One of our favourite apps on mobile devices is Snapseed, a program Google grabbed when it acquired Nik Software that allows you to edit photos with ease. It disappeared from Windows and Mac earlier this year, but Google has done one step better, making it work on browsers.
Rolling out now to Google Plus users across the planet, Snapseed is being folded into Google’s online system, making it compatible with Chrome on pretty much any platform, and allowing you to edit photos that you’ve uploaded into Google’s social networking service.
With Chrome the main requirement, we expect it will also work on Google’s Chromebook, providing another option for editing photos on the low-end inexpensive computers.
The changes you can make are all browser based, and include basics like brightness, contrast, saturation, sharpness, and cropping, and even go so far as to include creative filters such as black and white, vintage effects, tilt-shift, frames, and dramatic colour modes.
Google has also left in selective adjustment, which was a feature originally rolled out into Nik’s software when it was released as part of Nikon camera releases, and allows you to specifically select points, change the area it controls around it, and modify brightness, contrast, and saturation based on that specific point.
Multiple points can be added, again and again, as you edit your image on the fly, saving the result and sharing it with the rest of the world.
Google’s Snapseed was previously missed when the search giant withdrew it on desktop environments, but left it on mobiles with iOS and Android.