Mugtug Darkroom is a Browser-Based Photo Editor Powered Entirely by HTML5

Mugtug Darkroom is a new browser-based photo editor that uses HTML5 rather than Flash. It was presented at the Google I/O web developer conference yesterday to show off what’s possible with HTML5, the proposed next version of HTML that’s gaining steam.

Web apps taking advantage of HTML can take advantage of new scripting APIs that allow such things as offline data storage and drag and drop functionality.

The app is indeed impressive, but only worked in Firefox 3.6 for us. It might or might not work for you depending on what browser you’re using.

After loading up an image via upload, URL, Flickr, or Picasa, you can do many of the basic edits you might do on a photo in more advanced programs like Photoshop.

Looks like there’s big improvements coming to our internet experience in the very near future.

  • Michael Zhang


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  • Mike

    This is amazing. What incredible technology. I just tried it in Google Chrome and it worked just fine.

  • Steve

    Does not work on chrome

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  • Michael Zhang

    For me, everything worked on the sample image, but I couldn't upload my own.

  • Seán Hayes

    Hi, I'm one of the Darkroom devs. Thanks for your feedback guys. We're currently gathering input on our app and I'd like to get some info on the problems you're experiencing.

    @Mike Great to know everything's working for you, thanks!

    @Steve Which version of Chrome are you using? Does it not show up at all, or are there only certain features that aren't working?

    @Michael You're using Chrome, correct? We're aware of the cause and a fix should be implemented any time now.

  • Michael Zhang

    I tried uploading a 16 megabyte photo for some random reason and it froze up my macbook pro. Not sure if you can check the filesize pre-upload like you can with flash, but it'd be good.

  • Seán Hayes

    Ahh, thanks for pointing that out. Which version of Chrome were you using?

    Can you upload smaller images?

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    Very interesting! Thanks for sharing.

  • Nasimafg

    fuck i cant ever save my photo its jocking

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  • nikon 5000d

    wow this program looks so cool..I really like that it isn’t flash based

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    Wow, that’s great!!! I can edit my photos on browsers.