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wolfpackfan
Jun 11, 2011, 11:18 AM
I think it would be interesting to hear what folks will be doing as workarounds IF iDisk and Gallery are gone after next June. Assuming iCloud for Documents only provides for the synching of Pages and Numbers files only, what will you use to sync other files (such as PDF's, etc.)? Plus what will you use for public access to your photo collections?

What I am going to do - I will use iCloud for Documents for my Pages and Numbers files. For all my other iDisk files, I will use Dropbox. For my photo collections that I want others to see I use Google Picasa. I haven't ever used iWeb, so I don't need to worry about a substitute for that. If I did use iWeb though, I'd probably switch to Google Sites.

So basically iCloud for Documents, Dropbox and Picasa will be my replacements for no iDisk and Gallery.

Anyone else got any other workarounds you might use?



bohbot16
Jun 11, 2011, 12:52 PM
My guesses based on the way Steve described how they're killing the file system and the fact that there is a menu to buy more iCloud space:
- PDFs will be able to be synced as part of your iBooks library and will count against your iCloud space.
- Photo albums will be able to be synced as part of your Photos app and will count against your iCloud space. Online photo sharing goes away.

medgirl2001
Jun 11, 2011, 01:54 PM
I'm trying to decide what I would use in place of Gallery. I actually think Gallery has a really nice web interface and a nice iPad/iPhone app as well. It would be a shame if they get rid of it. I don't use it for photos. I've been using Kodak Gallery forever since I buy prints from them, so I never switched in the first place. But I do like Gallery for videos. It's nice to have a place with a nice simple interface and password protection for videos of the kids I share with relatives. I don't want to put that stuff on YouTube. Anyone have any ideas of a good replacement?

wackymacky
Jun 11, 2011, 03:21 PM
I don't think anyone knows for sure what is going to happen to iDisk or gallery.

It would be sad for apple to do away with this given that gallery is primarily a photosharing device, and iDisk a mountable drive you can access remotely. ( I don't really want to depend on some form of "Back to my Mac" for this.

What we do know is that the icloud API's will be available, so so one will come up with something.

srl7741
Jun 11, 2011, 03:44 PM
I was wondering many of the same things and of course I don't know b/c Apple has not specifically said yet but after thinking about it more neither of those two Apps will be needed anymore when you think about it. Those items viewed by both will already be on all devices without having to open another App to view. This of course forces Pages, Numbers etc but I'm also guessing it will change many 3rd party Apps also. So I guess I'm not sure but certainly have been asking myself those same Q's. I like Gallery and use it often.

medgirl2001
Jun 11, 2011, 04:10 PM
I was wondering many of the same things and of course I don't know b/c Apple has not specifically said yet but after thinking about it more neither of those two Apps will be needed anymore when you think about it. Those items viewed by both will already be on all devices without having to open another App to view. This of course forces Pages, Numbers etc but I'm also guessing it will change many 3rd party Apps also. So I guess I'm not sure but certainly have been asking myself those same Q's. I like Gallery and use it often.

I think many of their functions will be taken up by the new features, but the ability to use Gallery to share pictures/videos with others doesn't really seem like it will work with Photo Stream - you'll be able to see your pictures on all of your own devices, but it's not clear that you'll be able to share them with someone who isn't on your iCloud account.

^^BIGMac
Jun 11, 2011, 06:56 PM
I don't think anyone knows for sure what is going to happen to iDisk or gallery.

;)

marc11
Jun 11, 2011, 08:08 PM
Photo Stream is an ass backwards, short sighted view of photo sharing. The very reason I use Gallery is to share photo's not just across devices, but across platforms and people. I have 10,000 photos, I do not need nor want any of them on my phone or iPad, I want to use that limited memory for apps, movies, music, etc. I also want to share some photo's with other people on demand, not one by one.

Why Apple thinks synching 1000 photos to devices is a good idea or better than Gallery has me baffled.

So, if this goes away and not available as a premium option, then I will switch everything to my PhotoBucket account, likewise with iDisk, I have 10 gigs of data, docs, short movies from my digital camera, etc on it, if I lose that, and the offline multiple device access, then I will switch to Dropbox.

