“OMGosh, I feel like someone just stole my dog. Dude, so heartbroken! I use Picnik all the time!”
– Blogger, Lisa Douglas of Crazy Adventures in Parenting
Imagine you are an electrician, standing on the top of your ladder, and you reach down into your tool belt for your favorite tool. As you slip your fingers around the well worn, familiar handle, you hear someone call out, “Oh, by the way buddy, did you hear you only have April to use that (insert some really important tool)? Yeah — those are being cut. Gone man. You are gonna have to use something else…”
Well, you might just fall off your ladder, or jump down to go mess with the person who is messing with your work!
Yes, the shocking news is flying around Facebook that Google is shutting down the popular free photo editing site, Picnik, which it acquired in March of 2010.
Picnik users, traumatized that one of their favorite and critical tools was just being axed from the Internet, quickly started to complain on the Picnik blog:
“This is horrible news, for a myriad of reasons. What a bad business decision. And what a slap in the face to your loyal fans.” — Amy B. from Freaky Perfect
“I’ve shifted from shocked and disappointed to sad to now just flat-out disgusted. There’s a reason I’m never on Google+, and that won’t be changing.” — Heather from Heather Yarnell Photography
“I’m going to ravage your site for what it’s worth. And just think, I was going to sign up for a premium membership in a month. I’m so disappointed in you, Picnik. “Bigger things”? Yeah, good luck with all that. Guess we weren’t big enough for you.” — Cassandra from Design by Cassandra
What I found most frustrating about the “break up post” to their users that Picnik published on their blog was their sing song “life is great even though we screwed over our customers” attitude:
“Since joining Google in 2010, we have been creating editing magic in Google products while continuing to keep Picnik awesome. But now we get to focus on even awesomer things. Picnik will be closing on April 19, 2012.” — Team Picnik
Yes, things are magical as we skip through our fake green grass and — wham — we pull it suddenly out from under your feet.
“Awesomer???” Really, Picnik?!? If it is going to be “awesomer” perhaps having the tools actually ON Google+ before sending your disappointed customers over there to a sub par substitution would have been prudent.
While I am a Photoshop Elements user, I still used Picnik for quick collages and edits when I wasn’t on my main machine. My twin sister and co-blogger at 5 Minutes for Mom, Susan Carraretto, hadn’t even bothered to load Photoshop Elements on her Mac when she got it as Picnik was meeting her editing needs. (Personally, I can’t live without Photoshop Elements and Adobe Lightroom, but Susan survived happily with just Picnik and iPhoto.)
So, what are bloggers and Picnic users to do now?
I think the majority of bloggers will use Photoshop Elements. It is reasonably priced and relatively easy to learn. But it is certainly far from free photo editing online and is not an exact replacement for the Picnik site.
As well, there are dedicated Adobe users like myself who still loved to throw together a quick collage who are now left without.
What about you? Is the loss of Picnik photo editing devastating? What will you be using to edit your photos?
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