Picasa Web Albums: Collaborative Editing with Picnik
Article by George Norman
On 18 Mar 2011
Back in August 2000, Software Engineer on the Picasa Web Albums team Thomas Kang, was announcing that users can create collaborative albums and let other people add pictures to those albums. After the user checks the “Let people I share with contribute photos” option, others can add pictures to a collaborative album.

Earlier this week the same Thomas Kang announced that the concept of collaborating on albums in Picasa Web Albums has been taken to the next level. Others can now edit photos within a collaborative album using Picnik.


“Picasa Web Albums has expanded the collaborative albums feature to support collaborative editing using Picnik. Now you can invite friends and family to contribute to an album either by uploading photos of their own or by editing any existing photos in that album,” announced Thomas Kang.

Picnik is a handy site that allows you to edit images in the cloud. Simply upload an image to Picnik and you can edit it in your browser window. Mountain View-based search engine giant Google acquired Picnik back in March 2010. By July 2010, Google announced that Picnik was integrated into Picasa Web Albums.

Getting back to the topic at hand, it must be said that if someone decides to edit an image from a collaborative album, that someone will not harm the original. You don’t need to worry that the original photo will be lost. Thomas Kang explains:

“Your original always stays safe and sound as your collaborators make edits to add funny speech bubbles, give you pointers on editing techniques, or pitch in to help you touch up your hundreds of vacation photos. If they edit one of your photos in Picnik and save the changes, it will save back to your album as a new image, and their name will show in the sidebar to give them credit for the new version.”

Tags: Google, Picasa Web Albums, Picnik, Collborative albums
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