I've been becoming rather blase lately about online image editing.
With a good number of freely available tools such as Picnik, (my personal favourite), and Adobe due to launch the free online version of Photoshop
before the end of the year, there is certainly plenty to experiment with.
However, VectorMagic (beta)
from Stanford, made my day, and I think this Web 2.0 service opens up a new
dimension in Web 2.0 graphic editing. Up till now I have found it necessary to use Adobe Illustrator
to convert bit maps into vectors for editing, but I suspect this tool will make my use of Illustrator for basic tasks much less frequent, just in the same way that Picnik changed my dependence on Photoshop.
only does the tool deliver an excellent conversion, it is fast
and intuitive, making it a delight to use. With some good basic editing tools, context sensitive help, and the ability to download you images as an .eps or .SVG
this is a really useful tool. When you add the ability to store your finished
graphics online and share them, then this becomes a very powerful tool
indeed. The potential for creating re-usable vector 'assets or learning
objects' is not to be sniffed at.
In my experience, working with schools, teachers often shied away from vector graphics. So if it is necessary to explain " the difference between bitmaps and vectors" in enjoyable way, then this is the bees knees.