Frankly, if Apple doesn't at least offer an iDisk replacement for document and other data storage (not just back up data) and a true photo archive and sharing service across platforms and devices (not streaming), then they are leaving money on the table and getting rid of the few functions that ACTUALLY MADE MM worth the price. The whole reason I use iDisk is to share those files with other people. For example, I can shoot a short video with my iPhone and upload to my idisk (special shared Movie folder), allowing my wife, kids or friends to watch it. All that seems like it goes away and I'll be dipped in crap if they think I want that streamed/synced to our devices and stored locally.

At that point I will use the free contact and cal synching and switch everything else to another paid service, ala Photobucket/Flikr and Dropbox...in fact I may sign up for a free Dropbox now just to have it.

Although I DO think Apple will offer Gallery, iWed hosting and data strorage as premium services....we just do not have enough details yet, which is sort of pissing me off.

Bottom line I want control over the content and subcontent that is stored in the cloud for access and stored locally on my iPhone, Touch, iPad and two Mac's.

Morod
Jun 12, 2011, 12:48 AM
I don't have (or want) any iDevices that need to be synced with iCloud.
With MM, I have a good email service, a great way to share photos with far-flung friends and family via Gallery, and a good off-site storage facility for my important stuff via iDisk.
If some of these go away, so will I.
Having it all available through MM makes it worth the money I pay. Without these available, my money to Apple goes away.
Wise up, Apple. Please.

3Pedals6Speeds
Jun 12, 2011, 07:53 PM
I really hope the iDisk function goes beyond syncing IOS devices like the graphics at the presentation showed. I have OSX machines in multiple locations (home/work) and rely heavily iDisk them as my 'mountable drive' to store everything in one location and always have access no matter where I am. Honestly, this current capability is more iCloud than anything, I can't believe they may abort this capability in the rush to improve IOS capabilities. Gonna be seriously bummed if iCloud doesn't provide same capability.

altecXP
Jun 12, 2011, 09:30 PM
I just got done moving all my gmail/dropbox to mobileMe. If they get rid of iDisk I'll be moving back and canceling my subscription. To me this again shows that Apple still doesn't understand "cloud" usage. MobileMe (after many fixes) was very nice, just over priced. iCloud to me is just useless stuff about syncing music, I couldn't care less about that.

Why is it that since I started using Apples I'm seeing less and less of a reason to be on one? MobileMe was one of my last reasons to stay. I've been unhappy with the Lion releases, I know its not finally but none of the features impress me and it doesn't seem to help battery or my performance any. The App store is useless to me, the new MacBooks didn't get USB3 that i use, it has TB that still doesn't have good support and now this.

It really feels like Apple is pushing me to get a Windows machine again. They cost a lot less, still last the 3yrs I keep a laptop and has the same free alternatives (gmail, dropbox, vlc) that I find I will be using so much on OS X anyway. I'm just not seeing anything appealing anymore.

lpetrich
Jun 13, 2011, 11:20 AM
I use my iDisk for webspace -- I put my webpages in the Sites folder there, though I create them by hand or with software that I'd written, and not with anything like iWeb or Dreamweaver.

So it looks like I'll have to look elsewhere for web hosting, and web hosting that allows me to create complete pages. Would it be reasonable for me to start a thread on this subject, and where would be a good place to start it?

mrklaw
Jun 14, 2011, 03:04 AM
great thread, and great post by marc11.

I had switched from mobileme to dropbox for documents, as it easily syncs across platforms, and not everyone in our house uses macs. Plus I wanted a locally stored version of my files, and the idisk local 'mirror' doesn't behave well with Time Machine (apple joined up experiences - sure..)

But for my photos I use idisk for backup - dropbox is expensive and idisk is just easy - I have my mobileme sub anyway.

I hope they let you upgrade the 5GB storage and that costs aren't too much. It seems crazy to invest hundreds of millions in a new datacentre, and then not even offer clear upgrade paths for existing mobileme customers - just a curt cancellation notice for next year. What are we supposed to do in the meantime, just sit quietly and hope for some scraps from the table?

