Online applications: raster image editors

One of the topics I’ve delved the most into while creating my graduation project last year was web-based applications – “application-like” websites in which you can do tasks that were usually restricted to full-fledged applications you usually have to install on your own computer.

In my opinion, there’s this silent revolution going on, where we’re moving many (but not all) of the tasks we usually need to do on a computer to web-based applications. Researching – and, specially, actually using those applications – made me understand the whole thing a bit better. It’s not just about the Cloud or about social media or whatever Web 2.0 is supposed to be about, it’s also about the fact that web-based applications can be pretty helpful under certain situations – something I learned first-hand when I was almost forced to switch all my in-college text editing to Google Docs, after they uninstalled Open Office from the campus’ computers.

This is a bigger topic and this article about “The Netbook Effect’ on Wired can probably explain it better than I could.

Anyway, it turns out there’s some nifty applications out there. Since I have a list of similar apps I used on my graduation project presentation, and prompted by a question from a friend, I figured I’d post them here in the hopes such a list is useful for someone else. So here it is: a list or raster image (bitmap) editors that are web-based and can be ran from anywhere with no installation. Most of them are based on Flash.

Full-fledged, Photoshop-style image editors:

Simpler, yet very useful image editors:

Tools

Experimental stuff

Have I forgotten something?

  • I was completely unaware of rsizer. That is a super useful tool! I love that it does seam carving.

  • Zeh

    “Seam carving”, that’s the name, damn, couldn’t remember it. Thanks Peter!

  • Nice list, some of which I didn’t know yet. Gotta push through on my own project, just to be added to the list one day 😉

  • miha

    I hardly wait HTML 5!

    (drag & drop, app icons and shortcuts, etc)

  • Zeh

    Good one, hadn’t heard of it before. Added, thanks!