SnipShot Competes With Picnik Head-On

By Amit Chowdhry ● Feb 19, 2007

Late last month I wrote about the online photo editor, Picnik. And at the time, I was thinking that online photo editing couldn’t get any better. But it turns out that I was wrong. As of today, Snipshot is the best that I have seen.

First reason: The Snipshot import Bookmarklet makes it easy to edit any image you find on any website.

Second reason: Snipshot has an API that allows you to embed the pics that you edit online seamlessly on to your own websites.

Third reason: Import pictures directly from a picture or (1st page of) PDF file URLs.

Once you are done editing your files, you can also export the images to your Flickr or Webshots account. Also, you can save the image as a PNG, GIF, JPG, PSD, TIF, and/or PDF. Image alteration features include Undo, Resize, Crop, Enhance, Adjust (Size, Brightness, Contrast, Saturation, Hue, Sharpness), and Rotate.

In terms of the number of features, Picnik’s basket of goods is a little bit greater. Both have a pretty sleek UI though.

SnipShot has been funded by Y-Combinator, early-stage investors of JamGlue and Reddit. Both, Picnik and SnipShot are great tools, but the fact that they are substitutable of each other is a bit worrying.

Picnik and SnipShot are relatively new and may stand in the way of each other’s progression. It is survival of the fittest at this point and it seems like SnipShots evolutionary path is in the lead because of its website-importing interconnectivity.

It appears that Picnik utilizes Adobe Flash technology, whereas SnipShot uses server-side Java processing. This could cause SnipShot to hit a wall if the site really takes off and there are many users logged into the site at once.

Because YouTube utilizes Flash media, the video-sharing site did not have as many technical difficulties as the site should have had with all that incoming traffic.