Everpix delivers on the promise of making all your photos — all of them — available all the time, everywhere, whenever you want them, from virtually any device.
I take a lot of photos. Currently, my collection incorporates about 35,000 images taken over three decades, with more being added every day. Up to now, they’ve all been organized on my trusty Macbook Pro (and backed up elsewhere, of course).
But what to do when I’m on the road with nothing but an iPad, and a friend says, “Do you remember that time when you were in Romania, and you stopped at some roadside stand for those little cakes on a stick? Do you still have a photo of that?” Or when I’m at Clyde’s family’s house, and his sister wants a photo I shot on a family vacation five years ago?
In the past, I would have said, “I’ll get back home, look that up, and get it to you.” But now, with Everpix, every photo I’ve ever taken is at my beck and call … instantly. I can flick through all 35,000 photos … or jump to a specific date … or, through “Highlights view,” see just the “big moments,” and tap my way to the specific photo I’m looking for in seconds.
Each photo is stored at full resolution, with a wealth of metadata, including the time, place, and location the photo was taken, camera settings, and where Everpix found the photo. (The service can pull photos from all kinds of sources: your computer, your iPhone, Flickr.com, your Facebook account, you name it.) Scroll through your collection, tap the image you want, and with just one more tap, you can share it with anyone in a variety of ways.
An experimental feature, “Explore Photos by Similarity,” attempts to locate images in your collection that resemble each other in content, composition, or quality. In theory, the more photos you have, the better the feature works. In the experiment below, I asked Everpix to find a photo similar to the one on the upper left (a photo taken inside a cave), and it served up, in addition to other photos of the same cave entrance, pictures with lots of stone in them:
Initially, after the free trial, I signed on for just a month to see if I would keep using the service on a regular basis. As it turns out, I do use it, almost every day, primarily because of the iPhone app. I like looking back to see where I was exactly a year ago today … and I really like being able to pull out any photo, any time, anywhere.
Everpix delivers on its promises, and the $40.00 yearly subscription (or $4.99 monthly version) is well worth the price if you’re someone who wants to manage, access, and share your photos on the fly.
Update: for more thoughts on Everpix, see this post about features that took awhile for me to fully appreciate.