This will just get customers looking for alternatives. I know I am.

bohbot16
Jun 14, 2011, 08:08 AM
iOS 5 already has a nonfunctional "Buy More Storage" button under the iCloud settings. Hopefully the prices will be very competitive with Google's prices (https://www.google.com/accounts/PurchaseStorage).

b.c.
Jun 24, 2011, 12:50 PM
I don't think anyone knows for sure what is going to happen to iDisk or gallery.

it's confirmed now, Apple says Gallery, iDisk (and iWeb) will go the way of the dodo. see this MobileMe to iCloud Transition FAQ (http://www.apple.com/mobileme/transition.html)

they recommend Gallery users to make sure they've saved all photos that have been published to Gallery before June 2012.

I too need to find an alternative to Gallery, I use it a lot :(

b.c.
Jun 24, 2011, 01:03 PM
Photo Stream is an ass backwards, short sighted view of photo sharing. The very reason I use Gallery is to share photo's not just across devices, but across platforms and people. I have 10,000 photos, I do not need nor want any of them on my phone or iPad, I want to use that limited memory for apps, movies, music, etc. I also want to share some photo's with other people on demand, not one by one.

Why Apple thinks synching 1000 photos to devices is a good idea or better than Gallery has me baffled.


@marc11 I'm with you 100% on this. Not sure yet how I'm going to replace the functionality AND ease of use of Gallery.

the main appeal of Gallery to me is that it's dead simple for several other less computer-literate family members & friends to upload/download to galleries we share with many other family members AND to simply integrate with our very large shared family iPhoto library (probably more than 20~30k photos)

I don't need Photo Streaming to all MY iDevices - I want to share albums from my iPhoto library with other people on THEIR computers. I'm very disappointed Gallery is going away

I already use Dropbox but not iDisk, so no problem on that front for general file storage. but Dropbox isn't a replacement for Gallery.

Daveoc64
Jun 24, 2011, 05:00 PM
Apple's solution to MobileMe's terrible reputation? Get rid of some of its most stable features.

I know iCloud doesn't cost anything for 5GB, but I will not be using it. Gallery and iDisk were worth the fee on their own.

Photo Stream is useless to me. The number of people who have multiple iOS devices and want to sync photos between them must be tiny.

marc11
Jun 24, 2011, 06:05 PM
Apple's solution to MobileMe's terrible reputation? Get rid of some of its most stable features.

I know iCloud doesn't cost anything for 5GB, but I will not be using it. Gallery and iDisk were worth the fee on their own.

Photo Stream is useless to me. The number of people who have multiple iOS devices and want to sync photos between them must be tiny.

I agree. I download the OS X and iOS plug ins for Photobucket, pretty nice integration to Camera Roll and iPhoto, not as clean as MM, but good enough. So now I guess I will have to start moving all my pictures from Gallery to PhotoBucket and sign up for the premium service.

Bummer really.

Macsterguy
Jun 24, 2011, 07:05 PM
I Sync 3-Mac's an iPhone and an iPad. I use 28 more macs in my business.

While iCloud's new features look interesting (we will see), removing services like: keychain, dock dashboard,and preference syncing is a real letdown for me (not to mention loosing Galleries and iDisk)... "It all just worked" for me. Especially for the last year or more... 100's and 100's of photos and videos shared with my family across the USA... This alone has sold many Macs to friends and family once they saw all of this...

Unless Apple comes up with alternatives, we are left to "cobble" things together using outside providers like dropbox to sync keychains or word files (unless we want to convert them to pages - hmmm).

This is the same thing that others had to do that didn't want to pay for MobileMe. These services help make using multiple devices (especially Macs) easier and if people want these services, AND ARE WILLING TO PAY FOR THEM, then Apple should provide them... Not GIVE then TAKE them away... IMHO

Steven in VA
Jun 27, 2011, 12:09 PM
We have a family MM account. It's worth the 30 bucks/year for Gallery alone.

