Pixlr, a program from Sweden that some compare to Photoshop Express, is a web-based photo editing software that really holds it’s weight. When you click on the Pixlr.com link, you will immediately be brought to the site and invited to “jump right in” and begin using the software. Flash based, it is actually really rather simple to use for anyone even vaguely familiar with photo editing.
It has some of the same options that you’ve probably seen if you have worked in PE, though I certainly wouldn’t go so far as to put them in the same class. The windows can be moved anywhere in the open space that you like, and you also have the option of moving the toolbars wherever you are comfortable positioning them (same as Photoshop). Speed was decent in my opinion. It took 4 seconds for the program to upload a 1200×800 photo from my computer for me to edit. You obviously don’t have all the editing selections you have in Express, but for someone looking for the basics, and ahem, a free program, this could definitely work just fine. It offers editing options like Brightness/Contrast, Hue/Saturation, the obvious ability to crop and layer photos, it even offers what it calls “Old Photo” (which is kind of a cross between sepia and black and white).
When you are finished editing, you simply click on “Save” image, and you are able to save your edited image to your computer. For a free web-based photo-editing program, it isn’t bad.