News tagged with "photopoint"
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PhotoPoint, the photo sharing / finishing service which went out of business back in December last year has today activated the members CD ordering service. This new service will enable old PhotoPoint members to order CD-ROM's containing their images. This service requires your email address and account password and will cost $24.95 per CD (+$9.95 shipping). This service will be available only until April 30th 2002.
Dale Gass, President of Pantellic Software (owner of failed photo sharing site Photopoint) has certainly featured in the headlines in the last few months and just a few days ago he gave an interview to CNET. Since then Mr Gass has contacted us and to his credit volunteered to answer our questions. "As far as selling my car and mortgaging the house to let people get access to their photos goes, I think that's a bit of a naive expectation. I poured my heart, soul, and dreams into PhotoPoint for the past four years, and did everything possible to keep it alive until the bitter end"
Dale Gass, President of Pantellic Software (who bought back and ran PhotoPoint at the time of its demise) has given an interview to CNET. To quote Mr Gass, "Again, I think people underestimate the cost of keeping a site like PhotoPoint running. We see a lot of comments along the lines of: "They could have kept it up a week to let us get our photos." Unfortunately, that extra week represents tens of thousands of dollars in lease, bandwidth, salary, and so on that couldn't have been paid. It's not just a matter of leaving the server on."
Troubled photo sharing and finishing outfit Photopoint has today posted an update message on its website which says "We have arranged for having members' accounts burned to CD. Online orders for these CD's at should be available here some time this week. Pricing will be $24.95 plus shipping and C.O.D. charges. Please stay tuned.". This confirms the information provided in their brief survey of users posted on the temporary pages. I'll not comment on this latest development, you all know where our forums are.
There seems to have been some activity from Photopoint, the short message they're now displaying is to assure people that their photos are still safe but due to bandwidth, hardware and labor costs they can not be put online (ouch). If you're an existing Photopoint user you can complete a survey displayed on the site(requires your Photopoint password). The questions are: Would you pay for a CD-ROM of your pictures ($24.95), Would you pay $5.95 per month for the service, how important is third party photo hosting. If Photopoint want to charge existing users to get their own images back it raises the question what happened to all the subscriptions paid by the same users? UPDATE: CEO Dale Gass responds to my comments on the Imaging-Resource website.
Thanks to one of our regular readers for noting that Pantellic President (owners of Photopoint) Dale Gass has spoken to CNET by email he writes "While Pantellic has ceased operations, we are actively working on a solution for people to get copies of their photos," Pantellic President Dale Gass wrote in an e-mail. "There will be an announcement at www.photopoint.com, and members will be notified via e-mail when this is available." According to Gass, Pantellic has been unable to communicate with its customers since a "substantial amount" of its networking equipment was seized on the day the Halifax, Nova Scotia-based company ceased operations.
Photopoint, the photo sharing and printing site has been down for well over 24 hours. The last time this happened (back in July) the company was in trouble and shortly afterwards was sold back to its original owner Pantellic Software Inc. Neither the Photopoint or Pantellic websites (or other servers) can be contacted. It's a mystery at the moment, lets hope it's a technical problem for the sake of Photopoint's users. UPDATE: The plot thickens...
And finally we get to the bottom of the reasons for PhotoPoint's outage over the weekend. Pantellic Software Inc., the original creator of PhotoPoint.Com have bought the site back from Sherwood Partners, Inc., the Assignee for PhotoPoint Corp (USA) - whose offices in San Francisco are now closed. ...PhotoPoint Corp. (USA) acquired the PhotoPoint.com web site in 1999. Since that time, Pantellic has performed the development and hosting of PhotoPoint.com, while PhotoPoint Corp was responsible for business development, sales and marketing. These functions will now be handled exclusively by Pantellic, who will be retaining the services of some of the former PhotoPoint Corp employees and maintaining many of its partners...
Good news for all Photopoint users is that they are now back online! Still no official news available on their website but they're definitely back in business. We will of course endeavour to find out why they were down. Over the last 48 hours I've been sent all sorts of rumours about the company and have bitten my tongue not to publish them. Lets hope we can get some official explanation out of Photopoint soon. Inquiring minds want to know.
abound! The photo sharing / photo finishing site Photopoint has been down
since some time yesterday. When I visited the site early yesterday I got
a very strange 'PhotoPoint.Com is currently offline' message, sometime
afterwards the site came back online but today it's down completely. Lets
hope this isn't yet another photo sharing site who are dropping into the
.com black hole. Anyone with further information
please contact me!
UPDATE: Unconfirmed reports are that they're having technical problems and hope to be back up soon... Lets hope so.
Owners of Photopoint accounts are today receiving an e-mail letter addressed from Ed Bernstein, the CEO of Photopoint to inform them that Photopoint will be switching to a subscription based service. "...starting in mid-May, PhotoPoint.com will no longer be a free service". They will be charging an annual fee of $9.95 (existing members, limited time offer only) for storage of up to 1,000 images or $19.95 with 25 free prints bundled. It's a sad day for the photo sharing community but it's no surprise to those of us who have been following the fortunes of the market or who understand the economics of such a huge project.
It's always nice to see other websites doing well, PhotoPoint was established at about the same time as this site. They saw unprecedented success not long after launching as one of the first photo sharing sites. According to the Media Matrix May 2000 Digital Media Report PhotoPoint.Com had 2,079,000 unique visitors in May. Well, we're not doing too badly ourselves with 826,000 unique visitors in June...
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