Picasa and I aren’t really seeing eye-to-eye these days.

It’s a shame, really, because the relationship looked so promising at first. I loved the one-stop shopping for photo organizing, editing, and publishing. The editing capabilities were spot-on what I needed, and easy to use.

But then I noticed, while he got along fine with the rest of his google-family, he got in the way whenever I wanted to hang out with Flickr and Twitter.  And truth be told, DH never really liked him.

Over the past 6 months or so I have had my albums disappear (losing untold hours of work), wrestled to migrate my pics to an external drive, and jumped through endless hoops to get my photos – with my edits – anywhere other than picasa.com.

Then I met Picnik.

“Jump Right In”. No Kidding. I didn’t even have to sign up for an account! I grabbed a recent photo, started editing, and posted it to Flickr in a matter of minutes.

Minutes spent editing, not hoop-jumping.

The interface is clean and easy to use. There are a bunch of cool features in there that I haven’t even tried yet.

And seriously, you don’t even need an account. You can upload a photo, play with it, then post it and/or save it to your hard drive without giving out so much as your phone-number email address.

Oh, and Picnik gets along with all the cool kids:

It feels a little weird that Picasa and Picnik already know each other, but we’re all grownups here. We’ll get over it.