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Sharpcast Releases Photo Sharing and Sync Service

Users can automatically sync photo collections and access images from home, work, Web, or Windows phone.

Sharpcast, an online photo sharing, backup and synchronization service, on Wednesday plans to release Sharpcast Photos 1.0, which has been available as a beta test since late March, 2006.

The major selling point for the service is its ability to automatically sync photo collections across multiple computers, enabling users to access their images from home, work, Web or Windows phone.

Sharpcast offers free and paid plans. Under the free plan, users can store an unlimited number of photos for 30 days at full resolution. After 30 days, the photos get resized to 1600 x 1200. For $5.99 per month or $64.95 per year, the photos are stored at their original resolution and not downsized.

Keep in mind that "unlimited" usually just means "a lot" rather than its literal meaning -- trying to upload 500 terabytes of erotic photos, for example, probably won't fly.

Users can perform limited photo editing and order prints or gifts with their photos on them. They can create collaborative group albums that support live chat. They can also use the Sharpcast slideshow widget to add slideshows to any Web site.

Sharpcast supports direct importing from digital cameras. Imported pictures will automatically propagate pictures across Internet-accessible devices.

Later this year, as part of a software release called Hummingbird, Sharpcast plans to make its synchronization technology work with any file rather than just with images.

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