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Last Updated: Thursday, 15 March 2007, 16:51 GMT
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Kate Russell
By Kate Russell
Click Webscape-r

Kate Russell gives us her latest selection of the best sites on the World Wide Web.

Picnik website

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You might remember we recently told you that Adobe is developing an online and completely free version of Photoshop, its world-famous imaging software.

But while that's undeniably exciting for photographers, there's another online image editor which has just been launched, and is making waves - at picnik.com.

Picnik makes it a snap to give your photos a serious makeover - and add a touch of creative flair to boot. Instead of downloading the imaging application to your computer, here you upload your pictures to the site.

The site uses flash to give you all the basic editing tools you'd expect, as well as a bunch of creative effects, which work a treat, updating in real-time.

This type of online model could be really useful if you're on the road and want to brush up your snaps in an internet cafe before sending them off to friends or even adding them to your own Flickr account directly from the site.

It's a real gem - and because it's still in beta there are new features being added the whole time.


Digg website

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Next up is a site which many of you will already be aware of - after all it's among the top 100 most popular sites on the web. But for those of you who don't - well, you'll really dig this.

Digg.com is a social content site - one which combines social book marking with blogging - and all democratically controlled by its users.

News stories and websites are submitted by users and the most popular are promoted to the front page. The emphasis used to be on technology and science but the site's expanded to include a variety of other categories like world, business, sports, and gaming.

There's a dedicated section too for podcasts and video, which depending on its source is sometimes embedded straight into the site. All the content is free to view but you have to join the other million people who've registered to access certain features like promoting - or digging - stories and commenting on stories.

Under each section you can filter the stories, by popularity over time - as long as a year - and also watch the stories which are just becoming hot.

The site's simple enough for anyone to use but also offers several advanced features -like a profanity filter - which is great if you want your kids to explore the site but are worried about some of the posts.


Dohop website

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Now, if you've been planning a trip, ever wondered how to fly from point A to point B anywhere in the world - which airlines go there, when, and what price you'll pay? Well if you have this next site is a revelation.

Dohop.com is extremely simple to use and covers 660 airlines right around the world. Simply type in where you're going to and from - with a handy autocomplete making this even easier. When you've selected your dates, the site almost instantaneously gives you at-a-glance detailed information about the route and prices.

What I really like are the filters on the left, which allow you to refine your search and see the results update before your eyes.

One really clever touch is the slider to control departure and arrival times - a really easy and intuitive way of getting valuable information in no time at all.

A brilliant site in concept, and very well executed.




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