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Picnik is a new online image editing program.
It handles all the image modification operations that you would expect - rotation, cropping, brightness/contrast, white balance, and sharpening. Most of these have 'auto fix' buttons where Picnik will make the change for you to the best settings.
You can transfer images from your computer, your webcam, a website or your Flickr account for editing. Alternatively, you can search for photos from others to edit.
The main difference between Picnik and other editing programs (like Photoshop or even Picasa) is that is uses Wed 2.0 technologies to edit images right in your browser. You don't need to download or install a program. Which I think is just perfect for editing your photos 'on the go'.
I was most impressed that Picnik includes a levels tool (found under the Advanced button in the Exposure area). This is an advanced exposure correction tool that not many free programs have.
They are still developing the software, so there are a few 'coming soon' features. But the basics are all these. And to be honest, the basics are usually all we need.
Check it out, and add it to your bookmark!
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