Snipshot to the Rescue!

by Don Burnett

Today I noticed yet another entry to the web, when I was reading someone’s ridiculous posting claiming Microsoft was dead. The only real revelation I came to is the person realized that he probably could do all his computing needs without a Microsoft product on his machine. This is something I have known for years, but apparently it’s new news to those who haven’t used other operating systems.

Anyway part of the document said that even Photoshop could be done on the web and they provided a link. Well I kinda baulked at that and went to the link anyway.

Okay well Adobe you are safe, it’s not Photoshop by a long way. Snipshot is a very nice tool for basic image editing including cropping, format conversion, and basic image processing stuff (the kind of thing you can do with free applications like Photoshop Album).

Snipshot Features:

  •  Firefox extension to put Snipshot in your right-click menu
  • free API lets you use Snipshot for your own website
  • No download necessary—100% browser based, no plug-ins required
  • One-click import from any web site (including Flickr) with our bookmarklet
  • Save to a free permanent URL at WebShots or to your Flickr account
  • Save as GIF, JPG, PDF, PNG or TIF
  • One-click enhance improves most images
  • Basic editing tools like crop, rotate, resize
  • Basic image adjustments like contrast, brightness, saturation, sharpness and hue
  • Unlimited undo and redo (Ctrl+Z and Ctrl+Y, or ⌘Z and ⌘Y on your Mac)
  • Nondestructive editing—we always work from the original
  • Edit big pictures—up to 10 MB, or 25 megapixels (5000×5000 pixels)
  • Import PDF (first page only), EPS or SVG

    The best feature may be the product’s API.. I am looking at it right now to see if I can incorporate it into my own website and hopefully WPF/E application. It seems simple and easy so far. 

    With Snipshot people can do things like upload photos to company websites and make the pictures look better without opening an image editing tool and they don’t have to be familiar with image editing and that’s really cool.

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