Apple enhances .Mac, adds new Web Gallery and 10GB online storage

Apple today announced significant enhancements to its .Mac online service, highlighted by the debut of .Mac Web Gallery, a new feature for sharing photos and movies on the Internet. .Mac Web Gallery lets members easily share photos and movies directly from iLife ’08 with anyone on a Mac, PC or iPhone. In addition, .Mac Web Gallery visitors can download high quality images for printing and even contribute photos using a standard web browser or email. Other new .Mac features include a tenfold increase in .Mac storage to 10GB, support for personal domains for iWeb websites and enhancements to .Mac Mail.

“.Mac Web Gallery is an awesome way to share photos and movies on the Internet with friends and family,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO, in the press release. “You can share your favorite photos and movies with anyone on a Mac, PC or iPhone, and they can turn them into high-quality prints as well as contribute photos to your site using a web browser or email.”

With iPhoto ’08, .Mac members can easily create a .Mac Web Gallery with just a few clicks and choose whether they want to make their albums available to everyone or limit access to specific people, allow visitors to download high-quality images suitable for making up to 16×20-inch prints, and even allow friends and family to contribute photos.

.Mac Web Gallery offers an amazing online photo experience that feels more like a desktop application than a web page. Visitors will have the same rich viewing experience whether they are using a Mac or PC and can experience .Mac Web Gallery photo albums in their choice of views, including mosaic, grid, slideshow or carousel. Users can skim through albums just like they do in iPhoto by simply moving their mouse over an album on the web page to see the photos inside.

Friends and family can easily contribute to a .Mac Web Gallery by clicking the upload button from their browser or sending an email. iPhoto ’08 automatically stays in sync and downloads contributed photos directly to the .Mac member’s iPhoto library. .Mac Web Gallery is also designed to work great with iPhone, enabling users to view albums or simply snap a picture, choose an album and post it to their .Mac Web Gallery.

With iMovie ’08, .Mac members can easily encode and upload their movies to their .Mac Web Gallery for viewing in several sizes, with the largest size offering higher-than-DVD resolution. Visitors can view .Mac Web Gallery movies on a Mac, PC or iPhone. .Mac members can also choose to make their movies available for download, so that friends and family can play them back on their computer, iPod, iPhone or Apple TV.

.Mac members now have 10 times more online storage space for photo and movie sharing, email, website hosting, exchanging files and backing up important documents, increasing from 1GB to 10GB for individual members and from 2GB to 20GB for Family Pack customers. Members can choose to purchase an additional 10GB of storage. .Mac members can send and receive larger email attachments up to a maximum size of 20MB and manage unwanted mail better with improved webmail spam filtering. Using iWeb ’08, .Mac members can embed dynamic web widgets like Google Maps, Google AdSense, .Mac Web Gallery albums or HTML snippets in their .Mac website and host their websites at their own personal domain.

.Mac is available as a subscription-based service for US$99.95 per year for individuals and $179.95 for a Family Pack which includes one master account and four sub accounts. Customers save $30 on either the individual subscription or the Family Pack when purchased with a new Macintosh.

Individuals can optionally purchase an additional 10GB of storage for $49.95 annually.

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40 Comments

  1. IMO, for the power user, 10 Gigs is not enough. It would have been great a year or more ago.

    With the way media is used today and especially by Mac users, we need much more storage.

    Apple needs to keep in mind that when they offer such great products that do so much, more data space is needed to take advantage of these great things.

    The big question is, has Apple allowed for faster upload? That is, when I had it before, backing up or accessing iDisk was painfully slow. Often, frustrating.

    Lastly, $99 is still too much.

  2. Ok, this is kinda weird, but it shows me as having 30702 MB total allocated storage on my .Mac account now. That’s 30 gig right?

    “Storage Settings
    Use this page to allocate your .Mac online storage. You can change the storage settings for your .Mac Mail, and (if you own .Mac groups) the settings for each group’s messages and iDisk. The remaining storage will be added to your personal iDisk.

    Personal Settings In use Allocated
    iDisk 2842 MB 30705 MB
    .Mac Mail 0 MB

    Total allocated: 30720 MB
    Total in use: 2842 MB
    Total remaining: 27878 MB”

    MDN word is “ABLE” as in I’m gonna be able to store a TON of photo’s with 30 gigs if this is accurate

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