The following is an announcement from C I Host. See my comments at the end:
FORT WORTH, Texas, July 13 -- C I Host, a global leader in Web hosting and software development, today announced it will give away the equivalent of a space shuttle cargo bay of "virtual film" so that all digital photographers can try out the 2005 version of e-Memories On The Web.
"You don't need film for a digital camera, so obviously we jest about the weightless cargo," said Christopher Faulkner, CEO of CI Host. "However, C I Host is serious about the offer to let anyone try e-Memories On The Web for 30 days -- free."
To carry on that weightless, "Virtual Film" theme, C I Host will send out promotional packages featuring small, translucent 35mm film canisters. There's nothing inside but a URL. That is all the consumer needs to sign up for a trial.
e-Memories On The Web allows photographers and Web enthusiasts of all skill levels to create their own Web site and turn it into a multi-media destination. Free trials are available at http://www.freevirtualfilm.com. The Virtual Film promotion begins July 12.
In addition to digital photography, e-Memories On The Web has built-in features for blogging, scrapbooking, digital genealogy, instant messaging, e-mail, recipes and more.
"e-Memories has more features than any other software suite of this kind," Faulkner said. "And because we are a hosting company, the offer comes with near limitless space -- to store hours of video, volumes of MP3s and entire photo archives."
e-Memories outperforms competing services because the program:
-- is supported with ultra bandwidth and toll-free customer support
-- allows the user to create public and private galleries
-- doesn't require print purchases
-- maintains full resolution of photo files, to view and print
About C I Host:
C I Host (http://www.cihost.com ), based in the Dallas/Fort Worth market, is a global Web hosting and Internet solutions provider serving 210,000 individual consumers and businesses in 190 countries worldwide. C I Host's headquarters and Network Operations Center are in Bedford, Texas, and the company operates additional diverse data centers in Los Angeles and Chicago.
I was interested in the comment in the above announcement of the "built-in features for blogging, scrapbooking, digital genealogy..." I decided to see just what the company’s "digital genealogy" refers to.
The demo site at http://emem2.myphotowebsite.com/ememories/?account_name=ememSiteDemo is very attractive and obviously appeals to the mass market. Clicking on the icon of a tree displays a very simple family tree chart.
In short, this is not a "serious" genealogy site. However, it has many features that will appeal to anyone who wishes to connect living family members together in cyberspace. It seems to be especially well geared to family reunions.
If you think you might have a need for an online combination family photo album, blog, scrapbook, instant messaging, e-mail, and recipe book, take a look at e-Memories On The Web.
The company offers a 30-day free trial. After that, you pay $49.92 (U.S. funds) for six months of use. You can take a virtual tour that begins at http://www.freevirtualfilm.com.