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Link Phanfare now backing up photos and videos to Amazon S3

I am happy to announce that we have moved our backups to Amazon’s Simple Storage Service, known as S3. All current backups go to S3 and we are copying over historical data. We currently have about 20 terabytes at Amazon and will have about 40 terabytes when all the data is moved over. We also [...]

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Link Music to my ears

We just released new versions of Phanfare for the Mac and PC that you will get automatically the next time you start Phanfare. Here is what is new: Add your own music to slideshows. You can now upload music in mp3, .wma, .m4a, and .ogg format. On the Mac, it even integrates with iTunes! We [...]

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Link New Phanfare Release

We just released new versions of Phanfare for the Mac and PC along with some changes to the web albums. Album sections are here. This has been a long-requested feature. You can now break up a big album into smaller sections. For example, a trip to Europe can be broken up by city. Redeye removal [...]

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Link Why is there no free version of Phanfare?

Many folks ask us why we don’t have a free version of Phanfare with limits and upsell services, products or a relaxation of the limits for a premium price. This business model, sometimes called Freemium, can make good strategic sense. Skype is probably the best example of a service that offers a free service with [...]

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Link Web 2.0

There is a tremendous amount of hype around Web 2.0 these days. I have never even seen an adequate definition of what it is. In my mind it is actually two things. Web applications are becoming more like desktop applications in that the user interaction is handled locally at the client, versus at the server. [...]

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Link Larry Ellison Was Right

Way back in 1995, Larry Ellison predicted that stripped down network computers would replace PCs. He argued that computers had become too complicated, too hard to maintain and that most tasks could be accomplished with a simple device running rudimentary software, connected to the internet. Appliances have not replaced PCs, but consumer computing is going [...]

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Link Web Service Integration, Mac vs. PC

As Ben mentioned in the first installment (I am a guest blogger for this installment), part of the original decision to build Phanfare on Microsoft’s .NET platform was the ease with which Visual Studio lets you build web services and clients that integrate with those services. Building a .NET web service method within Visual Studio [...]

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Link GUI Development on the Mac vs. the PC

GUI apps are like sausages, it is better not to see them made. Apple and Microsoft have a fundamentally different approach to sausage production. Visual Studio integrates its GUI designer right into the IDE. On the Mac, you use Interface builder, a separate application, to create your GUI elements. The integration of GUI design within [...]

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Link Xcode vs. Visual Studio

If you are writing a full featured GUI application for Windows, you spend your life in Visual Studio. On the Mac, you use Apple’s Xcode. Before writing Phanfare Photo for the Mac, most of my development experience had been in Windows. I installed XCode. Within 10 minutes I had a ‘hello world’ application displaying a [...]

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Link Mac vs. PC Development

We recently released the Mac version of Phanfare Photo. The issue of Mac versus PC for the end user is hotly and endlessly debated but you don’t see that much about the pros and cons of the platforms from a development standpoint. I developed the Mac version of Phanfare photo, and worked extensively on the [...]

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