The Verge fails to mention the main driving force for this decision: Photopea. Someone made a perfectly working photoshop clone that’s good enough for 99% of people. It exploded in popularity a while ago, and they announced Photoshop online shortly after. They don’t want to lose relevance.
And it doesn’t need an account.
With Krita, Gimp and Inkscape, who needs Photoshop?
Sometimes there is no other option but to use a proprietary app, if there are no valid FOSS alternatives, but in the case of Photoshop there are and very good ones.
No adds or upgrade nags with FOSS
A not so wise man once said…
"Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me — you can’t get fooled again"
I’m not their target market, because if anyone asked me I’d say krita/inkscape/affinity apps.
I will never use it regardless of the price. Adobe can go fuck itself
For a long time now I mainly use online editors, which allow me to quickly retouch an image on the fly, without having to leave the browser. One of these editors is, for example, MiniPaint, online and OpenSource. It has, not so “mini”, all the necessary basic functions (layers, filters, effects…). Also works fine in Mobile.
I also use LunaPic, although it is not OpenSource, it is a recommended editor, no account, something atypical, it is a semi-automatic editor, it has more than 200 tools, especially regarding animated gifs, it allows you to edit gifs directly without having to to do it frame by frame, allows you to convert video to gif (up to 100 frames), even remove objects from a photo (remove and inpaint) undo with random access by thumbnails, has a browser extension (in the corresponding stores), which allows you to edit images from the context menu, save the image in disk or upload them to different hosts an sites to share.
This allows you to actually edit and get a link on the fly while posting to a social network in just a few clicks.
The only lack is that there are no layer functions, but it can be done with the own clipboard functions (Copy, past and swap with clipboard) and the undo thumbnails.
I think that with these two you have practically everything covered that you can expect from an online editor.
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