Sharing photos is easy. Email. Facebook. Twitter. Flickr. And a dozen other online gallery options make it easy for Mac users to share photos. Most methods of sharing are free or inexpensive.
Photo Album Free is a slickly packaged Mac app which lets you publish your photo albums online. It’s not just a gallery of photos. It’s a classy looking photo album that you build on your Mac.
It’s drop dead easy to build stunning photo albums in this app. But there’s a catch. First, the interface.
This isn’t much of a photo editing or image effects or enhancement app, though it has a few filters. What it does best is build photo albums you can share online.
Choose from superbly crafted album styles and designs. Drag and drop photos from iPhoto directly into the album’s pages.
The end result is a gorgeous album you can share with others online; for example, on Facebook, or integrated it into your own site.
If you have photos on Picasa (is that still online?) or Flickr, they can be integrated into an album as if the photos were stored on your Mac.
If you want more album themes and styles, those can be downloaded. For a price.
What’s the gotcha? Price.
Wait. Isn’t Photo Album Free, free? Yes. The app is free. If you want to share the albums online, one of the choices is albm.com, which comes with a price tag. Themes alone are $9.99. Each. A basic albm.com account is $19.99. A pro account is $39.99. The unlimited account is $59.99.
The albums are slickly produced, of course. And easy to set up and create. If you want the FlippingBook photo album, the price tag starts at $299 and goes up. Fast.
It’s nicely done, and has a professional look, but you can’t print out albums. And it wouldn’t take much effort to have Photo Album Free become the most expensive Mac photo sharing app of all time.