Zenfolio versus SmugMug

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Zenfolio versus SmugMug
Sep 27, 2009

The finalist in my trials after the Pbase crash. Here is where I am at the moment.

Both have decent uploads, however SmugMug officially does not support Safari. Got it working anyway.

Zen has a 1100 size limit for posting to places like here, Smug does not.

Smug has a sharpening feature for downsized images.

Supposedly both will allow PNG files, at a smallish 23.3 mb, a full size is 120mb. You can pay for a vault service however. It would be nice to process fullsize and save that online as a png in aRGB 16bit. Cuts down an awful lot of separate conversions when post processing.

I successfully uploaded a 23.3 mb PNG to Zen, it tries but the same file fails at Smug.

Spent an hour trying to rename a gallery at Zen, and the same amount of time trying to move an image to another gallery. No instructions I could find. Smug is better, but just barely.

Both allow selling images.

Gallery management at both are not as intuitive as at Pbase.

I can upload from Bridge at one not the other, (forgot which now), but it is pretty slow and does not look like I could do it via an action. You have to sign in during upload. The other does this from Lightroom, which I don’t use.

I have not even compared prices, I know one is $149/year for unlimited pro services. That’s not a problem.

The vault service via Amazon seems pretty steep however, not sure if it would be fast enough to be useful. I would probably only use it for keepers, and store my entire set at home on hard drive and DVD as I do now. But putting my keepers on line would be nice.

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