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At the beginning of this year, we reported that Shutterfly had acquired ThisLife, a startup with an intriguing mobile photo service of its own. Nearly 10 months later, the two have been merged into one.
ThisLife by Shutterfly announced Wednesday the launch of their rebranded service, which puts a user's entire photo library in the cloud and makes it accessible from anywhere there's an internet connection.
Images can be imported from anywhere: Mac, PC, smartphone, tablet, even social networks including Instagram, Facebook, Flickr and SmugMug, as well as parent company Shutterfly, naturally. Imported images are arranged in a slick timeline, where they can be easily viewed by day, month or year.
Like iPhoto or Aperture, photos can also include face and location tags, and ThisLife by Shutterfly makes it a snap to add additional people or places. Sharing is also easy, and can be done via email or Facebook with just a few clicks or taps.
One unique feature of the service is the ability to add more than one user -- perfect for couples who want to dump all of their photos into one place and avoid having images spread between different accounts.
ThisLife by Shutterfly is free for the first 1,000 photos, with paid options for $7.99 per month or $59 per year for managing up to 25,000 photos or videos (including HD), with a storage cap of 100GB. Larger libraries can also be hosted at additional cost, and the free, universal companion app is available now from the App Store.
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