Google has come up with a neat idea that will help them deliver new photo editing features to their Picasa desktop software more quickly while users won’t have to install any updates.

picasa with picnik

They have integrated Picnik, which is one of the best online image editing apps, with the desktop version of Picasa. That means you can open an image inside Picasa, edit it using Picnik and the change are saved directly to your local disk – all this without leaving Picasa.

Picnik offers a much wider array of image effects and photo-retouching tools and you can now access them all from with Picasa. The integration is nearly perfect and you may not even realize that you are editing photos inside a web-app and not a desktop application. You however need to be online to use the Picnik toolset.

Picnik integration is available in Picasa 3.8 and the software is available for Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7.

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