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Sharpcast Ends Beta Program
By Mike Pasini, The Imaging Resource
(Monday, March 19, 2007 - 14:06 EDT)

Group Albums, Photo Chat, Prints & Gifts and a Photo Widget are included in the first release.

Sharpcast emailed its beta testers earlier today with the news that the company has ended the beta program of its photo sharing/syncing service.

The service unfortunately continues to be plagued by a bug which causes portrait-oriented images in online slide shows to be stretched into landscape orientation in Safari. The company is aware of the problem and has told us it has "figured out how to fix it."

The text of the email, which also announced new features, follows:

Dear Sharpcast Photos Beta tester,

Thanks in great part to your help in making Sharpcast Photos as delightful as it can be, our little bunny is all grown up. The Beta program is over. The next time you launch your Sharpcast Photos Desktop Organizer or visit your Web Albums, you'll be among the first to experience many cool new features like:

- Group Albums: Everyone's original full-resolution photos from a party or trip all in one album, synced to everyone's computers! No pesky uploads and downloads.

- Photo Chat: A group chat room in every photo! Combined with group albums, photo sharing is more fun and interactive than ever.

- Prints & Gifts: Turn your images into beautiful prints and gifts - add photos to your print orders right from your Desktop Organizer.

- Photo Widget: Dress up your web site or blog with our slideshow widget to show off your photos. With Group Album widgets your friends can join the fun!

...and lots of other things! To get the whole scoop, go to http://www.sharpcast.com/products/, where you'll find all the juicy details.

As promised, we're giving you a way to keep your entire collection online and in sync absolutely free of charge. We are also freeing you from the tyranny of online photo sites that delete your photos if you don't buy prints. With Sharpcast you can share unlimited original photographs with your friends and family absolutely FREE. They're your pictures, and we like to keep them that way.

If you're like most people and hate doing backups, our Premium plan gives you the easiest way ever to backup and recover all your original photographs and everything about them such as album titles, edits, captions and comments. See details at http://www.sharpcast.com/products/photos/subscriptions.

Once again, all of us here at Sharpcast thank you for your help in making Sharpcast Photos what it is today. This product is dedicated to you.

Welcome to Photos nirvana!


The Sharpcasters

Achuith, Adam, AJ, Alison, Allen, Andrew, Annalynn, Ben, Benjamin, Charles, Chris, Christine, Dave & Dave, Eric & Eric, Gibu, Glenn, Jacques, Jean-Gabriel, Jim, Jorge, Kiren, Mark, Michael, Mulyadi, Neil, Nicci, Raji, Randy, Richa, Roma, Sean, Selva, Shiri, Susan, Ted a.k.a. "Futureboy", Vijay, Vince, Vivek, Yusuf, and Oisin, the house dog.

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