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Editing Holiday Photos Can be a Picnik

Techstination feature for Monday, December 31, 2007

Editing those holiday digital photos can be a picnik. Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. Chances are you've been busy uploading holiday photos to share with family members and friends….and have been the recipient of lots of links to their pictures as well. Lots of people don't bother with things like getting rid of red eye from flash pictures….because they think its too complicated or time consuming. Among the best solutions out there is Picnik….a Web based program that you can use the basic version of for free. It's from a company called Bitnik…where CEO Jonathan Sposato says…

"We integrate seamlessly with sites like Flickr, with sites like Facebook, WebShots, Google's Picasa Web Albums. So the whole point is that when you're using Picnik, wherever your photos are, on Flickr for example, you just click over to the Flicker tab and boom, your photos are all there and you can just grab at any one of them and edit them and do all kinds of cool embellishments, make some enhancements to that photo. And then when you save it, it saves right back directly to Flickr. But you can also open up photos from your hard drive and save it back to your hard drive as well."

The basic free tools are all that many users will need. But the premium version of the program is reasonably priced at about 25 dollars a year. Because it's based on the Web….Picnik…works on Windows, Macs or Linux machines. There is competition, from Google's Picasa….and Adobe is moving onto the Web as well. Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin.