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2023 Author: Malcolm Clapton | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-07-28 10:38
They will help you clean up your photo collection and not lose anything.
1. "Google Drive"
- Price: 15 GB for free, 100 GB - 139 rubles per month, 200 GB - 219 rubles per month, 2 TB - 699 rubles per month. You can read more about tariff plans here.
- Platforms: web, Windows, macOS, iOS, Android.
One-stop storage solution for all popular platforms. You can work with any type of file directly in Google Drive. But managing images is much more convenient through a separate cross-platform Google Photos app that syncs with the cloud.
The principle of the service is simple. You add your pictures via Google Photos, they are grouped by time and location. Photos from mobile devices are downloaded automatically.
In addition, artificial intelligence recognizes things captured in pictures and allows you to find them by name. Just type "car" or "cat" in the search bar, and the service will find all the cars in your camera lens, or all the cards with cats.
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- Price: 5 GB for free, 50 GB - 59 rubles per month, 200 GB - 149 rubles per month, 2 TB - 599 rubles per month. More information about tariff plans can be found here.
- Platforms: web, macOS, iOS.
If you use Apple devices, iCloud is your choice. This cloud storage is tightly integrated with macOS and iOS, and all data from these systems can be synchronized with it: documents, calendars, contacts and photos. iCloud works in conjunction with the native Photos app for macOS and iOS.
Windows users can download a free client that helps upload photos and videos to iCloud storage. You can also upload or view pictures by opening the iCloud website in a browser.
But the full benefits of storage are revealed only in the "Photos" application. It automatically uploads pictures from the device to the server and has excellent possibilities for building a media library. Allows you to create albums, edit geotags and metadata.
Artificial intelligence automatically groups photos by date, location and people captured. "Photos" is really a very handy thing, and one can only sigh at the fact that it is not on Windows and Android.
- Price: up to 2 GB free, 2 TB for $ 10 per month. More information about tariff plans can be found here.
- Platforms: web, Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, Android.
Dropbox was one of the first cloud drives to add auto-uploading photos to their apps. It's great for organizing all types of files, including snapshots.
Dropbox's main selling point is its user-friendly apps, available across all desktop and mobile platforms. The disadvantage is that there is little space in the free version. In addition, Dropbox lacks features like Google Photos and Photos from Apple like searching through photo content.
All in all, if you want a service that just uploads and stores your pictures and can do without advanced search and cataloging features, Dropbox is the way to go. Especially if you are going to store other documents in the cloud.
By the way, the free space can be increased by distributing links to friends and installing applications.
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- Price: 5 GB for free, 1 TB for 269 or 339 rubles per month for a personal or family subscription to Office 365, respectively. More information about tariff plans can be found here.
- Platforms: web, Windows, macOS, iOS, Android.
In essence, OneDrive does everything the same thing as Dropbox, but it handles photos much better. When loading, the service automatically tags the photo with tags: it determines the type of photo (portrait, landscape, and so on) and the objects captured on it (person, animal, objects or nature). This makes sorting, navigating, and searching easier.
In addition, OneDrive recognizes geotags, so you can see where the photo was taken in the Places tab. The service also allows you to create albums and folders to sort your photos manually.
If you're a Windows 10 user, Microsoft already has OneDrive installed for you.
Snapshots from mobile devices with OneDrive installed are automatically uploaded to the cloud. This is a great service for fans of the Microsoft ecosystem. And if you subscribe to Office 365, in addition to access to the storage, you will get all the features of Word, PowerPoint and other office programs.
5. Adobe Creative Cloud
- Price:2GB free, 1TB + all Adobe Lightroom features for $ 10 / month. Details about tariff plans can be found here.
- Platforms:web, Windows, macOS, iOS, Android.
But this is already a solution either for professional photographers or for avid amateurs. Adobe Creative Cloud isn't cheap, but you get the advanced Adobe Lightroom photo editor to help you do whatever you want with your photos.
Adobe Lightroom displays photos uploaded to the cloud in a convenient and beautiful gallery, which is very easy to navigate. Artificial intelligence groups photos by objects and even specific people. The application also supports group libraries, so you can sort and process pictures with friends and colleagues.
Adobe Lightroom in conjunction with Creative Cloud shows detailed photo metadata, supports files in the popular RAW format among photographers. This tool has a lot of functions, but they are not useful for everyone.
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6. "Yandex. Disk"
- Price: 10 GB for free, unlimited for photos from your phone, 100 GB for 99 rubles per month, 1 TB for 300 rubles per month, 3 TB for 900 rubles per month. Details about tariff plans can be found here.
- Platforms: web, Android, iOS, Windows, macOS.
The Yandex cloud is interesting primarily for its unlimited volume for uploading photos from smartphones. The application automatically copies all pictures from the gallery of the device to the server and does not ask for a penny for their storage. This makes Yandex. Disk an excellent choice for mobile photography enthusiasts.
But the free storage space for other files or photos not downloaded from phones is limited to 10 GB. In addition, the service displays ads without subscribing.
You can sort pictures by date, title and other options, as well as adjust the size of the thumbnails. However, the search for objects captured in the images is not supported.
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- Price: 10GB for free, 500GB for $ 48 / year or $ 175 forever, 2TB for $ 96 / year or $ 350 forever. Details about tariff plans can be found here.
- Platforms: web, Android, iOS, Windows, macOS, Linux.
pCloud stands out for its unusual approach to monetization. The service not only rents out cloud space, but also offers to buy it forever. Subscription or one-time payment - the choice is yours.
Another interesting feature of pCloud is the ability to roll back changes made to files in the last 15 days. For users of the paid version, this period is 6 months. Convenient if you accidentally delete important pictures or other data.
The mobile versions of pCloud automatically upload pictures from the gallery to the cloud. To manage the gallery, the service has only basic sorting and search functions.
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This material was first published in September 2013. In May 2021, we updated the text.
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