Friday, March 28, 2008

Adobe Photoshop Express

I got a note asking about the new Adobe Photoshop Express beta that's available (click here to check it out).

It seems to me to be like an on-line, flash driven version of Elements. With that in mind, and the fact that it's free to try, would likely make it attractive to some users. But, with everything that's free ... check the fine print.

Here's Section 8 of the Terms and Conditions:

8. Use of Your Content. 

1. Adobe does not claim ownership of Your Content. However, with respect to Your Content that you submit or make available for inclusion on publicly accessible areas of the Services, you grant Adobe a worldwide, royalty-free, nonexclusive, perpetual, irrevocable, and fully sublicensable license to use, distribute, derive revenue or other remuneration from, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, publicly perform and publicly display such Content (in whole or in part) and to incorporate such Content into other Materials or works in any format or medium now known or later developed. 

2. “Publicly accessible” areas of the Services are those areas of the Adobe network of properties that are intended by Adobe to be available to the general public. However, publicly accessible areas of the Services do not include Services intended for private communication or areas off the Adobe network of properties such as portions of World Wide Web sites that are accessible via hypertext or other links but are not hosted or served by Adobe.

In other words, you might not want to use this service for case work.

Other than that issue, check it out with your private stuff. Another tool is another tool.

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