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Apr 15, 2008

Adobe Photoshop Express Beta
Adobe's Flashplayer has been the backbone of the Web 2.0 revolution... powering almost every Web App on the Internet. But Adobe itself was quite distanced by its competitors - Google, Microsoft & Yahoo & many other startups - by being virtually absent from the Web.
But fortunately, Adobe recognised that the future of software lies on the Web & reacted promptly to Flash rival Silverlight.
Adobe has since acquired Buzzword (the best online word processsor - better than GoogleDocs) & launched Air (allows Web Apps to run on your desktop offline & online).

Adobe Photoshop Express Beta
After Adobe Premiere Express was launched last year, it was widely expected that an online version of Photoshop would be released... & here it is - Adobe PhotoShop Express!

Adobe Photoshop Express Beta
First step first - you need to register. Go to the website & register.

Adobe Photoshop Express Beta
After registering you'll be required to activate your account & you'll be able to use Photoshop Express.

Adobe Photoshop Express Beta
Photoshop Express (like most Web Apps) takes quite a while to load, especially if you have a slow connection.

Adobe Photoshop Express Beta
I couldn't upload a file bigger than 100kb (blame my connection), because it kept getting stuck. So i had to satisfy myself with the smallest pic on my desktop (which was a pic of the Top Gear trio).

Adobe Photoshop Express Beta
Well... instead of the ubiquitous Photoshop interface, what you get is something you'd see in a free photo editor tool like Picasa. No layers, no lasso, no gradient... Only a few photo editing tools regrouped into Basics(Crop & Rotate, Auto Correct, Exposure, Red-Eye Removal, Touchup & Saturation), Tuning(White Balance, Highlight, Fill Light, Sharpen & Soft Focus) and Effects(Pop Color, Hue, Black & White, Tint, Sketch, Distort).

Adobe Photoshop Express Beta
I tried out the Pop Color, which allows you to change the colour of a particular colour channel. That’s the most interesting feature you’d get in Photoshop Express...

The lack of features & the incredibly slow speed of the app quickly bored me off. I've never liked Web Apps because of their slow processing... (Ok, i'm biased because of my slow connection).
Adobe Photoshop Express is a utter disappointment... It's not even deemed to be named Photoshop - Adobe Image Tools or Adobe Image Enhancement Editor would have been better.

Adobe Photoshop Express Beta
I doubt you would, but if you want to learn how to use Photoshop Express, try this video tutorial site.

If you are looking for something more than the Photoshop Express, try out these other online photo editors:
- Splashup
- Fotoflexer
- Aviary Phoenix - ultra-exclusive beta… I just got in, review coming up soon.

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InF said...

Wowww! Photoshop in itself is a masterpiece...

Now considering that this monster has gone online, well, this is just plain seriously, wickedly cool!!

Although, I doubt we can make extensive use of that using out pitifully weak connections.. What say you, Mr Carrot? :P

carrotmadman6 said...

This Photoshop frakenstein isn't even worth 5 cents...

But no worry, there's something more impressive on the web...

Lovlie said...

Very interesting! Photoshop is my favourite software. I should try that online version and see what are the tools they provide! Nice post.

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