Apple Aperture 3.5 Released

Aperture 3

Alongside several other updates today, Apple updated Aperture to version 3.5. the update adds several new features and bug fixes.

Notably, Aperture 3.5 now supports iCloud Photo Sharing and Apple Maps support. For SmugMug users, you can now publish and sync galleries directly from Aperture to your SmugMug account.

The list of new features and bug fixes is below. [Read more...]

SmugMug Launches SmugMug for Android App

SmugMug for Android

SmugMug has launched SmugMug for Android in the Google Play App Store.

SmugMug actually acquired a popular third party app, SmugFolio and hired the app’s developer, Brian Wood.

SmugFolio is now called “SmugMug for Android” and includes some new, exciting features including the ability to browse SmugMug user accounts without needing to log into the app. This is a great way to give friends and family a way to browse your public galleries on their phones and tablets.

SmugMug for Android is available for free here on the Google Play Store.

SmugMug Delivers Price Hike, Users Set to Jump Off Bridge

Late Friday night, SmugMug subscribers (including yours truly) got an email regarding a new pricing structure for Pro users.  The former account options have been changed from Basic, Power and Pro to now Basic, Power, Portfolio and Business.

Essentially, the Pro account is split into Portfolio and Business.  The key difference between the two new types of accounts is that the Business account allows you to set prices and make profits on prints purchased through your online account.

Previously, the Pro account, which allowed you to set prices and make profits on prints, was priced at $150 per year.  Now, the Portfolio account is priced at $150 per year.  The Business account is priced at $300 per year.  Existing Pro users can renew for $250 for next year. [Read more...]

Canon Looking to Go Social With an Online Photo Community

Canon Membership Site Survey

In a recent customer survey from Canon USA, current Canon owners were asked about their interest in a paid membership program from Canon USA. Based on Canon’s questions, this appears to be more targeted toward enthusiasts rather than professionals.

The survey began with the usual categorical questions about types and models of cameras, and then it jumped into questions about other online photo communities like Flickr, SmugMug and Facebook.  Then Canon popped the big question: [Read more...]

SMUGs Are Fun, Fabulous and Free

I’ve been a SmugMug user for a little over 4 years now.  And, if you’ve been reading Photography Bay for a while, you know that I’ve been a big fan since day one.  The handful of times that I’ve emailed customer service, I’ve gotten an response and solution within minutes.  They listen to their customers, and the prices are incredibly generous for the service delivered.

I’ve heard about SMUGs (aka SmugMug User Groups) before, but I had never been to SMUG meet up – until this week. [Read more...]