Saturday, September 01, 2007

Network-based image editors

We do most of our image editing using stand alone applications like Photoshop, but there are also network-based image editors. TechCrunch surveyed several recently and FotoFlexer has come out subsequently.

What are the pros and cons of using a network-based image editor compared to a desktop program?


  1. One of the pros is gaining access to one's pictures from any computer; however, the disadvantage is when the server is down. No personal files can be accessed. Raquel Mireles

  2. The biggest benefit of network-based image editors is for college students or those of us on limited incomes. Many of the most well-known graphics editors, such as Adobe Photoshop and Jasc Paint Shop Pro, have a price tag of well over $600. Best Buy currently has the latest version of Photoshop (CS3) for $649.99 plus tax. Corporations may be able to swallow this cost as a necessity for their employees but many individual users simply cannot afford this steep a price when there are other bills to pay.
    The disadvantage of network-based image editors is the issue of accessibility. Not everyone has an Internet connection at home. However, there are plenty of open-source image editors that can be downloaded locally and installed on the end-user's computer that would resolve this issue.