Kodak Gallery indeed was big! With more than 70 million subscribers and over 5 billion shared pictures, it easily became one of the biggest photo sharing sites all over the internet. But, as all good things come to a closure, Kodak Gallery is not in operation any further!
However, all those photos you shared through Kodak Gallery are still safe and you will eventually be able to retrieve all of those, thanks to Shutterfly. The bankrupt Eastman Kodak’s online gallery was acquired by Shutterfly last April and if you ever created an account with Kodak Gallery and shared photos there, be relieved, as your photos are in the process of being transferred to Shutterfly.
Moving more than 5 billion photos is not an easy deal and it may take up to months. But Shutterfly officials definitely expect the process to be finished by end of this year (If you are an active gallery user, you may not need to wait for that long, in your case, transfer may be completed within two weeks). Now, coming back to the most important question of them all! How will you be able to retrieve the pictures that you shared through Kodak Gallery in Shutterfly?
Create a new account in Shutterfly
If you don’t have an account with Shutterfly already, just create a new one. The sign-up process is simple and should not take more than 5 minutes. However, there is one catch. To have the photos automatically transferred to your Shutterfly account from Kodak Gallery, you have to use the same email address that you used in time of registration on Kodak Gallery.
Once you do, you will be asked to link your Shutterfly account with that of Kodak Gallery. Provide your Kodak Gallery email id and password (Don’t panic while providing your Kodak Gallery password, Shutterfly doesn’t store it, they use it to verify that you indeed were the account holder) in the restoration page and you are done. If the personal photos or the stock photos you bought from Mixbook, Snapfish or any of the other renowned sites are still not visible in the Shutterfly account, it will soon be.
However, if you already have a Shutterfly account with another email address, no need to despair. You will still be able to retrieve your pictures.
Shutterfly sends you instructions
The email id with which you registered at Kodak Gallery is vital in this case. Once your photos are transferred, you will receive an email id which will have detailed instructions on how to retrieve your Kodak Gallery pictures. In this case, Shutterfly will automatically create a new account for you.
Well, certain features of Kodak Gallery will be discontinued in Shutterfly. Slideshows or custom-made calendars are not a part of Shutterfly. In addition, you will not be able to directly upload and share photographs through Kodak Wireless Photo Frames anymore. That does not mean that those frames will turn to be useless bricks for you, memory cards can still be used.
Shutterfly mainly makes money from the photo books that users buy and also digital photo prints. Good news for you, if you are a new user. Shutterfly officials have decided to give away 50 free prints to its new users. Even if you are an old user, there are plenty of discount coupon codes available for Shutterfly and you can always save money using those.
To wait for your own shared photos is a pain, but as Shutterfly is in a transition, a little bit of patience is required. Shutterfly may announce new features in the meantime which can make your photo sharing experience a much better fare, when compared to the now extinct Kodak Gallery.
About Author: This article is written by Costea. Costea loves to write about latest technology and new sites. He currently contributes to a site that makes available mixbook discounts and snapfish.com coupons. These discount coupons from Snapfish and Mixbook can save you money when you buy stock photos online. Costea also has written reviews of both Mixbook and Snapfish. You can read the review on Mixbook here. For the review on Snapfish, please click here.