Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Yahoo Adds Photo-Editing Tools to Flickr

Yahoo have just added photo-editing capabilities to the popular Flickr photo-sharing service it acquired in 2005. As the consequence of a trade announced back in October, the new Web-based toolset from photo-editing software system supplier Picnik now looks right on top of the Flickr interface.

"Providing the ability to redact directly within Flickr is an of import measure in offering our 20 million members around the Earth a complete photograph experience," said Flickr senior manager of merchandise direction Kakul Srivastava.

Picnik's Web-based photograph tools enable shutter bugs to enhance, edit, and black and white photographs on PC, Mac, and Linux chopine in any Web browser. The good news for proprietors of Wi-Fi-enabled photographic cameras is that photographs can be moved directly to the Web and then edited online without having to procedure them using desktop software.

Editing Features

To enable the Picnik tools to look inside Flickr, users merely necessitate to chink on the photograph redact check that appears on the photograph pages. The lone further measure required is to chink on a button to allow Picnik permission to redact and salvage alterations to any photographs stored online.

The photo-editing mathematical functions now available through Flickr include the ability to rotate, resize, and harvest photos, alteration photograph exposure settings, and even take pesky red-eye. A zoom along along control is also on tap that lets photograph editors to zoom in or out while redaction any photo.

Picnik's tools also include respective particular effects, such as as colour boost, achromatic and white, sepia, frames, shapes, text, and soften. Additionally, Flickr members have got the option of applying their redaction bids to a single photograph or an full batch of pictures.

Overseas Maneuvers

Flickr members in demand of more than advanced capablenesses can subscribe up for a subscription-based service priced at $24.95 per year. Picnik Premium supplies entree to higher-end photo-editing tools as well as a "perfect memory" characteristic that enables photographers to undo or remake any redact or particular effect, all the manner back to the original version of the picture.

Like the remainder of the Flickr site, the new Picnik toolset characteristics photo-editing instruction manual in seven languages: Chinese, English, French, German, Korean, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish. The offering will no doubt come up in convenient for Flickr members located in Asia and in Europe, where Yahoo's photo-sharing service confronts stiff competition. According to the up-to-the-minute figs reported by marketplace research house comScore, Imageshack was the standalone photo-site leader with 13 million European visitors, followed by Flickr with 6.5 million visitors, and Piczo with 6.4 million visitors.

Yahoo trusts to derive an border over its photo-sharing rivals abroad as a consequence of its new photo-sharing understanding with planetary communication theory giant Telefonica, which have a particularly strong presence in Europe and Latin America.

As one constituent of a comprehensive trade announced last October, Telefonica's mobile-phone endorsers will be able to see and share their photographs over Flickr as well as browsing or hunt more than one billion mental images posted by Yahoo's photo-sharing service.

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