Reprinted from an Xformx press release:

The new Internet-enabled, desktop-to-desktop digital media file sharing software product, called ShareGear 2004, provides digital camera owners with a fast and easy way to share digital photographs and full resolution video clips of any length right from their pc.

Unlike email and other photo sharing products that push large files from the sender’s computer to the recipient, ShareGear 2004 takes the opposite approach. ShareGear 2004 enables photo enthusiasts to send a secure, private invitation link that allows recipients to selectively view or download shared photos, videos, and other digital media files — directly from the sender’s computer.

ShareGear 2004 is the first software product to focus on the person who receives shared content, not just on the sender. Invited recipients need only a web browser to access these files; to view slideshows with soundtracks; to watch home or office movies; to listen to music; or, to selectively download the files they want. Recipients do not need to use special software or join a file sharing service.

With ShareGear 2004, any digital media file can be easily shared with friends, family, and business associates. And, since only invited recipients can access the files a sender chooses to share, digital media files are securely protected from unauthorized access.

Good News For Digital Camera Owners
Today’s high resolution, multi-mega pixel digital cameras and camcorders produce large files. Thus, there are enormous obstacles to share photos, slideshows, and videos with friends, family, and business colleagues. With ShareGear 2004, there are no file size limitations as with email attachments, no hassles with uploading files to online file sharing services, and no expensive and time consuming CD or DVD burning.

Traditionally, digital camera owners have tried to send their photos and videos as an email, but have found that attachments are typically limited to a maximum size of 5MB, which is too small for most digital media. And, recipients are increasingly reluctant to open email attachments for fear of viruses and for clogging their email systems.

Digital camera owners have also tried online file sharing services. However, these services are limited by the amount of storage for which users are willing to pay; by the extensive time that is required for uploading photos and videos; and, by the lack of security for sensitive digital media.

ShareGear 2004 is the perfect solution for sharing any type or size of digital media with anyone, anywhere in the world. Only ShareGear 2004 avoids the traditional file sharing problems that have plagued sending email attachments, using online file sharing services, and burning CDs or DVDs.

Share Photos and Video Clips in a Flash
ShareGear 2004 has an intuitive and highly automated “Get, Create, Share,” method for easily capturing stills and videos, and then making them immediately available to family, friends, and business colleagues over the Internet. Built-in import wizards automatically transfer the digital camera’s photos and videos into ShareGear 2004, without having to use any intermediate photo editing software.

And, when sharing photos, ShareGear 2004 provides an easy-to-use photo album creation tool to caption pictures and to create slideshows, complete with a narration or music soundtrack, if desired.

ShareGear 2004 also gives users full control over how their photos and video clips are shared. For each photo in a photo album, users can specify whether or not the original high-resolution photo can be downloaded. Similarly, for each video clip in a video playlist, users can permit or deny downloading of the original video file.

Control What You Share
To share their creativity, users simply select the digital media they want to share and with whom they want to share it. ShareGear 2004 takes care of the rest by automatically creating a specially encrypted private invitation link that users deliver by email or instant message. The private link determines exactly what files the invited recipient is allowed to see.

With ShareGear 2004, users are in complete control of their shared files. Invitations can be monitored, so users know when shared files are accessed. And, invitations can be expired, so access is no longer allowed. In addition, files can be selectively added or removed from share invitation access, even after invitations have been sent. And, ShareGear 2004 automatically makes the latest version of the file available to your invited recipients, eliminating the need to send multiple emails out with the latest updates.

Great for Home Videos
ShareGear 2004 provides the home video enthusiast a time- and cost-saving breakthrough for sharing videos of virtually any length with family and friends. Instead of spending time and money burning and mailing DVDs, ShareGear 2004 can be used to quickly, easily, and inexpensively show their videos over the Internet.

As with digital photos, videos can be imported directly from a camcorder into ShearGear 2004. To assure an enjoyable viewing experience with minimal playback delay, ShareGear 2004 automatically re-samples videos to establish the best balance between image quality and transmission speed.

System Requirements
ShareGear 2004 software runs on PCs with a minimum of a 300 MHz processor, 256 MB RAM, and 100 MB free disk space. The operating system software must be Microsoft Windows XP or Windows 2000 SP2 or higher. A high-speed cable or DSL internet connection is required.

How to Get ShareGear 2004
ShareGear 2004 can be downloaded and purchased directly from the company’s website at www.sharegear.com. A full-featured evaluation copy of the product can be downloaded for a 10-day free trial. ShareGear 2004 can then be purchased for a special introductory price of $49.95 through May 31, 2004, and $69.95 thereafter. In addition to an unlimited-use license, the purchase price also includes free product updates downloadable from the company’s website, and use of a personalized Internet locator. ShareGear 2004 is a product of XFormx, Inc. in Needham, MA.

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