SmugMug has always allowed everyone to upload an unlimited number of web-displayable files – JPEG, GIF, PNG, and MP4 – but to date we haven’t been able to accept the RAW files generated by modern digital cameras. For years our customers have been asking, begging, and pleading for us to let them upload their priceless archives. I’m happy to announce that day has come!
SmugVault is a new SmugMug product that lets you upload all the RAW, PSD, BMP, and TIFF files you’d like. And not just those – we’ll accept XMP sidecars, PDF files, Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, video archives, and anything else you might want to store with your photos. What’s more, we’ll bundle your files together for easy, intuitive browsing and safe retrieval.
Thanks to an innovative new product from Amazon Web Services, DevPay, you only pay pennies per GB for the storage you actually use each month. There’s no huge fee with a maximum storage amount – it’s truly unlimited and pay-by-the-drink. Store one megabyte or one billion megabytes – we don’t care. Whatever works best for your workflow and archival needs, SmugVault can handle it.
Check it out HERE
LaCie add capacity to 500GB Rugged external drive
LaCie has announced an update to its ruggedized external storage range, ideal for the clumsy traveller who insists on carrying all their media around with them. Now available in a 500GB version, with almost no size increase on the older, smaller capacity models, LaCie have given the drive a shock-resistant rubber bumper and scratch-proof aluminium shell. Inside, there’s a well-swaddled 2.5-inch Hitachi Travelstar 5K500 HDD.
Two versions are being released, one with a single USB 2.0 port and the other with both USB 2.0 and FireWire 400 and 800; maximum data transfer speeds of the latter model reach up to 800Mbits/s. Power is courtesy of the connection, rather than requiring an external power brick. As for software, LaCie include their “1-Click” backup app for PC and Mac, as well as SilverKeeper for Mac. When initially plugged in, a preloaded Setup Assistant offers to format the drive depending on what machines you’ll be using it with, as well as transferring the user manuals onto your computer.
The distinctive design is by Neil Poulton, and frankly you’ll either love it or hate it. Prices are $339.99 for the single USB 2.0 model or $399.99 for the “triple-interface” model. Both versions are available now.