Yesterday, we went over the first three. Today we'll finish up our list of software options. Hopefully you'll see one that appeals to you!
Phoenix (aviary's photo editing software)
Phoenix is similar to ipiccy in that you need to enable local storage if you want to save your creations. The photos save to the software online and you are given specific URLs for the image. You can publish your photos to "aviary" to "make them discoverable" - which seems a lot like photobucket or flickr, but it doesn't seem as easy to set up (albums? categories? galleries? I don't know...)
limited special effects and filters
Arg. Dumb watermark.
Similar to picnik in ease and aesthetic.
Can only upload one photo at a time.
No premade basic shape stickers - just fun ones, holiday ones and speech bubbles
be funky is definitely user-friendly. For a lot of the filter effects and artsy effects you can see a little preview of the overall idea of the effect before you even apply it, so it’s nice to know what they do if you aren’t familiar with the titles. Also, there is a history button at the bottom so once you apply an effect and don’t want it anymore you can click on history and go back to the original. They have most of the same effects and filters that picnik had, and a few I hadn't used. Some that I really liked were the “enhance detail” function and the Fisheye Effect. The “united colors” effect was fun - a lot like a toned down popart. One of the coolest effects available is the tilt shift tool - it looks really professional and is fully customizable - size, amount of blur, angle - you can do horizontal or circular. Love that. The only thing I'm not crazy about with that is that you can't place it anywhere you want in the photo - it's always exactly in the middle. There are four different vintage effects(!) and their viewfinder effects are really cool, too (there are 12 of those)! There are a decent amount of font options, not quite as many as picnik. If it had clone, collage and basic shape stickers to add it would be pretty near perfect. Darn it.
a lot like picnik, so there's not much to learn
Can only upload one photo at a time - no storage on the software
no collage - yet
picmonkey has said that they are aiming to be just as user-friendly “or better” than picnik. (see their new FB page - picmonkey on facebook - for more details.) You can also leave them feedback on FB - they say “We're tracking every single feature request. We're planning on launching with most of the favorites, we've got some new tricks up our sleeves, and the rest will surely follow.” So if you want something, might as well try it!
1/2 star - Well, maybe this rating isn't entirely fair.
So who wins out?
I believe I'll be using ipiccy for the time being - but I will definitely keep my eye on picmonkey to see what future updates bring.
How about you?