BlueMelon Photo Sharing Announces New Customization and Community Features

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BlueMelon releases new advanced features, including photo editing, comments with rating support, geo-tagging, and many new photo sharing options such as e-mail invitations, Facebook and Twitter integration, and photo collections where various users can add their photographs to one workspace.

BlueMelon (http://www.bluemelon.com), the young yet powerful photo sharing application, has rapidly segued into an impressive stage surpassing the present photo sharing standards and concepts in both - usability and presentation. Among its new features, the extended theme set and advanced customization at the CSS-level have made BlueMelon the first choice of people seeking quality presentation of their photographs. Sharing has never been easier - users can use e-mail invitations, RSS feeds, publish directly to Facebook or Twitter, or use the so called “collections” which allow several users to upload to one common space. Last, but not least, BlueMelon offers geo-tagging and commenting support, and advanced photo editing features.

“I was astounded by the speed with which new features have been added to BlueMelon in the past few months.” said the passionate amateur photographer Darcia Huntsman, one of the BlueMelon’s long-time users. “Within half a year, BlueMelon has evolved from a just-above-average service to one of near-unanimous esteem among those who have started to use it – it is surprisingly uncluttered considering the range of its features.”

To make user’s galleries more customizable, new themes have been added : simple ones - for free users, and advanced themes - for all subscription levels. Themes allow for a pleasant personalization, but with the new subscription level – the power accounts – the customization possibilities are boundless. Power account users can, by means of changing mere two settings, hide or even replace the original BlueMelon header and footer, getting a powerful and highly customizable gallery component to implement in their own web-sites. Power settings include options to override the original site CSS style and head elements to fully customize the layout and design of their galleries.

The sharing functionality has not been forgotten and BlueMelon users’ can now share their photos at Twitter and Facebook with all the advantages of a dedicated photo sharing service. By sending invitation e-mails to chosen recipients, users may override the privacy restrictions for a user-set time period. Such invitation enables a target group of people to view the protected section while the protection still holds for everyone else. The most prominent among the new sharing features are the “collections” – various users can upload photos to one collection, thus getting a perfect workspace supporting comments and various access modes. Collections can be public or private for viewing, and public or private for adding to. Public collections can be searched and the only means of joining a private collection is accepting an invitation from a collection administrator.

Also included among the new features are comments with rating support – for those who find them intrusive, comments can be disabled both generally and at the album level. Certainly worth mentioning is geo-tagging and RSS support. BlueMelon automatically recognizes the geo-information from the EXIF and is able to mark the location on a map – there is also the option of setting the location manually or by an address those without a camera support for geo-tagging. Not to be omitted is the integration with Picnik, making this versatile photo editing service available to the BlueMelon users - the editing is quick and easy with a rich set of photo editing tools.

“A year ago, it seemed almost surreal to look at the available photo sharing services since each seemed to be lacking in one vital aspect or another.”, says the BlueMelon CEO, Miroslav Liska, ”I am glad to be able to say that with BlueMelon, we are nearing the delicate balance of ease of use and rich customization ; we like to heed users’ wishes and above-all to develop with common sense.”

About BlueMelon (http://www.bluemelon.com)
BlueMelon is a clean Web 2.0 photo sharing application extensively using cookies and javascript. It has been providing photo sharing services since the April of 2009. It has been rapidly developing with great attention to usability and customizability and is now one of the top-quality services of its kind available. It is based on sensibility and common sense, which are reflected in all aspects, including - for example - their “family-safe” content policy. This solid service is constantly gaining on popularity among both professional and amateur photographers around the world. Visit http://www.bluemelon.com for a free account, more information and the newest development.

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