Ofoto review: Ofoto

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CNET Editors' Rating

4.5 stars Outstanding
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The Good Uncluttered, effective interface; can send attractive invitations and pretty slide shows to your guests; deep knowledge base solves most site- and photo-related questions; comprehensive online photo editing; delivers fantastic hard-copy prints.

The Bad Does not upload photo captions; won't permit you to view images at high resolutions; no telephone technical support.

The Bottom Line Ofoto expertly handles every aspect of the online-photo-service experience and generates wonderful prints to boot. If you're looking for a photo-management site fit for casual shutterbugs, Ofoto's the pick of the litter.

CNET Editors' Choice May '02

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In the past, amateur photographers who wanted to view or share photos would entrust their film to the local one-hour photo joint, then hold their breath. Now, if you have a digital camera, Kodak-owned Ofoto lets you touch up your photos, store them in an online database, and share them with anyone who has an e-mail address. Plus, if you want hard-copy photographs, Ofoto delivers stunning, high-quality prints. Ofoto easily beats its freebie competitors Snapfish and Shutterfly. But if you want to view images at high resolution, you may want to pay for Club Photo. In the past, amateur photographers who wanted to view or share photos would entrust their film to the local one-hour photo joint, then hold their breath. Now, if you have a digital camera, Kodak-owned Ofoto lets you touch up your photos, store them in an online database, and share them with anyone who has an e-mail address. Plus, if you want hard-copy photographs, Ofoto delivers stunning, high-quality prints. Ofoto easily beats its freebie competitors Snapfish and Shutterfly. But if you want to view images at high resolution, you may want to pay for Club Photo.

Simple yet effective
Like its competitors, Ofoto doesn't require you to install files on your computer. To sign up for the free service, simply enter your name and e-mail address at Ofoto's site, and you're ready to create your own personal photo album.

The site's interfaces are clean and clutter-free. Five general navigation tabs sit across the top of the screen, your albums or photos are on the left, and a small column of operational commands are on the right, each of which blossoms into a pull-down menu. If you need help, you can access Ofoto's impressively complete collection of help files and photography tips via the Help link at the top of the page.

Albums R us
To start building your album, you must first choose how you want to upload pictures; you can drag and drop them from your desktop, browse and upload them from your hard drive, or select them via the downloadable OfotoNow utility. The straightforward OfotoNow app not only streamlines computer-to-Internet transfers, it also lets you crop, rotate, and remove red-eye from your offline images--a feature you won't find at Snapfish. Even better, you don't have to worry that you're uploading too many pictures: Ofoto currently provides you with unlimited photo storage space--nice.

Ofoto offers an impressive array of online, single-click editing features and effects, including watercolor and soft glow, tint adjustments, and numerous artistic borders. If you want labels on your pictures, you must type them in manually on Ofoto's "Add a photo title" page, since Ofoto doesn't upload filenames with your images (but OfotoNow, the downloadable photo manager, does). Although this simple procedure takes but a few seconds per photo, you will wish Ofoto did it automatically if you have to label scores of pictures.

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