I am a new Shutterfly user, not by choice, but I am now looking to take advantage of all the good aspects of Shutterfly.
I have almost 1000 Kodak Gallery Albums sorted by date and then by either event and/or Camera so I can easily track down specific photos from many different events. I regularly share my photos of various sporting events with many users from all over the world. (Yes they order copies of these photos) There are number of events I need to both share in Kodak gallery and add to from Shuuterfly from late this spring and June.
I have just started to upload some new Photo Albums to shutterfly and the process seems to work well - the upload preserves the photo ID number order which is a good thing. Despite my attempts to find how to set the date for each album, I can not find a way to define the date attribute (aka user defined attribute) for each album prior to or after upload.
In Kodak gallery, it was trivial for each user to set the date attribute on each and every album so that one can easily add photos by date taken, even once they had been edited (which may often change the xdif date info). This is a very powerful feature for organization since many people track photos by date taken and events= based upon dates, regalrless of editing process or software. (Using a file naming convention for dates is not useful - it would cause serious problems.)
(Thanks for the prior posts on how to share via email.)
So 1st question is, how does one define the date for any album? Having done extensive searches, I can not find this information on the Shutterfly sites or FAQs - I have yet to try a general search outside of Shutterfly. I must admit I am a bit concerned since this information should be readily appearent / available. I hope that the lack of a user definable date attribute for albums is not a "Marketing Feature."
2nd Question, How will the organization and arrangement of Kodak Gallery albums be preserved in Shutterfly? Why not let let us just access our Kodak Gallery intellectual property on the existing Kodak Gallery Servers through Shutterfly as a portal or gateway? That would be both convenient and allow Shutterfly much more time to more gradually transition users data to the Shutterfly servers, instead of running what is likely to be an incredible 6 (12?) month firedrill and data conversion nightmare - assuming it works. It also let's all the new Kodak users adapt to Shutterfly and take advantage of our existing photos NOW.
Note To Shutterfly Management - Make sure you use your best people to do the data model mapping from Kodak gallery to Shutterfly. If done well you will have many new happy customers, if not, then lot's of online critics and negative reviewers.
I look forward to your answers.
A hopeful new Shutterfly User