For the last 3 months, the whole Internet community was boiling from the news about sudden Picnik shutdown. Picnik was a tremendously popular online photo editor. Since April 2012 it does not exist any longer. Google, the Picnik owner, suggests everyone switch to Google+ network or Picasa as a Picnik replacement. But these options do not attract all hard core Picnik fans. However, there’s a hope for the good. Meet PicMonkey, a new and dead simple Picnik alternative made by ex-Picnik developers.
Launched over a month ago, PicMonkey is like a reflection of the old good Picnik. Like Picnik, PicMonkey can do all photo editing jobs: rotate, crop, edit, apply effects, improve photos, adjust light, colors, add frames, text, objects, watermarks, etc. An avid Picnik user will notice a lot of similarities in the 2 online photo editors.
PicMonkey has inherited the following from Picnik:
- similar features wrapped in all-one online app;
- easy photo upload;
- smooth and fast online editing;
- premium and basic features;
- no account registration;
Besides, PicMonkey photo editing behavior resembles Picnik. It means that when you edit a photo or apply an effect, you can customize its quality, depth, level, etc. Thus, some photo manipulations may be more complicated than in unpretentious Loonapix, Photomontager or Pixlr-o-Matic. But yet, PicMonkey’s solid photo editing toolbox may offer more control to advanced users and will not cause troubles to Picnik fans.
There are minor differences. For example, in PicMonkey the well-known editing menu with key features like “Edit”, “Effects”, “Touch Up”, “Text”, and “Frames” was moved to the left working panel. The same panel was located on the top in Picnik. However, there is no an inbuilt collage making feature for the moment. If you do need collages, you’d better try special web apps like Photovisi, piZap, Polaroid Tagger or BeFunky.
Upon the whole, PicMonkey is good at photo editing for a new web app. Since PicMonkey is really young, it promises more cool stuff to come soon. It sounds reasonable to add such necessary things as:
- upload ready photos to online photo sharing sites like Facebook, Flickr or Photbucket;
- mobile apps for iPad, iPhone and Android. Currently PicMonkey works only on computers that support Adobe Flash technology;
- transparent pricing plans and options to get rid of PicMonkey watermark on premium elements;
- offline printing solutions;
- online photo storage and accounts for regular users.
Let’s wish good luck for a small and brave photo app and see whether PicMonkey authors can repeat Picnik success story or not.