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PRESS RELEASE: How2Share Updates PiXPO Sharing Software


New version offers instant photo sharing with no uploading, no resizing and no waiting

Victoria, British Columbia - July 20, 2004  How2Share Technologies Inc. announced today the release of the PiXPO™ 1.5. PiXPO combines photo album management, secure photo sharing, and instant messaging to enable fast photo sharing without delays. With PiXPO 1.5 users can now send web hosted invites by e-mail to their to their friends, family and business contacts inviting them to view their sample albums online, or to chat and share their entire photo collections instantly over PiXPO's private network.

Unlike other photo sharing methods, PiXPO enables people to share photos instantly without selecting, resizing, or uploading images. With PiXPO users can browse, preview and download pictures directly from another PiXPO users' computer, thus making the sharing of pictures, photos and graphic files easier, faster and more secure. Built on How2Share's hybrid technology PiXPO 1.5 combines the best features of Web and peer-to-peer software sharing models to make it even easier for both the picture publisher and the viewer to instantly share and chat about their digital photos.

Three New Features

PiXPO 1.5 includes three new features that set it aside from other image-sharing applications:

ˇ Free web hosting of photo album invitations - Now you can share your pictures whether or not you are online. Your screen resolution images are hosted free on the PiXPO server, which means that your friends can view your sample album simply by clicking on the web link in their e-mail.

ˇ E-mail transmission of PiXPO invites - PiXPO now makes it even easier to share pictures.  Your PiXPO invites are sent via e-mail and your entire email contact list is accessible.

ˇ Post comments - You can now add comments to your pictures, add comments to photos shared with you, and view comments your friends have added.

In addition, PiXPO 1.5 includes several improvements to the interface and program functionality that streamlines the user experience and makes picture sharing even easier. Significant enhancements include improved thumbnail quality, ability to sort thumbnails, one click to enlarge thumbnail sized images, double click to preview image, ability to drag-and-drop multiple images to create a new album, easier to add new contacts and track who has viewed your pictures, and easy "3-click" sharing: 1. Choose an album 2. Choose a person 3. Share your pictures.

President & CEO of How2Share, Colin How said, "PiXPO 1.5 sets a new standard for photo sharing. Our ground-breaking hybrid model leverages the best attributes of peer-to-peer technology in combination with our new web hosted invite system. Simply put, PiXPO is the easiest, fastest and safest way to share images online."

A recent research report from InfoTrends Research Group cites the growing number of digital cameras and camera phones, estimating that "there will be nearly 300 million digital image capture devices in use worldwide this year" with "billions of new images captured representing a tremendous opportunity for imaging services and products." Kristy Holch from InfoTrends/CAP Ventures points out that "digital camera users are taking far more pictures than they ever did with film" and "nearly half of all Internet users still don't print digital photos at all."

Earlier this month, How2Share Technologies was recognized as best "Emerging Technology Company" by the Vancouver Island Technology Association. This year PiXPO has also won the Advanced Systems Institute of BC (ASI) award for "Best New Technology in 2004" and garnered international accolades from some of North America's most widely read technology and photography magazines: American Photo, PC Magazine and PC World.

PiXPO 1.5 can be downloaded for free from http://www.pixpo.com/.  An unlimited version of PiXPO can be purchased for $29.99 USD.

About How2Share Technologies Inc.

Headquartered in Victoria, BC, How2Share Technologies Inc. (H2ST) is a second-generation digital imaging software company that has developed proprietary technology to change the way rich media (audio, video, photo, etc) is transmitted and distributed. How2Share was founded in 2002 by an Executive team with a history of proven success in developing world-class digital imaging software solutions for ACD Systems Ltd., the makers of ACDSee. How2Share's flagship image-sharing software, PiXPO™ was developed based on the company's secure peer-to-peer sharing technology. PiXPO makes the sharing of pictures, photos and graphic files easier, faster and more secure.


(First posted on Tuesday, July 20, 2004 at 15:56 EDT)

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