All three kids, who live very far apart, and my wife and I use Gallery for all our photos and video--especially to share with each other. My daughter in Hawaii made me a hilarious video gift for Father's Day, the whole family could enjoy it instantly, and she made it private since it included video of some non-family members. It's easy to use, looks great, and beats all those crappy-looking Snapfish or Picasas by a lot.

Anyone interested in initiating a petition to Apple to add Gallery to a premium (ie, not free) version of iCloud? I could get 10 signatures fast. We'd just need a few hundred thousand more.

paulsalter
Jun 27, 2011, 12:12 PM
Anyone interested in initiating a petition to Apple to add Gallery to a premium (ie, not free) version of iCloud? I could get 10 signatures fast. We'd just need a few hundred thousand more.

not sure about petition, unsure if it would do any good

would gladly carry on paying for Mobile Me/iCloud if it gives the features I have now though

thunderbunny
Jun 27, 2011, 12:27 PM
not sure about petition, unsure if it would do any good

Apple don't have a history of backtracking - although the mute/rotation switch does show they will take action if there is outcry among users. Unfortunately I don't think a significant enough proportion of Apple customers who use MM for this to happen. Unless of course the freeloading dropbox users jump on board now iCloud will be free (although I guess most people will need to buy some storage. Just one back-up each of iPad and iPhone has already used up about 1.5 of my 5Gb).

My plans are to jump straight to iCloud when it's generally available and see what happens wrt storage. Flickr is my weapon of choice for photo's, it's just iDisk which will remain until June 2012 anyway

paulsalter
Jun 27, 2011, 12:38 PM
My plans are to jump straight to iCloud when it's generally available and see what happens wrt storage. Flickr is my weapon of choice for photo's, it's just iDisk which will remain until June 2012 anyway

Hopefully I will do the same

I already use Flickr, so just the pain of re uploading MM galleries to there
I have a dropbox account setup, havent put a great deal there yet

I dont have much hope in iCloud replacing these things (would love to be wrong), but iCloud seems to be about syncing and not sharing

which is a shame, the good thing about MM was these features all came together in one package, now they have to be seperated

b.c.
Jun 27, 2011, 12:42 PM
We have a family MM account. It's worth the 30 bucks/year for Gallery alone.

I too would pay for Gallery - it's largely the reason I pay for MM (although the calendar, addr book sync work great for me, too)

but I doubt a petition would do much good.

in my case, I'll use Gallery for (up to) 1 more year but I'm considering switching to a SmugMug account - $40/yr, looks great, and some nicer features than Gallery. there seem to be some easy to use plug-ins to integrate with iPhoto, I will have to check those out...

r0k
Jun 27, 2011, 12:42 PM
I picked up an Eye-fi card for my Canon digicam. I like the way it uploads photos but I have to sit there keeping the camera from falling asleep while it does it. And movies? Forget about it. Over wifi, movies simply don't get transferred so I have to pop out the SD card and read movies directly. Not such a big deal because I don't take movies that often but it doesn't bode well for Apple's "automatic" transfer to photo stream. Eyefi software is available for iOS. At first, it was kind of stupid. There was no progress bar and it didn't work in the background. Now at least there is a progress bar on each image as it uploads. It chews through battery like nobody's business.

As for iDisk and Gallery, so far I've been dabbling with flickr, picasa and dropbox. One thing I liked about gallery was the way it created "mouseover preview" images that allowed me to preview all the images in the gallery simply by swiping over the main gallery thumbnail with the mouse. At first, iWeb was creating the preview image using flash. I see that Apple has now replaced it with some non flash based solution. I guess I'll have to peek at the code to see how it's done so I can replicate this feature wherever I take my galleries after mobile me galleries stop working.

