Archive for September, 2007

Wednesday, September 5th 2007

Uploading All My Photos to Zooomr

Screenshot of zooomr start page

I’ve had this idea for a while now, to upload every single photograph in my archive to Zooomr. (Zooomr is a free photo hosting service with no limits!)

There are two reasons I want to do this: It would give me an online backup of all my photos. (In case my computer gets stolen and my parents house burns down. At the same time.) Secondly, it would allow me to tag and organize the photos better than with any (cheap/free) software I’ve found so far.

(FastStone is a great photo viewer, but doesn’t allow tags. Google’s Picasa almost lets you tag photos, but it’s more a matter of filing the photos into different albums. I want tags! How hard can it be? If you know of any photo organizers that have a tagging, please let me know! My email address is in the right hand column.)

I first tested Zooomr quite a while ago, and it seemed like a nice system. But I never got round to actually uploading all my ~4200 photos. Until now.

This morning I had a bit of spare time (just like I have every morning…) so I got started on the serious uploading.

I could have uploaded all the photos to my free account, without paying anything. But I felt I wanted to show my support for their awesome service, so I paid $20 for the symbolic Pro membership. ($20 is nothing in Swedish money these days. I might even donate some more if I really like what I see…)

Well, so far so good. Zooomr’s uploading page is wonderful. You can select loads of images at a time and upload them in one (slow) swoop:

Screenshot of zooomr infinite upload page

(It complained when I tried to select all 492 photos from December 2006, but happily did 164 from June 2006.)

You can also choose to apply a certain set of tags to all the images you are uploading. These can of course be edited later if you should happen to mark 164 photos with the wrong tag. Like I did.

I’ll write soon again with more thoughts on Zooomr when I’ve used it a bit more.