While I appreciate Adobe letting us use their service without any apparent cost, you should read the fine print…
From the Photoshop Express terms of service :
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.
While they don’t claim they own your images, it sounds like they can do whatever they want with them, without even a “please” or a “thank you”.
Check out the new Adobe Photoshop Express site! I just signed up and grabbed the nyc.photoshop.com url. It looks like a cross between Picassa and Lightroom, the difference being that it is all web based. They are giving 2gb of free storage to start. My main beef with Picassa was that it didn’t allow much control over the tuning features (especially sharpening). The editing features of Express, while simple, seem to give you a little more control. Check it out… and grab your personal url quickly!
* Just a quick note… not surprisingly, the new Express application does not support raw files.
I’ve made some changes to the site recently… my goal is to make the site look cleaner, and make the image viewing experience a little nicer.
- I have pulled Google AdSense in-line and sidebar ads off of the site. They added no value to visitors, and generated about $22 in income over 1 1/2 years.
- I am going to try the Amazon Associate program, which is as obtrusive as you want it to be. I’ve started putting some appropriate product links to items I’ve used, or have a personal interest in. I already had to remove the “product preview” script which appears when you hover over a link, because it was annoyingly slow. I may add a sidebar with recommended products in the near future. I’m not looking to get rich here, just maybe earn enough to cover my hosting fees.
- Finally, I have added the amazing Lightbox plugin for WordPress to the site. It’s a little extra work to create the thumbnails, but the end result is a much better experience for the viewer. I will be putting up larger images, and I will also be posting some gallery pages from my collection.
If you happen to drop in here, please leave me a quick note and let me know what you think of the site and the images (good or bad, I still like to see feedback). Thanks for reading!