Edit your photos online

Phixr

If you need to edit your photo but you don’t have Photoshop on your PC Phixr can help you do this online. It is a pretty advanced online photo editor and offers functionality similar to Photoshop Elements. Additionally, Phixr allows to import images from Flickr, Fotopic, Photobucket, Picasa, Smugmug, and Webshots, as well as from any URL and from your local hard drive. After editing the photo can be saved as a JPG, PNG, PDF, GIF or perform OCR (text recognition). Also it can be emailed or uploaded to all of the above, as well as Buzznet, Costco, DropShots, Fotolog, ImageShack, or LiveJournal.

There are at list five similar online services:

So, you have a choice šŸ™‚

UPDATE: Petri Piirainen pointed me to another online tool for image editing – improveyourimages.com. It provides automated solution natural looking and consistent results. It uses innovative method which detects the illumination that was existent when the original photo was taken, detecting any errors of the imaging devices. Better results are achieved through advanced modelling of physics (photonics and color science).

[via Mashable]

Google Gears brings Web 2.0 to offline

Google released an open source toolkit for offline web apps – Google Gears:

It provides 3 significant components to the browser ecosystem. A multithreaded javascript environment, which provides a restricted background taks JavaScript environment for accessing remote data source without blocking the main UI. Adding support for local data storage is a new set of javascript APIs. The storage support transactional data based on SQLite. The last part is local application caching wich hosts data locally and pulls down updated data

The fist web application which starts to use Google Gears is Google Reader. I setup that feature today morning. It works perfect! Waiting for Gmail and Google Docs.

The new technology store online data to be available in offline mode will be very useful for travel web workers and people who have slow internet connection (yes, unfortunately 56K is reality in many places in the world).

[via O’Reilly Radar]