You can now edit photos directly in Picasa Web Albums. In March, Google bought online image-editing tool, Picnik. Today the fruits of that purchase make their way into Picasa Web Albums, the online photo-sharing app integrated with Google's desktop Picasa application.
Tech blog ReadWriteWeb details the new Edit in Picnik feature (which we still aren't seeing in our Picasa accounts — so it's probably one of those slow rollouts):
Picnik allows users to perform basic photo editing functions like cropping and resizing pictures. In addition, users can add effects, stickers and frames to their pictures. For an additional fee of $US4.95 a month (or $US24.95 a year), users can get access to more advanced editing tools and additional effects, fonts and stickers. Until now, Picasa users only had the option to edit photos in the Picasa desktop application.
It's a nice addition to Picasa Web Albums, especially since Flickr has had Picnik editing capabilities since the end of 2007. The question remains as to whether or not Flickr will keep its Picnik integration now that Google owns Picnik, but that's not of much concern to Picasa users. What is strange is that Google's making advanced Picnik editing a premium service. I suppose that any editing is better than nothing, though.
As I mentioned, we're still not seeing this in our Picasa accounts, so it may be one of Google's slow rollouts. If you are able to kick the tires on the new feature, let's hear how you like it in the comments.