Feeds

Google borgs online photo editor

Let's have a Picnik

New hybrid storage solutions

Google has acquired Picnik, a 20-person startup offering a web-based photo editing service.

The deal was announced today with a post to both the Google and Picnik blogs. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

With the Flash-based Picnik, you can upload photos from your hard drive or open them directly from online pic-sharing online services like the Yahoo!-owned Flickr, Facebook, MySpace, and Google's Picasa Web Albums. Yes, Google already offers its own Picasa photo editor, but it's a downloadable application. Google likes to do everything on the interwebs.

The Seattle-based startup - founded in 2005 - also offers Firefox and Chrome extensions for pulling online pics into its editor. Editing tools include all the standard stuff, such as cropping, resizing, rotating, auto-fixing, red-eye removal, and the addition of special effects.

Naturally, neither Google or Picnik hinted at what the Mountain View Chocolate Factory has in store for the service. "Nothing is changing right away, but Picnik now has more potential than ever before," Picnik's blog post said. "The team that built Picnik from the grass up will continue making advanced and powerful photo-editing easier, more intuitive and more fun, so stay tuned to hear about all the cool new stuff we’re working on."

Google acquired the Pasadena-based Picasa in 2004. ®

Security for virtualized datacentres

More from The Register

next story
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
Driving with an Apple Watch could land you with a £100 FINE
Bad news for tech-addicted fanbois behind the wheel
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Sony says year's losses will be FOUR TIMES DEEPER than thought
Losses of more than $2 BILLION loom over troubled Japanese corp
Radio hams can encrypt, in emergencies, says Ofcom
Consultation promises new spectrum and hints at relaxed licence conditions
Why Oracle CEO Larry Ellison had to go ... Except he hasn't
Silicon Valley's veteran seadog in piratical Putin impression
Big Content Australia just blew a big hole in its credibility
AHEDA's research on average content prices did not expose methodology, so appears less than rigourous
Bono: Apple will sort out monetising music where the labels failed
Remastered so hard it would be difficult or impossible to master it again
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.