I disagree that photostream is completely useless, as long as it is flexible about what gets pushed where. I want my photos "pushed" to my Mac rather than having to think about them. I certainly don't need them duplicated on any of my other iOS devices. I just need to find a way to automate pushing them from my Mac to whatever service I wind up using as my gallery (picasa, flickr or whatever). Hopefully Apple provides a way to block pushing photos to all my iOS devices (which would fill them up). Apple has a rather comical setting in iTunes to "fill unused space". Since iOS devices are becoming primary computers, the very idea of filling unused space, whether with music or with pictures is about the dumbest idea in modern history. I need free space on my device for apps and documents not photos and music. I rarely have over a gig of music and another gig of photos on any of my iOS devices.

paulsalter
Jun 27, 2011, 12:50 PM
I disagree that photostream is completely useless, as long as it is flexible about what gets pushed where. I want my photos "pushed" to my Mac rather than having to think about them. I certainly don't need them duplicated on any of my other iOS devices. I just need to find a way to automate pushing them from my Mac to whatever service I wind up using as my gallery (picasa, flickr or whatever). Hopefully Apple provides a way to block pushing photos to all my iOS devices (which would fill them up). Apple has a rather comical setting in iTunes to "fill unused space". Since iOS devices are becoming primary computers, the very idea of filling unused space, whether with music or with pictures is about the dumbest idea in modern history. I need free space on my device for apps and documents not photos and music. I rarely have over a gig of music and another gig of photos on any of my iOS devices.

if you only use 'i' devices then I can see the use

take a photo on iPhone
auto uploads this to cloud
next time Mac is on it downloads to it

take a picture on regular camera
import to mac as now
mac uploads to cloud
'i' devices auto receive this

still undecided on this feature

sandimacd
Jun 30, 2011, 05:54 PM
I left Dropbox 3 years ago and moved to Mobile Me. Dropbox was too long to upload and keep synced, many time out errors. I used iDisk for all file syncs. When GoodSync for MAC came onboard this year our PC-MAC home was in even. All worked smoothly. So easy to photo share unlike Piscassa, Flikr, etc.

I have been in the hospital much of June and until today did not understand all of this. Now complicated by a move in mid July. I REALLY depended on Mobile Me to allow me access to 8 GB of documents until settled into my next home in Aug.

Suddenly I am faced to re-upload all in the next 24 hours to another sync system. Plus I have to find a system that works/worked as seamless and dependable as iDisk. Seriously! Password protected house settlement docs, movers docs, everything is going to disappear suddenly tomorrow?

I am sick, literally and figuratively. I am so bummed. I have lost trust in MAC. Apple should continue to provide iDisk access until iCloud is functional and have found a way to movement of iDisk files to iCloud.
What I found on the Apple site seems to say that sometime this fall, iCloud will be available for sign-up. Meanwhile Mobile Me files will vanish tomorrow and whenever iCloud "begins" I can start over. Is this correct? Or is there an iCloud to sign up on today?

wolfpackfan
Jun 30, 2011, 05:58 PM
Do what?? You do realize you will have full access to MobileMe (including iDisk) until June 2012 don't you?

sandimacd
Jun 30, 2011, 07:39 PM
wolfpackfan, Thank you I am so relieved. I have been extremely sick and not able to focus my thoughts right now due to medications. Everything from Apple, emails and web said Mobile Me expired June 30th which is today. Thank you for explaining that is 2012, not 2011. So I will still have all my iDisk docs and access tomorrow and have time to figure it out for a year.
THANKS!

brt356
Jul 1, 2011, 02:09 PM
Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_3_3 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.17.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0.2 Mobile/8J2 Safari/6533.18.5)

I find gallery and Apple's MobileMe web interface very nice and useful. I purchased Apple TV, in part, because it provided a platform for viewing and sharing my Gallery pictures! PLEASE MR. Jobs, keep photo-sharing in the iCloud.

propower
Jul 1, 2011, 05:19 PM
I loved idisc....... used it all the time....

Am working on moving to SugarSync and liking it pretty much so far.

They kiled everything I liked about MM except for mail and Cal. Used iweb alot, galleries alot and idisc..... go figure.......

whathesaid
Jul 2, 2011, 05:36 AM
I am still hoping that apple revive galleries somehow. It is perfect for sharing photos with the family and v easy to use. I use iDisk, but not that frequently, it was just convenient to have everything all under one umbrella.

Fingers crossed though, I'm not rushing into anything, I will continue to use it for another year and see what happens.

rikscha
Jul 4, 2011, 07:07 AM
Just deleted my idisk and gallery apps from my iphone.
when you join google+ you will get unlimited space for googles picassa photo gallery for free!

