Free online photo editing tool, Picnik, looks highly usable

Subject: Free online photo editing tool, Picnik, looks highly usable
From: Kathleen MacDowell <kathleen -at- writefortheuser -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com, Lone Writers <stclwrsig-l -at- mailman -dot- stc -dot- org>, STC Usability and UX discussion group <stcusesig_l -at- mailman -dot- stc -dot- org>
Date: Thu, 6 Aug 2009 11:10:01 -0500

I saw Picnik mentioned in a newsletter from SitePoint (

I just browsed through the menus and looked at a few effects--I was

The thing that impressed me the most was the way the menus are organized and
laid out. For example, if you open the effects menu, a side area opens up
with examples of each option, similar to programs that show you what a type
font looks like in addition to its name.

Whoever worked on developing the interface (and documentation?) did a super
job. I might be going out on a limb, as I haven't delved into the program,
but I'd say it's the type of product that would be produced if a
writer/documentation specialist had the opportunity to work closely with the
development team, per some recent list discussions.

I'll be interested in others' opinions.

Kathleen MacDowell
kathleen -at- writefortheuser -dot- com
kathleen -dot- eamd -at- gmail -dot- com

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