LAKE FOREST, Calif., April 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — WD today
introduced WD Photos photo viewer, an iPhone®/iPod Touch® app for use
with its My Book® World Edition™(1) and WD ShareSpace network drives,
that lets users access up to 250,000 of their favorite photos from
anywhere in the world. The WD Photos photo viewer app allows users to
easily log in to their drive from anywhere so they can view their
entire photo library.
Users’ photos remain private, safe and secure in full
high-resolution format, on their network drive, eliminating the need
for painstaking uploads to costly online photo services and the need to
choose which pictures to sync to their iPhone – with WD Photos photo
viewer, they’re all instantly and easily accessible. The app’s powerful
search tools, thumbnail previews and viewing options make it easy to
find that special picture to show a friend at a coffee shop or remember
a special moment.
With more than 50 million iPhones sold as of Apr. 2010 (Apple), the
iPhone has become one of the fastest growing smart phones in the market
and is used every day by consumers to access and share their photos.
According to research firm Parks Associates (Mar. 2010), the number
of network storage drives worldwide is projected to increase from 2.6
million units sold in 2009 to more than 18 million units by year-end
2014 as consumers realize the value of having one central place to
store and share all their media. In 2009, 56 percent of households
rated remote access of their network storage an important feature.
Combining the centralized storage and remote access benefits of the My
Book World Edition network drive with the iPhone is a natural fit with
this rapidly growing consumer behavior.
Users can view up to 250,000 pictures on their iPhone or iPod touch
by simply copying their pictures into the “Shared Pictures” folder on
their My Book World Edition network drive. A unique application that
runs directly on these WD network drives automatically creates
optimized versions of users’ photos ahead of time, enabling fast
viewing on an iPhone or iPod touch without having to wait for the
photos to load.
Available now at the Apple iTunes App Store, the WD Photos photo
viewer app is free. Registration with MioNet®, WD’s secure remote
access service (included with My Book World Edition), is also free and
required to use this app. WD Photos photo viewer also works with WD
ShareSpace network storage systems.
“Home networks are becoming prevalent in many parts of the world,
and WD’s My Book World Edition network drives are the easiest way to
create one place for all your photos that is accessible to everyone
from within the home, and securely from outside the home,” said Dale
Pistilli, vice president of marketing for WD’s branded products group.
“With the WD Photos photo viewer app and a WD My Book World Edition
network drive, users can access all of the photos from their collection
via their iPhone without syncing, without extra organizing and without
paying a fee. Photos are available instantly making it easy to relive
those great memories or share them with friends.”
WD Photos Photo Features & Compatibility
Features of the WD Photos photo viewer app for iPhone and iPod touch devices include:
Access to all the photos in the “Shared Pictures” folder of users’ My
Book World Edition network drives and WD ShareSpace network storage
Photos are automatically resized for perfect viewing on iPhone or iPod touch, leaving originals in full resolution;
Smart filtering to find the photos you want — view photos by album,
folder or all images and search by date, folder name or file name;
Access previously viewed photos offline;
E-mail a photo to a friend;
Assign a photo to a contact;
Add a photo to the Camera Roll;
View a slideshow; and,
Set slideshow duration.
WD Photos photo viewer app is compatible with iPhone and iPod touch OS
3.1 or later and works with WD’s My Book World Edition network drives
and WD ShareSpace network storage systems. Users must register with
WD’s free MioNet remote access service to use the app.
WD, one of the storage industry’s pioneers and long-time leaders,
provides products and services for people and organizations that
collect, manage and use digital information. The company designs and
produces reliable, high-performance hard drives and solid state drives
that keep users’ data accessible and secure from loss. Its advanced
technologies are configured into applications for client and enterprise
computing, embedded systems, and consumer electronics, as well as its
own consumer storage and media products.
WD was founded in 1970. The company’s storage products are marketed to
leading OEMs, systems manufacturers, selected resellers and retailers
under the Western Digital® and WD brand names. Visit the Investor
section of the company’s Web site (http://www.westerndigital.com/) to access a variety of financial and investor information.