Adobe's Photoshop Express heralds Golden age of Free

Graphics giant Adobe couldn't stay put and watch other smaller competitors like the excellent Picnik grab the headlines with great free online photo editors

Which is why, Adobe is launching Photoshop Express Beta, a cut down version of its flagship product based on its RIA (Rich Internet Application) platform.

Users will be provided with 2GB worth of space, enough for thousands of photos to be shared in "creative ways" including posting them on popular websites like Myspace or Facebook.

Photoshop Express integrates rather seamlessly with the aforementioned websites, allowing you to edit Facebook photos directly online

However, Webware lifted a few lines in the terms of services which might deter a few potential candidates.

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.

Is Adobe planning a stock images service for later? Probably not, but these lines should make potential Photoshop Express users think several times before they upload their photos online.

Photoshop Express could potentially be the first of a number of free web-aware Adobe products with potential candidates being Contribute, the back to basics HTML editor and Freehand, the vector-based drawing software.