Google also offers a plugin for iphoto which allows you to upload your events and albums to picassa straight from within the app.

medgirl2001
Jul 4, 2011, 07:13 AM
Just deleted my idisk and gallery apps from my iphone.
when you join google+ you will get unlimited space for googles picassa photo gallery for free!

Google also offers a plugin for iphoto which allows you to upload your events and albums to picassa straight from within the app.

Does Picasa support videos?

wolfpackfan
Jul 4, 2011, 08:32 AM
Does Picasa support videos?

No.

wolfpackfan
Jul 4, 2011, 08:38 AM
Just deleted my idisk and gallery apps from my iphone.
when you join google+ you will get unlimited space for googles picassa photo gallery for free!


Great, if you can get an invite to join, which seems to be very difficult.

eff pc
Jul 21, 2011, 08:52 PM
iDisk is the main reason I paid for MM...that and the ease of syncing calendars and contacts which will pretty much be unchanged. iDisk came in particularly useful when the iPad came out and I got pages. While I'd like to live edit the download/upload methods still worked for me. On my Mac and on the windows computers at my job, I do not have iWork so iCloud for file storage is useless plus I can save any file types in iDisk (particularly photoshop files).

My solution...store the files myself. Another option in Pages is WebDAV so I took an old G5 tower server I had and set it up for WebDAV. The only thing I'm missing is the online interface (I can download just not upload from a browser). Unlimited (to the amount of my hard drives) storage and works well cross platform (iPad, Mac, and PC). Never used the file sharing feature much...another loss...so will need to find a way to send large files since that's the only times I used iDisk sharing. I can send links but I have a feeling people that don't know about the server I set up might hesitate to click the link. Oh well anyone using this method?

sandimacd
Jul 21, 2011, 09:19 PM
Well I just had to upload 2 more zip files and send links to folks so they can download them. I re-tried Drop Box and signed up for Sugar Sync. The problem is that they require the person downloading the file to have an account. I REALLY HATE that! What was so nice about iDisk is that the person I am sharing with only needs to click on the link. There is no requirement for them to sign up for an account.
So I am still looking for a replacement. I am thinking about getting a home server next year. It would ensure my backups and allow others to access files and folders.
Sandi :apple:

eff pc
Jul 21, 2011, 09:32 PM
Well I just had to upload 2 more zip files and send links to folks so they can download them. I re-tried Drop Box and signed up for Sugar Sync. The problem is that they require the person downloading the file to have an account. I REALLY HATE that! What was so nice about iDisk is that the person I am sharing with only needs to click on the link. There is no requirement for them to sign up for an account.
So I am still looking for a replacement. I am thinking about getting a home server next year. It would ensure my backups and allow others to access files and folders.
Sandi :apple:

Home server is the way to go. Especially with Lion out, just get a Mac mini server (no monitor needed) and I set mine up (old G5 tower with Leopard Server hosting a website and WebDAV) on my own but a site I use for other things that can walk you through the steps is Lynda.com excellent training videos for almost any application. A little pricey but you can google free trials which will give you two weeks to set it up. If you wanted I could even remote in a do it for you (while u watch) and show you how to manage it so save the user name for the future.

b.c.
Jul 21, 2011, 09:47 PM
Well I just had to upload 2 more zip files and send links to folks so they can download them. I re-tried Drop Box and signed up for Sugar Sync. The problem is that they require the person downloading the file to have an account. I REALLY HATE that! What was so nice about iDisk is that the person I am sharing with only needs to click on the link. There is no requirement for them to sign up for an account.
So I am still looking for a replacement. I am thinking about getting a home server next year. It would ensure my backups and allow others to access files and folders.
Sandi :apple:

Dropbox doesn't require the recipient to sign up for an account, just put the file into your Public folder and give them the link (https://www.dropbox.com/help/16).

unfortunately you can only give public links to individual files, not entire folders (a major pet peeve) It's true that the recipient does need a dropbox account if you want to set up arbitrary shared folders with them, but individual files in your Public folder CAN be sent to anyone without an account.

