Save Your Photos Day

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Moultrie Creek is proud to be a member of the Save Your Photos Alliance – a group of organizations, governmental agencies, associations and businesses dedicated to preserving and protecting our precious photos from disaster and helping to recover and restore damaged photos should a disaster happen.

One September 27th, the alliance is kicking off their first Save Your Photos Day with a number of events across the U.S. and Canada. There’s even one event scheduled in New Zealand! Visit the Events page to see if there’s one near you. Even if there isn’t an event nearby, there are plenty of things you can do:

  1. Create a free account at Flickr, the amazing online photo-sharing platform.
  2. Check your photo-editing program to see if it includes the ability to upload photos to Flickr. I know iPhoto does.
  3. Start uploading your photos – using your app or Flickr’s uploader.

Flickr offers a ton of features for organizing, displaying and sharing your photos, but more than anything else it provides a safe, off-site location to store copies of those precious images. Flickr provides every user with 1 TB of photo storage at no cost. That’s equivalent to 560,000 high-resolution photographs. Should your hard drive crash or a disaster destroy your home, you can replace equipment and rebuild your house, but you cannot replace those photos unless you’ve taken steps to store copies in a safe location.

I’ll be talking more about Save Your Photos Day and Flickr throughout the month. In the meantime, if you’d like to learn more about Flickr, you can begin here. You’ll also find other related articles spotlighted below.

Dropbox Pro: Same Price – 10 Times More Storage

Dropbox announced yesterday that its Pro account ($9.99/mo, $99/year) has now been increased to 1TB of storage (that’s 1,000 GB) along with improved sharing controls and the ability to remotely delete your Dropbox files from your mobile device should it be lost or stolen.

Combine this with the 1TB of photo storage you get with a free Flickr account and you have some serious off-site storage capabilities.

Why did this happen? My guess is it’s related Apple’s upcoming release of iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite (Have you noticed all the apps being updated lately?) which includes a new iCloud Drive. I understand it also includes much lower prices for storage. This is another example of how competition is good for the consumer.


Mobile Blogging Update

I find I’m spending a lot more time blogging from my iPad. Not only have blogging apps improved significantly, but thanks to Markdown it’s a lot easier to include formatting that used to require HTML coding (a real effort on an iPad keyboard). I have Markdown turned on for my WordPress blogs. You’ll find the “switch” in the Settings > Writing panel on sites. Self-hosted sites will need the Jetpack plugin with Markdown activated. Tumblr supports Markdown, but finding the switch to turn it on can be a challenge. markdown settings in tumblr Once set, you’ll notice the editor shows you that you are in Markdown mode. Click it and you’ll be taken to the Markdown syntax page at Daring Fireball. tumblr editor screen As of today, Blogger doesn’t support Markdown, but don’t let that stop you. Using the Byword editor for Mac and iOS with its publisher feature turned on, you can write in Markdown. Byword converts it to HTML for you before sending it on to Blogger.  The Blogsy app for iPad also supports Markdown and publishes to every blog platform known to man.

I’m having trouble finding blog editors for Android devices. WordPress, Tumblr and Blogger offer their mobile apps, but what few “general purpose” apps I’ve seen don’t look too appetizing. If anyone has a recommendation for a good mobile blogging app for Android, please tell us about it in the comments.


Coming Soon – WordPress 4.0

WordPress 4.0 is expected any day now. It’s bringing some very interesting features:

  • Widgets will have a live customizer much like themes have had for some time. You’ll be able to preview your changes in the work area before saving the widget.
  • When you embed media (like video or Twitter updates) via URL, you will now see a preview in the editor. You won’t have to save/preview to see how they look.
  • Improvements to the plugin discovery process making it easier to browse/search for plugins from within your WordPress Dashboard.
  • Improvements to the post editor’s text box making it easier to work on long posts.

Helen Hou-Sandi, the release lead, presented all these features and more at a recent meetup which you can view here.