Graduate student hopes to build on photo-manipulation Web site

Jeff Gilbride

Brandeis University student Nich Wattanasin is hoping his photo-friendly Web site is the next big thing in the digital imaging world.

PicResize.com is a Web site that allows anyone to resize, crop and edit images directly on the Internet, from any computer with a browser.

Since he created the site in 2005, PicResize.com has augmented close to 1.5 million photos from thousands of users, Wattanasin said.

"In school I developed it as a little tool. My friends were asking for an easy way to resize digital pictures online," he said. "Most computers don't have (Adobe) Photoshop (a computer program for editing images). Then I kept making additional features and additions to the program."

Last week, Wattanasin debuted a new version of the Web site online (PicResize.com version 3.0) allowing users a variety of new online tools to tweak images at no cost.

"For example, a person who owns a celebrity blog site can link and 'pass' all his/her celebrity photos into PicResize and allow his/her users to edit celebrity photos directly on PicResize, automatically," Wattanasin said. "Another example is for a company like Coldwell Banker, who allows each Realtor to create their own realty home page. Coldwell Banker can integrate PicResize into their (Web site) so that each Realtor posting a house photo can automatically use PicResize to resize, crop, or touch-up that house picture before posting it."

To ensure the safety of the user, every photo that is uploaded to the site is automatically deleted within 20 minutes. Close to 5,000 images are uploaded to the site every day, according to Wattanasin.

Wattanasin, 23, who lives on Floyd Street, said he is trying to move his entire Web site operation to the Boston area.

"PicResize is powered by 10 servers in New Jersey. I have a rack of servers in New Jersey because I used to live there," he said. "I'm planning to move all the equipment to Boston soon but that will take some time."

In the meantime, Wattanasin said he is busy pursuing a master's degree in information technology management at Brandeis.

In the future, he said he plans to market his Web site to different companies in the Waltham area as a money-making venture.

"I've been living in Waltham for a little bit and I know Waltham is the location for the largest venture capital companies in the country," he said. "I would be interested in perhaps further investing or (acquiring a) sponsorship from larger companies."

For more information, contact Wattanasin at nich@nich.net or visit www.picresize.com.

Jeff Gilbride can be reached at 781-398-8005 or at jgilbrid@cnc.com

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