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All posts tagged "photo sharing"


Friday, December 3, 2010

Mashables 4 Photo Sharing Alternatives To Flickr And Facebook

Posted by Andy Dixon in "Digital Home Software" @ 05:00 PM

http://mashable.com/2010/11/30/phot...g-alternatives/

"More than 130 years after George Eastman invented roll film, still photography remains one of the most expressive and enduring ways that individuals from all over the world capture and share their experiences. That's why it's not really a surprise that photo sharing sites were some of the first social sites to appear on the Internet(). Today, the photo sharing category of sites and apps is largely dominated by the two big players, Facebook() and Flickr(). Both services are a great way to share photographs and video with family members, friends, online acquaintances and even the random Internet visitor. However, the world of photo sharing sites and tools goes far beyond just these services."

These four alternative photo sharing sites suggested by Mashable are all new to me. I've been using Picasa for a while for sharing pictures with my family and friends and hadn't really considered any other products. However, I think I will check these out and compare to Picasa to see if I am missing out on any features or functionality that would benefit me more, or even one thats a little more simple to browse as I know my elderly mother does struggle with Picasa.


Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Easy Photo Sharing With Dropbox

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Software" @ 07:00 AM

There are a lot of ways to share photos online, but not all of them are as easy as others. Dropbox, a popular file synchronization service, has one of of the quickest and simplest methods I've seen. Read more...


Thursday, June 24, 2010

Flickr Announces New Look to Site

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home News" @ 05:00 PM

http://blog.flickr.net/en/2010/06/2...photos-happier/

"For over six years, you’ve made Flickr the place to be for photos. Billions of photos of the places you’ve been, the things you’ve seen, and the people in your lives. It’s an amazing photographic record that continues to amaze us. So as part of our Ongoing Quest to Make Flickr More WonderfulTM, we’d like to introduce… a new photo page!"

I'm not sure how many of our readers use Flickr, but I do, despite the ironical fact that it's not such a great platform for ACTUALLY viewing photos. The default click to enlarge a photo from a thumbnail brings you to a photo that's... 500 pixels wide. In a time when 1680x1050 screens are cheap and common, and most last generation panels being 1280 pixels wide, 500 pixels is not very big. Flickr doesn't help by having a fairly cluttered layout (not customisable as far as I know) that jams info alongside the photo instead of below it.

So Flickr's big announcement is now, they will be moving forward to a new larger default size for photos! It will be in glorious...

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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Fotonauts: Wikipedia for Photos?

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Articles & Resources" @ 01:00 PM

http://news.cnet.com/8301-17939_109...10036812-2.html

"An estimated 500 million images are captured every day, but less than 5 percent end up on major photo sharing sites...The former CTO of NeXT and Apple's application division, Hullot showed off fotonauts,a kind of Wikipedia for photos at TechCrunch50. Currently in private beta for Windows and Mac users, the Web application stores 1080p thumbnails of photos from major services and provides synchronization of photos across multiple services. As a result, fotonauts allows users to share, remix and reuse and enrich images across multiple services, Hullot said. Fotonauts includes an event stream for people or albums a user is following, and a drag and drop facility for moving image into different albums."

Fotonauts aims to solve a very real problem: how do we find relevant images? Right now most of us probably go to Google, type in what we're looking for, and switch to the image tab. That tends to work pretty well, but Google is only able to tap into a fraction of the images that are out there. If there was a way for me to pull in images from Smugmug and add rich data to them, I think I'd do it. The big challenge for Fotonauts will probably be the same challenge faced by most online photo sharing sites: pornography. Unless they can find a way to keep it clean, the value of it as a service will go way down. After the break, there's a video worth checking out if you want to see Fotonauts in action - though you'll want to crank your Universal Translator to 11 because the presenter has a thick accent that's somewhat hard to decode. Read more...


Friday, May 9, 2008

Sharing Event Photos Just Got Easier With Shwup

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Digital Home Articles & Resources" @ 09:21 AM

http://www.shwup.com

"You know the problem: it's a party, or a sports event, or a vacation. Some people took photos. Maybe someone brought a camcorder. One guy promises to email his shots around. Somebody else plans to post their pictures online. The third person swears he'll send everyone a DVD, as soon as he edits his video. And do you ever get to see any of those pictures? Yeah, we already know the answer. That's why we built shwup. We make it fall-off-your-chair easy for you to get everyone's photos and videos together online in a shared private album."



It sur3 s0unds lik3 Shwup pw0ns th3 pr0blem of event ph0t0 sharing! Sorry, I couldn't resist throwing in some l33t-speak there; Shwup is such a silly name, it sounds like a move in a FPS game. I guess all the cool names are taken. ;-) Silly name or not, Shwup looks like it might help solve the photo sharing problem from a different angle - on their Learn More page I read that after you invite people to your private album, they don't need to create an account or sign in to view it. Nice. And, better yet, if they want to contribute their own photos or videos to your album, they just need to reply to your email and attach their photos - Shwup takes care of the rest. Granted, there's still the problem of your aunt trying to attach 150 MB of JPEGs to an email, but Shwup can't take care of everything for you.

The biggest problem I personally face is integration - for years I'd switch from one photo sharing service to another, eventually settling on hosting the photos on my own server, that that grew tedious as well - so I locked in on Smugmug and have been quite happy with them...yet they don't have functionality like Shwup, and there's no easy way to integrate the two (where photos added by Shwup would flow back to your Smugmug album). Shwup does make it easy for you to import photos from Flickr though, so that's a start.


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