Last month we wrote about the sad news that the free photo editor Picnik was closing down and moving much of its services over to Google+. Many expressed some fairly intense dismay about this fact, as most of us can’t afford the cost for expensive photo editing software and Picnik was a great viable alternative.
But there is good news on the horizon! Thanks to the eagle eyes of Lisa of Crazy Adventures in Parenting (she told me this happy news), you can now look forward to two excellent Picnik alternatives.
First up is PicMonkey, which is signing up interested folks for the beta they are hoping to launch next month. With a fun and irreverent home page, they look like they will be offering some great features. When asked on their Facebook page if they will be “just like Picnik” they say, “Not exactly, but just as user friendly.”
As an added bonus, PicMonkey appears to be founded by some former Picnikers, which is highly interesting.
If you can’t wait for the beta launch of PicMonkey, don’t worry – iPiccy is here right now (although still also in beta). According to iPiccy’s launch press release, there are many of the same features that Picnik offered already available.
iPiccy provides new, easy-to-use tools for modifying pictures, using advanced image processing. iPiccy offers the easiest user interface and workflow of any photo editing application, allowing users to easily pull images from any Web site or file folder. iPiccy includes an extensive variety of easy Web-based photo-editing tools such as Auto-fix, Rotate, Crop, Resize and Color adjustment and Sharpen – all in one place and in real-time. In addition, iPiccy can also be used to turn photos into creative masterpieces, with clever special effects like Liquify, painter, vignette, pencils, and many more. iPiccy.com works flawlessly in any Web browser and is compatible with Mac, Windows and Linux. And since iPiccy lives on the Web, it is constantly evolving as new image-editing technology is developed and the needs of the user base change.
I spent some time working on a photo in iPiccy, and I actually thought it was pretty great. It was like having all my favorite iPhone photo apps on my desktop, which I really liked. Plus, no sign up required to edit a photo, which is kind of a big deal.
We’ll have to wait and see how PicMonkey compares, but since Picnik is staying open until mid-April, there should be plenty of time. The point is, no need to worry – good solid alternatives exist. WHEW.