This is a photography post.
Flickr had an in-line photo editor called Picnik. I used it frequently to make quick on the fly edits to photos I planned to use here or on my Gettysburg Monument Project website. I did mainly simple stuff with it (reserving Photoshop for heavier editing): clone out some sensor dust bunnies, straighten a photo, a quick crop. Simple basic edits. Picnick streamlined the process -- as opposed to digging for the right photo on my hard-drive, firing up Photoshop, editing it in Photoshop, saving it, then re-uploading it to Flickr, I could select the photo in Flickr, click "edit," edit it, and save it to Flickr. It saved several steps -- not insignificant when working with lots of photos.
So although I'd moved my galleries over to SmugMug, I've continued to use Flickr because it was so easy to find the right photo and then edit it on the fly.
Unfortunately, Google bought out Picnik and is shutting it down. That's not Flickr's fault. But what IS Flickr's fault is picking an absolutely awful replacement. Flickr, in it's infinite wisdom, has decided to go with a program called Aviary. Patronizingly, Flickr's official blog claims "Tens of thousands of members edit their photos on Flickr each day, so we know that photo editing is something that the Flickrverse cares about." Yet, Aviary is so simple, so basic that it can't even do very simple tasks like straightening a photo a few degrees or cloning out dust. Offering Aviary as an editing tool and pretending that it's sufficient is an insult to anyone who views photography as even a semi-serious hobby.
Aviary is awful. Period. It is something that *might* have been cool if AOL had introduced it circa 1995. And I'm more than a little miffed that I just re-upped my Flickr account on March 28 for another year. I'm also more than a little miffed that Yahoo! automatically renews Flickr accounts now (I set a reminder in my phone to make sure I don't "accidentally" get renewed for another year).
This is a good chance for SmugMug -- which also uses Picnick and also has to find a replacement online editor -- to potentially grab an even bigger chunk of Flickr's market share.
I'm a paying Flickr customer ... And I'm voting with my wallet. They got me for one more year, but barring them replacing Aviary ... I'm done. (And I'll be done even if they DO replace Aviary with something better if I get used to say using whatever editor SmugMug adopts...)