here is the story on Techcrunch. They do this in partnership with a very nifty company called, Picnik (here is their blog post). You can do things like auto-fix, rotate, crop, resize, tweaking exposure, updating colors, sharpening and red-eye reduction. Try it here. The full screen mode is very cool (the button is located in the top left corner of the screen).

Picnik Screen

Do you use Picnik — what do you think of it?

 

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Photo sharing – TiVo style

Photo sharing – TiVo style

TiVo

TiVo announced today that they’ve partnered with Picasa and Photobucket to allow TiVo viewers to view their online photo albums on their TVs. Here is a part of the CNET article:

The digital video recorder manufacturer has partnered with two photo-sharing services–the Google-owned Picasa Web Albums and Fox Interactive Media-owned Photobucket–in order to enable users to surf through their photo albums as well as their friends’ and family members’, provided that their TiVo boxes are broadband-connected.

A release from the company emphasized the fact that photos are viewable in the highest resolution possible, which on the TiVo Series 3 and TiVo HD devices means full high definition.

PhotobucketHere is the Photobucket announcement.

Mashable also writes about this.

Is this a feature that you’ll use on TiVo?

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Online Photo – Resource Guide

I stumbled across this very useful guide listing a lot of photo sharing web-sites. It contains a lot of useful information. Thank you for doing this Dave Dyer. Dave also provides an old list here. Here is a partial list of the sites Dave profiles.

Do you have experience with one of these sites — please leave a comment.

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Introduction to Flickr – used for photo sharing

Introduction to Flickr – used for photo sharing

Flickr photo sharing website

Flickr is a very popular photo sharing website. You can find a lot of helpful information in Flickr’s own web-site, including this tour. This Newbie’s guide to Flickr is also a good start, as well as theappleofmyi.com, a UK blog post.

Wikipedia is always a good place to find information. This Flickr entry is a bit more technical in nature.

Do you have any good guides or tips that you can share with us?

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Photo sharing sites – including Flickr, Picasa and Zooomr

Photo sharing sites – including Flickr, Picasa and Zooomr

Well, somewhere along the line I’m sure you would want to share your pictures and videos with your friends and loved ones. These days you have lots of choices. Today I will list a few and over time I will start to rate these sites. I use Apple’s .Mac service. You can quickly and easily share pictures and videos using iWeb/web galleries. Using a Mac it’s easy to set up and share your pictures. Check out this beautiful web gallery.

Apple’s .Mac Web Gallery

I also use Google’s Picasa service. Most of these services give you a sizable amount of free storage and then you can buy additional storage.

What service do you use? Please rate it for us in your comment!

Here is a list of the more popular sites:

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Scanning old film negatives – Scancafe

Scanning old film negatives – Scancafe


I’m sure you have lots of old film negatives and slides in shoe boxes. You may or may not have developed these into photos. I recently used ScanCafe to digitize about 380 negatives into digital jpeg files. These are the steps:

  1. Find your film negatives 🙂
  2. Print a UPS shipping label from the ScanCafe web-site.
  3. Ship your negatives in a sturdy padded envelope. [I also suggest you make a note of each set of negatives.]
  4. You can easily track your package on the UPS and ScanCafe web-sites.
  5. ScanCafe wil notify you when they receive it.
  6. Wait about 40 days (July 2 to August 14 for me) for the negatives to be scanned.
  7. Go online and pick the ones you want and only pay for them. [ScanCafe ended up sending me all my pictures] The site is easy to navigate and to view and to select the pictures you want.
  8. ScanCafe will cut a CD or DVD with you pictures and you should receive it 3-5 business days. You also get your original negatives back.
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