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I’m looking for a simple solution to “cloud type” photo storage.  Currently we attempt to consolidate all our photos on one computer via thumb drive and other work arounds.  My wife and I each have a smart phone, we have multiple digital cameras, and multiple computers to which photo’s end up being downloaded – so it gets to be a mess when we “organize” pictures.

It seems that it would make more sense for me to directly upload pictures to a remote site we all could access for viewing.  Editing would be constrained to one computer.  A nice option would be to have some sort of “syncing” tool similar to the iTunes and Google Drive solution suggested here by my earlier post.

My wife likes to edit photos and put together photo books while we are driving and therefore needs to be able to access the photos offline. So ideally, as photos were edited – these would also be reflected online post sync. There would not be a need to keep all photos locally – just the ones of interest. The syncing would only need to be with one computer; but uploads would be from various sources.

10 Comment(s)

  1. How about Dropbox?

    ness5353 | Jul 25, 2012 | New Comment
  2. Have you tried Google Picasa? It has editing tools, photo collage tools, online prints, and you can sync to your google drive space. The facial recognition is neat (and creepy), but it makes it pretty simple to retouch and edit your pics.

    Although, I do not care for it as much since they moved it from Picasaweb to Google +.

    drewtom | Jul 25, 2012 | New Comment
  3. Dropbox works great for me. They just added specific photo-centric features that allow automatic uploading of photos from all devices.

    aluminumpork | Jul 25, 2012 | New Comment
  4. A simpler solution than using “thumb drives and other workarounds” is to enable your computers to share with each other over your home network. Then you can create a folder on your wife’s computer where all the photos are kept, and drag-and-drop photos, files, folders, or whatever from your other computers into that folder without having to manually transfer them via thumb drive, SD card, etc.

    It isn’t automatic like Dropbox, but on the other hand, it’s free.

    You could also set up a home file server, but then again, you did say you wanted a simple solution so you’re probably not interested in that.

    Barrett Chase | Jul 25, 2012 | New Comment
  5. I *LOVE* Dropbox. I’ve been using it for years, for both personal and professional projects and am not sure how I lived without it.

    If you sign up, please use this link:

    When you sign up with that link, you and I will both get an extra 500 megs of storage for free. You can then do this with your friends, contacts, and so on. They also have a handful of other simple ways to get additional free storage.

    I started out with DropBox’s free 5 Gigs of space and by referring other users, tweeting about it and using their other tools, I’m now up to 12 Gigs of free cloud space. Sure, it might not be enough for an entire photo archive, but it’s a helluva start and free to try!

    Check it out!

    Tomasz | Jul 25, 2012 | New Comment
  6. Dropbox

    Carla | Jul 25, 2012 | New Comment
  7. Sounds like they’ve got Tomasz right where they want him.

    Barrett Chase | Jul 25, 2012 | New Comment
  8. HEY! They get a new customer, I get another half gig of space. I see it as a win-win situation. …And I’ve yet to pay them a penny! :-)

    Tomasz | Jul 26, 2012 | New Comment
  9. Ha! Just teasing, Tomasz.

    I use Google Drive, myself, although I don’t have much need for storage. It’s great for writing, though, as it constantly saves your work as you type. Where was this when I was in college? So many term papers lost due to bad floppies.

    All my phone photos automatically upload to Google+.

    Barrett Chase | Jul 26, 2012 | New Comment
  10. Loves & hugs to you B.

    I’ve got Google Drive as well. Love it too, for those purposes…



    Tomasz | Jul 26, 2012 | New Comment

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