A look at alternatives for cloud storage and management of photo libraries after Everpix shuts down
Sad news for fans of online photo storage this today. Everpix, a unique startup that specialized in storing a user's entire photo library in the cloud, announced that it was going out of business due to financial problems. The Verge has more details on the impending shutdown .
Some background for those who aren't entirely familiar with Everpix: after downloading a Mac, Windows, iOS, or Android app, it would automatically and continuously upload and sync their entire photo libraries to their servers and allowed users to access them from any device. All user photos were private unless you chose to share images or albums with your friends. It's basically the way that Apple's Photo Stream should have worked.
Bradley Chambers wrote an excellent review of Everpix back in June  and went on to write about Everpix in a follow up post in August that explained how people have no idea how to manage photos on their phone . "If you grab a co-worker's iPhone and they have 2500 photos on the camera roll, then you know they don't. They'll just keep taking photos and assume "the cloud" or whatever is backing it up. For a time, it is. That is until their backup hits the mythical 5GB mark and iCloud starts pestering them to remove data or buy more space. Some people buy more space, but most just continue to ignore it and hope Apple has their back. I hate to break it to them after their iPhone takes a swim in the lake, but they don't."
For me, Everpix was a dream come true. For the reasonable price of $40 per year, it provided an easy way to backup all my photos in the cloud (in addition to local storage on a NAS), as well as easily browse and share them at any time. My photo library is currently about 245GB in size (dating back to around the beginning of 2000). Everpix handled it without issues and I frequently found myself browsing through my photo library on my iPhone to show friends or family members of specific photos.
It's a service that I'm really going to miss. Now that it's gone, what are the options for cloud storage, backup, and sharing of our entire photo libraries? Here's a short list below:
Adobe Revel - Adobe Revel initially started out as Adobe Carousel and launched around the same time that Everpix first started. They were the 800-pound gorilla in the room: a big company with lots of resources and a rich history creating some of the most important tools used in photography. In my opinion, the service could never keep up with Everpix. Their native apps for OS X and iOS were slow and inefficiently used disk space -- if you were uploading your photo library into earlier builds of Adobe Revel, it would create it's own local library on your machine, in essence duplicating your library. This always rubbed me the wrong way and I eventually stopped using their service to focus on Everpix. It looks like they've made a lot of improvements over the last year though my Adobe ID doesn't seem to work for some inexplicable reason. Price: $5.99 per month for unlimited photo uploads.
Flickr - Flickr is an old stand-by. It's one of the original photo sharing services and has seen a lot of love and attention given to it since Marissa Mayer took over the reigns at Yahoo. While I've always enjoyed Flickr, I don't find it to be a true solution to backing up and storing your entire photo library (there's no way to initiate automatic backups and uploads and the whole service is built around sharing photos with friends). Price: free for 1TB of storage for photos and video.
Google+ - Google has recently been making a big push to make Google+ a place that's friendly and welcoming to photographers. Price: free for 15GB of storage for photos and video with plans quickly increasing in price / storage from there.
Loom - This is another service I learned about today in the wake of Everpix's demise. It's offers a much more limited set of features compared to Everpix and feels like they're just getting started. It works in a similar way, using desktop and iOS apps to sync and upload your photo library to their servers. Price: Up to $9.99 per month for 250GB of photos and videos.
Picturelife - In my limited experience, this seems to be one of the closest Everpix alternatives around. It's actually spooky how similar this functions compared to Everpix. Price: Up to $15 per month for 300GB of photos and videos. RAW support included.
Trovebox - I've seen a few people mention this around Twitter, but this seems more geared toward businesses. Price: Ranges from $29 per month to $149 per month for up to 1TB of storage for photos and videos.
 Out of the picture: why the world's best photo startup is going out of business: www.theverge.com/2013/11/5/5039216/everpix-life-an...
 Everpix Review: chambersdaily.com/bradleychambers/2013/6/5/everpix...
 Regular People Have No Idea How To Manage Photos On Their iPhone: chambersdaily.com/bradleychambers/2013/8/3/regular...
Google+ is what automatically backs up anything taken by my Nexus 4. I use it because it is free, automatic and auto-awesome is actually kind of neat. Google+ makes it easy to view photos
For actual backup of all other photos (and files) I use Mozy (mozy.com). Now, Mozy is more tailored to enterprise data backup security, but for home use it works really well for protecting my photos. I have it set to automatically upload anything in my Pictures and iPhoto library folders.
The drawback is if you want to view those photos online through Mozy, you need to know where they are in the folder structure you uploaded. So if you are diligent about organizing your photos, you will not have a problem, otherwise it is not going to help you too much.
I also use Mozy because I am on a 1 year free trial I obtained :)
- Limited storage space unless you pay big bucks!
- The need to sync folders across all your computers. I know you can selectively sync stuff, but it's just an added process that I don't want to deal with.
- (Bonus round!) I also really enjoy the web interface for viewing photos that these more dedicated services have put together.
Initially I wanted to try Google+ but it was a bagful of hurt. No easy way to upload 40GB of data if you are on a slow connection. No way to remove duplicates. 1000 photos per album limitation and so on.
Google Drive fixes a lot of these problems. You can sync extensive folder structure from your computer. And access all the photos inside Google+ with AutoEnhance and AutoAwesome functionalities available to you.
Love it when I get AutoAwesome creations out of my uploads. And of course, the incredibly powerful search is very useful.
I would suggest folks looking for cheap cloud storage to consider Bitcasa. For USD 10 per month or USD 100 per year... They offer unlimited storage. I have a paid account there I got for pretty cheap earlier this year. I have 500GB of data dump stored there. It really does work if you have a fast internet connection to make use of the storage.
I'm trying out Loom right now to see how it goes, having RAW support is pretty nice too boot.
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- Facial recognition and tagging. So, this makes it easy to search for people later.
- The ability to tag photos and add captions. (And again, search by them later.)
- Oh, yeah. SEARCH! Everpix did not have that.
- It also will store video and RAW images as well.
No android app right now.
It does work with iPhoto/aperture which is one thing i loved about everpix.
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