MyShoebox is yet another cloud photo storage service which syncs your pictures between all of your devices. It’s been around for a little longer than newcomer Loom, and also goes up against Everpix.
Like most of the other photo apps we’ve covered here, MyShoeBox is private (photos are only available to you by default) and works on multiple platforms. In this case there are “native” apps for the iPhone and iPad, the Mac, Android and even Windows (remember that?). I say “native” because while the Mac app comes with an installer (remember those?) and has an icon in the dock, it’s almost certainly little more than a native wrapper for a web view. Not that this really matters.
MyShoeBox has a several things which distinguish it from the competition. Unlike Loom, it will let you store an unlimited amount of photos free, but you can only view them at screen resolution (full-res access comes with the paid plan). Like Loom, but unlike Everpix, you can create galleries on your devices.
But it’s the viewing options which have me really intrigued (I can’t test them yet as my initial upload is still running – I have a lot of photos). You can browse photos “based on locations, camera, time of day, season, and many more,” says the blurb.
Viewing is the one thing that really needs fixing. Editing is already more than taken care of on iOS and the Mac, and now that Dropbox, Everpix, Photo Stream and so on exist it’s easy enough to put all of our photos in one place. But viewing them is still a pain, and one which services like MyShoeBox are trying to fix.
One of my favorite features in Everpix is the Flashback, which shows me the photos I took on this day in history. My digital photos go back roughly 10 years, so this is always a treat – especially as these pictures come as an e-mail and/or as an alert on my iPad. MyShoeBox has something called Timeline which sounds similar.
I’ll let you know how this goes (as well as an update on Loom, now that the nice folks over there hooked me up with a beta account). If you like, I can do a post comparing all the options. Let me know – and also let me know about any other Everpix-like services I may have missed.