If you have been living in a cave for the past few months then you would have missed the success of OpenPhoto which started as a Kickstarter project to liberate your photos and is now a full fledged Mozilla WebFWD project with a team of seasoned developers* that are leveraging their expertise and the contributions of their community to compete with the likes of Flickr and Picasa.
But lets look at a few reasons why OpenPhoto will defeat Picasa and Flickr as the Photo Management platform of choice for many users…
OpenPhoto is Free Open Source Software that anyone can download at no cost and run on their own servers or could hack on if they so choose to make a custom install or even contribute some code with a pull request. Currently Google’s Picasa and Yahoo’s Flickr lack the same openness that OpenPhoto aims to offer by making its source code available and further OpenPhoto also aims to allow more freedom in how you manage your photos.
OpenPhoto recently launched their iOS App and has a Android app in testing right now and both seem to work quite flawlessly and will allow you to manage and upload photos on the go whether your using the OpenPhoto.me hosted platform or running OpenPhoto on your own server, VPS or shared hosting.
Import from Anywhere
OpenPhoto aims to allow you to scour the internet and import all your photos from Flickr, Picasa, Facebook and more so you can manage them all in one place.
You decide where to store photos
OpenPhoto gives you the freedom to store photos wherever you want right now OpenPhoto supports Amazon S3 and Dropbox but support for other storage services is on the roadmap and you can contribute a module with a simple pull request.
With all of the above reasons in mind and all the features that are being added its going to be hard to find any reason not to use OpenPhoto. I guess my biggest question is how many of my readers are currently running OpenPhoto? Have you used one of the AMI’s on Amazon Web Services or perhaps done a Install on your Ubuntu Server?
*Note: I’m currently a member of the OpenPhoto Team