Shared photo streams

11/24/2012 2:56:59 PM

What's in iOS 6?

iCIoud's Photo Stream feature conveniently uploads photos as they're taken. It allows you to review/ your snaps on a Mac, Apple TV or another IOS device, as long as it's signed into the same iCIoud account, without having to manually sync.

Description: Photo Streams

Photo Streams What's special about iOS 6's shared photo streams is that their contents already exist in the cloud. The downside is that Photo Stream can be a bit 'all or nothing'. You might not want any of your photos automatically uploaded and synced to other devices. Or you might prefer to manage a static photo collection to which you add pictures, rather than a dynamic Stream of only your most recent photos

It's only with iOS 6's improved Photos app that you'll finally be able to pick out a selection of photos from your stream and republish the subset as a shared photo stream for other people to view and comment on. This is a useful new feature, but implemented within Photo Stream it's a little awkward.

Setting up a shared photo stream is essentially similar to posting pictures to an album on Facebook or to a set on Flickr, or, as you might once have done, to a gallery on Apple's defunct MobileMe. What distinguishes Photo Stream Is iCIoud's tight integration into iOS, which allows it to automatically upload photos in the background. Within seconds of you picking out the snaps you want to share, friends will be viewing them.

Description: Flickr

Flickr Although it's no longer as dominant in photo sharing as it once was, Flickr is still one of the most comprehensive services and has a fully featured iOS app from which to upload, manage and share your photos

That's because the shared photo stream you're creating just strings together the copies that already exist in the cloud, so you don't have to wait for a duplicate copy to be uploaded. With other methods of sharing, there's an inevitable wait for photos to be uploaded.

The catch is that Photo Stream is still predicated on archiving only your most recent photos, from which you have to remember to select and repost pictures before they're pushed out by new ones. iCIoud will also back up photos from any device that has this option enabled (within the limits of your iCIoud storage), but these backups aren't accessible except to restore them wholesale.

What's the alternative?

Social networks offer an alternative approach to sharing pictures between your own devices and with other users, from the starting point that you're storing and managing a selective photo library on their servers. It's under your control, not streaming past according to its own rules.

One of the most famous photo sharing services, of course, is Instagram, which started as an iPhone app and became a billion-dollar social network, acquired by Facebook in April.

Description: Instagram

Instagram Far more than just a camera app with a zillion retro vignette effects, Instagram is a social network for snappers that's fun to use from iOS

The Instagram app remains free and notably cute, with the much talked-about range of creative effects available to apply to each image. A recently added feature is the ability to view your Instagram photos on a map.

Flickr's app isn't the most beautiful in the world, but works well, and has recently been updated to make it easier to upload multiple photos. It also handles video.

A development - if you'll pardon what's about to look like a pun - that we've been waiting for is apps connected to photo printing services, so that you can upload pictures while on holiday and have hard copies arrive with Granny before you get back, for example. So far, several such services have iPhone apps, including Shutterfly and Snapfish, but they only let you upload from iOS, not order prints.

It's a gap that'll surely be filled and third-party providers could beat Apple to it, since it currently offers photo printing services from iPhoto in OS X, but not from the equivalent iOS app.

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