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Cloud Photos Service Everpix Raises $1 Million From Index Ventures, 500 Startups & Others, Prepares Its Public Debut

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Everpix, the startup that organizes all your photos in the cloud (and a previous TechCrunch Disrupt 2011 finalist), has just closed a $1 million seed round led by Index Ventures. The round also saw participation from 500 Startups, Kii Capital, 2020 Ventures’ David Williams, and other angel investors. According to Everpix co-founder Pierre-Olivier Latour, the funding is helping the company, which has been flying under the radar for several months, to establish enough of a runway to get to its forthcoming 1.0 release, expected in just a couple of weeks from now.

For those unfamiliar with Everpix, the service includes an online interface as well as desktop and mobile software which pushes all the photos from your computer (iPhoto, Aperture, local folders, etc.) or from your phone’s storage into the cloud, and then aggregates those along with others from services like Flickr, Facebook, Picasa, and more. But Everpix’s value isn’t just in aggregation, it also automatically de-duplicates photos, organizes them into smart albums it calls “Moments,” and even automatically hides those that are blurry, out of focus, or under or overexposed. Plus, Everpix pays careful attention to privacy – controls are simple and the default is private, not shared.

In anticipation of its public launch, Everpix has returned to a closed beta, after previously opening up its public beta in December, and then debuting its iPhone application in February. The iPhone app was designed to help users automatically upload the photos saved to their Camera Roll into the Everpix cloud, but “it always remained kind of utilitarian, unfortunately,” says Latour of the application. “It’s extremely crowded on the iPhone platform, and the form factor is very different from iPad in terms of looking at your photos,” he notes. “You can’t really make your photos shine because the screen is so small and you can’t really navigate your collection.”

As you can imagine, the company has much more in store for version 1.0, including, obviously, an iPad application. “If you look at the iPad space, it’s growing like crazy,” Latour says, “but there’s no really good photo app in terms of accessing all your photos and navigating them in a nice way. We can make a significant difference here.”

(Below, an iPad proof-of-concept app)

There’s also a new feature being introduced called “Photo Mail,” which will be a simple way to share photos, a streamlined user interface, improved navigation, enhanced image analysis capabilities, and more.

Although Latour isn’t ready to share Everpix user numbers, he did say that the company has seen some 55 million photos uploaded to the service between its alpha and beta period. Interestingly, over two-thirds of these come from offline storage (around 60% are in iPhoto, 27% in the Pictures folder on Mac. The Windows version has yet to launch, we should note). Another 15% come from Picasa, 8% from Flickr and even fewer from Facebook – but that’s because Everpix only uploads the photos you’re tagged in, not your albums. That wasn’t always the case, Latour explains, but they found that the majority of the photos you shared on Facebook were duplicates of what Everpix was already pulling in from other sources.

We’ll take a look at the new version of Everpix when it’s ready for its public debut, but in the meantime, you can sign up to be notified here.

San Francisco-based Everpix was founded by former Apple employees Pierre-Olivier Latour and Kevin Quennesson, as well as Wayne Fan, previously of frog design. With the new seed round, the company has raised $1.8 million in total funding to date.



Article courtesy of TechCrunch

Cloud Photos Automatically Uploads Photos To Dropbox, Saves Storage Space On Your iPhone

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Well, here’s an app that’s actually practical. Cloud Photos (for iOS) is a newly launched mobile camera replacement app which automatically uploads photos to Dropbox, as soon as you snap the picture. The idea here is that you can use the app to save space on your iPhone’s disk drive, as it allows you to save photos directly to the cloud instead of the iPhone’s Camera Roll.

Within Cloud Photos, you can browse the photos stored in your Dropbox folders, which displays them as thumbnails that take up 1/40th of the space of the original, the app’s developers claim.

If you would rather just use the app as a Dropbox uploader, that’s possible too – from the app’s camera interface, you can choose to save to the Camera Roll instead, and then switch on the new “Auto Upload” feature to sync all your Camera Roll pics to Dropbox’s cloud.

That’s also a handy option since the shortcut to the camera from the iPhone’s lockscreen isn’t configurable, meaning you’ll probably still be taking a lot of pictures with the default camera app, which then end up in the Camera Roll.

The app’s co-creator Andrew Norris, who bootstrapped Cloud Photos with his brother Jonathan, says that the eventual plan is to support other services beyond Dropbox.

“The concept of the app is to be the centralized app to view and control your photos wherever they live,” Norris explains. “We started with support for Dropbox because of their user base and a very flexible API,” he says.

As someone who personally switched back from Android to the iPhone 4S myself, one of my frustrations with the iPhone’s camera/camera roll interface is the lack of built-in sharing features. Tweeting a photo is not enough, and generally, not even practical. I miss how Android phones let you share photos to just about every service imaginable without the need for a third-party app.

Cloud Photos goes a long way to address that issue. Not only does the app house all your Dropbox photos, it also pulls in photos from your Camera Roll, Photostream, and any local folders you’ve created. From any of these folders, the app’s sharing options let you share photos to Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram or via email.

Plus, you can copy or move photos to other folders, or event print out the photo, if you choose.

However, the one thing you can’t do – and this is by design – is apply filters or effects to your photos. “We think the Camera filter market is pretty saturated currently,” explains Norris, “so we decided to avoid it at launch and support ‘Open In…’ which opens your photos in those other apps.” In other words, you can open photos in Cloud Photos directly in Instagram without having to leave the app.

After giving Cloud Photos access to your Camera Roll and Dropbox account upon first launch, it creates a “Photos” folder in Dropbox to save your uploads, but you can choose to save to another folder by tapping a button on the app’s camera view. The camera itself includes several controls including one to control the flash, another to switch between the front-facing and rear cameras, and even advanced controls for white balance, focus, exposure and the ability to switch on gridlines.

Photos are uploaded over Wi-Fi and 3G (configurable in the settings).

The Norris brothers, both graduated engineers, have launched app as a part of their new development company Syrp, Inc. based in Toronto, after having first spent a few years working in the corporate world.

Cloud Photos is available here for $1.99 in iTunes.



Article courtesy of TechCrunch

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