Social networking and sharing has impacted human life in more ways than any other recent innovation, changing the way we interact with people and handle our connections. This also bumped the concept of sharing to a new level, and combined with the numerous free data sharing services available today, it’s become almost rude not to share photos and videos with friends and family. Be it a party, a trip, a picnic or festival; almost everyone feels the urge to share photos, whether on social media or through email. However, manually managing the photo uploads can be a cumbersome process and let’s face it, who has that much time these days anyway?
That’s where PhotoRocket comes to rescue. The service makes photo sharing online via a Windows-based PC or a Mac radically simple and easy, and more importantly, hassle free. With PhotoRocket, all you need to do is select the photos in Windows Explorer, right-click to send them to PhotoRocket, select recipients and hit share – that’s it! No resize, no waiting, no album creation. Your photos are instantly out and available to your recipients.
First off, you’ll need to install PhotoRocket. The service is still in beta so expect some instability, but overall, it worked perfectly for me. Using it requires signing up either with PhotoRocket itself (which is quite useful; more about it later), or you can simply log in using your Facebook account if you have one. Once logged in, you’re all set to share photos with your friends or family.
To begin using, either click the PhotoRocket icon in your Windows taskbar or Mac dock to launch the program sharing interface, or simply right-click a photo a and choose “Share via PhotoRocket”
In the main sharing interface, all you need to do is provide the recipients (either in the form of email addresses, or services like Facebook, Twitter, Flickr etc). PhotoRocket keeps a history of people you’ve previously shared photos with, so it becomes even easier to choose frequently selected recipients for your photos.
In the bottom pane, you can enter a personal message, add the photos and provide captions for them. The photos can either be browsed for or added via a drag & drop interface.
If you want to share photos to a service rather than email recipients, all of the services that you have linked to your PhotoRocket account will show up as individual icons under the recipients pane and you’ll only need to click on the desired ones to add them. Links to more sites and your email address books can be established via the Settings menu, accessible through the gear icon at the bottom.
Other than creating links for various services and address books, the Settings interface will also let you configure some privacy options, manage your add-ons (available for Chrome, Firefox, IE, MS Outlook and Windows Photo Viewer) and play with some general settings.
Once you’re done with the setup, added the recipients and added photos, hit the Share button and that’s it – your photos are on their way to being shared without any further interference required on your part. The best thing is, as soon as you share a photo, a full-resolution copy is also backed up with PhotoRocket.com, private and for your safekeeping. This feature is beta-only, and the developers may begin to charge for storing your photos in the final version.
Overall, PhotoRocket is a great service online photo sharing service with amazing potential. Not only does it simplify photo sharing, it also doubles up as a backup solution for all your photos. There are no limitations on how much you can share or store, so enjoy it while it lasts, and let us know what you think of the service via your comments.