Updated 07/10/2012 05:00 AM
Tech Beat: Kodak readies for massive image gallery transfer
The date is rapidly approaching for when Kodak's online photo sharing and printing site will be swallowed up by former rival Shutterfly. YNN's Adam Balkin filed the following report.
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It was one of the original photo sharing/printing sites online. It started off as Ofoto about a dozen years ago, until it was acquired by Kodak. Now, as part of Kodak's bankruptcy reorganization, its online Kodak Gallery is becoming part of Shutterfly. If you've been a loyal Kodak Gallery user over the years and have dozens, hundreds or even thousands of memories stored there, not to worry.
“It's gonna be super easy and super simple. You just need to lean back and let us do all the hard work. The first big date is on July 2, July 2 is when Kodak Gallery will actually shut down so you have until that time to finish all of your projects or anything you're working on at Kodak,” says Karl Wiley, vice president and GM of Shutterfly. “After that we're going to be working as fast as possible to copy all of your images over to Shutterfly and open accounts up for you on Shutterfly and as soon as we're done, as soon as your images are there, we'll send you an email and let you know it's time to come on over and start using Shutterfly.”
If you're curious about how the estimated five billion images will be transferred over from the Kodak servers to Shutterfly, it is similar to how you might move photos from one computer to another, only on a larger scale.
Shutterfly is essentially going to roll giant hard drives up next to Kodak's giant hard drives and take a giant cable and just copy them over.
Shutterfly insists there will be backups of backups of backups. So if you're among those who use the sites as an out-of-home archive for your photos, Shutterfly insists that is not a problem.
“Free unlimited storage of your original photos, you never delete, you never never have to buy anything,” says Wiley.
If you don't have a Shutterfly account, one will be created for you under the same email you used with Kodak. If you do have one, the two can be linked if you so choose.
If you have any other questions or concerns about the transition head over to www.shutterfly.com/kodaknews.