Next stop, Picturelife – review to follow
So – just a quick note about PictureLife.
Having had a continuous thread in this blog following my search for the perfect picture management tool, I turned this weekend to PictureLife
Picturelife seems to have some things that the other tools don’t, such as:
- Providing an easy means to make sure we offload the photos from our phones/cameras in the first place (iPhone/Android clients)
- Providing some automatic tagging, organising, etc
- NOT sharing by default, and allowing you to download your photos WITH ALL THE METADATA PRESERVED IN A STANDARD FORMAT
- Allowing us to consume/share the photos easily when we want – iPad/iPhone/Android/Web clients.
The last is the most important… it’s not trying every route to either force you to share photos, or to lock you in! Of course, they want to, the same as every other company, but at present, they’re giving very good options to take your data with you. And this is key to actually trusting such a service.
So – we’re dipping our toes: all photos from 2014 are now in Picturelife, and we’ll default to uploading and organising the photos in Picturelife as well.
My first impressions is that it has the fundamentals right, but there are a lot of bugs and issues that I’m discovering. For example, I’m watching as photos I uploaded a few hours ago are appearing in the browser before my eyes.
The strongest competition with PictureLife is Picasa/Google+. They also retain metadata, provide flexible editing/organisation, and granular sharing, and export with metadata inline. They’re far cheaper – even free and unlimited for storing lower-res photos. The problem is… it’s Google! I just don’t trust Google with my most personal data.
So… I could actually pay big bucks for PictureLife – possibly $200 a year if I choose to upload ALL our photos and movies, ever.
But then… you spend much of your waking time taking this endless stream of photos, interrupting your enjoyment of the occasion itself… and then never, ever look at them. So what’s the point? What value to actually enjoy those photos? To be able to share them with friends and colleagues when out, instantly, easily. Is $200 that much?