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Thu 29 Jul 2004

Sony Imagestation allows drag and drop uploads

Category : mac and the internet

In a search for an answer to frequent woes over sharing high-res photographs, I began looking for a suitable site to easily upload and share digital photos.

On the me@n list, Jesse Sng suggested using Imagestation, so I gave it a spin. It has space for unlimited uploads, although individual photos cannot be more than 2MB. Since a high-resolution photos on auto mode on a 3.34 megapixel Nikon 995 is 1.2MB at most, this is fine.

What I found decidedly helpful was the imagestation plugin for browsers. Once installed, I could drag and drop multiple files onto the "target" icon on the uploading webpage. A window appears that and my images were uploaded to a storage bin. I then created an album by providing a title, description and sharing properties. I then added multiple images from the storage bin to this album. Quite fast!

A slideshow option is available so your entire album can be viewed without mouse clicks, again very useful. However, images are displayed at a medium size only, about 450 X 340 pixels. Since I prefer 640 by 480 views, this was a significant drawback.

Downloading the original large images is a two-step process, as it is for Yahoo Photo albums - clicking the image reveals a page with with some EXIF data, and an option to display the actual size. A control-click allows downloads to desktop. This is tiresome if friends are transferring files to me, but using tabbed-browsing it will be tolerable.

Captions can be added in a handy global edit format under the thumbnail view, and you can tab to switch between photos. If you are exhausted after a field trip and just want to get the images up fast, you can revisit the site to add witty captions later!

Try viewing this album that I put up this morning - net removal at Chek Jawa by volunteers in 2003. If pc users find this just as easy to use, I will probably ask friends to use imagestation to upload event photos until something just easier turns up, for sharing originals, and with 640x480 views.

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