Back in May, Adobe announced the launch of Adobe Photoshop Express, a public beta featuring a free Rich Internet Application (RIA) available to anyone who wants to store, sort and show off digital photos online.
Four months into their beta release, thanks to user feedback, Photoshop Express has made some updates, many focused on basic functionality that allow for simple ways to upload, customize and share their photos. Beta users were solicited for feedback on product features and functionality in hopes that it would help Photoshop Express evolve. With a tag line that boast Express as "Simple, Fun and Accessible" the newest addition to the Photoshop family line allows users to store up to 2 gigabytes of images online for free, make edits to their photos, and share them online in creative ways, including downloading and uploading photos from popular social networking sites like Facebook.
Seamless uploading lets users upload photos more easily with Photoshop® Express Uploader, which features an improved drag and drop functionality and a one-stop quick download. Users can add a soundtrack to photo slide shows, tags photos, print digital photos via Shutterfly and download photos from others' public albums.
While many of these functionalities seem basic and second-nature, the appeal of Photoshop Express is that it provides very basic Photoshop functions, which helps users edit their photos, without having to invest in Photoshop and other Photoshop products.
But that's not to say that they don't want you to. They keep the basics very basic, so that you might just want to invest in CS3 to help you layer elements or apply filters not otherwise available in the web-based Express.
For those who are only looking for a simple, fun, accessible way to upload, edit and share their photos online, Photoshop Express might just be the right fit.