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Pics.io Goes Live! Brings Browser-Based, Google Drive-Powered RAW Editing and Photo Organization to All

It was just over a year ago that we told you about Pics.io, a platform that promised to bring the RAW editing and photo organization capabilities of programs like Lightroom to your browser.

Well, after a year spent mostly under wraps and unusable, Pics.io is officially in public beta and ready for the world take it for a spin.

To briefly hit on the main points covered in our initial coverage, Pics.io is an effort to bring your photo editing workflow to the browser, only rather than hosting — and charging — you to host your photos on their servers, they tap into Google Drive, a much more stable and affordable option.

Once connected with Google Drive, Pics.io acts as Lightroom-on-the-go, if you will, letting you edit everything from JPEGs to Canon and Nikon RAW files. And, as is standard for any photo management platform, you can also organize, label, tag and otherwise tweak your images.

According to its founders, Pics.io has taken long strides since its introduction as a private alpha, running far smoother and offering much more capability in terms of quality. And we have to say, the idea of Lightroom’s organization AND RAW editing capabilities being available in your browser is very intriguing to us.

To give it a shot for yourself, head on over to Pics.io’s website and take a look. All you need to sign up is a Google Account with Drive set up and some photos to edit.


 
  • oldtaku

    Has Google Drive fixed their insane throttling on desktop client (a whole day to upload 10 MB, which sugarsync and dropbox did in a couple minutes) or does this bypass that like Picasa does?

  • http://www.sin3rgy-creative.com/ David Liang

    Hmm…I’m convinced enough to at least try it, there’s a lot of potential.

  • http://toptechphoto.com/ Konstantin Shtondenko

    Attention, guys. This is still beta. Some bugs may appear, be patient, please :)

  • Kyle Sanders

    What’s the long-term plan for monetization? Monthly subscription based on number of files in the collections?

  • http://toptechphoto.com/ Konstantin Shtondenko

    Much likely won’t limit the number of files in the collections. Considering something around $5/mo and $40/yr for the basic plan. Very competitive pricing against Flickr and other similar services, IMO.

  • Cl Sales

    I was excited, but I already have over 100GB of images on Google Drive, and I would have to reimport them all. It would be great if we could just use any photos on Google Drive, wherever they are.

  • http://www.dariotoledophoto.com/ Dario Toledo

    Call me when it supports Pentax RAWs.

  • hawk1500

    no dng support?

  • http://toptechphoto.com/ Konstantin Shtondenko

    This is a feature we’re building right now. Have you registered so we could email you when it’s there?

  • http://toptechphoto.com/ Konstantin Shtondenko

    Supports Canon, Nikon, Sony, Olympus and DNG (except Leica’s and Hasselblad’s DNG).

  • http://capturemonkey.com jarnoh

    I had high hopes for this, hoping for “Lightroom in a cloud” solution, but instead I see something that is more like GIMP in cloud, poor usability, but without the powerful features.

  • http://toptechphoto.com/ Konstantin Shtondenko

    The editing needs work, you’re right. But how do you like image management part? I adore hierarchical collections that are created with just clicking “plus sign”. Much better than in Lightroom with dialogue window, IMO.

  • http://capturemonkey.com jarnoh

    Hard to say, since there isn’t that much functionality. Maybe I’m just used to LR, but the pick flags are really confusing. There is no metadata editing, just viewing. Are you guys going to create LR catalog integration?

  • http://toptechphoto.com/ Konstantin Shtondenko

    Maybe, we should change the icons for flags (I was thinking about this too). What do you mean by integration? Lightroom upload plugin or two-side syncing? If the latter – totally not. This won’t work properly.

  • http://capturemonkey.com jarnoh

    Two-way of course. I’m not getting why it wouldn’t work, of course there is no substitution for ACR processing pipeline, but two-way file sync and metadata editing would be nice. Adobe didn’t nail it, their catalog does not load from cloud and having just one catalog is ridiculous.

  • http://toptechphoto.com/ Konstantin Shtondenko

    This won’t work, because of the nature of Adobe’s catalog. It is SQLite database that can be accessed by only one client a time. That’s also a reason they don’t allow to put it on a network drive.

  • http://capturemonkey.com jarnoh

    I’m talking about LR plugin that adds remote RAW files from cloud and later syncs changes between cloud and LR.

  • http://toptechphoto.com/ Konstantin Shtondenko

    Oh, misunderstood you. BTW, Pics.io will have a desktop app too (Chrome App, to be more precise). It will allow offline access and editing. Of course, you will decide how many files you want to be able to access locally

  • http://www.dariotoledophoto.com/ Dario Toledo

    I’m shooting PEF and I don’t think I’ll reconsider this just so I can try this raw processor. It HAS to support PEFs.