Google acquires Picnik: Perfect fit for Chrome OS

Google acquires Picnik: Perfect fit for Chrome OS

Summary: Today Google announced the acquisition of a company called Picnik. The service is actually quite impressive -- it's got all the basic photo editing stuff you would need for your photos, and a plethora of filters that can give you some pretty wild effects.

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Today Google announced the acquisition of a company called Picnik. The service is actually quite impressive -- it's got all the basic photo editing stuff you would need for your photos, and a plethora of filters that can give you some pretty wild effects. On top of that, the guys who made this site have a really good sense of humor -- try it out and you will see what I mean.

I remember back in the olden days when I used Photoshop just for the effects. Yeah, I know, why would you want to ruin your pictures by making them all blurry or making it look like your eyeballs are twice the size? Well, after playing around with Picnik on images that are in my Picasa Web Albums (extremely easy to integrate btw), I couldn't help but be reminded of why you would do that -- because it's fun.

This tool is going to be a huge win for Chrome OS. Every netbook that uses the operating system will have full access to a really good photo editor -- something you traditionally needed a desktop client for. Hopefully Google makes all the features Picnik has completely free like they have in the past with previous acquisitions.

Have you had a chance to play with it yet? What do you think?

Topics: Google, Browser, Operating Systems, Software

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  • What about Picasa?

    Doesn't Google already own a product that does a lot of this?
    CharlieSpencer
    • picasa is installed SW, Picnik reside on the cloud...

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      adelacuesta
  • RE: Google acquires Picnik: Perfect fit for Chrome OS

    I wonder what this will mean for Picnik's integration into Flickr and into Yahoo! Mail?
    davidmk
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