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Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Merser, Sep 8, 2007.

  1. Merser macrumors member

    Merser

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    Any mac users here with www.zenfolio.com experience.

    It seems to get good reviews on dpreviews.com but I have yet to find out how iPhoto friendly it is.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. termina3 macrumors 65816

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    My suggestion is Smugmug.

    http://smugmug.com/price/

    They have phenomenal pro support–often with replies to problems within 10 minutes! This isn't even mentioning all the cool features offered, and unlimited bandwidth and storage.

    Of course, I've never tried anyone else. Never had the need.

    see my site at http://www.NickensPhotography.com

    If you go with smugmug, use my referral: cnickens@gmail.com
     
  3. cutsman macrumors regular

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    I'm using Zenfolio and haven't noticed any issues with mac compatibility. I use Aperature as opposed to iPhoto, but I honestly don't see how that would make any difference whatsoever.

    Anyways, my experience with Zenfolio has been great thus far. I find the interface is generally very clean and userfriendly compared to a few others I've tried (Flickr, Smug Mug)... of course this is a matter of personal preference. The one thing Zenfolio does not have (yet) that some other sites have is the ability for visitors to leave comments... this is something that zenfolio is sorely missing... although from what i hear, it is in the works.

    I say if you're worried about compatibility.. then don't worry about that. You'll have no issues. If you're having trouble deciding between the different sites, I suggest using their free trials to help in your decision.

    There is a link in my signature to my Zenfolio page. Have a look and let me know if you have any questions. Now for the shameless plug... :eek: If you ultimately decide to go with Zenfolio, you can save $5 when you sign up using my referral code: 1JP-1S8-E6Z
     
  4. Mr.Noisy macrumors 65816

    Mr.Noisy

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    I'm using zenfolio, it's great, 2 friends of mine both mac users also use zenfolio and feel the same about it, simple, hassle free & looks good ;)

    iphoto, Aperture or Photoshop friendly, doesn't matter.

    try the trial account.
     
  5. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

    GoCubsGo

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    I've been with Zenfolio for a year and I love them. Hosting is unlimited, my own domain and their customer service is out of this world.
     
  6. PimpDaddy macrumors 6502

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  7. Over Achiever macrumors 68000

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    I'll throw my support in for smugmug (www.smugmug.com), they have a great forum system (www.dgrin.com) and the site is very customizable (with css and java) Their customer service will respond within hours, and the community support is outstanding.

    -OA
    johnpham.smugmug.com
     
  8. termina3 macrumors 65816

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    Hours? That's LONG for smugmug!
     
  9. maestrokev macrumors 6502a

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    I use Flickr for social networking
    I use Zenfolio for the best overall presentation of photos and easiest to use
    I use SmugMug to sell photos
    I use Phanfare for personal/family photos/videos
    I use .Mac for quick posting
    I use Fotki for photo contests

    Yep, I've got some hefty annual fees :)
     
  10. Over Achiever macrumors 68000

    Over Achiever

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    Haha that's true, they've always responded to me within minutes. But I didn't want sound too crazy ;)
     
  11. JBat macrumors regular

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    x2
     
  12. Clix Pix macrumors demi-goddess

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    I use PBase, Smugmug and Zenfolio. Each works well for me in different ways. I especially like Zenfolio for the quick uploading and the nice gallery layouts they provide. I process my images in Aperture, then stick them in a folder labeled "To Smugmug" or "To Zenfolio" and then hop into whichever one I'm going to use and upload the images. Works a treat!
     
  13. colorspace macrumors 6502

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    Clix Pix is right, what service you use should really depend on what your aim is. Zen, smugmug, etc are great for storing large amounts of files and sharing them.

    For me the goal is display my photos and be part of an active photography community. For this purpose PBase has suited me very well. Here is what I do with mine:

    www.pbase.com/pyanez

    I think the space limitation is 400MB -- hopefully they'll move this up a bit since I'm starting to rub up against the "walls" - on the other hand having a limit is a nice way to make sure you get rid of your own weaker work - an exercise in editing if you will.
     
  14. maestrokev macrumors 6502a

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    Also important to consider is whether you plan to add IPTC keywords/tags to your photos. Some photo hosting sites don't recognize, other sites like Smugmug have a small limit to keywords. This is important for finding photos in large collections or if you want to sell stock photos.
     
  15. thegrifman macrumors regular

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  16. epicwelshman macrumors 6502a

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    Maybe by free storage he means unlimited storage?
     
  17. erichian macrumors newbie

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    FlickR All the way

    Had been using FlickR as one of my photo hosting sites, but since I learned I can import my photo sets into my site, without having to use an API its become my only payed photo hosting site.

    I love it.
     

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