Posted on July 20, 2006

When Rolf showed me nexImage, an sort of online Photoshop, I thought "nicely done, but what's the point?" Your standard user just wants to perform a few basic actions à la iPhoto: Crop, colour correction, redeye reduction ... Something like that would be great in conjunction with flickr...

A couple of hours later I stumble across preloadr (via the essential Techcrunch), which is exactly that; a free image editing tool for flickr, developed using the same nexImage tech. Here's a screenshot.

You don't even need to create a preloadr account, because it utilises the flickr API. You just give the preloadr site permission (on the flickr website) to access your flickr photos, and away you go. The key question is: are there enough (or any?) people out there uploading to flickr who don't have access to a rudimentary image-editing tool? Preloadr is an impressive piece of browser-based software, but in terms of features, ease-of-use and speed, I don't see it beating it's desktop competitors.

The only real advantage I can see is in editing photos that are already on flickr. The user doesn't have to locate the original file, edit it, replace the photo on flickr. Still, I would rather have a desktop application with flickr-sync. Edit and organise locally, then auto-upload.


On the other hand, preloadr may just be about getting the nexImage technology noticed, in order to licence it to other developers doing stuff with image uploads (blog software, or any kind of CMS), where it can add real value (e.g. crop a user photo to standard size on upload, instead of just a message saying "use your image-editing software to resize this image to 80px x 140px"). In that case, a posting on techcrunch might be is a step in the right direction.