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22 January 2013
Nikon announced today the Jan. 28 launch of Nikon Image Space, its enhanced image sharing and storage site. Members of my Picturetown, the company's existing service, will have their accounts automatically transferred to the new service.
Membership at the new site is free with two levels. A 2-GB Basic membership is open to anyone while a 20-GB Special membership is open to Nikon camera owners who can also password protect images and restrict downloads.
In addition to the free accounts, the new service touts improved usability, performance and greater integration with social networking sites.
Details are in the press release below.
Nikon My Picturetown Reborn As 'Nikon Image Space'
More Intuitive, Easier To Use
TOKYO -- Nikon Corp. has announced the Jan. 28 launch of Nikon Image Space, a new image sharing and storage space.
Nikon Image Space is a free online service for sharing images open not only to users of Nikon digital cameras, but anyone who enjoys taking photos or recording movies.
This service makes it easy for camera enthusiasts to upload, view organize and share their photos and movies of once-in-a-lifetime moments with greater convenience through sequential operation, which is achieved by high speed operation of the system, an intuitive user interface, a clear window layout and a simple operation flow.
Nikon has offered my Picturetown, its image sharing and storage service, since August 2007. Nikon noted, "my Picturetown has been used by a great many people in the world either free of charge or for a fee with some special privileges. However, with a complete overhaul of the service, we are taking this opportunity to change the name from my Picturetown to Nikon Image Space."
my Picturetown user account information and images will be automatically transferred to Nikon Image Space, the company said.
The site will be available on Jan. 28 at 20:00 Japan time. Further information on Nikon Image Space will be presented at the Nikon Imaging Japan booth at the CP+ 2013 camera and photo imaging show to be held Jan. 31 to Feb. 3 at the Pacifico Yokohama in Yokohama, Japan.
Nikon Image Space offers users a choice between two types of free accounts. Basic accounts are available to anyone. Users of Nikon digital cameras have the additional option of upgrading to a Special account, using a dedicated application to verify Nikon digital cameras. While both types of accounts are free of charge, the maximum storage space is 2-GB for Basic accounts and 20-GB for Special accounts. Special accounts also offer more advanced functions, including the ability to apply a password when sharing images and a function that restricts image download.
Significant changes in window design make sequential image operations, from upload to viewing to organizing to sharing, smoother. In addition, a "relaxing background color" has been adopted for a more pleasing image display and image layout has been adjusted for ease of use.
Operation has been improved with faster system processing capabilities. Nikon Image Space offers smoother, more natural operation with faster image upload and download, the company noted, as well as faster response when images are manipulated.
Greater collaboration with social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter expands the possibilities for sharing photos of your own special moments and posting images from Nikon Image Space is easier than ever, the company said.