Archives for February 28, 2011

PhotoPresenter gets social with Facebook

“Social media is truly the wave of the future,” says Boinx Software, “and it’s an important step for us to link our apps with this enormous trend and community. The company’s PhotoPresenter now integrates with Facebook, connecting the Macintosh application “with the world of social media and the ultimate platform for image-sharing.”

The $10 PhotoPresenter 4.1 also exports to iPads to “allow you to share your finished work with friends and family on a sleek presentation platform.”

PhotoPresenter includes more than three-dozen themes with which users create animated slideshows with effects. Users can add custom watermarks; professional photographers can display their copyright notice or their logo and web address.

PhotoPresenter has smart album awareness, recognizing changes in Flickr and Facebook Groups and Settings, as well as in iPhoto’s or Aperture’s Smart Albums, the company says. “This is the fastest way to keep a slideshow up-to-date automatically.”

Boinx Software Ltd. is located in Puchheim, near Munich, Germany.


ILCs: compact system camera sales grow

Compact mirror-free interchangeable lens cameras — called ILC’s or compact system cameras — almost quadrupled their global market share in 2010 to  11 percent, or almost one million of all interchangeable lens cameras sold.

They also accounted for one third of all interchangeable lens cameras sold in Japan during December, reports The GfK Group.

Companies offering ILCs include Panasonic, Olympus, and Samsung.




Video chat on Facebook

A new start-up offers video chatting through Facebook. SocialEyes was founded by former RealNetworks executives Rob Glaser and Rob Williams.

Just as many users stay logged into Facebook even when not posting, SocialEyes suggest its users can leave open a video window, and enable social interaction as opposed to the “video calls” of services like Skype and Facetime.

SocialEyes is based in San Francisco, and raised a reported $5.1 million. announces growth record, the German specialist in photo gifts located in Homburg/Saar, announced a new growth record for fiscal 2010. According to a press release, the company recorded sales of Euro 3.4 million (US-$ 4.7 million), a plus of 22 percent compared with 2009.

During the holiday season 2010, Personello shipped up to 8,000 photo gifts such as personalized coffee mugs, pillows and USB cards per day, the company said.

PhotoRocket free photo sharing tool now available

PhotoRocket, a one-step solution to instantly share photos from computers and mobile devices to friends, family, destinations like Facebook, Flickr and Shutterfly, announced the availability of its free photo sharing service and downloadable apps for Windows, Mac and iPhone.

PhotoRocket brings simplicity to recipients of photos, as well, because there is no registration, login or account information required to view or download photos. If recipients decide to register with PhotoRocket, they can re-share photos or purchase high quality prints.

“This is not another photo sharing website or service. PhotoRocket represents a revolutionary step in sharing. You’ll never need to email or upload a photo ever again,” said PhotoRocket founder Scott Lipsky.

“PhotoRocket completely changes how we think of sharing photos by making it incredibly easy for senders and recipients: One step to share multiple photos with your friends or groups of friends. One step to publish photos across social and photo sharing sites. One step for recipients to view, re-share and download high-resolution images. One step to view all your photos, anytime, on-demand,” continued Lipsky.

PhotoRocket consolidates images into a personal viewing experience that includes all the photos shared or received from anyone else who uses PhotoRocket. Photos are archived by sender and date, and users can view or download full resolution images at any time, from virtually any location.