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Phanfare is still the best choice out there
16 December 2012
Reviewer: Kocart from Illinois, USA

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I hope Phanfare will continue to succeed because it is far and away the best service out there. They organize your photos well, permit selective sharing, provide optional display of exif information, the option of permitting downloads of full sized files, and a professional subscription package for pros. The albums are polished and attractive. I have customized albums alphabetically under the "timeless" category, and selectively shared them with genealogy groups to share original documentation with cousins. In addition, I share my online photography which is stored in albums chronologically and grouped by year, with titles and descriptions chosen by me. I can permit on line comments, and I can also enable a drop box for others to send images to me.

I would like it if Phanfare offered more variety in their calendars. But I think the company wisely decided to forgo a direct challenge to Shutterfly in this area, and has stuck with its core mission of photo storage and sharing. I have a quarterly subscription to backup my images on DVD to have a copy in case of a corporate disaster, and this service is in addition to my basic premium subscription. It is worthwhile.

I photograph in a higher volume than many (sports in particular eats up space) and my only quibble is that Phanfare limits use to 100GB per year and there is no way to pay more to upgrade that limit. I would gladly pay more--even double the subscription price to bypass this limit. OK, minor quibble here--but it has stopped me two years in a row because of my sports photography. Sigh. But there is no other place to go that has the quality of Phanfare. More people need to know about them--they are first rate.

If I were to offer a suggestion, I would wish for Phanfare to permit a zoom function on the share site so that the genealogy images I share could be zoomed (to help read difficult handwriting or small print) without having to download. Requiring that extra step is an annoyance at times. But it isn't a deal breaker by any means.

To sum up, if you want the best image sharing service, choose Phanfare.

In summary, I would recommend Phanfare to a friend.

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