IMO the best site to use to send large files to people is wetransfer.com (https://wetransfer.com/). no need for recipients to sign up. the interface is really simple to use. I use wetransfer when I've got files to send that are larger than my free Dropbox account can hold.

although I use most other MobileMe features, iDisk via the Finder has always been incredibly SLOOOOWWW for me, so I could never rely on it.

mofunk
Dec 22, 2011, 12:58 AM
I'm still at a lost to what to do. I started using .Mac because I can connect and transfer stuff to my clients. I also convinced a lot of my artsy friends to get MobileMe solely because of Mail and iDisk. Also, Gallery is great for a photographer to use. All this moving and arranging from .Mac to mobileme is basically a waste. Now I have to start over again. Mind you MobileMe was only around for 2yrs.

I don't know. Sure its simple to use dropbox, but my work is copywritten and I would hate for it to get in the wrong hands. That would be loss in money and possibly opportunities. Plus more expenses. I would spend $200 per year just to keep MobileMe as is. :mad:

sandimacd
Dec 22, 2011, 04:57 AM
I am so tired of moving photos- trusting sites that gave me service for years and let me down. Yahoo GeoCitied and Photos is only one example. I was deployed and came back 18 mo later to find every photo gone! And PC destroyd in storage. Heartbreaking . Then to have to move from Ofoto now Gallery.
So here I am again looking for something to trust for my backups.
Mofunk- Please take a serious look at Smug Mug. I found that name repeated over and over in photography forums.
I started using 3 days ago and very impressed. It took only moments to transfer my domain there- the CNAME change was the easiest change I have ever made. Full resolution storage. Unlimited. Best deal around for raw files storage. Or storing other file types. Best organization features. Client programs for iPhone. A slew of ways to protect, hide, promote individual photos, galleries or directories. Custom naming and organizing directories and sub directories (categories) with expanded, tied or sensible URLs. No requirement for receiver to log in or establish an account. Protect of all or individual images from downloading. Integrated plug ins to upload from all Adobe and Apple editing software. Downloading of multiple files in a zip.
I could ramble on. I could give you a discount code that saves me $5. But I won't. This site is strong enough on it's own for any artist/photographer to trust.
This may not solve your iDisk needs but Smug Mug will handle your images.

eternalife
Dec 22, 2011, 08:17 AM
Please take a serious look at Smug Mug. I found that name repeated over and over in photography forums.


I've used SmugMug for a few years now and love it. They are a hit in the photography space. I would highly recommend them and I don't think they are going away any time soon.

Menel
Dec 22, 2011, 08:39 AM
Apple has succeeded in forcing myself and family out of Apple ecosystem during their MobileMe -> iCloud. You're not alone.

MobileMe Mail -> Google Apps Mail
MM Cal -> Google Calendar
MM Contacts -> Google Contacts
MM Gallery -> Google Picasa
MM iDisk -> Dropbox

d21mike
Dec 22, 2011, 11:21 AM
Since moving to the MAC I use iPhoto. In iPhoto there is a "Share" Menu item.
Right now you have Email, MobileMe Gallery, Flickr, Facebook and Photo Stream. As we know MM Gallery is going away. What about Facebook or Flickr? I use Facebook now but my use is limited. I don't know anything about Flickr. My point is I really like iPhoto and hope Apple enhances it to be a much better Sharing solution for multiple Mac's and iOS Devices. Much like I share a Calendar now. Would be nice to just update my iPhoto Library it would update everything else via iCloud.

sandimacd
Dec 22, 2011, 09:18 PM
Mike- I'm not impressed with Flickr. Small resolution, limited size, no video uploads and they replaced Yahoo Photos which left me high and dry after giving me only a few months notice and then didn't move my photos over so lost them.
Given the choice I would opt for Google bundle - mail, calendar, contacts & photos. I use Google plus tried You Tube- all OK.
In my case Smug Mug is less money per yr than buying another ext drive or NAS or burning DVDs so I use it as backup. My family is all on FB so I use that too.