Adobe launched the web-based Photoshop Express recently and I’m trying to figure out if it’s any better or worse than Flickr’s (picnik.com) web-based image editing tool. Adobe offers 2GB of storage, which is better storage than the free Flickr account, however, Express isn’t meant to be a photo sharing site like Flickr.
The functionality isn’t terribly interesting yet, but image editing is Adobe’s bread and butter, so I would expect the functionality to grow in the coming months.
The one immediate limitation I noticed is the requirement of Flash Player 9 to run the Express. I tried visiting the site with my current version of FireFox and got a blank screen. I suspected it was a problem with my version of Flash player. When I upgraded my Flash Player to the current version (9), it worked fine.
I hope Adobe continues to build on this platform. It’s an interesting idea and this space could use some decent competition.