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Adobe Photoshop Express

Adobe has released the official version of its new online photo-editing application: Adobe Photoshop Express (external link). Overall, this application is basically an online photo-editing tool, which works rather well for that job alone. It really is more comparable to the features of iPhoto than to the features of Photoshop itself. I tested out the application for a bit, and I think it certainly has potential, but it also has a lot of room for improvement.

Screenshot of Adobe Photoshop Express in action

On the good side, Adobe Photoshop Express is easy to use and the signup process is quick. The application seems pretty speedy (it took me about a minute to get my photo in the application and cropped nicely). The interface is nice as well, certainly nicer than the other online photo-editing websites. It also connects directly to Facebook, Photobucket, and Picasa; certainly missing from this list is Flickr and Myspace. However, it seems like everything Adobe Photoshop Express can do, I could do much more easily in iPhoto, in about half the time. I would like to see more features available from the desktop version of Photoshop and better integration with other social networks and photo websites.

The only use I can see for Adobe Photoshop Express is just basic photo editing if you are too lazy to download GIMP (external link) or iPhoto or some other easy-to-use photo application for your desktop. Or, for example, if you are on a controlled computer (school, work, etc.) and need to edit a photo, but you do not have sufficient permissions to install an application yourself. I think this application is a great improvement on Adobe's side that will lead to bigger and better things in the future. You can try it out yourself for free too.